At a time when too many holding elected office seem focused on scoring political points, I have concentrated on achieving practical results. It is quite possible to engage in constructive cooperation without compromising principles. When I ran for office, I promised to work toward fiscal responsibility, government reform, education improvements, and a better climate for job creation. We have made notable progress in each of these areas.
One of my fundamental commitments as an officeholder is to be accessible. I meet a lot of people at community events and forums and town halls across the district, in my Harrisburg and district offices, and through visits to schools, senior centers, businesses, and other places. Additionally, electronic communication allows me to gather more information and interact with more people.
The e-mails and letters coming in and the phone messages received have increased substantially. It is a reflection of the many complicated and contentious issues we have confronted in the General Assembly, and an increased willingness of people to register their opinion. This input is very helpful as I represent the views and interests of our area.
Another key principle is personal accountability. Consistent with the practice of the traditional citizen-legislator, I return to the district after every session day. Many times it is for community events or meetings. Sometimes, it is for family responsibilities. Either way, it allows me to stay connected to the area, rather than falling into the habits of a Harrisburg insider.
The trust and support given by so many is greatly appreciated. Thank you for considering my candidacy.
If you have reached this site looking for my official legislative webpage, please go to www.SenatorSmucker.com My staff and I will be happy to help with any state-related problem or concern you may have, or to listen to a viewpoint you wish to express. Thank you for your interest.