LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS OF PENNSYLVANIA CITIZEN EDUCATION FUND NONPARTISAN VOTERS GUIDE GENERAL ELECTION, TUESDAY NOVEMBER 6, 2012
(C) Copyright 2012 LWVPA - CEF Polls open 7 A.M. to 8 P.M. This Voters Guide may be taken into the voting booth. FOR ELECTION INFORMATION Contact your county Board of Elections. The League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania Citizen Information Center also provides election information. CALL TOLL FREE: 1-800-692-7281 or Smart Voter at: www.SmartVoter.org ABOUT THIS GUIDE The material in this Guide was compiled by the League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania-Citizen Education Fund. This material may not be altered or reprinted without the permission of the League. Each candidate's reply has been printed as submitted, except to use standard abbreviations and by editing from the bottom when a candidate's reply exceeded the word limit. The candidates listed are those whose names appear on the ballot as of September 5, 2012 and they are listed according to their ballot order. PURPOSE AND POLICY OF THE LEAGUE The purpose of the League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania-Citizen Education Fund is to promote political responsibility through informed and active participation of citizens in government. The League is nonpartisan: it does not support or oppose any political parties or candidates. Nothing in this guide should be construed as an endorsement of any candidate by the League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania-Citizen Education Fund. ABSENTEE VOTING Registered voters who are ill, disabled, or will be absent from the municipality on Election Day may vote by absentee ballot. Completed APPLICATIONS for absentee ballots must be received by the county Board of Elections by 5 P.M., Tuesday, October 30, 2012 Completed absentee BALLOTS must be received back at the Board of Elections by 5 P.M. on Friday, November 2, 2012. If an emergency arises (unexpected illness or business trip) after the Tuesday application deadline, call your county Board of Elections for information on emergency absentee voting. Proof of emergency may be required. Qualified electors who become physically disabled or ill between 5 p.m. on the Friday before Election Day and 8 p.m. on Election Day or if they find out after 5 p.m. on the Friday before Election Day that they will be absent from their municipality of residence on Election Day because of business, duties or occupation, they may receive an Emergency Absentee Ballot. They must complete and file with the Court of Common Pleas in the county where they are registered to vote, an emergency application or a letter or other signed document, which includes the same information as that provided on the emergency application. Any disabled voter having questions regarding the accessibility of a polling place should consult their county Board of Elections. WRITE-IN VOTING Information for write-in voting will be available at the polling place ELECTION DAY PROBLEMS If your right to vote is challenged at the polls on Election Day and the problem cannot be resolved at the polling place, the judge of elections at the polling place should telephone the county Board of Elections. The problem could be resolved by phone if your name appears on the county records. If it does not and you want to try to resolve the problem, then you can go in person to the county Board of Elections where a judge from the Court of Common Pleas will be on duty to resolve election problems. Alternatively you can ask for and vote by provisional ballot. If it is later determined that you were eligible to vote your ballot will be counted. You will be given instructions on how to determine if your vote was counted. IDENTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS FOR ALL VOTERS ATTENTION: Court rules that Photo ID is NOT required TO VOTE in the Presidential Election on November 6th. You do NOT need photo ID to vote this November 6 th. All voters will be asked to present an accepted form of Photo Voter ID in this election but will be permitted to vote if they do not have one. All photo IDs must be current and contain an expiration date, unless noted otherwise. The picture must match the face. Acceptable IDs include:
Photo IDs issued by the U.S. Federal Government or the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania: o Pennsylvania driver’s license or non-driver’s license photo ID (IDs are valid for voting purposes 12 months past expiration date) o Valid U.S. passport (not expired) o U.S. military ID—active duty and retired military (a military or veteran’s ID must designate an expiration date or designate that the expiration date is indefinite). Military dependents’ ID must contain an expiration date Employee photo ID issued by Federal, PA, County or Municipal government (not expired) Photo ID cards from an accredited public or private Pennsylvania college or university (not expired) Photo ID cards issued by a Pennsylvania care facility, including long-term care facilities, assisted living residences or personal care homes (not expired) If you do not have one of these IDs and require one for voting purposes, you may be entitled to get one FREE OF CHARGE at PennDOT Driver License Center. To find the Driver License Center nearest you, and learn what identification and residency documentation you will need to get a photo ID, or for more information, visit www.VotesPA.com or call 1-877-VotesPA (1-877-868-3771). You can also learn how to vote if you have a religious exemption to having your photograph taken. Pennsylvania’s voter ID law will NOT be enforced for the November 6, 2012, election. You will be asked for photo ID but will still be allowed to vote without it. The photo ID law is not in effect for the election on November 6th. Voters without ID should NOT be asked to vote on a provisional ballot. You may vote in the regular way – on the voting machine. However, if you are voting for the first time at your polling place, you WILL need to show some form of ID, although it does NOT have to be a government or state institution issued Photo ID. Student, employee IDs, for example, are acceptable and do NOT have to have an expiration date. Accepted forms of photo ID ONLY for those voting at their polling place for the FIRST TIME: • PA driver's license or other ID card issued by PennDOT • ID issued by a PA or U.S. agency • U.S. passport • Military ID • Student ID • Employee ID Accepted non-photo IDs ONLY for those voting at their polling place for the FIRST TIME must list your name and current address: • Voter registration card • ID issued by a PA or U.S. agency • Gun permit • Recent utility bill • Recent bank statement • Recent paycheck ON-LINE VOTERS GUIDE The Voters Guide and other useful information for voters can be found on the League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania Homepage: www.palwv.org. It is also posted on the League of Women Voters of Bucks County website, www.lwvbucks.org (go to the Voters Guide Page). *CERTIFICATION NOTE* As of the publication date of this guide, the slate of candidates listed below is accurate based upon the Pennsylvania Department of State’s Bureau of Elections unofficial ballot.
PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES
JOB DESCRIPTION The President is the head of state of the United States of America and is the Chief Executive Officer and Commander in Chief of all military forces. The powers of the President are described in the Constitution and federal law. The President appoints the members of the Cabinet, ambassadors to other nations and the United Nations, Supreme Court Justices and federal judges, subject to Senate approval. The President, along with the Cabinet and its agencies, is responsible for carrying out and enforcing the laws of the United States. The President may also recommend legislation to the United States Congress. How Elected: Every four years, political parties nominate candidates to run for President of the United States in a general election that is held on the first Tuesday in November of years divisible by the number four. Although all parties use conventions to nominate their candidates, in most states the Democratic and Republican parties also run state-wide primary elections. The results of the primary influence how the delegates to their respective party’s convention will cast ballots for candidates for President. The degree to which the result of the primary election influences the votes of delegates at conventions varies from state to state. Term: Four years, Limit of two terms. Base Salary: $400,000 Note: The candidate must have made a public announcement of her/his intention to run for her/his Party's nomination for President; and, the candidate must meet the Presidential Election Campaign Fund Act's minimum contribution threshold requirements for qualifying for matching funds, based on the most recent data publicly available on the FEC website. (Vote for One)
UNITED STATES SENATOR
JOB DESCRIPTION The U.S. Constitution prescribes that the Senate be composed of two Senators from each State (therefore, the Senate currently has 100 Members) and that a Senator must be at least thirty years of age, have been a citizen of the United States for nine years, and, when elected, be a resident of the State from which he or she is chosen. A Senator's term of office is six years and approximately one-third of the total membership of the Senate is elected every two years. The Senate has several exclusive powers not granted to the House, including consenting to treaties, a precondition to their ratification consenting or confirming appointments of Cabinet secretaries, other federal executive officials, military officers, regulatory officials, ambassadors, and other federal uniformed officers, as well as trial of federal officials impeached by the House. Term: 6 years Salary: $174,000 (Vote for one) QUESTION: “What would you do to improve protection and enforcement of our land, air, and water quality laws?”
REPUBLICAN Tom Smith (Plumcreek Twp. Armstrong Co.) http://www.tomsmithforsenate.com/ DEMOCRAT Bob Casey, Jr. (Scranton, Lackawanna Co.) http://www.casey.senate.gov/ LIBERTARIAN Rayburn Douglas Smith - No information at this time….
JOB DESCRIPTION The basic duties of the attorney general, as outlined by the Commonwealth Attorneys Act are to: serve as the Commonwealth's chief law enforcement officer; collect all debts, taxes, and account due to the Commonwealth; represent the Commonwealth and all agencies in any action brought by or against the Commonwealth; administer the provision relating to consumer protection laws; represent the Commonwealth and its citizens in any action brought about for violation of the antitrust laws. Term: 4 Years Salary: $152,443 (Vote for one) QUESTION: “If elected, what do you believe to be your most important priority in this office and how will you pursue it?” REPUBLICAN David Freed (Camp Hill Borough, Cumberland Co.) Web site: www.DavidFreedforAG.com D.O.B: 7.30.1970 EDUCATION: B.A. Washington and Lee University, 1992; J.D., Pennsylvania State University Dickinson School of Law, 1995 OCCUPATION: Cumberland County District Attorney QUALIFICATIONS: Cumberland County District Attorney, 2005-Present; Cumberland County First District Attorney, 2001-2005; Cumberland County Assistant District Attorney, 1998-200; York County Deputy Prosecutor, 1997-1998; Executive Committee Member of the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association. ANSWER TO QUESTION: The safety of our citizens. I am the only candidate running for Attorney General with the proven ability and extensive experience necessary to protect Pennsylvania families, seniors, children, and small business owners from crime and corruption. I have handled thousands of cases during my time as a prosecutor, private practice attorney and District Attorney. I am confident that I’ll bring the principled leadership and integrity expected of Pennsylvania’s chief law enforcement officer to the office. DEMOCRAT Kathleen Kane (Waverly Twp., Lackawanna Co.) www.kathleengkane.com
LIBERTARIAN Marakay J. Rogers - No information at this time….
JOB DESCRIPTION The principal role of the auditor general is to determine whether state funds are being used in accordance with the purpose and guidelines that govern each use of the Commonwealth's dollars. The auditor general conducts financial and performance audits of individuals, state agencies, and organization that receive state funds, including school districts, state liquor stores, and public employee pensions. These audits are designed to measure how effectively government programs are using public money to meet their stated goals and objectives. The office performs more than 6,000 audits each year, and is responsible for auditing all federal funds that are allocated to Pennsylvania state programs Term: 4 years Salary: $152,443 (Vote for one) QUESTION: “If elected, what do you believe to be your most important priority in this office and how will you pursue it?” REPUBLICAN John Maher (Upper St. Clair, Allegheny Co.) Web site: www.cpa4pa.com D.O.B: 11.04.1958 EDUCATION: Duke University, A.B., magna cum laude; Oxford University, scholarship studies; Australian Graduate School of Management, fellowship studies OCCUPATION: CPA/Legislator QUALIFICATIONS: Three decades of real world experience as a CPA and business builder. Legislator known for fiscal conservatism, fighting waste and improving government accountability including open records and lobbying reforms. ANSWER TO QUESTION: Pennsylvanians deserve to have an auditor general who actually knows how to audit. I am a CPA expert in government accounting and auditing. I have co-authored a textbook about government accounting and taught government auditing to audiences drawn from Pennsylvania and across the world. As the accountant for accountability, I’ve passed laws to increase sunlight—opening government records to the public and forcing lobbyist disclosures. As auditor general, I will find and fight waste. DEMOCRAT Eugene DePasquale (West Manchester, York Co.) Web site: www.eugene4pa.com D.O.B: 08.03.1971 EDUCATION: 1993, College of Wooster, B.A. 1997, Masters in Public Administration, University of Pittsburgh; 2002, J.D. from Widener University School of Law th OCCUPATION: Pennsylvania State Representative, 95 District (York) QUALIFICATIONS: State Representative, 2007-present; Deputy Secretary PA Department of Environmental Protection (2003-2006); Director of Economic Development, City of York (2002-2003) ANSWER TO QUESTION: I will order a performance audit of water protection programs to ensure our drinking water is safe. I will also work for middle-class Pennsylvanians, protecting education, job-creation programs, and public safety. I will order audits that identify any wasteful and inefficient spending to save taxpayer money and enable reinvestment in critical programs. LIBERTARIAN Betsy Elizabeth Summers (Wilkes Barre, Luzerne Co) No information at this time Web site: http://betsysummers.com
JOB DESCRIPTION The duty of the Pennsylvania Treasurer is to safeguard the Commonwealth's financial assets, which total more than $120 billion in public monies. The office manages several programs in order to better serve the financial needs of Pennsylvanians. The Treasury Department is also responsible for: reuniting unclaimed property with its rightful owner; investigating loss, theft, and fraud involving commonwealth checks; reviewing real estate leases and contracts entered into by commonwealth agencies; maintaining the Pennsylvania contracts electronic library. The Treasurer has specific duties in addition to the oversight of the department: serves as Chair of the Board of Finance and Revenue, which selects banks to serve as depositories for state money; sets interest rates paid on commonwealth deposits; hears and decides state tax appeals. Term: 4 Years Salary: $152,443 (Vote for one) QUESTION: “If elected, what do you believe to be your most important priority in this office and how will you pursue it?” REPUBLICAN Diana Irey Vaughan (Nottingham Twp., Washington Co.) Web site: www.friendswithdiana.com D.O.B: August-1962 EDUCATION: 1981, West Virginia Business College; business, accounting and legal studies coursework at Fairmount State College and California University of Pennsylvania OCCUPATION: Washington County Commissioner, fifth term, managing 52 departments and nearly 1,000 employees and overseeing county-owned nursing home, airport, parks and bridges. QUALIFICATIONS: County Commissioner, 16 years, led long-range planning resulting in job growth; Member of Washington County Pension Board, managing pension funds of employees and retirees; Member of Washington County Prison Board. ANSWER TO QUESTION: As Commissioner, I fought for fiscal responsibility and good government, balancing seven consecutive budgets with no tax increase, keeping taxes low, and putting inmates to work in our community. I provided stewardship for pension funds and formed a strict investment policy statement, with a conservative approach, that met or exceeded industry benchmarks over the past 16 years. DEMOCRAT Robert McCord (Lower Merion, Montgomery Co.) Web site: www.robmccord.com D.O.B: March-1959 EDUCATION: Harvard, 1982, History & Economics. Wharton School of Business, 1989, M.B.A. OCCUPATION: Pennsylvania State Treasurer QUALIFICATIONS: Current Pennsylvania State Treasurer, 2008 - Present CEO/Chairman and Co-Founder of the Eastern Technology Council Co-Founder and Managing Director of PA Early Stage Partners Senior Executive at Safeguard Scientifics, Inc. ANSWER TO QUESTION: “I will continue to use my business experience to protect taxpayers and invest wisely on their behalf. I won’t allow the office to be distracted by political games or special interest agendas. I will build on our record of success over the last three years and stay focused on creating good jobs and strong public income from investments while making government more accountable and transparent and working collaboratively to find innovative solutions to economic challenges.” LIBERTARIAN Patricia M. Fryman – No information at this time
U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
JOB DESCRIPTION Membership in the U.S. House of Representatives is apportioned according to a state’s population. U.S. Representatives must be at least 25 years old, U.S. citizens for at least seven years, and residents of the state from which they are elected. Term: 2 Years Salary: 174,000 (Vote for one) QUESTION: “What would you do to improve protection and enforcement of our land, air and water quality laws?”
8th Congressional District
Term: 2 Years; Salary: 174,000 (Vote for one) All of Bucks County, and in Montgomery County, Franconia, Green Lane, Hatfield, Hatfield Township, Lower Frederick, Lower Salford, Marlborough, Salford, Souderton, Telford, Upper Frederick, Upper Hanover and Upper Salford.
Republican Mike Fitzpatrick (Bucks County, Levittown, PA)
Web site: www.fitzpatrickforcongress.com D.O.B: June-1963 EDUCATION: Bishop Egan High School; St. Thomas University BA 1985; Dickinson School of Law JD, 1988. OCCUPATION: Member of Congress QUALIFICATIONS: Former County Commissioner (1994-2004), former Member of Congress (2005-2006), life-long community resident, married father of six children. ANSWER TO QUESTION: As a life-long conservationist who strongly believes in environmental stewardship, I have been ranked as one of the most independent members of Congress in part by working to protect the environment. I worked to craft the Delaware River Basin Conservation Act to promote clean water for the 15 million people who rely on the Basin for their drinking water. I broke with my party to oppose weakening the EPA’s ability work with states on environmental protection.
Democratic Kathy Boockvar (Bucks County, Doylestown, PA)
Web site: www.boockvar.com D.O.B: Oct-1968 EDUCATION: American University, Washington College Of Law, J.D., 1993. University Of Pennsylvania, B.A., 1990. OCCUPATION: Attorney QUALIFICATIONS: Small Business Owner, 11 years. Trained Mediator, 16 years. Constitutional Rights Attorney, 19 years. ANSWER TO QUESTION: Improving Protection and Enforcement: "The environment that we live and work in is crucial to our families, health, and economy. As a member of Congress, I will always fight for tougher and smarter environmental principals to guarantee that our air, land, and water are protected. Additionally, I will work to ensure that companies that do pollute face stiff fines and pay to remediate any damage done, rather than forcing hardworking taxpayers to foot the bill for their irresponsibility."
PENNSYLVANIA HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
The General Assembly, the legislative branch of state government, is composed of two houses, the Senate and the House of Representatives. A majority vote of both houses is necessary to pass a law. Every law concerning taxation must originate in the House of Representatives. Term: 2 Years; Salary: 82,026 (Vote for one) QUESTION: “Given limited resources, what 3 priority areas of the proposed budget would you like to modify and what is your rationale for so doing?”
18th Assembly House District
Term: 2 Years; Salary: 82,026 (Vote for one) Bensalem and part of Lower Southampton
Republican Gene D. DiGirolamo (Bensalem Township, Bensalem, PA)
Web site: www.genedigirolamo.com D.O.B: March-1950 EDUCATION: 1968, Bishop Egan Catholic High School. Attended Delaware Valley College and Holy Family University OCCUPATION: State Representative, Pennsylvania House of Representatives QUALIFICATIONS: State Representative 1995-present. Chairman, House Human Services Committee; Member, House Consumer Affairs Committee; Chairman, House PIAA Committee. Former small business owner. Former Bensalem Township Auditor and community volunteer. ANSWER TO QUESTION: 1. My top priority would be to restore totally the 20% cut to the County Human Service Program, as these reductions would be devastating to our most vulnerable citizens. 2. I would eliminate the proposed Department of Public Welfare block grant program for Human Services to the Counties. Again, it would be terrible for those who need the help the most. 3. I would restore cuts made to higher education and increase funding for basic education.
Democratic (No candidate)
29th Assembly House District
Term: 2 Years; Salary: 82,026 (Vote for one) New Hope, Solebury and parts of Buckingham, Upper Southampton, Warminster and Warwick
Republican Bernie O'Neill (Warminster Township, Warminster, PA) NO RESPONSE RECEIVED
Web site: http://www.reponeill.com/
Democratic Brian Munroe (Warminster Township, Warminster, PA)
Web site: www.votemunroe.com D.O.B: Jan-1974 EDUCATION: West Chester University 1992-1994, Various colleges in Phoenix in 1998. OCCUPATION: Stay at home dad to my 4 and 1 year old daughters. Retired Police officer/police supervisor in January 2012. QUALIFICATIONS: Life time of community service. Firefighter/EMT at 17, U.S. Navy veteran, police officer for 4 years and police supervisor for 6 years. ANSWER TO QUESTION: 1. Cut wasteful government spending starting with Harrisburg. Our state government is the most bloated government in the country with generous pay, benefits, stipend, and vehicle for all
representatives. 2. Divert money from wasteful spending to Education. Our schools are a vital resource that Harrisburg has gutted. This action has raised local school taxes and increased our class sizes. 3. Stop the assault on women’s rights. There has been too much rhetoric by certain politicians in Harrisburg and Washington that directly legislate and limit the rights of women.
31st Assembly House District
Term: 2 Years; Salary: 82,026 (Vote for one) Lower Makefield, Newtown, Newtown Township, district 2 and district 4 of Upper Makefield and Yardley
Republican Anne M. Chapman (Lower Makefield Township, Yardley, PA)
Web site: www.anne2012.com D.O.B: 1945 EDUCATION: 1979, Ursinus College, BBA – Bachelors of Business Administration OCCUPATION: Executive in healthcare marketing research QUALIFICATIONS: Over 30 years business experience most recently as Vice President in Healthcare Marketing Research. Served four years as Committee Woman, and three on Lower Makefield Twp. Republican leadership team as PR committee Chair, and 2 years as Bucks County executive. ANSWER TO QUESTION: I would change how the $6.48 billion in basic education funding is distributed. Each district would receive equal funding based only on enrollment. Property taxes at both Council Rock and Pennsbury would lower as state aid would double. Sell the state liquor store system to reduce the budget and gain needed revenue by selling licenses. Require all state employees to contribute 25% of the cost of the health insurance premiums to reduce spending.
Democratic Steven J. Santarsiero (Lower Makefield Township, Yardley, PA)
Website: www.stevesantarsiero.com D.O.B: Feb. 1965 EDUCATION: 1992 University of Pennsylvania, J.D.; 2006 Holy Family, MEd.; 1987 Tufts University, B.A. OCCUPATION: Legislator QUALIFICATIONS: Lower Makefield Township Supervisor (01/04-11/08), former Chairman of Lower Makefield Twp Board of Supervisors ANSWER TO QUESTION: Given limited resources, my three priorities areas moving forward are to restore funding to education, fund critical transportation infrastructure, and to protect the environment while providing property tax relief. It is clear that as Pennsylvanians we must prepare our children for the future, invest in our infrastructure, and protect our environment in order for our state to remain competitive in the global economy.
140th Assembly House District
Term: 2 Years; Salary: 82,026 (Vote for one) All of Bristol, two districts in Bristol Township, Falls, one district in Middletown, Morrisville and Tullytown
Republican Eric David (Falls Township, Fairless Hills, PA) NO RESPONSE RECEIVED Website: Democratic John T. Galloway (Falls Township, Levittown, PA) NO RESPONSE RECEIVED Website: www.votegalloway.com
141st Assembly House District
Term: 2 Years; Salary: 82,026 (Vote for one) All but two precincts in Bristol Township; and four precincts in Middletown
Republican Anthony Sposato (Middletown Township, Levittown, PA)
Web site: www.anthonysposatoforstaterep.us D.O.B: Dec-1951 EDUCATION: Midwestern University Wichita Falls, Tx. Bucks Co. Com. College, Newtown Pa. Penn State Extension in Retail Management. OCCUPATION: I have been a Retail Manager for over 30 years, I am currently serving as a Director on the Neshaminy School Board. QUALIFICATIONS: I'm am currently a business owner. ANSWER TO QUESTION: I do believe in conservation and we need to be sure we control the fracking fall out but the most important issues now, in this area are; jobs, property tax reform and education reform.
Democratic Tina Davis (Bristol Township, Croydon, PA)
Web site: www.votetinadavis.com D.O.B: April-1960 EDUCATION: 1983, LaSalle University, B.S. OCCUPATION: State Representative QUALIFICATIONS: State Representative, 2 years; Bristol Township Council, 5 years ANSWER TO QUESTION: I would modify the Governor’s plan to turn state funding for social services into a block grant and cutting funding by twenty percent. This will force counties to eliminate crucial programs for poor children, seniors, and victims of domestic violence and rape. The second priority area is education. The Governor’s current plan will dramatically raise school property taxes while adding to the inequity gap between school districts. Thirdly, we must tax the gas companies.
142nd Assembly House District
Term: 2 Years; Salary: 82,026 (Vote for one) Hulmeville, Langhorne, Langhorne Manor, most of Lower Southampton, most of Middletown and Penndel
Republican Frank A. Farry (Langhorne Borough, Langhorne, PA) Democratic (No Candidate)
143rd Assembly House District
Term: 2 Years; Salary: 82,026 (Vote for one) Bedminster, Bridgeton, Buckingham, Doylestown Township, Durham, Nockamixon, Plumstead, Riegelsville and Tinicum
Republican Marguerite Quinn (Doylestown Township, Furlong, PA)
Web site: www.RepQuinn.net D.O.B: not given EDUCATION: 1981, Saint Joseph's University BA OCCUPATION: Legislator, serving third (2-year) term
QUALIFICATIONS: ----ANSWER TO QUESTION: Pennsylvania's budget must face fiscal realities by focusing on priorities. This means investing in programs that bolster economic and job growth to positively impact families as well as county governments that provide human services. We must support PreK, basic and higher education as well as our special needs adults and children. Funding for environmental programs, especially as they relate to the development of the natural gas industry in Pennsylvania, must be among our top priorities.
Democratic Joseph Frederick (Doylestown Borough, Doylestown, PA)
Web site: www.frederickforpa.com D.O.B: September-1950 EDUCATION: Delaware Valley College 1 yr. Bucks County Community College Associates Degree OCCUPATION: PA Licensed Explosive Engineer, Member of the Society of Explosive Engineers, BPI certified, BPI certified auditor QUALIFICATIONS: 33 yrs in Business with ATF, Homeland Security, Federal and State DOT, PA Department of Environmental Protection, Doylestown Boro EAC, Constable of Elections. ANSWER TO QUESTION: Our Challenges in Harrisburg extend far beyond the current budget and its numerous misguided priorities and ill-chosen cuts. We need to elect legislators who support average citizens rather than the special interests who currently drive legislation. Marguerite Quinn, supported sweetheart deals that gave away our natural resources without returning sufficient revenue to our treasury and to draconian cuts in education, infrastructure, and higher local property and school taxes.
144th Assembly House District
Term: 2 Years; Salary: 82,026 (Vote for one) Chalfont, Dublin, Hilltown, New Britain Township, Silverdale, Telford, Warminster and Warrington
Republican Katharine M. Watson (Warrington Township, Warrington, PA) Democratic (No Candidate)
145th Assembly House District
Term: 2 Years; Salary: 82,026 (Vote for one) East Rockhill, Haycock, Milford, Perkasie, Quakertown, Richland, Richlandtown, Sellersville, Springfield, Trumbauersville and West Rockhill
Republican Paul I. Clymer (West Rockhill Township, Sellersville, PA)
Web site: N/A D.O.B: July-1937 EDUCATION: Graduate of Muhlenberg College, BA Economics, Class of 1959 OCCUPATION: Member of PA House of Representatives QUALIFICATIONS: 32 Years of experience as a State Legislator ANSWER TO QUESTION: Education: Restoring funding to our two university systems is important. (Total 17 universities) Parents and students already carrying a heavy financial burden. Failure to restore these cuts will make this situation worse. Public Welfare: Welfare exceeds education in state funding. Reform is necessary. While many citizens need these services, the cheaters have to be eliminated. Saving taxpayers money. Public Libraries: A popular center of learning and a gathering point for all ages. Increasing the state subsidy will enhance their benefits to the public.
Democratic Mary A. Whitesell (Springfield Township, Coopersburg, PA)
Web site: www.mary4pahouse.com
D.O.B: Aug.-1955 EDUCATION: Northampton Community College, Scott-White Real-Estate Institute, Professional/Personal Development Programs OCCUPATION: Realtor; Paralegal QUALIFICATIONS: Over 40 years experience in legal, business and government sectors, which involved management of multi-million dollar budgets/financials. Energetic Leader and Supporter of the Environment/Arts/Education/Healthcare/Communities as Board Member, Volunteer, Administrative Intern. Raised 2 generations of family while pursuing full-time career/education ANSWER TO QUESTION: Education: Restore Education Funding to 2010-11 levels while pursuing more equitable ways legislatively to fund education at all levels; Environmental/Regulation: One-year kick-start funding for aggressive enforcement; increased regulation enforcement could allow the program to better self-fund and result in fewer violations; Job Creation: Better financial incentives for PA employers to hire from PA unemployed would reduce State unemployment costs and provide people with the income and dignity of real work; retain new-hires instead of hire-and-fire when incentives expire.
178th Assembly House District
Term: 2 Years; Salary: 82,026 (Vote for one) Ivyland, Northampton, Wrightstown, parts of Upper Makefield, Upper Southampton and Warwick
Republican Scott A. Petri (Upper Makefield Township, New Hope, PA)
Web site: www.reppetri.com D.O.B: April-1960 EDUCATION: Washington and Jefferson College BA- English & Political Science, Villanova University – Juris Doctorate-1985 th OCCUPATION: State Representative 178 district and Attorney-at-law QUALIFICATIONS: Vice chairman of Appropriations; State Gov’t, Liquor, and Health ANSWER TO QUESTION: Restoration of higher and basic education cuts to fullest extent possible. Restoration of research funds from Tobacco settlement dollars for job creation. Reform of State Tax Equalization Board to ensure proper funding for our schools.
Democratic (No Candidate)