Berwick, PA, April 22, 2016 --(PR.com
)-- Andrew Shecktor, Resident and Councilman from Berwick, PA announced today that he is running in support of Donald Trump for Republican Delegate to the Convention 2016. He has been endorsed by the Columbia County Republican Committee.
He has set up a website to address the Republican Delegate issues in Pennsylvania. The website, vote-pa.com, gives full information on the election process and lists all the statewide delegates to the convention and who they support. He has volunteers helping to research these delegates on social and news media, etc. to ensure they actually support their position. The website hopefully will continue on to provide additional information to voters in Pennsylvania.
He is a lifelong resident of Pennsylvania, having been born in Plymouth Meeting in Montgomery County, in southeast PA. He moved around in the area, spending 15 years in Hatfield, before moving to Berwick, Columbia County, in northeast PA, in 2005. He currently resides in Berwick, PA with his wife. His 5 children are now on their own, living in other parts of the state.
Mr. Shecktor’s political education began at age 15 as a member of the “Teenage Republican’s.” Every year he would get out at both the primary and general elections to help either the Republican Party or a particular candidate. At one of the Teenage Republican conventions He wrote and debated a resolution to support the acquisition of Valley Forge State Park by the Federal government to become a national park. At the time, the state was looking to sell a large portion of the park to commercial interests due to the cost of supporting the park. He also wrote sample legislation for this, much of which was incorporated in the actual bill.
In 1974 he registered to vote for the first time, as a Republican. His Party affiliation has never changed, nor have his beliefs.
During his early years in politics he worked in the office of 13th Congressional District Congressman Laurence Coughlin (deceased.) he also was appointed to the Computer Advisory Committee by Congressman Jon Fox, and held that position for 2 years. He was active in every Republican presidential election since the 1972 Nixon re-election campaign. Most of his efforts have been in local politics, including one election in Whitemarsh Township where his effort helped overturn a Republican committee push to oust a popular township Supervisor. The Party made every effort to push the other candidate, much less qualified. Shecktor and the team he worked with hammered the polls on Election Day, overstaffed each poll, and spoke with every single person who came to vote. The incumbent won by a vast majority. Those working this campaign were all pretty must blacklisted from Republican politics – at least within the county.
In 2008 Shecktor ran an experimental campaign for U.S. President, mainly to see if the Internet was ready for an online campaign, supported only by social media and an Internet presence. The idea was picked up by another group and he turned the reins over to them. He actually ended up getting approximately 56,000 write-in votes, mostly in the Midwest – and the project made it to several national publications (in the end, sadly, no one pulled enough support to get on the ballot.) It was also through this project that he learned the complexities of the U.S. presidential election process.
Shecktor moved to Berwick in 2005, and after having lived there for 8 years took a chance and ran for Mayor. Few of the residents really knew him, and his campaign left much to be desired, but it was a shot in the dark. He aced his own ward, gaining over 80 percent of the vote, but then lost to one of the most know and popular people in town. Final tally, 42 percent in my favor in the primary – not bad for an unknown.
In 2014 Shecktor ran for an open Republican Committee position in my ward. He won, and is still holding the Committee position in the 4th Ward.
Since moving to Berwick he attended most of the Borough Council meetings, and was appointed to fill the remainder of a Planning Commission term, left vacant by a member who resigned, in February, 2015.
In 2015 Shecktor ran for Borough Council. He put significantly more effort in this campaign, and won the 4 year term handily. He is still on the Planning Commission, and also serves on the Legal and Finance and Fire and Water committees for the borough.
Fast forward to 2016 – Shecktor is on the Republican ballot for delegate to the national convention. This should be a real learning experience and a wild convention, even if Donald Trump amasses the required delegates prior to the convention. It is a once in a lifetime chance to really participate in the political process and should be followed closely by all Americans.