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We as Americans are reminded every day why we are so blessed to live in this great country. For us, it represents our home and the values and traditions that we grew up believing and hoping to instill in future generations. As our home, it provides those basic gifts that mean so much to us: life, liberty and pursuit of happiness. The promise that we can turn dreams into reality. That has been and is, the American story. 

Today, many Americans no longer believe that our government is working for them. Our long held belief that government exists to serve we the people has been replaced by cynicism and negativity. This is for good reason. 

Congress has become an object of scorn as little if anything is accomplished. The days of compromise for the greater good seems to have slipped away and have been replaced with self interest and hyper partisanship. 

I am seeking this office not because I seek political power, personal wealth or prestige, but because I believe that we can still preserve and pass on the ideals that have made our country great. I believe that the time has come for a new direction. 

My life is an example of what can be achieved with a supportive family, a strong educational system, hard work, and perseverance. I believe in optimism, in fighting for one’s beliefs that are essential in any success story. 

My story is that of a family of immigrants. My grandfather, Nicolo Marsicano, from a small village in San Mauro La Brucca, Italy, was determined to come to America, the land of opportunity to realize his dreams and provide opportunity for his future family. My mom worked in a dress factory. My dad was a plumber. They taught my sisters and me that a love of God, devotion to family, and a love of country would be our ticket to a better life. It is these ideals that I have attempted to pass on to my beautiful daughter Michele as she has grown into womanhood. 

I had the opportunity to have my life affected by caring and dedicated teachers, who paved the way to my future. When I graduated from Hazleton High School in 1966 and enlisted in the Pennsylvania National Guard, I was prepared. In 1969, I received an honorable discharge with a rank of E-6 Sergeant Military Police, something that would pave my way to my future. In 1971, I entered the Pennsylvania State Police Academy in Hershey and was stationed at Troop L Reading. During my time, I became interested in aviation and eventually became a State Police helicopter pilot. I was honored to serve as a member of the security detail for the Lieutenant Governor Ernie Kline. In 1981, I retired from the PSP and began to fly private helicopter and corporate jets and in 1984 I began a career with then Continental Airlines, later to become United. In 2005 I retired as a 767 Captain from United and began my involvement in the political arena. I was elected to serve on the Hazleton City Council and in 1995 ran for and was elected Mayor of the City of Hazleton where I served for 4 years. 

Since my time in elected office, I have had numerous business interests including Marsicano Greenhouses, MLI a licensed private investigating company, as well as MGS an excavating heavy haul business. I have had the great good fortune of personal and financial success, which now allows me to offer myself as a candidate for a seat in the United States Congress. 

Mine is a story that can still be achieved. Mine is an American story; to strive, to work, to hope and dream, but never ever the thought of surrendering in the face of adversity. While each of us faces hurdles in our lives, times of adversity and challenge, like this country, we work to persevere and move on. 

I believe that we must fight to uphold these ideals. Those who have and continue to make the ultimate sacrifice our servicemen and women and our veterans who are the marrow of what has made this country strong. 

I believe with all my heart that fixing our broken system in Washington is worth this fight and so I choose to forego complacency and cynicism, and place myself before you, the people, for whom this office should serve. 

 


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