Why I’m Running
“I strongly believe in serving taxpayers properly, which means ending abuse and waste of taxpayer dollars. I am passionate about responsible use and maximizing taxpayers’ return on investment because I know how hard people work, and I want them to keep more money in their pockets.
As inflation skyrockets, we need responsible stewards overseeing spending. State government can operate better, and I have proven experience in government operations needed to end waste and free up resources, time and money to invest in services that enhance or create value for constituents.”
Republican Candidate for Pennsylvania
Senate District #34
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Though not entrenched in local politics, Mike Gossert spent over two decades in local government, managing municipalities of various sizes. He is currently fulfilling his third term representing Hampden Township residents as an elected school board director of Cumberland Valley. Mike drew on his municipal experience while working in the private sector as a business development executive in the banking and construction industries.
Mike is considered a subject matter expert and provides strategic guidance in all aspects of local government. Currently, he manages West Hanover Township and runs his own municipal consulting business.
Former United States Marine having completed multiple deployments and serving in various leadership roles for the Cumberland Valley school board and statewide education organizations. “Servant leadership is in my DNA,” says Gossert.
As the current manager of West Hanover Township and with over two decades of experience managing other municipalities, Mike uses his thought leadership by serving on expert panels and providing expert testimony.
Mike demonstrates his passion for community service having volunteered as a local firefighter, and lending his time as a board member and leader on many local nonprofit boards of directors.
On the Issues
Mike believes in smart budgeting and improving the quality of life for residents. “I take managing tax dollars seriously and understand that we need to invest in education, infrastructure and other resources that provide the most return on investment possible.”
During Mike’s tenure on the Cumberland Valley School Board, the district boasts cost-effectively educating students at approximately $12K/year per student – well below the average among neighboring districts. Mike was instrumental in financial restructuring efforts to complete a $90 million construction project for a new middle and elementary school without an increase in annual debt service.
Mike believes we need to invest in resources and infrastructure that provide the most return on investment for communities and constituents. He is committed to progress, sustainability and better infrastructure to support and attract businesses to our region and takes managing tax dollars very seriously.
Waste, Fraud & Abuse
Mike will prioritize cutting waste, fraud and abuse in state government to better serve taxpayers. “State government can operate better and I have proven experience in government operations needed to end waste and free up resources,” says Gossert. “As inflation skyrockets we need responsible stewards overseeing spending.
Total population: 266,501
Part of CUMBERLAND County consisting of the TOWNSHIPS of Cooke, Dickinson, East Pennsboro, Hampden, Hopewell, Lower Frankford, Lower Mifflin, Middlesex, Monroe, North Middleton, North Newton, Penn, Shippensburg, Silver Spring, South Middleton, South Newton, Southampton,Upper Frankford, Upper Mifflin and West Pennsboro and the BOROUGHS of Camp Hill, Carlisle, Mount Holly Springs, Newburg, Newville, Shippensburg (Cumberland County Portion) and Wormleysburg; Part of DAUPHIN County consisting of the TOWNSHIPS of Halifax, Jackson, Jefferson, Lykens, Mifflin, Reed, Rush, Upper Paxton, Washington, Wayne, Wiconisco and Williams and the BOROUGHS of Berrysburg, Elizabethville, Gratz, Halifax, Lykens, Millersburg, Pillow and Williamstown and All of PERRY County.