Harrisburg, PA

An Eye on a Harrisburg Prize

Paul Adam Smeltz

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Tarah Probst chatted with friends before announcing her candidacy for the PA House Of Representatives in the 189th district.Paparazzi Paul

Mayor Tarah Probst of Stroudsburg, PA formally announced her candidacy for the PA House Of Representatives in the 189th district which was recently redrawn to include Delaware Water Gap, Smithfield Township, Middle Smithfield Township, East Stroudsburg, Stroudsburg, Stroud Township 1,3,4,5,6, and 7, Lehman Township, and Delaware Township 2. The announcement took place in the upper level of The Sarah Street Grill in Stroudsburg, PA on Tuesday February 8th. Numerous friends, colleagues, and members of the press were there to experience the event and to learn of Ms. Probst’s political platform.

Ms. Probst was born in East Stroudsburg, PA. She and her brothers were raised by their mother, grandmother, and aunt. Emotions came to the fore as she spoke about her mother and the experiences they had relating to the financial hardships they faced as a family. She shared a story of the time she wanted to pursue athletics in School and needed a physical exam in order to participate. However, the family could not afford to visit a Doctor to complete the required forms. So, her mother filled out the forms and forged the Doctor’s signature so her daughter could compete in the sport of her calling.

Ms. Probst later earned her bachelor’s degree in 1992 from King’s College in Wilkes-Barre, PA and her Law degree in 2003 from the Widener University School of Law in Harrisburg, PA. She moved back to Stroudsburg in 2010 and was first elected to be the borough’s mayor in November 2015. She has been re elected twice and is currently serving the borough in that capacity. Ms. Probst stated that she is running for a seat in the 189th district of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives because better representation of the area is needed in Harrisburg (Pennsylvania’s State capital).

Ms. Probst stated that during the last 20 years of Republican leadership in the PA Assembly (Legislator), economic hardship has become a way of life for the majority of the local population that are “only one car accident away from losing everything.” She spoke on cutting property taxes and the need for fair funding for schools. None of which (as she pointed out) have been achieved or seriously pursued during the two decades of Republican rule. “Teachers,” she said, “work hard with little funds for the resources they need to teach. Yet, the quality of education embedded in our area’s students is among the best in the state. Imagine what would be the case if our schools and teachers were properly funded.”

Ms. Probst spoke on other issues that she stated were important to her. These included having more affordable healthcare available to the citizens of the area. A better quality of life for those who work in the area by business providing higher wages adding, “Unions build the middle class.” She concluded her comments by sharing her credo that “When your neighbor do good, you do good.” And that caring and respect for one another is essential for a community to thrive. She then introduced Hope Christman who will play an instrumental role during the campaign process.

The evening concluded as the large number of attendees shared in conversations relating to Ms. Probst and her platform from which new friends were made and established friendships were enriched by one another. Pasta and salads were provided by The Sarah Street Grill which were enjoyed by all who partook of the cuisine. The evening proved to be an informative one and there will, assuredly, be more to be learned about Ms. Probst and her political goals to enhance the life of her potential constituents as the months progress. The PA Primary Election is scheduled to take place on Tuesday May 17th and the General Election will take place on Tuesday November 8th. Ms. Probst will be representing the Democratic party while Mr. Steve Ertle (who recently announced his candidacy for the seat in the PA House Of Representatives in the 189th district) will be representing the Republican Party. You can learn more about Tarah Probst and her candidacy by exploring her website at www.tarahprobst.com.

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Paul Adam Smeltz began his semi professional writing career as columnist writing art and social commentary for The East Stroudsburg University of PA Student Newspaper titled, "The Stroud Courier."

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