WELLSBORO — A picnic and information were provided to those attending a campaign event for two Libertarian candidates.
On Sunday, July 19, Liz Terwilliger stopped in Woodland Park to campaign for the 12th Congressional District.
Fred Keller is the Republican office holder and candidate for the 12th with Lee Griffin representing the Democratic party.
Terwilliger, a speech pathologist living in Warren Center, Bradford County, said she became motivated to run during the impeachment trial. As a Libertarian, Terwilliger said she accepts other positions, but wants to know why a person takes the position he or she takes. She felt like there was nothing substantive in Keller’s response.
She secured the nomination at the party’s state convention after getting approval from the county/regional party committees. If elected, Terwilliger hopes to help bridge the divisiveness and name calling at the federal level. She supports term limits in Congress, “primarily because those who have served a long time have accumulated a lot of personal power.” That varying level of power translates into benefits for districts represented by a more powerful legislator.
Term limits would not only level the power, but also get “more voices” in government.
Terwilliger also supports single issue legislation.
“So that what we vote on in Congress is clear to the constituency and clear to the legislators,” she said. “Single issue legislation would give more transparency in government.”
Currently, multiple items are bundled into legislative packages. While a legislator may support one item, other items may prompt a dissenting vote. Those votes can be used both for and against the person.
Terwilliger has focused her campaign efforts on outdoor events: farmer’s markets, outdoor concerts and park events. She is seeking more than 2,000 petition signatures to have her name placed on the ballot.
“Everyone brings a different experience to the table,” she said. “If we’re going to solve our problems, we need to solve the problems for everybody, not just for ones who are empowered, but to solve for all people.”