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Judy Ward isn’t a politician. She is a nurse, businesswoman, taxpayer, wife, daughter and mother who will bring a unique mix of real-world experience and common sense to Harrisburg to control taxes and spending, help job creators, and put Pennsylvania on the right track.

 

 

 

Professional
– Medical, Health and Wellness Coordinator at Ward Transport and Logistics responsible for helping employees to take an active role in their health, and involved with issues surrounding health insurance, the new federal Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), and workers compensation insurance.
– Registered Nurse who spent more than 20 years caring for local residents.
Former Development Director for Allegheny Lutheran Social Ministries and Bishop Guilfoyle High School.
Former small business owner of “All About Town”

Community
– Gives time and energy to projects with the Easter Seals of Blair County, Arrow Child and Family Ministries, and the Food for Families Soup Kitchen.
– Long-time member of the Blair County Chamber of Commerce, a Leadership Blair County alumnus, serves on the Chamber’s Legislative Action Committee, and is also a Chamber Ambassador.
Recent graduate of R.U.L.E. – the Pennsylvania Rural Urban Leadership Program run by the Penn State University College of Agricultural Sciences. This program highlights the challenges and opportunities faced by farmers across our state.
Past President and Vice President of her children’s PTO and her Parish Council.

Personal
– Lifelong resident of Blair County who graduated from Hollidaysburg High School and the Altoona School of Nursing.
Married for nearly 30 years to Bill Ward, they have two sons: Bill, Jr. and Adam.
– Judy’s 91 year old mother lives in the District in the house Judy grew up in.  She also has a large extended family throughout Blair County.

 

Judy’s Story

A lifelong resident of Blair County and the 80th District, Judy lives only a half mile from where she grew up. She attended our local schools, graduating from Hollidaysburg High School and then earning a nursing diploma at the Altoona Hospital School of nursing. Since becoming a nurse, Judy began a professional career that has spanned 30 years.

Judy’s nursing career began at Altoona Hospital where she worked in the Coronary Care Unit and Post Anesthesia Care Unit; she also spent 17 years as a Cardiac Rehab Nurse.

During this time, Judy also founded a business called All About Towne that assisted local businesses in relocating and welcoming new employees to our community. The focus was to promote local businesses, attractions and amenities, as well as an appreciation for the unique quality of life that Blair County has to offer.
After nearly 22 years in nursing, Judy chose to change professions and take on a new challenge: helping local non-profits by serving as Development Director first for Allegheny Lutheran Social Ministries and later for Bishop Guilfoyle High School.
In 2010, Judy brought her experience in medicine and business to the private sector, becoming the Medical, Health and Wellness Coordinator at Ward Transport and Logistics. There, she is responsible for helping employees to take an active role in their health; she is also deeply involved with issues surrounding health insurance, the new federal Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), and workers compensation insurance.
Actively involved in local civic and charitable groups, Judy is a long-time member of the Blair County Chamber of Commerce, a Leadership Blair County alumnus, serves on the Chamber’s Legislative Action Committee, and is also a Chamber Ambassador.
Judy is a recent graduate of R.U.L.E. – the Pennsylvania Rural Urban Leadership Program run by the Penn State University College of Agricultural Sciences. This program highlights the challenges and opportunities faced by farmers across our state.
One of Judy’s passions is Servant Leadership and she has served on many community boards, including The Altoona Symphony, Blair County Respiratory Disease Society and St. Leonards Home. She gives her time and energy to projects with the Easter Seals of Blair County, Arrow Child and Family Ministries, and the Food for Families Soup Kitchen. She is also a past President and Vice President of her children’s PTO and her Parish Council.
In each of these roles – as a nurse, a business professional, and a community volunteer – Judy has built strong relationships with our community’s business and civic leaders, as well as countless local residents.
Judy has been married for nearly 30 years to her husband, Bill. They are the parents of two sons: Bill, Jr., a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy who recently returned from an Arabian Gulf deployment and who is presently completing training with the Navy Nuclear Propulsion Program, and Adam who will graduate from Penn State in May 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in Communication Arts and Sciences.
As part of a large extended family, Judy lives the same life as so many of us. She understands the concerns that working families have over making ends meet, and the worry over the future we will leave our children.
Judy’s mother is 91 and lives in the family home built by her husband over 50 years ago. Judy understands our older generation’s concerns with healthcare and the overall rising costs of daily life.
It is her understanding of the challenges that we face in our everyday life that Judy will carry to Harrisburg and use to fight for the issues that really matter.
Real-world experience. An understanding of the challenges we face. A commitment to helping change state government for the better. These are the things that make Judy Ward the best choice for State Representative in the 80th District.