Rachel Moyer, a school board director in the Eastern Lebanon County school district, has announced that she is a candidate for the Republican nomination for the 102nd legislative district seat.
She is challenging Rep. Russ Diamond (R-Lebanon), who has held the seat since 2015.
“I am running for State Representative because the people of the 102nd District deserve a voice in Harrisburg who shares their values and concerns,” said Moyer in a statement on social media. “As a state representative, I will advocate for the right to life, parental rights in education, school choice, and pursuing election integrity throughout the state.”
“Lebanon County deserves a representative who will never waiver in putting the conservative values of the people at the forefront of every legislative vote.”
Moyer is a founder of Pennsylvanians for Freedom, a 501(c)4 organization dedicated to supporting constitutional conservative candidates in their bid for local office across the commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The group’s ultimate goal is to uphold medical freedom, the right to life and the return to integrity in politics.
She says that Sen. Doug Mastriano (R-Franklin), his wife Rebbie, and the Walk As Free People movement are backing her campaign.
“Moyer is dedicated to serving the people and defending freedom. Rebbie and I admire her integrity and willingness to make Pennsylvania a better place.”
Mastriano and Diamond have a contentious history. In May, the 60-year-old wrote an editorial for Broad + Liberty, calling for Mastriano to not consider a run for the 2024 U.S. Senate seat held by Sen. Bob Casey Jr. And a year earlier, Diamond wrote an open letter on his blog just days before the 2022 gubernatorial primary that urged Republicans not to support Mastriano.
Diamond also pointed out that Moyer has tabbed Tom Houtz as her campaign chair. Houtz was defeated by Diamond in the 2016 GOP primary.
The 102nd Legislative District consists of the boroughs of Cleona, Jonestown, Myerstown, Palmyra and Richland, as well as the townships of Annville, Bethel, East Hanover, Heidelberg, Jackson, Millcreek, North Annville, North Londonderry, Swatara and Union.