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Accountability of elected officials:
When a citizen assumes the role of a public official, they must remember to work for the public they serve.  They must be accountable to the public and perform their duties with due diligence and focus on constituents, not the politics of the party to which they belong. The most vulnerable persons suffer when decisions concerning budgets are not negotiated in a timely manner. The public has the right to expect those in positions of power to perform and uphold public trust and put differences on common ground.

Support for working families:
A livable wage is needed for working families to thrive, as tax dollars are not meant to subsidize paychecks. Employees must be able to maintain their right to organize and form a union if they desire, without the fear of retaliation. Gender or racial differences should not affect the rate of pay for the same work. This issue needs to be enforced and is long overdue. For example, pregnant women should be provided with reasonable accommodations during pregnancy, so they can remain employed without additional financial hardship. Workers need access affordable childcare, and sometimes care for elderly family members, so they can continue to hold their jobs and maintain their families.

Education is essential:
Adequate funding for schools is absolutely critical.  Although each community should pay their fair share, trying to reduce the educational deficit through increases in property taxes is not feasible or sustainable. Student loan rates need to be fixed at lower percentage rates, so graduates or aging parents are not burdened with life-time tuition debt. State universities need to remain public and should provide an affordable education for our future leaders.  

Strengthening and revitalize our communities:
By attracting good, living-wage jobs and business to our area we can help end blight and keep our communities strong and vital. Elected officials at the state level must work together with municipal officials and employers to offer incentives for companies to locate in Pennsylvania and stay here. We need to support the “Made in PA” program and keep our families working to encourage economic sustainability within our communities. Supporting small business owners and shopping locally will further this cause, and I will advocate tirelessly for small business owners.

Supporting Police, Fire, EMS, and Emergency Management Agencies:
Our state and local governments need to provide financial support to police, fire, emergency medical services and emergency management agencies, because this is what the public expects and deserves. Training and educating those who provide these professional services is often overlooked and taken for granted by both the public and elected officials. As an EMT/Paramedic and nationally-certified EMS Trainer myself, I am very aware of the crucial role that police, fire, and emergency services play in keeping our communities and our citizens safe, and I will work hard to support them.

Drug epidemic issues in our communities:
The drug epidemic is destroying families and young lives and their chances to be a productive part of society, even if they break out of the cycle of addiction. Communities must partner with agencies and schools to provide support and student centered activities to educate our youth about the dangers of drug use, including alcohol. As Mayor of my community, I have been involved in programs designed to provide addicts with an opportunity to get clean and get their lives back on track.  This approach helps to bridge the gap, so individuals can become productive citizens once again.

Accountability of Elected Officials

When a citizen assumes the role of a public official, they must remember to work for the public they serve.  They must be accountable to the public and perform their duties with due diligence and focus on constituents, not the politics of the party to which they belong. The most vulnerable persons suffer when decisions concerning budgets are not negotiated in a timely manner. The public has the right to expect those in positions of power to perform and uphold public trust and put differences on common ground.



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