The former president of the Cumberland Valley school board has announced her bid to run for the state 199th District seat.
Barb Gleim of Middlesex Township Wednesday announced her intent to run as a Republican for the seat, which covers Carlisle Borough, Dickinson Township, Lower Frankford Township, Lower Mifflin Township, Middlesex Township, Newville Borough, North Middleton Township, Upper Frankford Township, Upper Mifflin Township, West Pennsboro Township and part of Silver Spring Township.
Gleim is seeking the seat held by state Rep. Stephen Bloom. Bloom has announced his intention to seek the congressional seat for the 11th District after U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta announced his intention to run against U.S. Sen. Bob Casey for his seat.
Gleim served on the Cumberland Valley School Board for eight years, and has also served on the board of Cumberland-Perry Area Vocational Technical School, the Capital Area Intermediate Unit board and the Penn State Cumberland County Extension board. She has also audited for Middlesex Township, served as a Cub Scout leader, is an honorary member of the FFA and owns Hayman Farms with her husband while also working for the family-owned John W. Gleim Jr. Inc. excavating company.
Gleim said in a news release that she has a particular focus on education and plans to make education, labor and industry, and agriculture the major issues in her campaign and potentially in her work in the state House of Representatives.
“The current budget is unsustainable, while we also have an opioid crisis, a workforce development crisis, and a pension crisis,” she said in a news release. “We just borrowed from future revenue in order to balance this year’s budget, which proves we need new leadership and a vision for the future in the Legislature. It is critical that we reverse the spending trend, or it is inevitable that the people will be working for government, rather than the government working for the people.
“I am a strong proponent of fiscal responsibility and accountability, local control, and removing government regulations that prohibit common sense growth,” she said. “I am an advocate for the business community, and support it in any way I can. Most importantly, I will be an advocate for the working families throughout the 199th District. I’ll never stop fighting for better jobs, safer communities and a quality education for every child.”
Gleim has a bachelor’s in political science from the University of Maryland and a master’s in business administration in food and agribusiness from Delaware Valley University. She lives in Middlesex Township with her husband, Tracy, and has three grown children.