From Fallujah to Harrisburg

By on August 12, 2014

Schreck, local Democrats gear up for November

Gary Schreckengost

Gary Schreckengost

Local Democratic candidates running in the November election converged last week at the Eicher Arts Center in Ephrata.

The event was officially a fundraiser for Bryan Sanguinito who is running for the 99th House seat that opened when Republican Gordon Denlinger opted to run for the senate seat vacated by Mike Brubaker.

But the event also drew candidates Tom Houghton, Gary Schreckengost, and Brian Kresge who spoke briefly about their platforms.

Lititz resident Charlie Hample, who is running in the 97th House district against incumbent Steve Mentzer, was not in attendance last week.

Hample is a 1992 Warwick High School graduate and a special education teacher at King Elementary School.

Schreckengost, an Elizabeth Township resident and teacher in the Lampeter-Strasburg School District, faces Republican Ryan Aument for the the 36th Senatorial District which opened when Mike Brubaker chose not to run for reelection.

Manheim resident Brian Kresge who is challenging Mindy Fee in the 37th district, is a senior application developer with a Lancaster accounting and information technology services firm.

Houghton, of London Grove Township in Chester County is an attorney and former state representative who is taking on Joe Pitts in the 16th Congressional District.

The Lititz Record Express, which will do profiles on all of the candidates in the coming weeks, begins with a brief on Schreckengost.

A very down to earth candidate who goes by the name ‘Schreck,’ Schreckengost graduated from Edinboro University and a master’s degree in American Studies from Penn State University.

He has been an eight-grade instructor in American History at Lampeter-Strasburg for more than 20 years.

Schreckengost enlisted into the U.S. Army Reserve at age 18 and was asked by his company commander to become one of his lieutenants. He has served in infantry, artillery and cavalry units in various capacities and was mobilized three times after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

Schreckengost has served as a liaison between military and civilian authorities and while in Bosnia secured the position as a psychological warfare officer. He was the lead operations advisor for the Iraqi 4th Infantry Brigade in Fallujah where he helped quell the insurgency there.

Schreckengost was medically retired from the service due to injuries sustained from combat. He said he’d like to “leverage all of the skills that he learned in the school of hard knocks for the friends and neighbors of the 36th State Senate District.”

Schreckengost believes “legislators should listen to their constituents, learn, and help lead others to help find solutions.”

“It’s high time that we stopped the disastrous trickle down economics touted by Republicans like Tom Corbett, his allies in the legislature, and their major donors and return to trickle up economics for and by the people,” he said.

Patrick Burns is a staff writer for the Lititz Record Express. He welcomes your questions and comments and can be reached at or at 721-4455.

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