Former Senator Waugh looks forward to new challenges

Written by Matt Paul, Reporter/Producer | Jan 14, 2014 4:00 AM

Inside the Weis Exposition Hall at the PA Farm Show complex

(Harrisburg) -- A York County lawmaker has resigned his post in the state Senate. But Republican Mike Waugh isn’t going far.

After serving six years in the House and 15 in the Senate, Waugh has been tapped as the next executive director of the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center in Harrisburg.

Waugh, who previously announced he would not be seeking reelection in 2014, says he's been considering the new job for more than a year. He adds his colleagues in the Senate have been nothing but supportive.

“They know how I feel about the Farm Show complex, they know my interest in agriculture over the years, and having served on the Farm Show Commission for the better part of 15 years,” he says, “so it was a good fit.”

He replaces the retiring Pat Kerwin, who will maintain an advisory role for the next few months at the Farm Show complex.

Waugh says he wants to continue to attract new shows to the facility, and work on a strategic plan that addresses renovations and parking issues.

“We’re running out of parking space it’s that simple,” he says. “We’re renting lots from some of the neighboring property owners, including HACC, and we really need to be looking ahead because if we continue to grow we need to continue to give our customers the ability to park in a sensible way and in an efficient way.”

There is a constitutional provision against a lawmaker resigning to take another state appointment, but the Corbett administration contends the Farm Show job is not considered a "civil office."

A special election in the 28th district has already been called for March 18th.

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