Hornberger eyes commissioner post

Former congressional candidate makes bid to join county leadership

Hornberger

Former congressional candidate Benjamin Hornberger announced he is running for Blair County commissioner, stressing his desire to revitalize the county and bring it “back to prosperity.”

“I am running for commissioner because this is my home county. I grew up wanting to get away from this area. I hated it. There weren’t any jobs, and there wasn’t any reason to stay. However, when I actually left for the Marine Corps, there was a part of me that missed this area,” Hornberger said. “I kept coming back, even though I promised not to return.”

“With each trip back, I realized why the young in this area want to leave,” he added. “It all comes down to leadership in the county. Our county leaders don’t work to lower taxes, fix the roads properly or bring real, sustainable jobs to the area. I want to show true leadership and bring this county back to what it used to be.”

If elected, Hornberger said he would like to drastically cut spending and reduce the county deficit. He said he would also work to cut the commissioners’ pay raises and their salaries to assist with the county’s budget, noting how the commissioners just approved 2 percent raises.

He grew up in Bellwood and graduated from Bellwood-Antis High School in 2012. While serving in the Marine Corps for three years, he earned some college credits before joining the workforce.

After the military Hornberger, was an over-the-phone troubleshooter for AT&T before working at an Amazon warehouse as a general laborer. The 24-year-old is currently looking for work after leaving his last job due to an address change.

Hornberger had lived in Shippensburg when he ran for Congress, but then moved to Everett before moving to live full time in Altoona in October.

He said he will be a resident long enough to be sworn in as commissioner.

Mirror Staff Writer Shen Wu Tan is at 946-7457.

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