Republican Lloyd Smucker
Lloyd Smucker, a state senator who lives in West Lampeter, said he is running for Congress to make certain that anybody who works hard and plays by the rules can achieve the American Dream. He said he will support clear, comprehensive plans to destroy ISIS, al-Qaida and any group that threatens our way of life.
In his community, Smucker said he has surrounded himself with skilled men and women to build a local construction company. His team grew to over 150 people. He attended Franklin and Marshall College and Lebanon Valley College part-time while managing his business. He is 52 years old and a married father of three children. He is currently the state senator from Pennsylvania’s 13th Senatorial District.
As a small business owner, Smucker said he knows what it takes to create jobs.
Smucker said he believes we must first focus on securing borders. After our borders are secure and we learn the true scope of illegal immigration, we can develop realistic and compassionate plans to address those here illegally, he said.
In addressing political gridlock, Smucker said that as a state senator, he has a track record of bringing people together to get things done. He championed the reform of the state’s school funding system by focusing on solutions.
Smucker said Obamacare should be repealed and replaced with a market-based system that drives down costs and keeps reasonable consumer protections in place like covering pre-existing conditions and allowing children to remain under their parents’ health care coverage until age 26.
On the issue of the “shrinking middle class,” he said Americans want to work but government policies, ranging from one of the highest business tax rates in the country to unbalanced trade deals, have put us at a disadvantage. Smucker said he will work to reform the tax code to spurn the growth necessary to put Americans back to work with family-sustaining jobs.