A portion of Centre County has found itself thrown into the middle of a heated race in the 81st District.
Although the county hasn’t been a part of the district for the past four races won by Republican Mike Fleck (the past three of which were unchallenged), it doesn’t take much to see he is the better candidate.
Fleck is endorsed by organizations of such differing viewpoints that this could only be possible because he listens to everyone and then does what is best for his district.
His endorsements range from the conservative Pennsylvania Chamber of Commerce to pro-education Pennsylvania State Education Association.
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They include the National Federation of Independent Business, the National Rifle Association and the Pennsylvania Association of Realtors.
The Pennsylvania Farm Bureau named Fleck a “Friend of Agriculture.” During the primaries, the Centre County Republican Committee was happy to endorse Fleck.
Why not? He’s a pro-gun, pro-business, pro-school, pro-farm, anti-tax candidate.
Richard Irvin has received one endorsement: the American Family Association, which is labeled by the Southern Policy Law Center as a hate group.
Other writers have said Irvin has a “passion to serve,” but his refusal to make public his (rather vague) opinions via debate certainly contradict that.
The experts agree: A vote against Fleck would be a vote against lower property taxes, schools, businesses, farms and the Second Amendment.
I hope we make the right choice.