Tom Charles has lived in Dimock, Pennsylvania his entire life. He graduated from Elk Lake High School in 1999. While in school, he was statistician and manager for the boys basketball team, and participated in the US FIRST Robotics Program. Senior year, he was named most outstanding science student and won the Susquehanna County Democratic Women's Club annual scholarship.
After High School, Tom went on to attend Penn State University, initially majoring in Electrical Engineering but finishing his degree in Information Sciences and Technology. While at the Worthington Scranton Campus, he was Vice President of the Engineering Society and Public Relations Officer of the IST Club.
Tom has been a registered Democrat since 1999. In 2010, he took over as Dimock Township Committeeman, and became Secretary in 2011, a position he continues to hold. He also served on the Susquehanna County Board of Elections in 2011. Since 2014, he has served as Minority Inspector in Dimock Township. Tom believes firmly in President Kennedy's famous words "ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country." He also is fond of the notion that "The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few"
Christian was born in New Jersey, before moving to Pennsylvania at a young age, and after bouncing around the Poconos for a few years, his family finally moved to Susquehanna County in the mid 2000s. Growing up in SusqCo provided him with a rural community perspective that has been helpful throughout his life, including when he went away to college in 2010, first at Penn State’s Worthington Scranton campus, and then Penn State’s Harrisburg campus. Despite leaving the area for economic opportunity, as many residents of Northeast Pennsylvania are forced to do, Christian was called back to his roots to be the caretaker for a disabled parent, and has been back in the area since 2015.
A lifetime environmental activist, he has also become a fierce advocate for the LGBTQ+ community since coming out in his teen years, and has also begun to take a greater interest in healthcare activism since witnessing his father’s struggles to obtain effective and affordable treatment within the framework of our current healthcare industry.
Christian signed on to Jackie’s campaign after a chance meeting at the local Democratic Party meeting, shortly after registering with the party in the fall of 2019. He believes that Jackie will be able to effectively bring our voices to Harrisburg, with just a bit of added sass, and is super excited to be working to help shake up the rural PA status quo.
You can usually find Christian either processing reams of spreadsheets and data, leading campaign lipsync battles in the car on the way to events, or trying to recruit you to help in the fight for stronger local communities.
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