Election day is now less than a week away and Republican Jack Rader and Democrat Claudette Williams are once again facing off for the 176th Legislative District seat. The winner will represent seven municipalities in Monroe County.
Incumbent, Republican Jack Rader is in his third term as the Pennsylvania House Representative For the 176th District. And he wants to continue serving his constituents. He says he’s dedicated to helping them and solving their issues.
Rader says, "Each term you learn a little bit more and I think that’s important that you can do a little bit more for your constituents because you have the experience, you have the knowledge, you’ve been working with others, you know where they stand on issues, they know how you operate and it really does help in getting things done."
As a lifelong Monroe County resident, he knows property tax reform is always a number one issue in his district but right now the pandemic is at the forefront.
Rader says, "We talked about flattening the curve for the Covid, but we don’t want to flatten our economy at the same time so right now I think we have to start piecing things back together again, getting our jobs back in line - our unemployment is still way too high, helping those who are in need."
He says to get the economy rolling again everyone needs to come together. As a small business owner and a former township supervisor for 28 years, He knows how to work within local government.
Rader says, "I have a lot of Democratic support, always have. It’s about working with others, it’s about communicating with others."
Democrat Claudette Williams is looking to unseat Rader. The current Mount Pocono Borough Council President, a Pocono Mountain Regional Police Commissioner and a 30 year Army Veteran says she’s all about servant leadership.
Williams says, "I attained the rank of Sergeant Manager, which is a rank that is held by less than one percent of the armed forces. That’s the highest rank of the enlistment chain so that comes with the leadership, it comes with experience. I’m battle tested, I know what it is to serve."
She’s been looking to take her leadership skills to the state level and believes she has what it takes to make a difference.
Williams says, "Healthcare, the minimum wage pieces of it, constant cry about property taxes, school funding, our environment, these are thing that need a vote in Harrisburg and so far we haven’t been able to secure those votes."
She wants to represent the working men and women in Harrisburg and make sure they’re heard.
Williams says, "You have people that are working three and four jobs and they still can’t afford healthcare because they’re making that 40 hours a week but it’s 40 hours a week for three different jobs."