SANATOGA PA – Mark Painter, the incumbent state representative in Pennsylvania’s 146th House District, made it official Sunday night (Feb. 16, 2014): he told a group of about 60 friends and supporters during an event at the Trappe Tavern in Trappe PA that he intends to run for re-election in November.
Painter, a Democrat, announced he will seek a second term to represent the district that includes parts of Pottstown, the boroughs of Royersford and Trappe, and the townships of Limerick, Lower Pottsgrove, and Perkiomen. His district office is centrally located in Sanatoga.
During his first term, Painter sponsored legislation to accommodate student veterans returning to college after military service, to protect pregnant workers from job discrimination, and to abolish the state’s per capita tax. “The people in our communities have too often been ignored by Harrisburg,” Painter said. “I want to continue to be their voice, and I look forward to fighting for the things that matter to them.”
Painter is a Pottstown area native. He serves on the House Agriculture, Human Services and Local Government committees. He is a 1979 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania. He and his wife, Coleen, have four children and live in Limerick Township.
Several Republican candidates have publicly expressed their interest in opposing Painter for the seat, prompting the likelihood of a party primary in the spring.