A Picture Rocks Borough Councilwoman has announced her intent to seek the 84th state House seat.
Linda Sosniak, a Democrat, said she wants to fight for the people of the district.
“Unlike so many who go to Harrisburg, I will not be a ‘party-first’ legislator, but will remain an independent actor,” she said. “I will be fair; I will work with the highest level of integrity, and will always be an independent person.”
Sosniak said there has been enough budget battles in Harrisburg.
She noted the state’s credit rating has too often been downgraded, severely hurting the economy.
“We cannot afford these continuing budget battles; they have cost us too much already,” she said. “People want to see honest accounting, not tricks, to meet our financial obligations. We cannot continue to ignore sources of tax revenue. I will support the severance tax and any other revenues that make sense.”
She called for better ways of combatting erosion and floods and working to find a consensus on conservation and land use protections.
“We hike, hunt, fish, live and play in the forests that are part of our backyards,” she said. “Our lives are intertwined with our natural resources. The beauty and majesty of our land and waterways must be protected.”
Sosniak believes education is the key to a healthy economy. She said she supports programs that develop fiscally balanced and aggressive K-12 education opportunities in public schools and continuing learning for adults.
The expansion of apprenticeship programs, she noted, provides apprenticeship grants to an expanded list of eligible businesses, unions and training facilities.
Sosniak, a former postmaster in Linden, Milton, State College, Scranton, South Carolina and Georgia, became the first female national secretary-treasurer of the National Association of Postmasters of the U.S.
“I am familiar with doing legislative work,” she said. “I am interested in making people’s lives better.”
As part of her campaign, she has been reaching out to individuals and organizations to learn their needs.
She said she wants to help solve issues of rural residents who often feel disconnected from much of the state’s population.
Sosniak holds a bachelor’s degree in business management and is a graduate of the Advanced Leadership Program at the William F. Bolger Management Center near Washington, D.C.
A native of Hughesville where she raised her family, she has been involved in a number of youth activities including baton/rifle/flag drill teams, Pop Warner Football, Little Spartan Wrestling and Hughesville High School Booster Club.
She and her husband Johnny attend Friends Church in Hughesville.
The 84th seat currently is held by state Rep. Garth Everette, R-Muncy.