SUNBURY – After losing to incumbent State Rep. Fred Keller (R-85th, Kreamer) in Tuesday’s election, Dr. Jennifer Rager-Kay wasn’t shy in describing some constituents in the 85th District, “People in our area are just misguided into what is best for them. It’s not their fault, it’s our fault as leaders to not be able to educate them on what really is in their best interest. Minimum wage falls right into that category and so do a lot of other ideas I have.”
That was Dr. Rager-Kay on WKOK’s On The Mark Wednesday. She says people continued to vote for Keller, a Republican, because they’re comfortable with him and they think of party instead of the candidate.
Dr. Rager-Kay also claims nothing has really changed under Keller’s ongoing tenure, “If they take the opportunity to see and to do a little research and to find out that there really hasn’t been a lot of growth in our area. There really hasn’t been a lot of economic improvement. It’s certainly something that is…the definition of insanity…doing the same things over and over and over and expecting something different. Nothing will improve if things don’t change to do that.”
Despite those comments, Dr. Rager-Kay says she knew what she was up against, facing a district that’s heavily Republican. It showed in the final numbers, as Keller defeated Rager-Kay by about 7,000 votes.
Even in defeat, she says this may be the start of a political career, “It’s something that I’m going to pray about. This campaign certainly felt like it was part of the plan and part of what I was supposed to be doing, and I certainly think that there is a lot more that I can do in the community.”
You can hear more of Dr. Rager-Kay’s comments at WKOK.com.