59th House District
May 18th, 2021
Mariah Fisher is a 39 year old mother of two who has lived in the Ligonier Valley for much of her life. Her family has deep roots in Ligonier and she grew up learning the meaning of service and being active in the community.
She attended high school in Ligonier and completed her undergraduate studies at Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA, where she majored in Sociology and graduated with honors. Additionally, she studied abroad in England during her junior year at the University of East Anglia. Upon graduating, she met her husband, and after living in Colorado together for a few years, chose to return to Pennsylvania and settle in Ligonier. Mariah and her husband wanted to raise their two sons as they were raised: in a close-knit, family-oriented community that understands the importance of caring for each other and taking care of the community so that it grows stronger and is sustainable for future generations.
Mariah was elected to the Ligonier Borough Council in 2017 and in her first year on council, served as the Chair of the Parks and Recreation Committee; which provided oversight for the $3.5 million Diamond Renaissance Project. This project included a complete redesign of the centerpiece of Ligonier; the Diamond and town square. Additionally, Mariah oversaw and approved all payments on the project with the support of the Borough Secretary. Once the renovation was complete, she planned and coordinated the community celebration event for the grand re-opening.
During her tenure on Council, she has been a member of the Finance Committee and in 2019, served as the Finance Committee chair. In 2020’s unprecedented year, her committee was able to balance the budget without increasing taxes. As a member of the Public Safety Committee in 2019, Mariah worked closely with the chief of police to establish and plan Ligonier’s first National Night Out. The event encouraged residents to spend the evening getting to know the Ligonier Police Department and four local volunteer fire companies. She submitted the event to the National Night Out Organization and received an award for ‘Rookies of the Year’ for having one of the best first time events nationwide.
The pandemic has dramatically changed work and learning options, which Mariah believes presents an opportunity for attracting new, younger residents to the area. Remote learning and virtual meetings have given families more flexibility in work. But it has also exposed an issue: the lack of reliable internet service in rural communities. If the 59th District is to be competitive as a place to live and thrive in Pennsylvania, we will need dedicated resources like improved fiber optic service to make that happen.
As a long time resident with family on both sides of the mountain, Mariah personally knows and understands the needs of the citizens of this District and will put in the work. Her service on council has given her the needed experience to help advocate for and serve the people of the 59th District. As their Representative, she will be dedicated to listening to their needs and bringing their concerns forward in Harrisburg to better serve them.
Precincts in the 59th District
Mount Pleasant Township