Grammes announces bid for 183rd District
Marc Grammes held a campaign kick-off rally at Vigilant Fire Company, Slatington, Jan. 9 for his bid to win the seat in the 183rd Legislative District.
State Rep. Julie Harhart, who is representing the district in her 11th term of office, has announced she is not seeking re-election this year.
In Lehigh County, the district covers parts of Whitehall, Washington and South Whitehall townships and Slatington Borough.
In Northampton County, it includes North Catasauqua, Walnutport and Northampton boroughs, Lehigh and Allen townships and parts of Moore Township.
A major fundraising event for Grammes will take place 1 p.m. Feb. 7 at The Slatington Skeet Club.
Grammes, a Republican, spoke about his work with the Lehigh Valley Zoo and Leaser Lake as examples of his use of local resources to benefit area residents.
The candidate said he became involved with “Save the Lehigh Valley Zoo” during his time as a Lehigh County commissioner.
The county wanted to lease the zoo to outsiders, but Grammes found a zoological group that has taken it over, made improvements and put the zoo on a good financial footing.
He was active in jump-starting the process to restore the lake through the Leaser Lake Heritage Foundation.
Lehigh County Controller Glenn Eckhart said he campaigned for himself last year, but he was working harder on Grammes’ campaign.
“We know he has gained a little more experience. He won’t be the Harrisburg guy,” said Eckhart, receiving cheers for the comment.
Eckhart then introduced Grammes.
“Every politician should have to work the 12-hour night shift and learn how it is for workers,” said Grammes, who just finished a 12-hour shift. “We have a lot of work to do between now and April 26.”
Grammes said when he coached Little League, there were a couple of rules: “Have fun, don’t be nervous, believe in yourself. Otherwise, good things don’t happen.”
He learned his life lessons from parents and other coaches, he said.
“You have to believe in yourself and have a good team,” Grammes said. “I used to get letters that said ‘the honorable,’ but my father said, ‘Don’t let it go to your head.’”
Grammes did not have a written speech with him at the rally.
“You can see what I mean by looking in my eyes and heart,” Grammes said. “We need town halls. This is a rally, not a meeting.
“We will work every day, and, God willing, we’ll be there in November.
“Julie (Harhart), thank you for your public service,” Grammes said. “She was there a long time.
“We’re going to look for the right-handed vote and the left-handed vote,” he said. “I’m a conservative.
“I’ll look at Teddy Roosevelt, who said, ‘Acta non verba’ (Deeds not words). This is the motto of the United States Merchant Marine Academy.”
Grammes said he would work with LANTA to make public transportation easier, especially for seniors.
“I chaired the Cedarbrook commission. I went to Gracedale and wanted to know what the state can do,” Grammes said. “Maybe we can get them a durable goods grant for something like wheelchairs.”
Grammes said a better way to fund schools needs to be found.
“There is a possibility of seniors losing homes due to property taxes. I know what my parents pay,” Grammes said. “We need a more equitable way. It’s what I did as commissioner. There is nobody more for education than I am.
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