More than 120 Franklin County Democrats gathered at Shippensburg’s Premier Events last Tuesday to raise money for Sen. Bob Casey.
The event was put together by the Casey’s campaign staff and was orchestrated by many long-time Shippensburg Democrats. It has been 11 years since Casey formally visited his constituents in Shippensburg, but that didn’t stop supporters from raising more than $10,000 for his upcoming 2018 run.
“Bob Casey is about tackling campus sexual assault. Bob Casey is about a once in a generation step forward for those with disabilities. Bob Casey is about investments in education, Bob Casey is about supporting small businesses,” Shippensburg Democrat Bill Freeman said as he introduced the senator. “Bob Casey is not about building walls, he is about building a better America and a better world.”
Casey, who was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2006, spoke of the positive changes he’s been able make as a leader in both the Senate and the state of Pennsylvania.
Casey was involved in the passing of laws such as the Stephen Beck Jr. Achieving a Better Life Experience Act (ABLE), which insures a better life for those with disabilities and the Campus Sexual Violence Elimination Act (Campus SaVe.
With a Republican-ruled Congress and executive branch, Casey said the last six months haven’t been the easiest for protecting and advocating for Democrats.
“We’ve got to make sure that we push our Republican friends,” Casey said. “We have to fight very hard about what they’re trying to do.”
Casey will be running for re-election during Congress’ mid-term elections in November. If re-elected, Casey will begin serving his next six-year term in January 2018.