State Representative Tarah Toohil issued the following statement in regards to questions on whether she was running for the 11th Congressional seat being vacated by Congressman Lou Barletta in his bid for U.S. Senate.
Rep. Toohil stated Wednesday, "I am a servant of the people, and to know so many have expressed the desire for me to serve in the federal government is truly humbling and inspires me to continue to work harder than ever on behalf of all the constituents I represent."
"At this time, and after great consideration, I have decided not to run for congress. Rather, I will support the candidacy of a man who has extensive experience in both the private and public sector, Dan Meuser. Dan's particular work experience and life experience at age 53 is unparalleled. Dan has served as a President of a successful global company, as Secretary of the Department of Revenue (taking it from a D to A- rating under his leadership), as a tireless supporter of conservative candidates and charitable efforts in our community. Dan Meuser is a high quality candidate who has already proven he is ready to lead."
"This will be a critical primary. Rather than Republicans challenging one another, we should challenge the hyper-liberal policies of the left that don't fit with our area's values and, importantly, that fail to put America First. I believe Republicans should unite behind the candidate best able to communicate a conservative agenda and ensure pursuit of America First policies, and that person is Dan Meuser."Toohil stated in closing, "Furthermore, with Dan in Congress and me remaining in the State House of Representatives, I'm confident the District would have two strong advocates--on the federal and state level--who respect one another tremendously and who will work well in tandem advocating for the best interests of the people we both represent."