Connellsville City Councilman, small business owner and substitute teacher Ethan Keedy is seeking the Democratic nomination for state representative in the 52nd Legislative District.
The 52nd District includes portions of Fayette and Westmoreland counties and is currently represented by Republican Ryan Warner.
Keedy said he wants to use his experience to fight for local values in Harrisburg.
“Our local leadership continues to borrow money to fund our state budget, and allow an out of control property tax system to disproportionately burden our community,” Keedy said of his inspiration to run. “We must fight for property tax reduction and sustainable revenue sources, proper funding of our schools and government, and good paying jobs for our working families.”
Keedy, who was elected to Connellsville City Council in 2015, serves as the council’s director of finance. According to Keedy, in his two years in that position, he has worked to turn a $680,000 deficit into a surplus, with revenue available for needed infrastructure improvements without a tax increase or layoffs.
“We achieved a surplus through normal family economics and fiscal responsibility. When you sit around and do your budget with your wife, you don’t plan to borrow money against pretend money you might have in the future— Harrisburg must stop this,” Keedy argues of the current state of fiscal policy in Harrisburg.
Keedy said there has been too much focus by local legislators on other areas of the state, and not on the region represented.
“I want to put the 52nd District on the map,” Keedy said of infrastructure investment. “We must put the money and resources into growing out local economy, and fighting for continued small business growth and jobs growth in this region and I know our current leadership doesn’t do this”.
Having lost his father to the opioid epidemic, Keedy also believes Harrisburg is only paying lip service to our community’s heroin problem during election time. He knows we as a community must fight against the opioid epidemic 365 days a year— not just during election season.
“I lost my father, and have seen so many promising lives stopped short in our community because our leaders in Harrisburg only talk the talk. Now is the time for strong investments in addiction treatment, counseling services, and rehabilitation,” Keedy said.
Keedy is a lifelong resident of the 52nd Legislative District. He is the owner of Keedy’s Pizzeria and looks to expand other small businesses and economic development in the district. He lives in Connellsville with his wife, Chelsea.
The 52nd District includes the city of Connellsville, Bullskin, Connellsville, Dunbar, Lower Tyrone, Menallen, North Union, Perry, Saltlick, and Upper Tyrone township and Dawson, Dunbar, Everson, Perryopolis, Seven Springs, South Connellsville, and Vanderbilt boroughs in Fayette County. It also includes portions of East Huntingdon Township, Bessemer, Whites and Scottdale in Westmoreland County.