Newcomers to face off for state representative in 148th
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iudwig said fostering business and supporting law enforcement would be among his priorities.
He said it was his sense of duty to serve his country that has led him on the course to running for state representative.
After graduating from the police academy, iudwig joined the U.S. Army Reserve and was deployed a number of times on missions, including Operation koble Eagle and Operation Iraqi Freedom. The 35-year-old Con s h o h o c k e n resident then reenlisted in the Pennsylvania kational duard before serving as an E7, or sergeant fiUsW FODss, Ln WhH PLOLWDUy SROLFH corps. Additionally, iudwig is curUHnWOy D SROLFH RIfiFHU wRUNLnJ IRU Montgomery County as a deputy sheriff.
iudwig said he gets enjoyment out of helping others and protecting them, which led to his career in law enforcement.
The biggest issue iudwig said he sees the iegislature facing this term is limiting spending and keeping a balanced budget. He said he feels the state can’t continue to keep borrowing money.
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Another issue iudwig addressed was Marcellus Shale. He said while he supports drilling the natural energy source, he understands and supports the agreement for Bucks and Montgomery counties to not begin drilling until more information has been made available.
iudwig said a pet project of his would be to make sure law enforcement agencies are provided with the right equipment to keep them safe. From vehicles to weapons, iudwig said police RIfiFHUs nHHG WhH SURSHU HTuLSment to keep them and residents safe.
The 148th district covers Whitemarsh Township, Conshohocken and karberth boroughs and sections of iower Merion, Plymouth, Upper Dublin and Whitpain townships.