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Rep. Greg Rothman "hit the ground running" in first six months

April 4, 2016

State Rep. Greg Rothman listens and responds to the concerns of everyone in the four municipalities and three school districts he represents, say community leaders.

“He’s very responsive, and he listens,” said East Pennsboro Township Commissioner George Tyson. “If you have a need or a concern and you reach out to him, he responds quickly.”

Rothman, chosen in an August 2015 special election to represent the 87th Legislative District, is seeking reelection, vying for the Republican nomination in the April 26 primary. The seat encompasses Camp Hill Borough, and East Pennsboro, Hampden, and Silver Spring townships, and Camp Hill, Cumberland Valley, and East Pennsboro school districts.

Rothman works behind the scenes to benefit all constituents, said Mike Berney, an active citizen in Camp Hill Borough.

“He was ready from Day One,” with a grasp of the issues “that was very rare for someone who’s not been in the process for 20 years,” said Berney. “He clearly has continued to advance his own learning about issues. I admire that. I’m strongly supporting him for reelection.”

In East Pennsboro Township, renovation plans for the Erford Road Bridge were significantly upgraded after Rothman arranged a meeting between Tyson and Pennsylvania Department of Transportation officials. That meeting launched a collaboration, also aided by state Sen. Pat Vance, between township and PennDOT officials to add a third lane and other improvements to bridge plans.

The project, slated for possible construction in summer 2017, will ease congestion at the bridge over the Camp Hill Bypass and could help convince businesses to locate along the Erford Road corridor, Tyson said. Such infrastructure improvements relieve tax pressures on citizens and create “high-paying, sustainable jobs” in the community, Tyson said.

Rothman served as “a conduit to that higher level within the state that we don’t often have, as a citizen or in a municipal position,” said Tyson. The bridge project showed Rothman’s commitment to long-term thinking that benefits constituents, he said.

“Sometimes, having an impact is keeping quiet and listening,” Tyson said. “If you listen and pay attention, you probably don’t have to dig real deep. It rises to the top, and you’ll figure it out. That’s what Greg is doing.”

Rothman also takes education seriously, showing his support of schools during the 2015-16 state budget crisis, said retired educator Barbara Geistwhite, who is active in Cumberland Valley School District.

“From the very start, he has ingratiated himself to the community,” she said. “He’s been out at community events. He’s very interested in getting to know the people and their situations. He hit the ground running to help us with things that need to be done.”

Rothman regularly attends district and community fundraisers, including events that raise scholarship funds, said Geistwhite.

“He’s very accessible,” she said. “I can honestly say that I know Greg is interested and involved in education. If I have a special issue, I can go and talk to him, and he’ll respond.”

Despite their close association, Geistwhite never knew that Rothman was a Cumberland Valley High School graduate. “That tells me something,” she said.

“He’s out there for everybody,” Geistwhite said. “While he may be CV strong, he’s also there for any other school district in his area.”

Rothman, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and president and CEO of RSR, Realtors, said community involvement inspired his decision to seek office and reelection.

“The people of the 87th District are diligent, honest, and caring,” he said. “They deserve representation that reflects their values and protects them as taxpayers. When I work hard, it’s only because the people of this district work harder. Their voices and ideas need to be heard in the Capitol, and I’m proud to take their values to Harrisburg.”       

To learn more about Greg go to www.gregrothman.com