Personal Care & Hygiene Drive

Personal Care and Hygiene Drive bin being delivered to the YMCA in Jersey Shore, PA by Sally Combs of the Lycoming County Libertarian Committee and Liz Terwilliger candidate for US Congress

Donation bin delivery began this week!

The Lycoming County Libertarian Committee joined me in dropping off bins. We are continuing to deliver bins as more businesses join us in the drive.

In Lycoming and Clinton Counties donations are being collected for the YWCA in Williamsport, bins have been delivered to the following businesses:

  • The Break Room of Williamsport: 1009 Washington Blvd, Williamsport, PA
  • YMCA Jersey Shore Branch: 826 Alleghany St, Jersey Shore, PA
  • BFit Fitness & Nutrition: 32 Riverview Rd, Linden, PA
  • Coles Coffee, Crafts & Consignment: 10 S. Main St, Montgomery, PA
  • Full Armor Wellness: 7893 Nittany Valley Dr, Mill Hall, PA

In Bradford and Tioga County donations are being collected for the creation of individual kits to be distributed at a pop-up pantry style event in early April. Donation bins can be found at:

  • FWF Wellness: 211 Desmond St, Sayre, PA
  • The Hair Mill: 2404 PA Rt 187, Wysox, PA
  • Mad Hatters Cafe & Co-Op: 400 N. Main St, Athens, PA
  • Endless Mountain Brace & Mobility: 6819 Fallbrook Rd, Troy, PA
  • Clock Works Coffee: Main St, Westfield, PA

If you can’t make it one of our donation locations, you can donate money towards the personal care kits using this donation button, sponsored by Woodland Art by Chris Terwilliger in Warren Center, PA. A $20 donation funds one personal care kit.

This donation is NOT tax deductible, does NOT go to the Liz Terwilliger for Congress campaign and does NOT go to the Libertarian Party. Participating businesses/organizations are not affiliated with Liz Terwilliger for Congress or the Libertarian Party.

If you or your business would like to join us to volunteer or as a donation drop off location please follow this link: https://tinyurl.com/1oi0lpo9

In Image at the Top: Sally Combs (left) of Lycoming County Libertarian Committee and Liz Terwilliger (right) deliver a donation bin to Christine Kinney (center) on behalf of the YMCA Jersey Shore Branch

Join Our March Personal Care & Hygiene Drive

hygiene and personal care items in a bin

Liz Terwilliger for Congress is partnering with the Lycoming County Libertarian Committee for a personal care and hygiene products drive during the month of March.

Beginning March 8th and continuing until March 28th, we will be collecting items such as toilet paper, maxi-pads, tampons, toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, shaving cream, razors, soap, shampoo and tissues. Donated items will be distributed to those in need in two ways. We will be delivering donated items to programs, like the YWCA Northcentral PA in Williamsport, who provide services to individuals and families facing homelessness and other personal crises. We will also be creating “kits” with items donated for individual pick up at designated locations.

We are looking for businesses to participate as donation drop off locations and/or as pick up points for individual kits. For drop off locations, we would provide a donation bin, which we would deliver on or around March 8th. We would pick up the bin and any donations on March 28th, or earlier if requested. For pick up points, we would deliver a pre-determined number of kits for individuals to pick up from your location.

If you are interested in participating in this personal care and hygiene products drive, as a business or as an individual volunteer, please email event@lizterwilligerforcongress.org or text/call 570-731-0822 or complete the rsvp form, here.

Switching Party Affiliation

voters wait in line at Tioga county fairgrounds in Wellsboro, PA

Pennsylvania is a closed primary state. That means you have to be registered with a major party to participate; Republican to participate in the Republican primary, Democrat to participate in the Democratic primary. This system leads many otherwise independent or third party voters to maintain their major party affiliation to have a voice in the primary.

I was asked by a local Libertarian, who is registered to vote Republican, this week, if there is any point to changing party affiliation to Libertarian.

My short answer is “Yes!” Here’s why.

It is simple to change your party affiliation in Pennsylvania. Now that the Libertarian Party has minor party status, we are listed as a choice when residents register. Given the rules of the game in Pennsylvania, voters can change their party affiliation by May 3, 2021 to vote in the May 18, 2021 primary. After the primary, you can change your registration back to your true affiliation just as easily. This is important because the 15% rule (see below) applies to the close of the registration period for the November general election, which is October 18, 2021. After the general election, you can change back again for 2022 Primary just as easily.

According to the Department of State website, in Pennsylvania to be able to participate in the taxpayer funded primary process, a party must have “statewide registration…15% or greater of the combined statewide registration for all statewide political parties.” This 15% mark must be attained “at the close of the registration period immediately preceding the most recent November election.”

Fifteen percent seems a low bar on its face. With the closed primary process, and otherwise affiliated voters maintaining Republican and Democratic voter registration, it is not just an uphill battle. It is a nearly impossible one.

As of February 1, 2021, per the PA Dept of State website, there were 8,818,861 registered voters in the Commonwealth. Of those voters, only 14.5% were not registered Republican or Democrat. Even if all the third party and unaffiliated voters registered to vote with the same party, there would not be enough voters to form a single third major party.

If everyone who is affiliated with one of the two major parties for the purpose of primary voting switched to their true affiliation following the primary, it would be interesting to see what would happen to the percentages. I believe in having accurate information, even if it doesn’t swing in my favor.

So if you are one of those voters affiliated for the primary, I encourage you to change your registration to your true affiliation after the primary and let’s see what happens! Who knows, it might make a difference!