Sheldon Schwartz of Greencastle has launched a write-in campaign to represent the 90th House District currently held by Todd Rock.
Schwartz, 75, wants to unseat Rock, R-Franklin, by running a write-in campaign as a Democratic candidate in the April 24 primary. Rock has served two terms in the state house.
The 90th District includes Waynesboro, Greencastle and most of the surrounding townships.
“I’m asking all voters to blacken in the oval and write my name in. It is time for someone to speak up for the middle class in Franklin County,” Schwartz said.
He said he is tired of Rock rubberstamping Gov. Tom Corbett’s policies.
With no one challenging Rock in the primary, Schwartz said he knew it was time to wage a write-in campaign.
“He (Rock) is carrying the governor’s message of cutting the budget for education, cutting the budget for human services, cutting the budget for senior citizens — just cutting it all,” Schwartz said. “He’s just sitting there listening to it, and not standing up for the folks who really need to have a voice.”
Schwartz said he thinks he will need between 1,000 and 1,200 write-in votes to get on November’s ballot to challenge Rock.The Herald-Mailwas unable to verify the number Tuesday.
The Franklin County, Greencastle and Waynesboro Democratic committees have given Schwartz their support, he said.
Schwartz said he believes that every American should have the chance “to get a good education, to work at a good job with good wages, to raise and provide for a family, to live in safe surroundings, and retire with dignity and security.”
He also believes that quality and affordable health care is a basic right.
Schwartz is committed to protecting the needs of senior citizens. He has worked with the Senior Medicare Medicaid Patrol Project, and was a member and vice chairman of the Area 5 Florida Silver Haired Legislature.
He is a retired mechanical engineer and senior executive in the aerospace and nuclear regulatory field.
Schwartz is also active with the Civitan, volunteers with the Washington County Court Appointed Special Advocate Program, the Franklin County Area Agency on Aging Ombudsman Program and is a former chairman of the Pennsylvania South Central Citizens Review Panel created by the Child Abuse, Prevention and Treatment Act.