Joe Kujawa is not a career politician. He’s a blue collar small business owner, proven local elected official, and dedicated member of our community passionate about helping his neighbors. He’s called to run for State Representative to help make life better for everyone.
Joe’s life experiences – as a father, grandfather, local pastor, and small business owner – have shown him a simple fact: elected officials can only help people by working together.
That’s why for 18 years as a local supervisor he focused on finding commonsense solutions to real priorities – cleaning creeks to mitigate flooding; combining snowplows and salt trucks to save money; turning the local dump into a new recycling center to benefit both Fairview and Millcreek; renovating the Millcreek Township building under budget to bring critical services under the same roof, cut costs, and make services more convenient for residents; and always protecting taxpayers by saying no to tax increases. That’s proven leadership making government work better while saving taxpayers money in the process.
Dedicated to making life better for his community, Joe helped start the Senior Citizen Center for Millcreek Township and served on the board of the LECOM Senior Living Center and the Millcreek Community Patient Safety Board. He knows our retirees and seniors have unique needs – and knows meeting those needs will keep generations of local residents living and thriving right here at home. That’s why he’ll fight to freeze property taxes for seniors (age 65 and above) while also working to lower them for every homeowner.
Joe will bring a lifetime of caring about others to Harrisburg. He knows education is critical to our children’s future and that college isn’t the answer for everyone. He’ll focus on expanding educational opportunities through trade schools while empowering parents to have a real say in their kid’s education with a Parents’ Bill of Rights.
Having owned Joe’s Hilltop Garage for 44 years, he knows state government regulates and taxes small businesses too much. He’ll work to reduce red tape on existing businesses and help to reduce the burden of starting a new small business – all to help our local economy grow and create jobs.
Joe also knows what it’s like to face adversity and overcome grave challenges. He’s a cancer survivor who beat back Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. And after a wrecker he was repairing fell and crushed him, through prayer and great medical treatment he was able to fully recover and get back to work. He knows working families must have access to affordable, quality healthcare and will make that a priority in Harrisburg.
A staunch supporter of the 2nd Amendment, Joe is a lifetime member of the NRA and member of the Gem City Gun Club. He knows we need real leaders of both parties to stand up to the Philadelphia liberals who oppose our Constitutional right to defend our families, homes, and property.
Joe is a lifelong resident of Erie County and has been married for 47 years to his wife. Kathy. Together, they’ve raised two children together and love being grandparents to five amazing granddaughters. A man of faith, Joe serves as Pastor of 1st Assembly of God of Meadville, after serving as assistant Pastor at East Erie Assembly of God for years. He’s an honorary member of the Belle Valley Fire Department, a certified CDL instructor, and member of the Siebenberger Club.
Joe has a proven record as a local elected official and community volunteer of putting our families first in everything he does. From holding the line on taxes for 17 years to giving his time to helping local seniors. Now more than ever - when playing politics has become more important than serving the people they represent for too many elected leaders - Joe will put the focus back where it belongs: on us, the residents of Pennsylvania.