Denny Semsick has announced his intention to run for the state House seat in the 62nd Legislative District as a Democrat.
A lifelong resident of Indiana County, Semsick is a graduate of the Indiana Area Senior High School and the Western Pennsylvania Institute of Technology in Pittsburgh. He and wife Cheryl live in Pine Township and, combined, have four sons: Shawn, Craig, Rob and Randy, and six grandchildren. A former deacon and chairman of the board of Trinity Cathedral Church, Semsick also served as the school coordinator for the Indiana Love Basket. He was an active member of the Indiana Optimist Club for more than 16 years, filling all positions, including president, and served as a Little League baseball coach.
Semsick retired from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation after 35 years of dedicated public service. As programming and planning manager, he said he managed public funds with the utmost responsibility, always keeping in mind the taxpayers. Under his direction the Indiana District, which includes Indiana, Armstrong, Clarion, Jefferson and Butler counties, were among the top three district in the state for efficient utilization of funding sources.
“My campaign message, ‘Solving Issues Together,’ encapsulates my approach to honestly and sincerely advocate for all constituents of the 62nd Legislative District,” Semsick said in a news release. “I will represent you, not big business, so I will not be beholden to corporate interests. Our current representative, James Struzzi, cannot say the same.”
Semsick said he is committed to working for the middle class of Indiana County.
“I’ve heard over the years that property taxes are too high, and jobs that pay a living wage with benefits are scarce. It’s unsurprising since our unions are under attack and too many people have to work two or three jobs just to get by.”
Semsick said his top priorities will be solving issues that the Republican majority have been unable to: reducing property taxes by working to eliminate corporate welfare; supporting efforts that addresses “spread pricing” to lower the cost of prescription drugs in Pennsylvania; using his experience to work with businesses, municipalities, and unions to bring good-paying jobs with benefits back to Indiana County; and introducing legislation that ensures that all Indiana Countians are treated equally under the law.
“I believe these times are bigger than party. I offer my services and abilities to all the people of the 62nd Legislative District. I will work to find solutions to the problems that face Indiana County. And, as your representative, my office will be open to everyone, whether you have an issue which needs resolved or just want to visit.”
Semsick is the second Democrat to announce a bid for the nomination. Laura Thomas, of Indiana, declared her intention to run over the weekend.
Jim Struzzi, a Republican announced his bid for a second term in January.