Candidate for: State Representative—District 46
Byron Timmins is running for Pennsylvania State Representative in the 46th District. Byron lives in Cecil Township with his wife, Astrid, and their son, Dane. As he has been out meeting people across the district, many people ask him WHY he would want to go into politics. They say he seems like a nice guy! Well, like many of you, Byron is frustrated with the lack of common sense in Harrisburg! He’s tired of politicians taking care of themselves and not us, their constituents. They are supposed to be public servants. Their job is to serve the public! But instead, they are serving big corporations, special interests, and themselves. Jason Ortitay is not representing the people of the 46th. He is serving himself and the House Republican leadership. We need to return this seat to the people of the 46th! When elected, Byron will represent ALL the people and communities of the 46th. He will be out in the district listening and available to the people. That is why, when elected, Byron will hold town halls in each of the municipalities in the district so people can have their voices heard!
Byron’s story is probably not that different than many of yours. His background is in retail. Byron was recruited out of Miami University by Kaufmann’s Department Stores into their buying program. Kaufmann’s was a real institution in our community and he was proud to work there. Unfortunately, after September 11th, the economy took a downturn. May Company, Kaufmann’s parent company, decided to close the buying office in Pittsburgh and 1200 people (our friends, our family, our neighbors) lost their jobs. Byron was one of them! He knows what it feels like to be unemployed; the stress, the uncertainty! We saw it with Kaufmann’s, but we have also seen it with US Airways and with U.S. Steel. That’s why Byron will fight to keep jobs here and he will fight to bring new jobs here!
Byron’s passions are kids and education. That’s why he has been active in our community volunteering his time as a dek hockey coach in South Fayette and assistant coach in the Canon Mac Youth Baseball Association. He served as Treasurer of the Muse Elementary Parent Faculty Association and most recently as the Recording Secretary of the Canon-McMillan Parent Council. Byron has seen how Harrisburg not passing a budget on time affects school districts. That is why he supports NO BUDGET/NO PAY! If you’re not doing your job, you shouldn’t get paid! It’s common sense! Byron believes we need to ensure fair school funding by reducing the reliance on property taxes. It hurts our seniors and discourages young people from home ownership.
We can do better. We must do better. And with your help, we WILL do better! Help Byron return common sense to Harrisburg!