A central Pennsylvania activist has announced he is running for the state house this year.
Eric Epstein, of Lower Paxton Township, is running for the 105th District seat that has been occupied by Republican incumbent Ron Marsico since 1989.
Epstein, who was elected to a four-year term on Central Dauphin School Board last November, says he is seeking the House seat to promote political reform, promote smart land use and fight rate increases.
“We need to work across party lines to aggressively prevent and prosecute child abuse, create better paying jobs with benefits, improve our schools, and confront the alcohol and opioid epidemics swallowing Pennsylvania,” Epstein said.
Epstein, a CD graduate, said he has 35 years experience in advocacy issues fighting political corruption, corporate abuse and workplace discrimination. This work includes:
– Co-founding the watchdog group Rock the Capital in 2005 after the legislature’s illegal pay raise.
– Founding member and chairman of the Sustainable Energy Fund.
– President of EFMR Monitoring Group Inc.
– Chairman or spokesman of Three Mile Island Alert, a safe-energy organization, since 1984.
– Chairman of Stray Winds Area Neighbors, a smart-growth organization based in Lower Paxton Township, since 2006.
Epstein said he will not accept a state pension, per diem or pay raise, and will reduce his salary to the 1995 level before state representatives voted themselves a pay increase. He said he will donate the salary overage to charities and organizations focused on preventing child abuse, human trafficking and assisting veterans.
The 105th District includes Lower Paxton, South Hanover and West Hanover townships.