LEWISBURG – Over 325 people packed packed a room near Lewisburg to hear about the differences between the 85th District state house candidates, incumbent republican Fred Keller (R-85th, Kreamer) and democratic challenger Jennifer Rager-Kay. The candidates differed on raising the minimum wage, providing health care for all Pennsylvanians, and the natural gas severance tax.
Keller spoke of the role we have to help our fellow man, and not rely on government, “But the first thing is, we’ve got to stop, as leaders, dividing and talking to people like they’re less important when we tell people they’re at risk or they’re less important, I hear that all the time. Nobody is at risk or disadvantaged if they live in the United States of America. We just need to make sure that our hearts are big enough that we accept them and help them along with all of us. That’s what I do, that’s what I’ve always done.”
Rager-Kay talked about her independence at the capitol if she is elected and how she will stand up for the equal rights, “People in Harrisburg may not like me very much because I’m not afraid to make waves in order to change what is happening in our area. You know, and I witness every day, and it disheartens me there are still people in this world, in our cities, that think that a person who has chosen a different preference for their partner, should be treated andy differently. As a Christian, I don’t think that’s what Jesus would have wanted.”
They both talked about their Christian faith, and both spoke of ways to address the opioid crisis. The forum was sponsored by the Susquehanna Valley Conservatives and was the only debate to which Rep. Keller would agree to appear, as he declined several other invitations.