PRESS RELEASE from Obama for America

For Immediate Release
Monday, September 29, 2008
Obama-Biden Campaign Rolls Out Rural Steering Committee
Casey, Holden highlight group of 51 rural and agricultural leaders

PHILADELPHIA—The Obama-Biden campaign is announcing the formation of its Pennsylvania Rural Steering Committee, a collection of 51 elected and community leaders from across the state who are telling voters in all parts of the state why Barack Obama and Joe Biden are the best choice for improving rural quality of life. The committee, which includes Sen. Bob Casey and Rep. Tim Holden, will take the lead in informing Pennsylvanians of Senator Obama’s rural agenda.
As a Senator representing a largely rural state, Senator Obama supports investing in rural communities by improving infrastructure, increasing the availability of high-speed Internet access and cell phone service, and supporting rural small businesses. Senator Obama is dedicated to improving health care in rural areas, where it too often lags behind health care in more densely populated parts of the country. John McCain’s very brief rural and agricultural agenda claims he will improve rural quality of life, but he offers no real methods to achieve that goal.
Sen. Bob Casey
Rep. Tim Holden, Vice Chair House Committee on Agriculture
State Rep. Camille "Bud" George, Houtzdale
Keith Bierly, Secretary of Pennsylvania Milk Marketing Board
Doug Kilgore, Former York County Commissioner
Boyd Wolff, Former Pennsylvania Secretary of Agriculture
State Rep. Scott Conklin, Phillipsburg
State Rep. Tim Solobay, Canonsburg
State Rep. Dan Surra, St. Mary’s
Prof. Arthur Goldschmidt, Pennsylvania State University
Julie Lalo, Vice President of Communications and Advocacy, 10,000 Friends of Pennsylvania
Dennis Hameister, Harris Township Supervisor
Larry Breech, Farm Leader, Millville
Lloyd Casey, Vice Chair National Woodlands Owners Association
Doug MacNeal, Centre County
Dave Kovach, Columbia County Commissioner
Bobby McLean, Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture Bureau of Food Safety and Lab Services
John Nichols, Assoc Dean of College Communications, Pennsylvania State University
John Showers, Union County Commissioner
Prof. Darrell Steffenmeier, Pennsylvania State University
Greg Hostetter, Dairy Farmer, Lebanon County
Denny Nau, Centre County Sheriff
Mary Ann Warren, Susquehanna County
Judy Schwank, President 10,000 Friends of Pennsylvania
C. Sherman Allen, Crawford County Commissioner
State Rep. Mike Hanna, Lock Haven, Chairman Pennsylvania House Committee on Agricultural and Rural Affairs
Geof Smeltzer, Organic Farmer, Susquehanna County
Jamie Serra, Founder Clean and Green Fuels Fund
Don Cunningham, Lehigh County Executive
Brion Smoker, Alpaca Farmer
Larry Kehl, President Kehl Brothers Farms, Fleetwood
Tom Bayla, Westmoreland County Commissioner
Tony Amadio, Beaver County Commissioner
State Rep. Bob Belfanti, Mount Carmel
George Hartwick, Dauphin County Commissioner
Sue Kefover, Potter County Commissioner
Richard Bickhart, Snyder County Commissioner
Dave Mankamyer, Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture Regional Director
Braken Burns, Washington County Commissioner
John Vatavuk, Somerset County Commissioner
Robert Snyder, Forest County Commissioner
John Eggleston, Warren County Commissioner
Judy Church, McKean County Commissioner
John Galbo, Former Crawford County Democratic Chair
Bob Junk, Former President of Pa Farmers Union
Mayor George Hood, Indiana
Mayor Chuck Pascal, Leechburg
Kristal Karenchak, Elk County
John Scott, Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture Regional Director
Jerry Ward, Montour County Commissioner
Robin Aurandt, Blair County

For Immediate Release
Monday, September 29, 2008
Contact Pennsylvania Press Office, 215-563-2440