JACKSON TWP. — Drew Salko said it simply: He has two young children and he wants a better future for them.
That’s why Salko, 31, of Jackson Township and a nine-year member of the Lake-Lehman School Board, has entered the race for the Democratic nomination in the race for the 120th Legislative District seat.
“I have young children and I fight for them every day,” Salko said. “I want them to get a good education that will prepare them for the future.”
As a school director, Salko said he has seen the adverse effects cuts in education funding have had on Lake-Lehman and elsewhere.
“We’ve fallen way behind in basic education, special education and early childhood education,” Salko said. “We have to reverse that trend.”
Salko said there are plenty of other issues that need to be resolved in Harrisburg. He serves as a volunteer firefighter. He said volunteer fire companies are under-appreciated and he will fight for increased funding for equipment and other costs.
“Volunteer fire companies save taxpayers billions of dollars across the country each year,” he said.
Salko said he is one of several qualified candidates in the race, but voters should choose him because he will fight for them every day.
“Several people encouraged me to get in this race,” Salko said. “They know me and they know I can do the job.”
Salko said he is in the process of forming a campaign committee. He will have a campaign website set up in the near future.
He said he is raising money for the campaign and will use some of his own money to fund the campaign.
“I intend to run a true grassroots campaign,” he said. “I will get out and meet people so they can tell me their concerns and I can show them I will represent them in Harrisburg.”
Salko said he will go door to door to get his message to voters.
“I intend to spend a lot of nights and weekends talking to people,” he said. “It won’t be easy, but who ever said life is easy?”
Salko said he will make a formal announcement some time next week. He works full-time as a real estate consultant. He also served as auditor in Jackson Township, an elected position.