Senator Ward, J E-Newsletter

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In this Update:

  • Senate Announces Election Investigation Vendor
  • Happy Thanksgiving
  • Sharing the Harvest
  • Reducing the Hazards and Hassle of Thanksgiving Travel
  • Out and About in the 30th

Senate Announces Election Investigation Vendor

Recently, Senator Cris Dush, Chairman of the Intergovernmental Operations Committee, in consultation with me and other members of the Senate Intergovernmental Operations Committee, announced the selection of Envoy Sage as the vendor who will be charged with the task of looking into the records and procedures of the 2020 election.  I am pleased with the selection and I am confident they are the right people for the job.

Envoy Sage has a long record of nonpartisan, secure, and thorough work.  They have no party affiliation, have worked for both Republican and Democratic administrations, and have refrained from actively supporting candidates who were on the 2020 or 2021 ballots in Pennsylvania.  They also have handled sensitive and classified information for government agencies and the Department of Defense and have a track record of protecting sensitive information.

Since the 2020 election, I have heard the loud and clear message from my constituents that they want integrity and transparency in the election process.  The selection of this well-qualified and impartial vendor is another step in the right direction toward ensuring fairness, security, and accuracy in the Pennsylvania election system.  My goal is not to overturn the 2020 General Election, but instead to restore faith in the election process through an in-depth and trustworthy investigation. In addition, it is my hope to build on the investigation findings to improve the election process going forward.

For a link to Senator Dush’s e-news release on the specifics of Envoy Sage and the recent contact, click here.

To sign up for regular updates on the election investigation from the Senate Intergovernmental Operations Committee, click here.

Happy Thanksgiving

President Lincoln began his proclamation establishing Thanksgiving as a national holiday by writing: “The year that is drawing towards its close has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies.”

It was October 1863, in the middle of the Civil War, but Lincoln pointed Americans toward developments for which the nation should be thankful.

Today, we can be thankful that, despite often heated divisions and the remnants of the pandemic, we live in peace and relative abundance in 2021. I hope you and your family have a happy Thanksgiving filled with love and gratitude.

Pennsylvania Hunters Provide Food for Neighbors

As families across the commonwealth give thanks, Pennsylvania deer hunters have a way to brighten the holidays for those in need.

Hunters Sharing the Harvest allows hunters to donate their extra venison to food pantries and community assistance centers across Pennsylvania via a statewide network of butchers. Over the last 30 years, the program has distributed nearly 2 million pounds of donated meat.

An average-sized deer will provide enough high-protein, low-fat meat for 200 meals. Hunters Sharing the Harvest is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit charity funded by public and private sources. Hunters can find the nearest participating meat processor here.

Reducing the Hazards and Hassle of Thanksgiving Travel

Travel experts say all types of Thanksgiving travel are projected to rebound to near pre-pandemic levels this week.

One way to get the most current and relevant Pennsylvania traffic information without taking your eyes off the road or your hands off the wheel is the 511PA app. 511PA provides real-time, hands-free traffic advisories for every state roadway in Pennsylvania, and for major roadways in neighboring states of New Jersey and West Virginia.

Quick Tip: AAA says that if you’re hitting the road Wednesday, traffic will be lighter after 9 p.m. If heading out on Thanksgiving, it’s best to depart before 11 a.m.

Out and About in the 30th 

So thrilled to attend a “send off” party for Miss Pennsylvania, Meghan Sinisi, as she heads off to the Miss America Pageant in a few weeks. Good luck Meghan!

Congratulations to Guardian Healthcare, formally Hillview Healthcare in Altoona, on their ribbon cutting ceremony to establish the facility’s new name and branding.

I dropped by to visit friends in Williamsburg this morning with Congressman John Joyce. What a great group of folks!

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