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Cumru Township commissioner running for state Senate

Lisha Rowe has worn a lot of different hats during her lifetime.

She has worked in environmental education, medical technology and agricultural science. She has served as a Cumru Township commissioner and been an active member of the Berks County Republican Committee, helping local candidates running for office.

And now the 63-year-old is looking to don a new hat, that of a state senator.

Rowe is running against Muhlenberg School Board member Miguel Vasquez in the April 23 primary for the Republican nomination in the 11th Senatorial District. The winner of the race will face Democratic incumbent Judy Schwank in the general election.

Lisha Rowe
Lisha Rowe

Rowe, who describes herself as a constitutional conservative, said she believes her diverse background and dedication to her community will serve her well in Harrisburg.

“I’m always up for a good challenge,” she said. “I think I have the basic knowledge and background to serve the people of the 11th District. And I have the drive to do it.”

Rowe said her interest in politics has developed over time, and that there are many issues she thinks deserve more attention. And, she said, she feels she’s the person to guide those discussions.

One of her top priorities should she be elected to serve is eliminating school property taxes. However, she said she is committed to finding a solution that balances the needs of those struggling to stay in their homes while ensuring school districts are not left with massive gaps in funding.

“This is not something that can be done overnight, so I would look to give relief to the people who need it the most, like those who are retired and those on a limited income,” she said. “It would have to be an incremental change that happened over time.”

Another issue of importance to Rowe is school choice. She said the state needs to ensure the public school system is adequately funded but that students should have the ability to choose the education option that best suits their needs.

“I believe the money should follow the child to their school of choice,” she said. “And I think the competition for those dollars would help drive those places of education to be the best.”

She said she would be a big supporter of workforce and vocational training to ensure there is a deep pool of skilled candidates for companies to choose from.

“There seems to be a lot of jobs out there and not enough qualified people to fill them,” she said. “Not everyone wants to go to college, and trade schools are a good fit for them and would help the economy as a whole.”

Some of her other stances include supporting the preservation of farmland, backing the passage of a voter ID law to help restore integrity in elections, advocating for Second Amendment rights and shortening Pennsylvania’s current 24-week abortion ban.

State senators serve a four-year term and receive an annual salary of $102,844.

Meet the candidate

Candidate: Lisha Rowe, 63, Cumru Township.

Position sought: State senator for the 11th Senatorial District, which includes 23 municipalities in Berks County stretching from Spring Township in the southwest through Reading to Maxatawny Township in the northeast.

Current salary for position: $102,844.

Background: Rowe is a retired chemical researcher and environmental education specialist for various organizations. She continues to teach agricultural sciences to home school students. She is a member of the Cumru Township Board of Commissioners, the Berks County Republican Committee and Reading Area Transportation Study.


Source: Berkshire mont

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