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Pennsylvania State Representative District 18

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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    Anand Patel

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    Kathleen C. Tomlinson

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?

County Bucks
Occupation Self Employed: Owner of GNC Franchises
Education AA: Humanities, Dual BA: General Theater, and History, MS: Health & Nutrition Ed.
Qualifications Elected School Director 2015-2019
The low wages earned. I believe that Pennsylvanians should have greater opportunity to earn. Whether through the increase of the minimum wage, or better earnings incentives by the employer.

Healthcare should be accessed easily and readily available to all. Whether through employment, or accessibility is reachable, and affordable. Healthcare importance should be visible, and advantageously understood. The government should take initiative to bring forth such recognition. This would help with early prevention of health issues occurring.

Legalization of recreational marijuana would help minimize crime from the usage, purchasing, and selling illegally. Taxes generated can be directed to commuity betterment. And safer product by regulating.

The mail-in-ballots is exceptional. Continue to have this method of voting, expand and refine.

Work with local government to partner with eldercare transportation, school district school buses, to assist with those choosing to head to the polls to vote.
That Charter School oversight, regulation, operations, and funding should be better controlled by the school districts. It should be mandatory that the attending students in the school district have rights, and privileges for their betterment, and education and the experiences gained. the Charter schools, and privilages are secondary in comparison.
A woman, and her family would have all women's reproductive rights. The state should not interfere. She has the choice to make decisions. The medical support should be readily available. With no government involvement bringing forth obstacles, and blockage for access to medical aid.
County Bucks
Occupation State Representative
Education Bensalem High School, 2007 Mercer County Community College, 2014 - Licensed Funeral Director
Qualifications State Representative
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I believe that the two most pressing issues facing Pennsylvanians today are the rising cost of living and the spike in crime threatening our communities.

These are basic quality of life issues that must be addressed and are the kinds of issues that families in my district are facing every single day.

I voted to expand the rent rebate program to put more money back into the pockets of more Pennsylvanians, and I have held the line on taxes, consistently voting against tax hikes on working families.

On the crime front, I secured over $1.5 million in funding for our local law enforcement. I have also had the privilege of passing 4 laws since elected, and 3 were related to crime – my retail theft bill, porch piracy law, and Lindsey’s Law.
I fully support making our elections more secure & more accessible for all voters, which is why I was proud to support the Pennsylvania Voting Rights Protection Act in the last session.

In terms of security, this legislation would have expanded upon the current voter ID law, required regular audits of our elections, and directed counties to provide voters with a scannable and durable Voter Registration Card similar to the cards currently issued when registering to vote.

This law would have made it easier to vote as well, allowing for in-person early voting, implementing a more practical timeline for mail-in voting, and providing regulations for county-run drop boxes.

These are the kinds of reforms that our election system needs.
I have always been a strong advocate for quality public education. As a graduate of our Bensalem public schools, I know how important it is to provide students with the opportunities they deserve, and educators and support staff with the resources they need to be effective.

The Commonwealth Court’s ruling last year has set the stage for significant reform of the way we fund our public schools. There will be much debate over the next several months regarding these reforms, but my commitment is that I will always fight to make sure our schools receive their fair share of funding.

I have a clear record on this, bringing record funding to public schools during my time in office. This is, and will always be, a top priority for me.
As a young woman, I believe in protecting access to safe and legal abortion in Pennsylvania, which our current state law does.

I will not support changes to the law from either extreme end of the political spectrum – neither to restrict access to abortion, nor to expand late-term abortions for non-medical reasons.

I am the only candidate in this race with a voting record that protects women’s rights. For me, and women across Pennsylvania, this is not a partisan political question, but a deeply personal one. On this, and all issues, I will continue to put people before politics.