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Democrat Women of Mercer County

Vice president Kim Powell presided at the May meeting of the Democrat Women ofMercer County held at the Hermitage Municipal Building.

State Representative Mark, Longietti PA-7, spoke on retirement security, noting 45% of workers have zero in retirement savings and 41% of those ages 55-64 have no savings.

“This is going to put a huge strain on them as well as our social safety networks”, Longietti said. One of the big reasons people lack retirement savings is because they don’t have a retirement program at work. Longiettii’s co-sponsor of legislation which will create Clear Choice Pennsylvania. This is not a state-pension system, but similar to a Roth IRA for those not covered by their employer and enrollment would be automatic.

On another note, Rep. Longietti had the opportunity to tour Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology, a two-year college for the trades in Lancaster. It’s rated by Forbes as the ninth best two-year college in the country.

“It’s a true gem”, said Longietti.

Thirty five percent of students graduate with no debt and 97% stay in Pennsylvania. The college has 1300 students and will be expanding. At present, they are recruiting student-athletes and will be visiting Sharon, Farrell, Reynolds and Grove City High Schools. Longietti said this is a wonderful opportunity where graduates can earn $50,000 to $60,000 per year and go from there.

Diane Syphrit updated the group on service projects sponsored by the Mercer County Democrat Party and thanked DWMC volunteers. The Party has adopted a two-mile stretch of highway 62 near Mercer. Unfortunately, workers netted 42 bags of trash. Volunteers will be enlisted again in the fall. DWMC members also helped out at the Community Food Warehouse. Volunteers painted, did outside maintenance and sorted and packed donated food to be delivered to county agencies. A number of Democrats participated in the SuperKids Derby, with Michael Muha taking on Mark Longietti. Members will be marching in the Super Kids of Greater PA Soap Box Derby Parade June 29in Sharpsville.

Cindy Glass was thanked for organizing the Veterans Care Bag project. Shampoo and deodorant (non-spray) are in short supply, donations most welcome.

A possible bus trip to Seneca Falls, New York was discussed by Stephen Theiss. Seneca Falls is the 1848 birthplace of Women’s Rights and the locale of “It’s a Wonderful Life.”

The remainder of the meeting focused on candidates and “Getting Out the Vote.” Hermitage Democratic chair Laurie Biblis welcomed candidates Thomas Johnston, Margaret Lucas, Michael Muha, Robert Multari and Deborah Roberson.