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Wheeland will run to keep House seat

State Rep. Jeff C. Wheeland, R-Loyalsock Township, has announced he will seek re-election to the 83rd House seat.

“As representative, I have worked with people across our community to focus on issues that matter to our families, our seniors and our children,” Wheeland said. “Together we are making a positive difference for Lycoming County and Pennsylvania. With the support of local residents, we can keep moving forward because there is more to be done.”

Since first being elected in 2014, Wheeland said he has worked hard to keep his promises, chief among them to bring common sense to the state capital.

“My goal on every issue is simple: do what is right for the people I serve and focus on achieving results,” Wheeland said in explaining his legislative philosophy.

Rather than focus on a single issue, he has amassed a legislative portfolio that addresses numerous issues.

They include policies that spark economic growth and job growth and quality education for children, fighting the opioid epidemic, protecting Constitutional Rights, or simply making sure communities get back their fair share of funding.

“I have worked hard to control spending, hold the line on taxes and ensure sensible and predictable regulation while still freeing the private sector to do what it does best. The result is a booming economy that is bringing new jobs to our area and allowing greater investment in education, public services and the state’s Rainy Day Fund.

“I am proud to have joined with Republicans and Democrats to pass a common-sense package of laws that address the opioid epidemic. We are taking a comprehensive approach that focuses on treatment for those trapped in addiction, tough penalties for drug dealers, smart limits on opioid prescriptions, and more.”

Wheeland has made the issue of election integrity and ballot security a personal priority in Harrisburg, authoring legislation to require Voter Identification for each and every election. His bill would allow both photo and non-photo options to ensure ballot access for eligible voters while still ensuring the sanctity of the ballot.

“Voting is the cornerstone of our democracy and it is a right we must carefully protect. This legislation does that while giving voters the comfort of knowing that election results are uncorrupted,” he said.

Wheeland said he has become known as one of the Harrisburg’s most vocal defenders of Constitutional Rights, especially the 2nd Amendment.

He said he has stood up against the “liberal special interests every time they attack our right to keep and bear arms.”

“From voting against radical intrusions on the 2nd Amendment, to hosting gun law seminars, I continue to defend the rights guaranteed to Pennsylvania’s citizens and always will,” he said.

In addition to his efforts on legislation, Wheeland has helped secure important grant money for Lycoming County communities to fund important infrastructure and public safety needs as well as economic growth programs.

Securing grants for local needs, he said, ensures that Lycoming County taxpayers see a tangible benefit for the taxes they pay the state. Without these grants, local municipalities and organizations would either have to forego important projects or local homeowners would have to pick up the cost through higher property taxes.

Wheeland has also focused on ensuring strong constituent services and being actively involved in the community; he and his staff have helped thousands of local residents address their issues with state government, and he has attended countless meetings with local residents, groups, charities and more.

“Taking the time to listen to residents is the best way I know to put forth their ideas and fight for their concerns in Harrisburg,” Wheeland stated. “Helping and meeting the people I serve is the most satisfying part of my job, and it is something that I make a top priority.”

Wheeland represents the residents of Williamsport, South Willamsport, Duboistown, Montgomery and the townships of Armstrong, Clinton, Loyalsock, Old Lycoming, Susquehanna and Woodward.

He serves as a deputy chairman on the Policy Committee. He is also a member of the Appropriations, Liquor Control, Local Government and State Government committees.

He is a former Lycoming County commissioner.

Wheeland formerly operated the family business, Home Service Beverage and later started a second business, First Ice.

He is a graduate of Montoursville High School and earned an associate’s degree in business management from the former Williamsport Area Community College. He has taken additional post-secondary business courses at Lycoming College.

Wheeland is a 2010 graduate of the County Commissioners Association of Pa Academy of Excellence. He is also a past director of the Malt Beverage Distributors Association of Pennsylvania and is a member of the Young Men’s Republican Club, Moose Lodge 866, Sons of Italy, the Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce, and the Lick Run Hunting Club.

He is a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association and a community volunteer, working through organizations like the Red Cross.

He lives with his wife, Kimberly, in Loyalsock Township.

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