John Hershey - Election Result: WINNER: 82.61%

Party: Republican

Office: PA House ( District: 82 )

A lifelong Juniata County resident, Hershey grew up in Mifflintown. After graduating Magna cum Laude from Messiah College with a double major in Economics and Politics, Hershey went to work for an agricultural microfinance nonprofit. He was U.S. Representative Charlie Dent (R-PA)’s legislative staff and worked with congressional leaders to pursue assistance for dairy farmers. Hershey has also helped lead efforts to improve and reform the Veterans’ Administration (VA) through his boss’s subcommittee chairmanship. He plans to use his expertise and experience solving complex legislative problems facing our communities today to serve the 82nd district with a determination that can be achieved only by a firm commitment to his values and his hometown.
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Quiz Results

How the candidate answered on the issues

State and National

Do you support net neutrality?

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Should the minimum wage be raised?

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What is your view on Climate Change?

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Regarding gun laws, what generally do you support from the choices below?

Additional Comments: From campaign website https://hersheyforlegislature.com/issues/: I support the Pennsylvania Constitution’s take on gun control, which goes a step further than the 2nd Amendment’s “right to bear arms.” It reads, “The right of the citizens to bear arms in defense of themselves and the State shall not be questioned.” As a proud hunter and NRA member, I believe the PA Constitution explains the right to bear arms perfectly. I believe Pennsylvania could do a better job of enforcing gun control laws already on the books, and would support funding to do so, before I would support taking away a citizen’s fundamental right.
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How should marijuana be regulated?

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Should the drawing of district lines be done by an independent system instead of state legislators?

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Were you (or would you have been) in support of the 2016 legislation regulating opioids in Pennsylvania (Act 122, Act 124, Act 125, Act 126)?

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From the choices below, what best represents your view on the wages men and women are paid?

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Regarding Pennsylvania pensions, were you (or would you have been) in favor of the 2017 Senate Bill 1 that introduces a 401K-style component into pension benefits for new hires after 2019?

Additional Comments: From campaign website : https://hersheyforlegislature.com/issues/ Harrisburg’s irresponsibility has threatened the pensions that were promised to average, hardworking state employees like many of the 82nd district’s residents. However, our lawmakers took a step in the right direction in June 2017 when they passed a bipartisan bill to modernize Pennsylvania’s pension plan. The new, hybrid plan reduces the burden on taxpayers, protecting pension funding for future generations of Pennsylvanians. Furthermore, I also support legislation which recently passed the Senate to toughen pension forfeiture rules. Pennsylvania’s taxpayers should not subsidize pensions for public officials who have committed felonies and abused the public trust.
State

From the choices below, what best represents your view on property taxes?

Additional Comments: From campaign website https://hersheyforlegislature.com/issues/: Pennsylvania’s tax code unfairly punishes our state’s landowners by imposing a property tax that discourages home ownership, burdens farmers already suffering from low commodity prices, and forces retirees out of their homes. I support incremental and comprehensive tax reform that would decrease the burden of unsustainable property taxes, as people should not be punished for their pursuit of the American dream. As a fiscal conservative, I recognize that many of our school districts and townships receive funding from property taxes, and stripping this funding would have negative implications for the future. For this reason, I would support a temporary increase to a tax in another area, such as a sales tax, to stabilize these needed sources of revenue. Eventually, I would want this tax to revert back to the mean as well, preferring to work with the legislature to reign in bloated entitlement spending that seeks to benefit the Harrisburg political class.
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From the choices below, what best represents your view on abortion?

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