Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Meet LC Comm'r Candidate Tim Waitkus
Tim Waitkus, LC Comm'r candidate, Democrat and a 5k runner, am I right?
Tim: "You are correct. Aspiring. One 10-k under my belt as well."
Is that right?
Tim: "Yeah, just a couple of weeks ago."
Did you run in that race recently? It was in LC, it was for the veterans. Ashly's race. Did you run that one?
Tim: "I didn't run that one."
I woulda' beat you.
Tim: "Is that right?"
Yeah, I woulda' cleaned your clock.
Tim: "What was your time?"
It was pretty fast. I can't remember exactly. There were a couple girls I beat.
Tim: "That's good."
A couple grade school girls. I beat them.
Tim: "Hey, at the 10k I ran, it was in Northampton, it was for childhood cancer, I finished second place among men in my age category, which was also good enough for last place. There was only two of us in the category."
I see, I see.
Tim: "So it's nothing to write home about."
This is another kind of race, a race for LC Comm'r, and the competition is pretty strong. The Republicans have a heavy edge and some people are saying this is a Republican year. Why should voters choose you as opposed to the Gang of Three or even Brad Osborne?
Tim: "Sure. Well, to be honest with you, I'm not too aware of brad Osborne and his candidacy, so I really can't speak to him. But as far as the Gang of Three goes, I think that the concept of having three candidates running, who have vowed to vote in lockstep with one another on any issue, I think is more the problem of government right now, rather than the solution.
"If you look at what's going on in Washington, you have deadlock between political parties, with people unwilling on the left and the right, to really just get together and try to do what's best for the people. And I think that's what I represent.
"I have no political aspirations. I don't even like to say I'm running for political office."
What do you do in private life?
Tim: "Right now, I actually just got a new job recently. I'm a medical device sales representative, so I work primarily with hospitals in central Pa.
"I'm just a regular guy. I was born and raised in the LV, and I'm just looking to kind of give back a little bit, and be that strong voice of reason on that Board of Commissioners. I think that's really what voters are looking for right now. They're done with the partisan politics. That's why I think people will ultimately vote for me."