2017-08-12 / Today's Top Stories

U.S. Senate candidate Jeffrey Bartos visits the county

BY JAMES LOEWENSTEIN

Staff Writer

TOWANDA — Jeffrey Bartos, a Republican real estate developer who is running for Bob Casey’s seat in the U.S. Senate, was in Bradford County on Thursday.

“I invited him up,” said Doug McLinko, the Republican chairman of the Bradford County commissioners. “He’s very interested in the energy (activity) that is going on up here and what that means to the county.”

Of the Republican candidates who are seeking to unseat Casey, Bartos has the most money in his campaign account, according to a recent Associated Press story. Almost half of the money in Bartos’ campaign account was lent by himself to his campaign, according to the Associated Press.

Bartos, 44, graduated from the University of Virginia Law School and started his career as an attorney before spending the past 16 years working in the real estate development field.

He served as a senior executive at Toll Brothers, a large company that builds houses, before he went out on his own in the real estate development field.

He currently owns two companies that purchase land and install the utilities and roads on that land for housing developments.

Bartos has been a longtime member of the Montgomery County Republican Committee, but has not run for any other elected office or held a government position.

“I have been active in helping to elect good conservative candidates throughout the Commonwealth and the United States,” mainly by raising money for those candidates, he said. He said he also makes campaign contributions to Republican candidates.

Bartos said he decided to run for the U.S. Senate after seeing Casey support the Iran nuclear deal, which Bartos opposed.

In supporting the Iran nuclear deal, Casey “put politics over the security of the United States and its allies,” Bartos said.

“Senator Casey has turned his back on Pennsylvania’s energy industry,” Bartos continued. “In fact he worked to support Barack Obama’s anti-energy job-killing regulations.”

Casey “supports job-killing coal regulations,” said Bartos. Casey supported the Clean Power Plan, which would have put all of the coal-fired power plants out of business, Bartos said.

Casey also voted for a carbon tax, said Bartos, an opponent of such a tax.

Casey “supported (former President) Obama’s agenda fully,” said Bartos, who added that Obama’s policies “weakened our military.”

Now, the U.S. Navy does not have enough ships, Bartos said, adding that he wants to increase the number of the Navy’s ships.

Bartos also said that the Affordable Care Act needs to be repealed and replaced.

While in Bradford County, McLinko showed Bartos some of the damage caused by last month’s flash flooding and explained to him how local landowners’ inability to clean local creeks is contributing to the flooding. McLinko said he wants Bartos to understand the issue of stream maintenance.

Casey plans to seek a third six-year term in next year’s election.

The Review was unsuccessful Friday in its attempts to obtain comment for this story from the Casey re-election campaign.

James Loewenstein can be contacted at (570) 265-2151 ext. 1633; or email: jloewenstein@thedailyreview.com.

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