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Mike Hanna Sr. to Retire, Son to Run for 76th District Seat

by on February 12, 2018 3:03 PM

After 27 years in office, state Rep. Mike Hanna Sr., D-Lock Haven will retire at the end of his term this year, and Mike Hanna Jr. will look to succeed his father as representative for the 76th District of the state House.

The elder Hanna announced Monday he would not seek a a 15th term in office.

“After considerable deliberation, I have decided that the time has come to spend more time with my family, travel with my wife and enjoy the great outdoors,” said Hanna Sr., who has served four terms as House Minority Whip. “This is what is best for my family at this time and it is my hope, upon retirement, to be able to explore other avenues for which I am passionate.”

Mike Hanna Jr., 35, of Lock Haven, announced his campaign for the seat on Sunday.

The 76th District includes part of Centre County and all of Clinton County. In Centre County, the district represents Benner Township, Boggs Township, Burnside Township, Curtin Township, Haines Township, Howard, Howard Township, Liberty Township, Marion Township, Miles Township, Milesburg, Snow Shoe, Snow Shoe Township, Union Township and Unionville.

Hanna Jr. has worked in government for nearly a decade and for the last three years has been Deputy Secretary of Legislative Affairs in the governor's office. Last summer he was promoted to second-in-command for dealing with legislative issues.

He said his campaign will focus on government reform, jobs and education.

“I’m running for state representative because we need more common sense, compromise and reforms in Harrisburg," Hanna Jr. said in a news release. "Elected officials shouldn’t collect a paycheck when they can’t pass a state budget on time, the only bill they have to pass each year. Special interests in Harrisburg have taken over and our voices aren’t being heard. That’s why we need reforms like a gift ban for legislators. I’ve lived under a gift ban in my previous job and it is time the legislature enacts a gift ban, among other needed reforms.”

Hanna Jr. said he wants to protect jobs in the district and help other projects that are under way "by cutting through the governmental red tape that plague projects in this state."

He added that he wants to work with Nestle Waters to locate a water bottling plant in Benner Township.

For education, he said he wants to ensure proper funding at all levels. He also said there needs to be a continued focus on career and technical education in every school district, similar to work at Central Pennsylvania Institute of Science and Technology in Pleasant Gap.

"Whether it’s K-12, community college or attending a state system school like Lock Haven University, all three need the proper resources so that they can prepare students for the jobs of tomorrow,” he said.

Hanna Jr. is a lifelong Clinton County resident. He graduated from Central Mountain High School and 2001 and Lock Haven University, where he is now a trustee, in 2005.

Geoff Rushton is managing editor for Contact him at [email protected] or find him on Twitter at @geoffrushton.
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