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Pennsylvania State Representative District 4

Description of office: The General Assembly is the legislative branch of government in Pennsylvania. It is composed of two houses: the Senate is the upper house, and the House of Representatives is the lower house. A majority vote in both houses is necessary to pass a law. The PA House of Representatives consists of 203 members representing one district each, with an equal number of constituents. Representatives must be at least 21 years old, have been a citizen and a resident of the state four years and a resident of their respective districts one year before their election, and shall reside in their respective districts during their terms of service. The House develops budget packages, makes taxation decisions, allocates spending, and passes laws (including redistricting in collaboration with the Senate). The House also has the exclusive authority to impeach public officials. Representatives also serve on various policy committees that may propose legislation. Term: 2 years Salary: $106,422 Vote for ONE.

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    Joe Cancilla

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    Jake Banta

Biographical Information

What do you see as the most pressing issues facing Pennsylvanians, and how would you address them?

What changes would you support making to Pennsylvania’s voting laws to expand access, ensure security, and support local election officials and processes?

What legislation would you support to comply with the Commonwealth Court's ruling that Pennsylvania’s school funding system is unconstitutional and must be reformed?

What changes, if any, would you support making to Pennsylvania’s abortion laws?

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County Erie
Occupation Pa. State Rerpresentative District 4
Education Fort Leboeuf High School Graduate and Honorably Discharged U.S. Navy Seal
Qualifications I am a state representative seeking my 2nd. term.
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Our economy and the divided public are the most pressing issues to me. With the price of gas and groceries families are struggling from paycheck to paycheck and the people are feeling the pressure to be on one side or the other on issues. The economy can be helped by deregulation. I want to help small businesses thrive by making it easier not harder to open. PA. has an abundance of Natural Gas which is very clean burning for a fuel source. We will create jobs and use our natural resource by deregulation there. I would like to help bring America back together by fighting misinformation by the media. I'd show everyone we are on the same side and that the divide is not who we are. Together, we are America. Fixing this is key to unity.
I would like to pass legislation of a simple effective 5 checks and balance election process all can feel secure about. 1) Proof of citizenship. 2) Name and district registered in. 3) party affiliation. 4) ballot serial number. 5) Each vote in the district is checked by 2 Democrats and 2 Republicans. * Each party checkers -checking the other side's vote for discrepancy. Discrepancies would be decided by all four or a judge if undecided. ALSO, I would like all mail in ballots to be in and counted by no later than noon election day. *No extended days should be acceptable for counting, since there would be no less than one month prior to get them in.
I would support a complete overhaul of our education system. I think we wouldn't be divided over education funding, if one standard was in place with the objective of training the children to begin work in society after graduation. We should provide basic education in math, history, civics, economics, fitness and health. Focusing on mental fortitude and the skills and mindset to be in the workforce. Higher education is for advanced degrees. The goal of a HS education should be to enter society and the workforce prepared to apply for a job. A standard ALL can agree on should be in place. Mental health should be an across-the-board focus of each student each day. Reform will only come when the entire system is changed. We can do far better.
Abortion should be available for medical reasons but otherwise discouraged. Women should fight for their unborn. Each of us are here and we should strive for every life to have the chance you and I received. Sadly, we have relegated it to a political divide. We are the only creature on Earth deleting our own. It is a cultural misstep. Many third World countries I visited saw birth as a gift, even as they were living a very poor existence. Who is to say one life is more important than the next? I would find myself as a hypocrite if I decided the unborn should not get the chance I did at life. We need to change the mindset of our nation. Giving life a chance is the greatest thing we can do. Our country needs to see this.