Buck throws his hat into the race
Cocalico High School teacher Chris Buck announces he’ll run for 99th District House of Representative seat
Chris Buck, a social studies teacher at Cocalico High School, grew up in a working-class family, where he says he learned the values of honest and hard work. He’ll take those same values with him if he wins the 99th District House of Representative seat.
Buck is the first to announce that he will run for the position and is hoping to get the endorsement of the Republican party. The seat is currently Gordon Denlinger’s, who recently announced his candidacy for Senator Mike Brubaker’s seat, who is not seeking reelection.
“Politics has interested me since high school. Since then it has always been in the back of my mind, but I was waiting for the right time and opportunity to come along,” explained Buck of his decision to run. “With Representative Denlinger &tstr; a man I greatly respect as a person and politician &tstr; currently seeking the senate seat, I prayed with my wife about seeking his soon-vacant seat. We both felt strongly that this is something I needed to pursue, and that I could bring needed experience as an educator to the legislature, as education is something that is vital to everyone in the community.”
Buck attended both Owen J. Roberts High School in Chester County and Conestoga Christian School in Lancaster County. He graduated from Millersville in 2004 cum laude and from Gratz College with a masters in education and is in his ninth teaching year at Cocalico. Buck currently resides in New Holland with his wife, Emily, and two children, Liam and Cora, and one on the way. If elected to the position of representative, he would have to resign as a teacher. But if Buck gains the endorsement of the Republican party and is elected, he plans to remain involved and connected with the education programs.
“Education is one of my priorities,” continued Buck. “For a parent, after health, I’m not sure there is a bigger concern for their child’s future.”
Some of Buck’s other goals include property tax reform, improvements to the new teacher evaluation system, stopping the expansion of the federal government’s powers at the expense of the state’s powers, protecting traditional and Christian values, and protecting small businesses.
Since announcing he will run for representative, Buck has garnered a lot of support from friends, family and former students. But most importantly, his wife is behind him 100 percent.
“I want my children, my nephews and nieces, to grow up in the America I love,” added Buck. “And while our nation is by no means perfect, I believe that many of the values and ideologies that made America great are being threatened. If I can help preserve the integrity of our community and state, by any degree, then I have a responsibility to do so.”