Born and raised in West Newton, Mary Popovich has been a lifelong advocate for her community. As a young divorced mother, Mary was faced with a challenging situation at home having to provide for herself and her young son. While working a low paying job in the coal mines, Mary earned a college degree and then decided to pursue a master’s degree in health sciences at California University of Pennsylvania. Mary continues to teach at her alma mater for the Global Online Division.
Helping the community has always been a passion for Mary. She has been a volunteer paramedic, and has won numerous awards for her work in emergency medical services. Mary continued her commitment to her community by serving on the borough council of West Newton for three years before becoming mayor in 2009. As mayor, she prioritized improving the education system so future generations have the tools they need to succeed.
Mary has broken many barriers in her lifetime, including being elected the first woman Mayor of West Newton. As Mayor, she has developed many relationships with local and state officials to create programs to help her constituents, especially seniors, veterans, and those with disabilities, all without increasing local taxes. Mary knows first-hand how much the state is needed to help fund local resources and will make sure Harrisburg provides its fair share.
You can read more about Mary Popovich at her website Vote4Popovich.com.