What is the BugPAC? Click here for a comprehensive explanation.

At the May 4, 2015, meeting, student leaders went to the Borough Council and requested additional street lights in downtown alleyways heavily traveled by students. The proposal was dismissed virtually out of hand. In response to the request, Councilwoman Theresa Lafer implied that if the lights were installed, students would gather around those lights like bugs and cause property damage.

And thus, the BugPAC was born.

The Borough of State College is a quintessential college town. According to the 2010 census, 71% of Borough residents are between the ages of 18-24. The vast majority of these residents, and residents in other age ranges, are Penn State students. However, our elected officials have not adequately represented the interests of students and young people. Respectful student requests are continually ignored, or increasingly often, met with hostility from our elected officials.

BugPAC aims to change this mentality by promoting candidates who respect and value ALL residents — students, young professionals, and long-term residents alike.

BugPAC is born out of both frustration for the present but optimism for the future of State College as a place to live for students and residents who appreciate the unique energy that only college towns create.

The “Bugs” of BugPAC, aspire to change this by providing State College residents with the resources to turn out the vote for our endorsed candidates in the General Election November 7 who truly represent what has always made State College special.

Together, we can make State College more inclusive and welcoming to ALL residents.


Watch BugPAC Founding Co-Chairman and Treasurer Terry Ford discuss the problems in our local government at the 2017 State of State conference.

BugPAC in the News

YouTube Backs BugPAC With $1 Million To Defend Against Potential C-Net Copyright Lawsuit – Onward State

BugPAC aims to give students a voice in local government – Centre Daily Times

Absentee Ballots at an All-Time High For 2017 State College Municipal Primary – Onward State

Penn State students make big push to get involved in local politics – WJAC

Calling out local government – WTAJ

Penn State Student Leaders Launch ‘BugPAC’ to Help Elect Endorsed Candidates for Borough Council, Mayor – StateCollege.com

Political committee BugPAC holds first press conference in the HUB – Daily Collegian

Student Government Presidents Launch ‘BugPAC’ Campaign to Reclaim State College – Onward State