Jeff Neff, Sewickley Borough Council president, running in GOP primary for state Senate District 37

Jeff Neff, Sewickley Borough Council president, running in GOP primary for state Senate District 37

PITTSBURGH — Jeff Neff says he’s spent his life serving his community, including decades as a volunteer firefighter. Now, he’s running in the Republican primary for state Senate in the 37th District. "Now’s the time. I’m 50 years old and I’m ready to go to Harrisburg and represent the people," Neff told Pittsburgh’s Action News 4. Neff is a former Sewickley fire chief and is president of Sewickley Borough Council. He says he wants to reduce government and taxes. "The difference in me as a candidate is, out of the 37th (District), I’m the only candidate that has a proven track record that’s actually done some of those things. I’ve actually reduced taxes, I’ve actually reduced the size of our government here in the borough of Sewickley," Neff said. Neff says health care is an important issue to him, particularly mental health. He’d like the state to reopen closed hospitals as mental health facilities. "We need to start taking care of people who have mental health issues . You know, I lost my dad when I was 10 years old — (he) committed suicide, definitely because of mental health issues. I had to grow up very fast because of that. Mental health is important to me," Neff said. Neff says Pennsylvania has seen a huge drop in the number of volunteer firefighters over the years and he believes the state should help recruit more. "We are at a crisis level now as firefighters — that if we don’t start […]

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