Inspiration to Run
Faith, family and public service have been the hallmark of Deb Baughman’s life. Most recently, she was the 2018 Democratic nominee for state representative in the 78th District. During that energetic grassroots campaign, Deb focused on the needs of rural families and communities. Her home and heart are centered in Bedford County, and her goal is to make a positive difference for the county by building on themes from her previous campaign. Deb believes that elected officials should conduct themselves as servant leaders who sit at the people’s workbench. She is ready to be that leader.
Education and Relevant Work Experience
Deb always had a love for working with children. She graduated from Lesley College with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education and later earned a Master’s Degree in education from Wilkes University. Deb was employed as a teacher in the Cornwall-Lebanon School District for 25 years before retiring in 2013. She taught elementary school for the first part of her career. For the remaining 17 years, Deb developed and taught a career awareness class for teenagers based on the PA Academic Standards for Career Education and Work. Through that program, Deb worked in partnership with local workforce development leaders.
Her education and work experience are not only centered on children. Deb completed several graduate courses on contract negotiation through IUP. Additionally, prior to beginning her teaching career, Deb was employed by Pioneer Funds, a broker/dealer licensed by the Securities and Exchange Commission where she earned the status of registered representative, licensed to sell mutual funds and variable annuities.
These educational and work experiences are the foundation that Deb brings to the commissioners’ office. She has also served in leadership roles in work-related and civic groups: managing projects; spearheading initiatives; establishing policy; presenting seminars; leading meetings and speaking to groups. Diligent, detail-oriented, analytical, strategic, creative, and intuitive are words used by others to describe Deb. These qualities should serve the people of Bedford County well.
Relocating to rural Pennsylvania 34 years ago to raise her family, Deb has been a Cub Scout leader, Sunday school teacher and church leader. Today, she enjoys being a grandmother to three young granddaughters. She and her husband attend Trinity United Church of Christ in Saxton and believe it is important to give back to the community. John, whose family has lived in Bedford County since colonial days, is also a retired teacher and a Republican elected to the Tussey Mountain School Board.
Deb serves as legislative chair of the Bedford Business and Professional Women, is a member of the Bedford County Farm Bureau, the Saxton Sportsmen Association and thePennsylvania State Education Association-Retired. She is a founding member of Fair Districts Bedford County which seeks independent redistricting reform. Actively involved with the rural caucus of the PA State Democratic Committee, Deb is a passionate advocate and leader for rural issues and working families. She is also an active member with the Bedford County Democrats and the Helen B Hughes Federation of Democratic Women. An avid outdoors-woman, Deb can be found hunting, fishing and boating in her free time.