Luana Cleveland, of Williamsport, is seeking the Democratic nomination for the 23rd state Senate seat in this year's primary election.
"I know that I can make a positive contribution, especially in terms improving opportunities for our citizens," Cleveland said. "I believe that many of our problems need to be solved by more grassroots citizen involvement in government. Those we elect must be held accountable to the voters who put them in office, as well as to those who cannot vote - such as our children.
"We need a representative in Harrisburg who truly represents the citizens of the 23rd Senatorial District. In particular, I am concerned about the quality of our lives and health with the development of the Marcellus Shale as well as the financial well-being of our school systems."
She called for revisiting the severance tax on gas and more regulation on pipelines.
Cleveland also said she's concerned about funding decreases to education.
"They got cut last year and they are going to get cut again," she said.
Cleveland grew up in Montoursville. She is a Penn State University graduate and returned to the area in 1980 after working in management and art in New York.
She has been involved with the arts and the city's First Friday celebration.
"I am excited to be able to serve this community and I hope that citizens will join me to make a positive change in the way we conduct business in Harrisburg," she said. "Together we will improve our community."
Cleveland is married to Craig Kaufman, a fellow artist and art teacher in the Williamsport Area School District and at Pennsylvania College of Technology. They hae two grown children.