Roe announces candidacy for 158th District State House seat
By Steven Hoffman
A West Chester area man has announced his intention to seek the Republican endorsement for State Representative in Pennsylvania’s 158th District.
Eric Roe informed the Republican Committee of Chester County earlier this week of his intention to seek retiring Representative Chris Ross’ seat in 2016.
Roe said, “The Republican Committee of Chester County, led by chairman Val DiGiorgio, is incredibly well-run.”
In his letter to the Republican county committee members Roe said, “Rarely does a volunteer organization operate as effectively and efficiently as our Republican Committee.”
Chester County has been led by Republican leadership for 150 years and under that leadership, Chester County has been recognized by Moody’s Investor Service as “One of the Top 24 Best Managed Counties in America” and Forbes.com called Chester County “One of the Top 10 Places in the Country to Raise a Family.”
Roe is currently the administrative analyst for Commissioner Michelle Kichline and has previously served at the Republican National Committee in Washington from 2009 to 2011, where he was Chairman Michael Steele’s staffer during the 2010 midterm election. Later, he served as Special Assistant at former DHS Secretary Michael Chertoff’s homeland security consulting firm, The Chertoff Group LLC. In 2012, Roe helped run the regional CPAC events for the American Conservative Union. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from American University and a master’s degree in public policy from University College London.
Roe is involved in a number of volunteer organizations. He sits on the board of the Domestic Violence Center of Chester County. He and his wife, Alice, both volunteer with Chester County Women’s Services. Roe also teaches a naturalization class on Wednesday nights for immigrants and aspiring citizens in Kennett Square.
“My legislative priorities are in line with the unalienable rights found in the Declaration of Independence: life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. It is important for us to defend the defenseless, including the unborn. Stopping higher taxes from eroding our freedoms is a high priority.”
Roe said he is determined to pass Paycheck Protection and a Right-to-Work bill that would allow people to take any job without joining a labor union, if they so choose. “I can’t pretend, however, that I can achieve all of this on my own. I will be eager to work with the other 202 members of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.”
Eric Roe grew up in West Bradford and East Bradford Townships. He and his wife, Alice, live in West Goshen Township. Eric is the son of QVC host Mary Beth Roe. The 158th District includes East Bradford, West Bradford, West Goshen, Newlin, New Garden, East Marlborough, West Marlborough, and London Britain Townships, as well as the Borough of Avondale.