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Keller stresses values and local jobs as priorities

U.S Rep. Fred Keller, R-Kreamer, has called on voters not to derail strides his party has supported and promoted on the region’s energy independence, low unemployment rates and bringing family values to Washington, D.C.

“You’re the drivers,” said Keller, representing the 12th Congressional District, at Saturday’s Lycoming County Republican Committee Lincoln Day Dinner at the Genetti Hotel.

Natural gas, energy independence, low unemployment rates, efforts to get rural broadband access to users and business-friendly tax policies were among the successes the party wants to see keep going for the district residents, Keller said.

Keller, and local businessman, Larry Allison, owner Allison Rigging and Crane, were in attendance at President Donald Trump’s State of the Union Address.

Keller took a number of jabs at Democratic leadership in the friendly ballroom, saying socialist left and liberalism policies don’t translate in this part of the state.

It is not a time to be distracted, he cautioned, a message to those who might be swayed by the colleagues’ promises and attacks against the president made by candidates on the other side of the aisle.

Keller also shared a personal story about the struggle his father had and how one of his sons, himself, maintained core values to become a small business owner, serving five terms in the state House of Representatives in Union-Snyder counties, where he promoted agriculture, local families and businesses and helped the economy by attracting and providing jobs.

One of the more audible moments came when Keller said, “If you live here (America) you are not disadvantaged.”

But, he warned, “The fight starts in Pennsylvania’s 12th District.”

In the audience were many Republican leaders of businesses and industries, heads of universities and colleges and technical institutions, executives from medical and health care facilities and members of state and county government and City Council.

Keller promised to those in the packed ball room he would continue to take their values to Washington, D.C.

Currently serving on the House Committee on Education and Labor and the House Oversight and Reform Committee, Keller was a guest during the president’s visit to Williamsport Regional Airport last May, attended by thousands of people ahead of Keller’s victory over Marc Friedenberg in a special election to the House.

Toward the end of the dinner, Denise Dieter, a local attorney, was given the Alvin C. Bush Award. The award is named after Bush, who was in the state House from 1960-1970, and 1984-1994, and served as Chief of Staff of the state Senate from 1976-1984.

It is presented each year to a member of the community who has displayed extraordinary dedication and support for the goals and objectives of the party in Lycoming County, said Joseph Hamm, party chairman and state House candidate.

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