Why I’m Running

A note from Mary Auker-Endres

Mary Auker-Endres grew up in Manheim, PA

I grew up in Lancaster county. Both my parents worked, a necessity with three girls to raise. I saw firsthand then, and am living through now, the struggles that so many of my neighbors face: finding quality child care that’s affordable, stretching a dollar to feed a family, and making the tough choices between what we want and what we need.

I’ve worked in several positions including managing a program for a food bank and serving as a self-employed childbirth educator, doula, and breastfeeding counselor. In these helping positions, I was able to hear what so many legislators in Harrisburg aren’t hearing. Folks are working hard but not always getting ahead, our elected officials are failing us, and we need something to change. It’s time politicians stopped working for themselves and started putting our families first.

It’s time politicians stopped working for themselves and started putting our families first.

I’ve made it a point in my candidacy to meet with the experts on big issues—not academics or administrators, but working mothers, single parents, retirees, police officers and other first responders, teachers, and community service organizations. These are the people on the ground, seeing and living through the broken healthcare system, struggling to serve the community in the midst of a surge in opioid use and deaths, and putting their own money into their classrooms for their students.

Our Republican-led legislature spent some of the summer haggling over a budget which ultimately banks on money that the state doesn’t yet have, and the success of a gambling expansion that is so unpopular with Pennsylvanians that every municipality in Lancaster county has opted out of it. (They spent the rest of the summer, of course, in recess, their jobs undone.) The same kind of brinkmanship that we see grinding the federal government to a halt has invaded our state legislature as well. We hear a lot about draining the swamp—let’s start with the swamp on the Susquehanna.

We hear a lot about draining the swamp—let’s start with the swamp on the Susquehanna.

Mary lives in Elizabethtown with her husband John and son Jack.

Too many legislators serve too long, building their pensions instead of building up their districts. Too many legislators are beholden to special interests that turn their decisions against the folks that most need their help. Too many sit by while their neighbors struggle. I promise to accept no gifts now or in the future and to accept no per diems if elected. I also promise to serve not more than four terms if elected, and to accept no state pension until every Pennsylvanians’ retirement is secure. I will make myself as accessible as possible to the people of Columbia, Marietta, Elizabethtown, and Mount Joy—my neighbors. If you have a concern or something you think I need to know, please reach out to the campaign and we will respond. The major issues of our campaign will be the ones we hear from the families of this district.

I have been serving every community I’ve lived in my whole life, whether it was the military families I worked for during my husband’s time in the Navy, or the mothers I supported, usually at no cost, here at home. As your representative, I will put families first.

Mary Auker-Endres
Candidate for PA House of Representatives, 98th Legislative District

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