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Donaher announces his candidacy for State Representative

Hanover Township, PA (January 11) – Dean M. Donaher of Hanover Township, Northampton County, has announced his candidacy for State Representative in the 138th Legislative District.

“I am pleased, humbled and honored to announce my candidacy for State Representative. As a long-time community leader in our region, I will fight for each and every family, child and senior citizen in Harrisburg. The status quo simply isn’t working anymore,” said Donaher.

Once elected, his goals will consist of enhancing education opportunities for all of Pennsylvania’s children, creating a better job market, generating a real plan to reduce property taxes, gauging the opioid and heroin epidemic, and preserving our treasured farmlands and open spaces.

Like many in our community, Donaher has grown tired of inaction in Harrisburg and watching long-time legislators idly sitting by while not providing responsible solutions to the problems Pennsylvanians face.

Due to the General Assembly’s status quo philosophy, Pennsylvania's economic growth has fallen short of the national rate over the last year. “It really is a shame that the only way a middle-income family is going to see an increase in take home pay is through a revision to the tax code. Our working families deserve better. Let’s fight to see that employees get real raises in their pay, not just temporary relief through a federal law written by lobbyists,” Donaher said.

Donaher retired from the Bethlehem Area School District in 2015 after 30 years of service. During his time with the district he taught mathematics, served as an Assistant High School Principal at both Liberty and Freedom High Schools, was Principal of Liberty High School and completed his career as the Director of Student Services.

“I have seen up close and personal how working families and children struggle by no fault of their own. Making sure I am doing all I can for my community that has been so good to me continues to be my priority,” said Donaher.

He currently serves as a member of the Bethlehem Area School District Board of School Directors, being elected to a four year, at-large, term in November 2015. He is a Trustee of Northampton Community College and President of the Board of the Five Star Heart Project, a non-profit organization that is dedicated to teaching the fundamentals of hard work, discipline, and sacrifice to middle school students through sports. He is the chairperson of the Holy Infancy Roman Catholic Church Pastoral Council in Bethlehem. Additionally, Donaher is a member of Bethlehem’s “South Side Vision 20/20” steering committee and co-chair of the Outdoors and Wellness sub-committee.

Donaher said, “There is much work to be done to better our neighborhoods and community. I will fight to improve the lives of Pennsylvania's families, children, seniors, and to help generate a better economy for all of our citizens.”

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