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Dear Editor:

My grandparents taught me that with hard work, determination and a good education, opportunity was limitless. Giving back to the community is also something I have done from an early age, because of their guidance.

I am running because in addition to what seems like a perpetual “budget crisis," critical issues such as solving the pension crisis, fixing an unfair property tax system, solving the opioid crisis and creating an economic climate necessary for job creation go unresolved in Harrisburg, and I care about fixing these issues for the 199th.

As a conservative business leader, working at John W. Gleim Jr., Inc., I am a strong proponent of fiscal responsibility and accountability. I believe that we must lower taxes, cut wasteful spending and eliminate over regulation to encourage businesses to create jobs.

My husband, Tracy, and I are farmers. We farm the land that his family has farmed for generations and we see the damage burdensome regulations and stagnant wages have caused farmers in our area and across Pennsylvania.

As a former school board member, I have seen the challenges unfunded mandates and an unfair funding formulas have placed on local school districts and taxpayers.

I intend to use all of the lessons that I have learned from my working-class roots, small business, community service and agricultural experiences along with my strong conservative family and fiscal values to protect our rights and individual liberties and to solve the problems facing us, in order to provide a future for our children and grandchildren.

But I cannot do it alone. I hope that you will join me in this journey to reform Harrisburg and make government work for the people instead of the people working for the government. I ask for your vote on Tuesday, May 15.

Barb Gleim

Middlesex Township

Republican candidate for the 199th Legislative District

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