HARRISBURG — State Rep. Gary Haluska, D-Patton, announced today that he will not seek re-election after 20 years of public service, issuing the following statement:
"The job definitely puts your life in fast-forward and the past 20 years have flown by. I have been blessed with a great staff and overwhelming support from the people of the 73rd Legislative District over the years, and I hope that they feel that we have provided them with the service and representation which they deserved.
"Government is the fabric that binds us together as a people, which is very evident from the days at Independence Hall in Philadelphia hundreds of years ago. Today, people look at government as the enemy and that is unfortunate because without government we would not have our great nation, the United States of America. Holding public office is a great honor and those who chastise public officials should serve as a public official and find out how difficult it is.
"After the 2010 Census, the 203 legislative districts were to be redrawn according to population shifts. However, the courts would not approve the first two Republican plans for redistricting that were to change in 2012, so the changes were delayed until 2014. In the third and finally-approved plan, four sets of Democrats were pitted against each other. Rep. Frank Burns and I are one of these. The combined district will be the 72nd Legislative District. I had already been thinking of retiring from public life, and now I see no better time to do so. Therefore, my current term will end on November 30, 2014.
"Again, thanks to all who supported and voted for me over the years."