State Sen. Richard Alloway faces a Democratic challenger in his bid for re-election to Pennsylvania’s 33rd Senate District this November.
The 33rd Senate District includes all of Franklin and Adams counties and part of York County.
Alloway, 44, is a Republican who lives in Hamilton Township with his wife, Shannon. He was elected to his first four-year term in 2008.
Bruce Neylon, 59, also will appear on ballots for the seat Nov. 6. The Democrat lives in Gettysburg with his wife, Jeanne. They have three daughters and six grandchildren.
Neylon credited his mother with starting his interest in politics.
“She was an informed voter, and she made sure we were,” he said.
Alloway said he feels the top issue in the next term will be transportation and infrastructure.
“We absolutely have to make investments into our roads, bridges, sewer and gas lines. ... One of our concerns here in Franklin County is how are we going to manage this growth in the coming years,” he said.
Neylon said his run for the state seat started in a grocery store, where Adams County Democratic Committee Chairman Roger Lund asked Neylon if he wanted his hat thrown in the ring for the primary election.
“We were complaining about the Alloway and (former candidate Jim Taylor) mailings we were getting that started, ‘Dear Democrat.’ I didn’t care for the idea of a Republican on the Democrat side,” Neylon said.
Neylon, a computer programmer, said he has not been able to do door-to-door campaigning because of his job in Rockville, Md. Instead, he said he tries to go to events when invited and rely on volunteers who are doing canvassing and calling for him.
He expressed concerns about school district funding cuts and the future of health care and the environment. While he said property tax reform is not an important issue in other parts of the state, he said property taxes are not levied fairly in the 33rd District.
Alloway also said property tax reform could be a hard sell in urban areas such as Philadelphia.
“I don’t know if it’s politically feasible, but it needs to be done,” he said.
When talking about legislation that changed small games of chance laws in Pennsylvania, Alloway said smaller clubs are telling him they can abide by the new $25,000-per-week payout limits. He said larger clubs say they want to go beyond that amount.
The new law is a compromise, Alloway said. It maintains many provisions of the older law and only applies to clubs with liquor licenses, he said.
Alloway, who championed the new law, said clubs can now keep 30 percent of proceeds from small games of chance for their own expenses.
A former magisterial district judge, Alloway now serves as chairman of the Senate Game and Fisheries Committee, which oversees the Pennsylvania Game Commission and the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission. He is also vice chairman of the Senate Law and Justice Committee and serves as a member of the Senate Aging and Youth, Judiciary, Local Government, and Rules and Executive Nominations Committees.
The environment has been “put up for sale,” Neylon said. Pennsylvania needs a universal, single-payer health care plan, he said.
“We need this for our children and grandchildren,” he said.
Describing it as “a big positive,” Neylon said having not been in office before further illustrates that he is not in the race for himself. He said there are too many lawyers in the Pennsylvania General Assembly who all think the same way. Neylon said he envisions a legislature made up of computer programers, auto mechanics and school teachers.
“I think we need a wider pool than we have. ... I plan to be a senator for the people, the voters, not corporations,” he said.