To the editor: I have been asked why am I running for the City of Shamokin’s Government Study Commission and what are my thoughts on Home Rule? So I decided it might be a good idea to share my thoughts.

Let me start by saying that I was born and raised here in Shamokin and have been a resident my entire life. I am a property owner and a business owner. I have seen the good and the bad, and I have witnessed the failure of our past city officials to fiscally guide Shamokin into the future. The fiscal problems that are facing our city did not happen over the past few years, but started many years ago. Unfortunately, there is not just one simple answer or cure to fix more than a decade of poor decisions.

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