Ward Announces for Representative

“I will always put the 80th District first.”

Surrounded by her family, friends and supporters gathered at the Duncansville Comfort Inn, Judy Ward, 54, formally announced her intention to run for State Representative in Pennsylvania’s 80th House District.

“Today I begin down a new path in my life. It is a path that is not unfamiliar, as I have committed much of my life to helping others, but one that will be challenging none the less,” said Ward. “Today, I announce my candidacy for State Representative in the 80th District.”

No incumbent is running for the 80th Representative District due to the announced retirement of Representative Jerry Stern. In her speech, Ward thanked Stern saying, “He has provided our community with his very best and shown what service and dedication to the people of the 80th District is all about.”

Addressing the crowd, Ward outlined her background in the nursing, business and community volunteer arenas. Ward spent 22 years caring for local residents as a Registered Nurse. During that time she also founded a business called All About Towne that assisted local businesses in relocating and welcoming new employees to our community.

Upon leaving nursing, Ward worked to help local non-profits by serving as Development Director first for Allegheny Lutheran Social Services and later for Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic High School.

In 2010, Ward 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.

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.

Ward also talked about her life’s experiences outside the professional world. She pointed to her background as a lifelong resident of Blair County who lives just up the hill from her 91 year old mother, and as a wife and the mother of two sons – Bill, Jr., a Naval Academy graduate who has served overseas in the Persian Gulf, and Adam, who will graduate from Penn State this May. Judy and her husband Bill will be married for 30 years this June.

“These experiences have given me an understanding of the challenges that we all face in our everyday lives…be it our older residents concerned about the rising costs of healthcare, our working families concerned about making ends meet, or parents worried about the future we are leaving our kids,” said Ward. “These experiences have also given me the professional skills to go to Harrisburg and make a positive difference for all of us.”

Focusing on issues, Ward talked about the importance of helping the private sector create jobs, bringing fiscal discipline to state government to protect taxpayers, ensuring a strong education for children, restoring public trust in Harrisburg, and addressing important local issues.

“While I am working in Harrisburg to address the ‘big’ issues like jump starting our economy and protecting taxpayers, I will never forget the smaller issues that are unique to the 80th District and our communities,” said Ward. “Be it helping a local fire company secure grants for much-needed equipment or working to help the farming community, I will always put the 80th District first.”

Ward also talked about preserving the values that have been part of the 80th, “Like you, I am pro-life. I am a strong supporter of our Second Amendment rights. And when these things are threatened in Harrisburg by liberal legislators or liberal special interests, I will fight to protect them.”

Finally, Ward pledged to be a leader in the fight to reform Harrisburg. “I will fight for initiatives that restore the people’s trust in government,” she stated. “And I will lead by example by refusing the taxpayer paid pension and per diems, and posting my office’s expenses on-line for public review.”

Well known throughout the region as an active community volunteer, Ward is passionate about Servant Leadership and has given her time to 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 active in the Blair County Chamber of Commerce, and is a past President and Vice President of her children’s PTO and her Parish Council.

Ward is a graduate of Hollidaysburg High School and earned a nursing diploma at the Altoona Hospital School of Nursing. She 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.