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A Cumberland County man has announced his campaign for the 193rd Legislative District seat.

John Wardle, president of the Penn Township Volunteer Fire Company, Tuesday announced he will run for the state seat. The 193rd seat contains mostly upper Adams County, as well as South Middleton Township, Mount Holly Springs Borough, Cooke Township, Penn Township and North and South Newton townships.

Wardle is the first Cumberland County candidate to announce his campaign. Other Adams County candidates so far include Torren Ecker and Barry Hockley, both Republicans.

The seat is currently held by Rep. Will Tallman, who announced he will not seek re-election.

Wardle, also a Republican, touted his ability as a teacher, firefighter and mentor in his campaign announcement.

“I am a conservative Republican committed to common sense in state government and accountability to the people,” he said in a news release. “I care about you, and in Harrisburg I will work to ensure you have a government that cares about you too. I will work to ensure you have a government that respects your rights and can help you succeed.”

Wardle is also an EMT and previously served on the Penn Township Planning Commission. He also teaches agricultural education at Bermudian Springs High School in Adams County for 32 years, where he also served as wrestling coach, cross country coach and student council adviser. He was also a member of the York Springs Volunteer Fire Company.

“I am not a politician, and I will have your best interests at heart,” he said. “I have done my best to serve my fellow citizens through my work with volunteer organizations, my church and the Cumberland County Extension Board. I have spent many years helping our children succeed through roles in the United Methodist Church, 4-H, Future Farmers of America and Boy Scouts.”

Wardle has a wife, Lori, three sons, a daughter and three grandchildren. For more information on Wardle, visit www.johnwardlepa193.com.

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