CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — State Sen. Richard Alloway, R-Franklin/Adams/York, announced this week he will seek re-election to the 33rd District.
Alloway, 43, currently is in his first term in the Pennsylvania Senate. He said his top priority in another four-year term would be job creation.
"Obviously, Franklin County enjoys a lower unemployment rate (at 6.8 percent) compared to the state and nation, but it's not good enough," Alloway said Thursday in a phone interview.
Another key priority would be examining waste and fraud in the public welfare system, Alloway said. He supports drug testing for welfare recipients.
The Hamilton Township, Pa., resident was a magisterial district judge before being elected in November 2008.
Alloway said he's proud the legislature cut spending by $1 billion in recent years without raising taxes.
"I think we've done a good job of getting spending under control in Harrisburg," he said.
He also is proud of playing a part in passing the Castle Doctrine for self-defense in homes, and supporting sportsmen as chairman of the Senate Game and Fisheries Committee.
Candidates for office in the 2012 election cycle can start circulating nominating petitions Jan. 24. The 33rd District faces changes to its boundaries as part of ongoing redistricting due to population shifts.
Alloway said his campaign won't be in full swing until the new year, when he expects to meet voters in door-to-door campaigning and special events.
"I've worked hard for folks," he said. "I hope people realize that."
The 2011-12 salary for a state senator is $79,623, according to the senate chief clerk's office.
Alloway is a member of the National Rifle Association, Hamilton Township Ruritan, Franklin County Farm Bureau, Pleasant Hall Fire Co. and Trinity Lutheran Church. He is a former member of the Franklin County Area Development Corp. and Downtown Chambersburg Inc.
Alloway, a 1986 graduate of Chambersburg Area Senior High School, holds a bachelor's degree in government from Shippensburg (Pa.) University, and he graduated from Widener Law School in 2002. He and his wife, Shannon, enjoy spending time with their three dogs.