Anderson announces run for seat in state House

Toby Anderson announced Friday that he will seek election as State Representative of the 65th Legislative District.

A Warren native and 2000 graduate of Warren Area High School, Anderson attended Indiana University of Pennsylvania and received a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in History in 2004. After graduating, he enlisted in the United States Navy, serving as an intelligence specialist from 2005 until 2013. He currently resides in Warren and is attending the University of Pittsburgh-Bradford pursuing a degree in Environmental Studies with minors in Political Science and Environmental Science.

Toby is an avid outdoorsman, hunter and fisherman and a dedicated user and steward of the Allegheny National Forest, Allegheny River, and “all of the natural resources of the district,” he said in a Friday release.

He is an active member of the National Rifle Association as well as Ducks Unlimited, Trout Unlimited, and American Legion Post 135. He is an active member and instructor at Tremblay’s Fighting Arts in Warren.

Anderson summed up his reasons for running simply, “I’ve loved Pennsylvania and specifically Northwest Pennsylvania since I can remember. It is my home. We have a wonderful place here that is worth fighting for, and that place has been ill-served and poorly cared for by the legislature as a whole and our representative specifically. I believe we can change that.”

Issues

Anderson said he “will fight to restore education funding cut by (Gov.) Tom Corbett and Kathy Rapp.” He also “intends to work with teachers and educators to develop innovative solutions to teach our children and create a modern, technically skilled workforce.”

“Natural gas is the future of Pennsylvania’s economy,” Anderson said, and he “will support investments in infrastructure and technology that will facilitate growth in both the natural gas industry as well as off-shoot industries related to manufacturing.” He also intends to study and correct environmental impacts of the industry.

Anderson said he “believes firmly in workers’ rights to collectively bargain to improve salary, benefits and working conditions and will fight to protect them in their efforts.”

Anderson, 32, resides in Warren with his wife Jackie Palmieri Anderson and their son Richard “Rowdy” Anderson.