Saturday’s heat and humidity wasn’t enough to stop the Clinton County Democratic Party, as well as State Representative Michael K. Hanna (D), from welcoming the public to the grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony of their new election headquarters. The office, located at 142 East Water Street in Lock Haven, was host to many community members and dignitaries who enjoyed refreshments and snacks.
Lock Haven Mayor Bill Baney applauded Hanna for his commitment to the community.
“Mike has been a godsend to me in my efforts to bring outdoor dining to the downtown. Mike also crosses party lines, republicans have supported him and we know the democratic party has supported him.”
Clinton County Democratic Chairman Joe Waltz urged those in attendance to get out and vote.
“Don’t believe the polls. Spread the word to your friends and neighbors, this election is critical. We need everyone to get out and vote.”
Hanna spoke about many things, including his history in office. During this time, Hanna noted the opening of the First Quality plant here in Lock Haven.
“ First Quality mirrors my progress. They came here 27 years ago and worked with myself and my law partner Mike Williamson. We helped them get started. When they first started they projected to employ 47 people. Today I think they have more than 4000 worldwide.”
Hanna also discussed helping to bring two industrial parks to the district, one in Clinton County and the other in Centre County.
“Jobs have always been one of the top focuses of what we’ve tried to do… It’s not just about what we’ve done, but also what we plan to do. We are on the cusp of doing some great things right now.”
Working with Governor Tom Wolf, Hanna noted some of the tasks they’ve been able to accomplish in the past five months. These were highlighted by the bipartisan modernization of the liquor stores, the bipartisan work done to help pass medical marijuana, and Pennsylvania having its’ credit rating upgraded to “stable”.
“Obviously the “stable” rating isn’t the highest you can get and we have more work to do to increase that rating, but it’s a huge step in the right direction to stop the slide,” Hanna said.
Hanna was also excited about the new Renovo energy plant that is in the works.
“I believe it will be a rebirth of manufacturing and good paying jobs in Renovo. The construction alone will see between 300-400 construction jobs.”
Hanna also talked about the importance of this election and shared that he had spent the morning knocking on doors in Howard. One resident in particular stuck with Hanna. After knocking on the door, a gentleman answered.
“Don’t say another word,” he said. “I know who you are. I’m a lifelong republican. I’ve voted for you every time and I’m going to continue to vote for you,” the homeowner told Hanna.
Anyone interested in becoming involved in the campaign process, who wants to volunteer, would like to pick up yard signs, buttons or bumper stickers or just has questions are encouraged to stop in the office at 142 East Water Street in Lock Haven. The election headquarters will be open to the public Monday through Friday from 4 p.m. – 8 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sunday from noon until 6 p.m.