Paul Huber says Congress is taking this country in the wrong direction with out-of-control spending, massive deficits, higher taxes and nationalized health care.

He also believes that with common-sense solutions, Americans can turn the country around.

A native of Meadville, Huber wants to be a part of the solution. That’s why he’s running for the 3rd Congressional District seat in the upcoming election.

Huber, a Republican, is one of seven candidates challenging incumbent Democrat Kathy Dahlkemper in the May primary election.

Huber was the guest speaker at the Corry Community Roundtable meeting held Friday at the Bracken Room of the Smith Education Center.

He told the roundtable committee composed of local business leaders that as former owner, president, and CEO of Seco/Warwick Corp., a global manufacturing company in Crawford County, he has experience in creating jobs, meeting a budget, and funding health and pension benefits.

“I think, primarily, Congress is spending too much money,” Huber said. “The bills they are putting forth have huge tax increases.

“They are job-killing bills — every one of them — and there is more intrusion by government into our personal lives,” he said.

As a business owner, Huber was faced with creating jobs. He said he has a plan to put America back to work, and his campaign platform includes a Jobs Plan.

“I know what it takes to create jobs,” he said. “I’m not promising I can create jobs. What government can do is provide an atmosphere where jobs can be created.”

His plan includes freezing nondefense, nonveteran discretionary spending at 2009 levels for three years.

Roundtable member Bill Kafferlin of Corry Contract asked Huber about reducing congressional salaries.

“I believe when I talk about freezing salaries at 2009 levels I mean Congress, too,” Huber said.

Economic specialist Rick Novotny asked Huber what he would do in two years if he was elected to Congress in November.

Huber said he is not “going to become a politician,” but he has a plan.

“We absolutely have to stop massive spending,” Huber said.

Huber, 65, and his wife, Francie, live in the same house in Meadville where he was raised. They are the parents of four grown children and have several grandchildren.

In addition to Huber, candidates who filed petitions last week for the 3rd Congressional District seat are Democrat Mike M. Marin of Erie, and Republicans Mike Kelly of Butler, Clayton Grabb of Butler, Steven M. Fisher of Cochranton, Ed Franz of Conneautville, and Dr. Martha Moore of Sandy Lake.

The 3rd District includes Erie County and parts of Warren, Crawford, Mercer, Venango, Butler and Armstrong counties.

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