A decorated U.S. Army and Iraq war veteran has announced his candidacy as a Democratic challenger to incumbent Republican and House Majority Whip Stan Saylor in the 94th House District.
David Colon, 35, is a project manager for a Hunt Valley, Md., defense contractor and has a master's degree in engineering from Penn State.
The Windsor man said he wants to change the "status quo" in Harrisburg, with legislators working together to accomplish meaningful legislation.
"I feel members of the Pa. General Assembly, specifically those in the York County Republican Caucus, forgot why they were sent to Harrisburg," he said. "They have completely ignored the importance of a bipartisan legislature and instead have focused on party and self-interests. I firmly believe this lack of bipartisanship is hindering the progress of many of the issues that should be resolved."
Colon's priorities would be increasing Pennsylvania's minimum wage, restoring and increasing educational spending, examining the cost of higher education for York County high school students, expanding Medicaid and educating people about the Affordable Care Act, and evaluating property taxes for possible reduction or elimination, he said.
Colon served as an operator and mission commander for the Tactical Unmanned Aircraft System and left the military as a non-commissioned officer.
Colon first entered the local political arena earlier this year as one of two candidates vying for the Democratic nomination to appear on the ballot during a March 18 special election to fill resigned former Sen. Mike Waugh's senate seat for the rest of the year.
Local party officials ended up choosing the more politically experienced Linda Small of New Freedom, but party chair Bob Kefauver said he's glad to see Colon pursuing the House seat.
"We're delighted to have a bright, hard-working, U.S. Army Iraq veteran on the ballot this year," he said. "Representative Saylor has demonstrated with his votes over the last number of years that he is way outside the mainstream of political thought in Pennsylvania."
Unlike Saylor, Colon will compromise, Kefauver said.
Saylor is also facing a Republican challenger, Kelly Henshaw, in the May 20 primary.
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