November 17, 2009
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Rohrer Announces Gubernatorial Bid
WEST LAWN, PA [11.17.09] As expected, State Representative Sam Rohrer
(R-Berks) announced his decision to seek the 2010 Republican Gubernatorial
nomination in front of hundreds of supporters at the Spring Township Fire
Company in West Lawn and in a live, statewide webcast of a "Pennsylvania
Townhall" Tuesday evening.
The son of a union steelworker, Rohrer has been a leading advocate for
issues affecting working families. Since 1992, his work on property tax
elimination, expanding choice in education and the ongoing battle against
extravagant spending have been defining issues of his legislative career.
Opening his remarks, Rohrer reflected on the impact that his parents and
grandparents had on his life. Deeply ingraining his development through hard
work, honesty and integrity. "Tonight I have made the decision to pursue
the office of Governor," said Rohrer to thunderous applause and the large
crowd chanting "go Sam go."
Citing earlier tax increases, Rohrer pointed out that the overbearing tax
burden has hurt business in the state. "What do we do," Rohrer asked. "Get
out of the way" he said, answering his own question. "Government is too
big." We don’t have enough money to pay for it. We need to spend only what
we have, don’t borrow anymore, lower taxes, and change the culture of
Harrisburg in the form of tax revenue."
Rohrer also said "The way we fund public education is broken." He called for
the elimination of the property tax as a way to fund education. He also
called for improving student performance by expanding school choice and
"Without integrity and ethics, you cannot have a government that functions,"
he went on. "Telling the truth is the most important thing to do. People
have lost confidence in government. It’s going to require great backbone in
the next Governor and legislators to do what is right."
The GOP gubernatorial candidate closed the Townhall event by taking a number
of questions from the crowd.
Sam and his wife Ruth Ann live in Berks County, and are the parents of six
children and three grandchildren.