NEWTOWN >> The candidates for state representative in the 31st legislative district have received two major endorsements in their quest to fill the seat now held by Democrat Steve Santarsiero.
On the Democratic side, Newtown Borough Councilman Perry Warren received the endorsement of President Barack Obama.
On the Republican side, Newtown Township Supervisor Ryan Gallagher received the backing of the Bucks County Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 53 and the Joseph J. Haggerty Memorial Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 40, representing State Troopers, as well as the endorsement of the Fraternal Order of Police Pennsylvania State Lodge which represents more then 40,000 law enforcement officers.
Warren is one of just five Pennsylvania House candidates to receive the backing of the President, part of an unprecedented move by the President to support legislative candidates in key battleground states.
“It is truly an honor to have been endorsed by the President of the United States,” said Warren, who met with the President during Mr. Obama’s September 13th visit to Philadelphia. “President Obama’s support demonstrates the strength of my campaign. The President endorsed me because I want to go to Harrisburg to help end the gridlock, support sensible gun safety laws, serve as a champion of education for our children and future generations and protect the LGBTQ community and others from discrimination,“ Warren added.
The 31st District includes Lower Makefield Township, Newtown Borough, Newtown Township, Yardley and the majority of Morrisville Borough. It is currently represented by Democrat Steve Santarsiero, who is vacating the seat in his run for Congress. Santarsiero was an early endorser of Warren’s campaign to succeed him in Harrisburg.
In its endorsement of Gallagher , FOP President Les Neri noted that “Gallagher has been involved in public service and governmental affairs for many years focusing on the safety of his community. He has a proven record for support to the law enforcement community in Newtown and a commitment to continue these efforts as a State Representative. We stand with great pride in supporting Ryan.”
Harry Dannehower, III, President of FOP Lodge 40 went on to say “Ryan Gallagher has been a stalwart in his support for law enforcement in Pennsylvania and the Newtown area in particular. Job creation, superior municipal services, low taxes and sensible growth are all hallmarks of his tenure,” in their endorsement announcement.
Gallagher is Vice Chairman of the Newtown Township Board of Supervisors where he was first elected in 2012.
“Ryan Gallagher has proven his willingness to work with law enforcement and community members, as well as listen to ideas from all sides, to address issues of public safety. He has given his personal time as the Board member of an organization dedicated to dealing with drug addiction prevention and treatment efforts. He will be a strong ally as we work to combat the opioid epidemic gripping our state,” said Bob Bray, when explaining why his group endorsed Gallagher.
“As someone who has had the opportunity to work closely with law enforcement as a local elected official, I am honored by this support,” Gallagher stated. “The men and women who put their lives on the line everyday to protect our community are a special group of people. Their endorsement is both humbling and sends a strong message to the people of the 31st District.”