“I will bring proven conservative leadership to the Senate to continue standing up for taxpayers and our communities.”
HOLIDAYSBURG, PA – State Representative Judy Ward (R-80) today announced her intention to run for the Republican nomination for Pennsylvania’s 30th State Senate District.
“I will bring proven conservative leadership to the Senate to continue standing up for taxpayers and our communities,” Ward said. “From standing up to the Governor’s liberal tax-and-spend agenda, to protecting our agricultural heritage and driving economic and job growth, to protecting our 2nd Amendment Rights, I will continue to be a strong voice on the issues local residents care about most.”
Ward, who was first elected to the House in 2014, has quickly become known as one of Harrisburg’s strongest conservative voices for limited government that protects taxpayers and preserves the freedoms of citizens.
Ward was a leading opponent against Governor Wolf’s proposed expansion of the state’s income and sales taxes.
“Governor Wolf doesn’t get it: our families can’t afford to pay more. It’s time for him to do what we do in our homes: focus on priorities, and control spending,” Ward stated. “That’s why I have supported fiscally responsible budgets that say no to new, broad-based taxes and actually spend less than the year before.”
Along with passing fiscally responsible budgets every year she has been in the House, Ward supported conservative initiatives to begin privatization of the state’s archaic liquor monopoly and institute desperately needed reforms to the public pension system.
“By standing strong for conservative principles, we have been begun making positive changes to government to help taxpayers. The public pension reforms we passed will save taxpayers billions of dollars, and are a large step in taking power away from the entrenched special interests in Harrisburg,” Ward stated.
Ward believes so strongly in the need for comprehensive public pension reform that she refuses the taxpayer-paid pension and will continue to do so as Senator. She will also continue to refuse the taxpayer-funded per diems.
“Our other priority for Pennsylvania must be driving economic and job growth, especially in our area of the state,” Ward said. “Our families deserve the good-paying jobs that will let them reach economic security, and to get them we need to set loose the ingenuity and power of our people, make sure our education system is focused on giving children the skills they need rather than just the ability to take tests, and getting government out of the way of job creators to make our state competitive in the national marketplace.”
Ward’s record on economic growth and agricultural issues has earned her consistent high ratings from the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business & Industry and the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau, as well as the endorsement of their political arms in her 2016 re-election campaign.
Ward was an early and leading supporter of President Donald Trump’s campaign and was chosen to introduce him at a campaign event held just before the November 2016 election.
“Being asked by the future President of the United States to help ‘fire up the crowd’ at a huge campaign rally is truly an honor I will never forget,” Ward stated. “As he is working to shake up the status quo in Washington, I want to do the same in the state Senate to make sure people are always put first.”
Ward will bring to the Senate the proven abilities she has displayed in the House, along with a diverse background in nursing, business and community service she built prior to entering the government.
Ward spent 22 years caring for local residents as a Registered Nurse. During that time she also founded a business called All About Towne that assisted local businesses in relocating and welcoming new employees to our community.
Upon leaving nursing, Ward worked to help local non-profits by serving as Development Director first for Allegheny Lutheran Social Services and later for Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic High School.
In 2010, Ward brought her experience in medicine and business to the private sector, becoming the Medical, Health and Wellness Coordinator at Ward Transport and Logistics. There, she was responsible for helping employees to take an active role in their health; she was also deeply involved with issues surrounding health insurance, the federal Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), and workers compensation insurance.
In each of these roles – as a nurse, a business professional, and a community volunteer – Ward built strong relationships with our community’s business and civic leaders, as well as countless local residents.
“From day one, my goal has been to represent the real people from every walk of life and every background who make up our communities,” Ward said. “As Representative, I have made it my top priority to deliver the very best in constituent services to make certain people are getting the help they need and deserve. I have also focused on the local issues that are important to our communities but too often are forgotten about by the Harrisburg insiders. This is something I will continue to do as Senator.”
Ward’s personal background is something she also points to as an asset in working to represent the needs of local families. She is a lifelong resident of Blair County who lives just up the hill from her 95 year old mother, and is a wife and the mother of two sons – Bill, Jr., a Naval Academy graduate who has served overseas in the Persian Gulf, and Adam, a Penn State graduate. She and her husband Bill will be married for 34 years this June.
“These experiences have given me an understanding of the challenges that we all face in our everyday lives…be it our older residents concerned about the rising costs of healthcare, our working families concerned about making ends meet, or parents worried about the future we are leaving our kids,” said Ward.
A-rated by the National Rifle Association and consistently supported by the PA Pro-Life Federation, Ward, who recently voted for the 20-week abortion ban in Harrisburg, also talked about preserving the values that are part of the fabric of the 30th District, “I am pro-life. I am a strong supporter of our Second Amendment rights. When these issues come up in Harrisburg, my record is clear: I have fought time and again to protect the unborn and our Constitutional rights, and will do so again as Senator.”
Prior to joining the House, Ward was well known throughout the region as an active community volunteer. She is passionate about Servant Leadership and has given her time to many community boards, including The Altoona Symphony, Blair County Respiratory Disease Society and St. Leonard’s Home. She also volunteered her time and energy to projects with the Easter Seals of Blair County, Arrow Child and Family Ministries, and the Food for Families Soup Kitchen. Ward is also active in the Blair County Chamber of Commerce, and is a past President and Vice President of her children’s PTO and her Parish Council. Until elected, Ward also served as an advisory member on a Blair County bank board.
Ward is a graduate of Hollidaysburg High School and earned a nursing diploma at the Altoona Hospital School of Nursing. She is a graduate of R.U.L.E. – the Pennsylvania Rural Urban Leadership Program run by the Penn State University College of Agricultural Sciences as well as the Blair County Chamber’s Leadership Blair County program.
“This campaign is about the future of Pennsylvania and our conservative roots. I know the people of the 30th District appreciate my conservative record and know that I have the proven experience needed to represent them” Ward said.
Ward will be holding a formal announcement event on Saturday, January 20, 2018, at 1:00 PM at the Williamsburg Community Center on Recreation Drive in Williamsburg, PA. The public is invited to attend.