Mayor Knorr Declares PA State Rep Candidacy; Criticizes Rep Millard as “Complacent”

Last night, among a group of forty-five to fifty family members, friends, and supporters, Bloomsburg Mayor Dan Knorr announced his intent to stand for election and represent Columbia County and the 109th Legislative District in the Pennsylvania General Assembly. Speaking at Balzano’s Corner Gathering in Bloomsburg, Mayor Knorr spoke of his experience as a Bloomsburg Town Council Member, as Mayor, and the events and reflections that led him to declare his candidacy for State Representative.

“In 2005 the people of this community … took a chance on a young man who thought he had the slightest idea of what he was getting into,” said Mayor Knorr of his past experiences. “I learned from some great mentors. … By 2011 I thought I pretty much had it down. [Bloomsburg] had two consecutive surpluses … and [we] completed a comprehensive blueprint for the next decade.”

Past accomplishments, however, were not the focus of Mayor Knorr’s decision to run for State Representative. Instead he reflected on the devastation wrought by Tropical Storm Lee and how the community’s reaction affected him. “But in the fall of 2011 the lives of people across our region were upended in the flooding of Tropical Storm Lee. That flood spared my home, but it changed my life.”

“It changed how I see our community – its strength is far deeper than anyone could have imagined. It changed, for me, what it means to be a public servant; that we aren’t here just to answer the occasional complaint or to pose presenting checks but to harness and lead the incredible, positive potential of our communities and the lives that make them up.”

Continuing with this theme, Mayor Knorr reserved harsh criticism for Mr. David Millard, the current PA Representative for the 109th District and Columbia County. “Today, we have a State Representative who is not giving his all. After 8 years, he has grown complacent, he has grown comfortable, and he has lost what little fight he started with.”

In his candidacy speech, Mayor Knorr cited several areas in which he sees Representative Millard as not adequately representing Columbia County, including salaries for elected representatives, high corporate tax rates which Mayor Knorr blames for holding back economic growth, a lack of partnership among the State Representatives and their communities which host the Universities of the PA State System of Higher Education, and responsibly developing the natural gas resources of the Marcellus Shale formation.

“In 8 years he hasn’t authored a single piece of notable legislation,” said Mayor Knorr of Rep. Millard. “He’s collecting his salary, he’s staying safe, he’s keeping his sword clean, and he’s not rocking the boat. Moving inexorably and with the utmost care toward his pension, the status quo is his friend.”

After making his prepared remarks, Mayor Knorr spoke with members of the local media including the Press Enterprise, WHLM, and The Bloomsburg Daily. At that time Mayor Knorr was asked about what impact he thought he would have as a Freshman Representative as opposed to Rep. Millard who has the experience of serving Columbia County for eight years. “When you’re in a political position, you are your own boss,” said Mayor Knorr continuing his theme of active representation. “If you really want to push the envelope you can do a lot. If you want to sit back, not be controversial, you can do that. It is up to the individual how active you want to be. You have to choose to be active. Rep. Millard is not choosing to be active.”

[box type=”shadow”]A complete transcript of Mayor Knorr’s speech and candidacy announcement can be found here.[/box]

Rep. Millard Works To Streamline Flood Relief

State Representative David Millard held a public meeting at the request of the residents of Fernville on the evening of October 20th, 2011. With the discussion revolving around the uncertainty of when and how Fernville residents would receive funds for the repair or acquisition of their damaged properties, Rep. Millard assured those in attendance that their well-being and care are his primary concern.

“This event was of such a magnitude, that we need to take people out of harm’s way,” Rep. Millard stated. “I want to facilitate that.”

Most of the residents in attendance reported receiving varying information from local, state, or federal government offices, creating much confusion.

Anticipating the uncertainty, Rep. Millard requested and received from Congressman Lou Barletta the “boiler plate forms” for the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program that all residents of the 109th District who wish to apply for disaster relief should use.

Rep. Millard emphasized that while these forms can be submitted to the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency as indicated, his office is able and more than willing to accept these applications on the State’s behalf.

Submitting these forms directly to Rep. Millard’s office will help him in advocating in the General Assembly for sufficient disaster relief funds to be directed to the local area.

Rep. Millard also wishes to remind local residents that when submitting this information, they should include with the forms the most recent 2011 assessed value of their properties, not values that may have been assessed for similar relief in 2006. Also, a recent picture of the property should be included.

Links to Downloadable copies of the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program Pre-Application Form distributed by Rep. Millard and a FEMA Factsheet

Rep. Millard’s District Offices Contact Information

Website: PA State Representative David Millard

Bloomsburg Office, MOVED TEMPORARILY TO:
Bloomsburg Tech Center
240 Market St.
Bloomsburg PA, 17815

TOLL-FREE 855-282-0615
(570) 387-0246
FAX: (570) 387-4288

Saundra Robbins
Lisa Wagner

Berwick Office
904B Orange St.
Berwick PA, 18603

(570) 759-8734
FAX: (570) 759-4527

Trudy Stout
Chris Yacina

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