|Posted by communications on February 20, 2014 at 2:30 PM|
Iraq War Veteran To Seek State House Seat
YORK, PA – David Colon, an Iraq War veteran with several military decorations,announced Thursday his candidacy for the 94th LegislativeDistrict.
“I am seeking to be the next State Representative for the 94th Districtbecause I want to change the status quo in Harrisburg. When I look at mydistrict and York County as a whole, I do not see small town politics. Instead,I see small town politics struggling with big problems! I feel members of thePA General Assembly, specifically those in the York County Republican Caucus,forgot why they were sent to Harrisburg. They have completely ignored theimportance of a bipartisan legislature and instead have focused on party andself-interests. I firmly believe this lack of bipartisanship is hindering theprogress of many of the issues that should be resolved.”
Colon outlines several areas where he believes partisan rhetoric in Harrisburg has hindered progress. Colon would focus on:
Increasing Pennsylvania’s minimum wage and the cost of living adjusted based on the rate of inflation.
Restore and increase educational spending. Teachers are struggling to overcome disadvantages incurred by budget costs and are finding it more and more difficult to meet educational standards.
Colleges and Universities must examine how to provide a more affordable education for those York County high school students seeking post secondary education.
Medicaid must be expanded for York County seniors and York Countians need to be better educated about the benefits and advantages of the Affordable Care Act provides them and their families.
Property taxes must be better managed and, where possible, reduced or eliminated.
“I am just an ordinary citizen that understands the problems that challenge our community every day” stated Colon. “My solutions seem to be far from ordinarybecause I want to restore bipartisanship, a concept that seems to have beenforgotten by many in Harrisburg. For our government to be successful, we mustwork together toward a common goal.”
Colon is an Iraq war U.S. Army veteran, with several military decorations. He served asan Operator and Mission Commander for the Tactical Unmanned Aircraft System andleft the military as a Non-Commissioned Officer. He is currently a ProjectManager for AAI Corporation, a defense contractor in Hunt Valley, Md. Hepreviously served as a Systems Engineer for AAI as well.
“As a soldier and a civilian, David has always placed the needs of others before his own. David is confident, professional and has the leadership skillsnecessary to make things happen,” stated Jason Barney who served with Colon inIraq and on various other assignments.
“If I could use three words to describe Dave, they would be honor, selfless and loyal.
Davewas my first squad leader when I got to my first duty station. He quicklyearned my respect, trust and confidence. I would follow him to where ever hewould lead me,” commented Brian Burrough who served with David in the 10thMountain Infantry out of Fort Drum, NY.
“Dave is one of the most loyal and hardworking people I’ve had the pleasure of working with. I’ve had many conversations with him about issues that concernhim as well as his time serving in the Army, and it’s evident that his run foroffice is a statement of his passion for this country. I have no doubt that if elected;Dave would really listen to the people in his district and represent theirvalues and beliefs in the state legislature. I can’t think of anyone better toserve the people of York,” remarked Samia Afreen, a Systems Engineer andcoworker of David.
“I cannot promise to fix all of Pennsylvania’s problems, but I know that with the help of the hard-working people of the 94th Legislative District, my team and Ican make a significant impact that will better the lives of Pennsylvanians.”
David Colon was born in Camp Darby, a U.S. military installation in Pisa, Italy. Hewent to a vocational high school in Italy, where he studied AeronauticalConstructions to fulfill his passion for airplanes. Colon continued his studiesin Dowling College, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronauticsand Management. Additionally, Colon completed a Masters in Engineering inSystems Engineering at Penn State University.
David Colon (35), is married with Maria Josè and has three children Daniel (9 yearsold), Matthew (7 years old) and Jake (5 years old) and resides in Windsorborough.