Democrat David Colon, an Iraq War veteran and project manager for a defense contractor, is running for the 94th state House seat, according to a news release.
In the news release, Colon calls for increasing the minimum wage, expanding Medicaid and increasing education spending.
In the military, he served as an operator and mission commander for the Tactical Unmanned Aircraft System. He left as a non-commissioned officer. He currently works for AAI Corporation, based in the Hunt Valley area of Maryland.
Colon, of Windsor Township, is married and has three children.
The 94th Legislative District is currently represented by state Rep. Stan Saylor, R-Windsor Township. Republican Kelly Henshaw is challenging Saylor for the the GOP nomination in the May 20 primary.
Colon earlier sought the Democratic nomination for the March 18 special election. Democrats picked Linda Small of New Freedom instead.
The full release, after the jump:
DAVID COLON ANNOUNCES CANDIDACY FOR
94TH STATE HOUSE SEAT
Iraq War Veteran to Seek State House Seat
YORK, PA – David Colon, an Iraq War veteran with several military decorations, announced Thursday his candidacy for the 94th Legislative District.
“I am seeking to be the next State Representative for the 94th
District because I want to change the status quo in Harrisburg. When I look at my district and York County as a whole, I do not see small town politics. Instead, I see small town politics struggling with big problems! I feel members of the PA General Assembly, specifically those in the York County Republican Caucus, forgot why they were sent to Harrisburg. They have completely ignored the importance of a bipartisan legislature and instead have focused on party and self-interests. I firmly believe this lack of bipartisanship is hindering the progress of many of the issues that should be resolved.”
Colon outlines several areas where he believes partisan rhetoric in Harrisburg has hindered progress. Colon would focus on:
1. Increasing Pennsylvania’s minimum wage and the cost of living adjusted based on the rate of inflation.
2. Restore and increase educational spending. Teachers are struggling to overcome disadvantages incurred by budget costs and are finding it more and more difficult to
meet educational standards.
3. Colleges and Universities must examine how to provide a more affordable education for those York County high school students seeking post-secondary education.
4. Medicaid must be expanded for York County seniors and York Countians need to be better educated about the benefits and advantages the Affordable Care Act provides them and their families.
5. Property taxes must be better managed and, where possible, reduced or eliminated.
“I am just an ordinary citizen that understands the problems that challenge our community every day” stated Colon. “My solutions seem to be far from ordinary because I want to
restore bipartisanship, a concept that seems to have been forgotten by many in Harrisburg.
For our government to be successful, we must work together toward a common goal.”
Colon is an Iraq war U.S. Army veteran, with several military decorations. He served as an Operator and Mission Commander for the Tactical Unmanned Aircraft System and left the military as a Non-Commissioned Officer. He is currently a Project Manager for AAI Corporation, a defense contractor in Hunt Valley, Md. He previously served as a Systems
Engineer for AAI as well.
“As a soldier and a civilian, David has always placed the needs of others before his own. David is confident, professional and has the leadership skills necessary to make things happen,” stated Jason Barney who served with Colon in Iraq and on various other assignments.
“If I could use three words to describe Dave, they would be honor, selfless and loyal. Dave was my first squad leader when I got to my first duty station. He quickly earned my respect, trust and confidence. I would follow him to where ever he would lead me,” commented Brian Burrough who served with David in the 10th Mountain Infantry out of Fort Drum, NY.
“Dave is one of the most loyal and hardworking people I’ve had the pleasure of working with. I’ve had many conversations with him about issues that concern him as well as his time serving in the Army, and it’s evident that his run for office is a statement of his passion for this country. I have no doubt that if elected; Dave would really listen to the people in his district and represent their values and beliefs in the state legislature. I can’t think of anyone better to serve the people of York County,” remarked Samia Afreen, a Systems Engineer and
coworker of David.
“I cannot promise to fix all of Pennsylvania’s problems, but I know that with the help of the hard-working people of the 94th Legislative District, my team and I can make a significant
impact that will better the lives of Pennsylvanians.”
David Colon was born in Camp Darby, a U.S. military installation in Pisa, Italy. He went to a vocational high school in Italy, where he studied Aeronautical Constructions to fulfill his
passion for airplanes. Colon continued his studies in Dowling College, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautics and Management. Additionally, Colon completed
a Masters in Engineering in Systems Engineering at Penn State University.
David Colon (35), is married to Maria Josè and has three children Daniel (9 years old), Matthew (7 years old) and Jake (5 years old) and resides in Windsor Township.