Roe to seek 158th GOP nomination


Eric M. Roe

A West Goshen man became the third Republican this week to announce they would seek the party’s nomination for the 158th District State House seat, and potentially replace the retiring State Rep. Chris Ross.

Eric Roe, currently the administrative assistant to County Commissioner Michelle Kichline, said he would seek the party’s nomination. Previously, Kennett Square attorney Lenny Rivera announced he planned to run, as well as Perry Bentley of Unionville.

“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 in a statement.

He 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,” he said. “I will be eager to work with the other 202 members of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.”

Roe worked for 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 Department of Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff’s homeland security consulting firm, The Chertoff Group LLC. In 2012, Mr. 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.

He also 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. Mr. Roe also teaches a naturalization class on Wednesday nights for immigrants and aspiring citizens in Kennett Square.

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