PIKE & MONROE - As a 14-year resident of Monroe County, Adam Rodriguez stated in a press release that he is aware of the issues facing the 189th district, including commuters in the region. He recently announced his candidacy for State Representative. The 189th District encompasses a portion of both Pike and Monroe counties.

He said, “Monroe County has roughly 25,000 commuters heading down into the Metropolitan area, with a large percentage of them coming from the Eastern Poconos. Taking into consideration the obvious economic benefits of re-opening rail through the gap, our residents have one of the longest, if not the longest average commute in the United States, it is simply unconscionable that nothing has been done to actually remedy this in nearly 46 years. People need to think of the damaging effects this lack of basic infrastructure has on our families and quality of life to fully comprehend it’s effects. Furthermore, my incumbent opponent currently sits on the Transportation Committee down in Harrisburg, of which no bill has been introduced to remedy this. This type of leadership has led to an overall cosmology of cynical pessimism which can no longer be tolerated in this district. It’s time for a change.”

Rodriguez is an supporter of raising the minimum wage to $15.00 per hour. As an active member of his community, Rodriguez is involved with the Monroe County NAACP, and is a committee person for the Monroe County Democratic Party. He briefly served on the Board of Integra, a home foreclosure mitigation agency located in Tannersville, which at the time was actively seeking to introduce a federally funded grant program into Monroe County. He is currently involved with the Shelter From The Storm non-profit organization to create a community center for LGBTQ youth in need of services, support and healthy social interaction.

Rodriguez is a self-taught artist currently employed as a designer in the textile industry. He attended the Rhode Island School of Design for two years, taking his academic courses at Brown University. Upon entering the workforce he became a union carpenter, completing his apprenticeship at the New York City District Council of Carpenters Training Program. He later became a teamster, working for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey before finally settling into his career as a designer.

He’s been happily married to his wife Beth for nearly 29 years, and is a proud father of five children: Beth Ann, Gina, Christine, AJ and Erin. All have attended East Stroudsburg High School North, graduating with honors.

For information on Adam’s campaign call 570-807-9729.