I just got back from some middday errands to find the following story:
Senator Michael O’Pake has died
Apparently, he’d been suffering complications from a recent heart bypass surgery and succumbed from them, according to the story.
He was a true representative of the public and he and his staff were generally willing to listen to the complaints and issues that affected the voters and citizens of his district.
He began in a day and age when being a public servant was not something people took for granted or used as a means to get whatever they could for it.
He graduated from Reading Central Catholic High School the same year as my father. They had recently had their 55th high school reunion.
He leaves big shoes to fill in Harrisburg and in the district. I pray that the county Democratic Committee will be judicious and careful in selecting and fielding a candidate to run for his seat. As an unaffiliated, non-partisan voter, I would be happy to seek to fill his seat, because my personal and professional life thus far has been spent working with the same public he was elected by and served all these years. I would work hard to continue on the legacy that he began and to bring sanity back to PA state government for the people of this Commonwealth.
Mike will be sadly missed and fondly remembered by many.