By James Jonesemail@example.com
John Stroup was in Potter County over the weekend, talking to voters at the gun show at the Roulette Fire Hall, and again on Monday when he met with editor/publisher James Jones of "Solomon's words" for an interview at the Maple Tree Restaurant in Coudersport.
One important feature of his campaign is his effort to stop the tolling of Interstate 80. In the spirit of "I was country, when country wasn't cool", John was there fighting the tolls from the time that the state government came out with the idea.
As Mayor of Clarion, he immediately recognized the harm that would be done to the manufacturers in his area. The costs for a modular housing company to move their products would seriously impair their ability to continue to be competitive. He responded to that threat, and he along with Representative John Peterson have been fighting the toll idea ever since.
At this point in time, I think every candidate, and nearly every citizen of Central Pennsylvania has expressed their disdain to the tolling idea. It was an idea that would have devastated business and transportation in the middle of this great state.
Photo by James Jones for Solomon's words
Stroup accepted an opportunity to become Executive Director of the Clarion Hospital Foundation, where he is involved in fundraising, grant writing and that type of thing. In the four years he has held that position, he has learned much about the problems of rural health care, trying to keep doctors and recruit more to practice in a rural setting. Pennsylvania is not particularly friendly to physicians and there is work needed to correct some of the problems that cause that.
John's family is familiar with public service. His wife is President of the local school board. He has worked with Congressman Peterson on a lot of issues and says he would work to earn the same respect from his constituents as the congressman has earned. He says he intends to make himself available to his home district to hear their needs. It is his love for rural America that motivated him to enter this congressional race.
Stroup was scheduled to speak at a forum in Wellsboro, Pa Monday evening. I hope he wasn't late. He was easy to talk to. A regular guy. We talked for two hours and I had the feeling we could have probably talked more. He is intelligent and articulate, and has the maturity and experience to make a good congressional representative for the 5th District.
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