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State Rep Candidate Mike Ludwig Reports For Military Training

Republican State House hopeful ordered to active duty; will participate in warfighter exercise for almost three weeks

The following is a press release from the Mike Ludwig campaign, courtesy of Brittany Tressler.

Mike Ludwig, candidate for State Representative in the 148th Legislative District, was ordered to active duty and is reporting to Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas, for nearly three weeks of military training.

Ludwig, who enlisted in the Army National Guard in 1997 after putting himself through the Montgomery County Police Academy, served two tours for Operation Iraq Freedom and currently trains one weekend per month in Pennsylvania. He previously served as a police officer in Lebanon County, and is currently a Deputy Sheriff in Montgomery County.

“I’m running for this office because I have always been committed to public service,” said Ludwig, just prior to his departure. “So while it’s unfortunate I will lose some campaigning time, I am proud to be serving the country in other ways.”

Since deciding to run for State House in late January, Ludwig has faced another sort of combat. Supporters of his opponent, incumbent Mike Gerber, petitioned the PA Commonwealth Court to strike more than 100 signatures from his nomination petitions, many of which were found to be valid. After the court proceedings, Ludwig's total number of voter signatures was 297 -- just shy of the 300-signature requirement. Ludwig was removed from the ballot, and both Gerber and Ludwig ran Republican write-in campaigns for the Primary Election.

Ludwig received over five-times more votes than Gerber.

“I respect the nomination process, and I learned a lot going through my petition challenge,” Ludwig said. “At the end of the day, though, Representative Gerber and his campaign were hoping to breeze through to victory in November with no competition. Someone needs to hold him accountable for his record of wasteful spending, and the debt that Pennsylvania has accumulated under this watch. I am a pro-business fiscal conservative who wants to fight for taxpayers in Harrisburg.”

While Ludwig will be gone for almost three weeks, his campaign will soldier on. 

“I fought hard to get back on the ballot, and I hit the ground running. I have visited almost 1,000 homes so far in the campaign, and the response has been terrific. My wife, Karen, and a group of volunteers will be knocking on doors and talking to voters while I’m gone, and I look forward to hitting the campaign trail even harder when I get back,” said Ludwig.

Ludwig returns from training on June 23, and will hold his campaign kick-off fundraiser on June 28 at Brittingham’s Irish Pub in Lafayette Hill. 

Mike Ludwig is the Republican candidate running to represent the 148th Legislative District, which includes Conshohocken and Narberth Boroughs, Whitemarsh Township, and parts of Lower Merion, Plymouth, Whitpain and Upper Dublin Townships.  For more information, visit www.facebook.com/public/Vote-Mike-Ludwig or votemikeludwig.com

Joe Koenig June 14, 2012 at 07:35 PM
Isn't this the type of person we want representing us!! This is true public service, not some politician feeding at the trough!!
Frank Mallon June 15, 2012 at 05:11 AM
Politician feeding at the trough? Really? The only thing Mike Gerber feeds off of is the needs of his constituents. Check the facts before you post. Mr. Gerber has done an excellent job servicing our community and it's people. We HAVE the person we want representing us. Again, check your facts. Thank You Mr. Gerber. Keep up the good work! I know you will.
Joe Koenig June 15, 2012 at 09:47 AM
Mr. Mallon, though doest protest too much!! I did not refer to Mr. Gerber specificially, but you did. If the shoe fits. You must be one of his minions that challenged Mr. Ludwig's petitions, which is Ok I guess. Where is all the anger from?? Scared you (he) might be out of a job in November?? I was commenting on Mr. Ludwig's service, which was positive. You turned it negative.
Frank Mallon June 16, 2012 at 03:51 AM
Mr. Koenig. I do commend ALL who serve for our country. That being said. Who is Mr. Ludwig running against? Yes. Mr. Gerber. And no one else. So what particular "politician" {single} were you referrring to then? Sounds pretty specific to me. I was not one of the so called "minions" to challenge his petition. The challenge was directed to you for your lame remark. Anger? There is no need for anger in a situation like this. Scared? Really? Mr. Gerber's record stands for itself. Again, check the facts. Let's not turn this into a tit for tat argument. You know what you said, and you also know who you were referring to. I just called you on it.
Bill Lipp June 16, 2012 at 04:09 AM
Other than being anti-job, what exactly has Gerber accomplished in his seven years in the Pennsylvania House?
Mike June 30, 2012 at 04:16 PM
I served our great Nation overseas and I want to continue to serve the great people of the 148th District. That is why we fought so hard during the Primary and why we continue to fight to give the voters a distinct choice in November. Sincerely, Mike Ludwig www.votemikeludwig.com
A. Victor Meitner, Jr. July 20, 2012 at 01:20 PM
Wish you good luck in the election. Blue Bell Tea Party Patriots are behind you. Vic Meitner
A. Victor Meitner, Jr. July 20, 2012 at 01:21 PM
Mike, Good luck with the campaign. Blue Bell Tea Party Patriots will support your election. Vic Meitner

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