The field of candidates in the race for the 4th Congressional District has grown to four, with two third-party candidates sharing the ballot with Democrat Harry Perkinson and Republican Scott Perry.
Independent Wayne Wolff and Libertarian Michael Koffenberger have joined the ballot with hopes of claiming the seat left vacant with the retirement of Rep. Todd Platts, R-York County.
Wolff, 60, of North Hopewell Township, said he plans to draw advantage from dissatisfaction with Republicans and Democrats whose priorities have gone awry.
There's little bipartisanship and a lot of gridlock in Congress, he said, with major party politicians "politically grandstanding instead of doing what's best for the citizens and
He cited the example of House Republicans who repeatedly voted to repeal President Barack Obama's healthcare law when they knew their measure wouldn't pass the Senate.
"I will vote in the interest of the country and the citizens instead of along party lines," said Wolff, who's running with no party affiliation on a small-government, pro-business platform.
Background: Wolff works for Baltimore Gas and Electric as a key account representative and said he deals with a lot of the utility's major local and federal government agencies.
"I see how well they work or don't work, and that was part of the impetus to get in the race," he said. "I see firsthand how we could make some improvements on their operations."
He said he would work for the elimination or drastic reduction of federal departments such as the Department of Energy and the Department of Education because they're redundant and unneeded.
The Department of Energy hasn't completed its mission to reduce dependence on foreign oil, and education is the job of the states, he said.
"There's a lot of duplicity that could be eliminated," he said. "The Department of Education on a federal level has no teachers
He would also reduce government regulation of businesses, focusing on cutting red tape instead of government intervention.
"I hear talk of the government creating jobs, but it doesn't," he said. "It's the private sector, and basically the government needs to get out of the way."
Wolff, originally from Baltimore, said he has lived in York County for 11 years.
Libertarian: Koffenberger, a 41-year-old police officer in Baltimore County, said he joined the race to correct the steering of the country for his two young sons.
"Republicans and Democrats are not willing to work on the problems,
His ideas include reducing the size of government and bringing home all troops involved in foreign conflicts.
"The more I read, the more I realize we have ... become the empire we fought against to get our freedom from," he said. "Getting involved in other countries' affairs has gotten us more enemies and gotten us in more trouble."
Koffenberger said all wars should have "clear-cut" endings, and "We should not occupy or dictate the county's next 100 years of government. You deal with the threat and leave."
He said he'd also like to restore power to a smaller level of government, reducing the "top-down" legislating that occurs in federal departments such as the Department of Education.
"We haven't improved the education of our children since that department was created," he said. "It has only gotten worse."
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