Articles & News 2006

From the January 31, 2006 Williamsport Sun-Gazette:

Law firm colleague announces intention to seek Feese’s seat in state House

By LAUREN McLANE

Garth EverettGarth D. Everett of 527 S. Main St. announced that he will seek the Republican nomination for the 84th District state legislative seat being vacated by his law firm colleague, Rep. Brett O. Feese, R-Plunketts Creek Township.

“I just think there’s a need for fresh new blood in the political system” Everett told the Sun-Gazette. “I’m not a career politician, and I’m not going to be one. I’m going to address issues that have gone awry in Harrisburg.”

Everett, 52, was born in Montoursville and graduated from Montoursville Area High School in 1972. He received a bachelor’s degree in business from Penn State University in 1976, and a juris doctorate from Penn State University-Dickinson School of Law in 2000.

Prior to his admission to the bar, Everett served more than 20 years in the Air Force, attaining the rank of lieutenant colonel.

In 2000, he joined the law firm of McNerney Page, Vanderlin and Hall, where he has established a reputation for protecting the public interest.

“I certainly won’t be voting for legislative pay raises, and not just because of July (when legislators voted themselves raises in a midnight session with no debate). The Legislature wasn’t designed to be a career where legislators get paid on par with people in the private sector,” he said.

The Legislature is a body of public servants, and politicians should not run for election with the hope of getting rich, he added.

One plank of his platform is property tax reform, he said.

“I’m in favor of property tax reform, along with cutting taxes. I don’t want to see a hidden tax increases just to get property tax reform. I’m a traditional Republican, in favor of smaller more efficient government.”

He said he also intends to continue efforts to bring better jobs to our area, “so that more young people have the ability to not have to move away to Philly or Harrisburg,” to get a job, the so-called “brain drain,” he said.

As far as his qualifications, he said in a written statement, “I think my broad life experience and background, connection with the Local Area and involvement in the community ... give me unique understanding of what Lycoming County’s families and seniors need and expect from their state representative.”

“I understand what people want. I grew up here, moved away and moved back here,” he said. “My whole life experience of having lived other places and seeing what can be; it’s wonderful here, the farms, woods, mountains streams. I love small town America.”

Everett serves as the solicitor for several local townships.

He also is a member of the Lycoming Law Association, the Loyalsock Creek Watershed Association, the Highland Lake 40 et 8, the Oregon East Running Club, and is a founding member and the president of the Eastern Lycoming YMCA.

He and his wife, Susan, have two grown daughters. The Everetts reside in Muncy.

The 84th Legislative District covers most of Lycoming County outside the Greater Williamsport Area.

Everett said he plans to begin circulating nominating petitions to get on the ballot for the May primary election.