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Pennsylvania State Representative District 53

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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    Steve Malagari

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    Cheryl Bonavita

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 Montgomery
Occupation State Representative
Education Ursinus College, Bachelors of Science in Biology and German
Qualifications A Teamster and a former local beverage wholesaler, I worked in house district 53 for years; I was first elected to Lansdale’s Borough Council in 2011. As council member and member of the Montgomery County Transportation Authority, I focused on improving the local roads and bridges.
Campaign Website
X Handle @Steve_Malagari
Continuing to protect a woman's right to an abortion remains a uniquely pressing issue after Roe was struck down, as well as protecting other reproductive rights like IVF; additionally, adopting a fair funding model for our schools, as well as the cyber charter school reforms the House passed this year, passing common sense gun legislation like "Red Flag" laws, expanded background checks, & safe storage mandates, delivering Childcare tax credits, and improving our infrastructure to mitigate extreme weather brought on by climate change are all top priorities for me and my constituents.
Automatic registration, unfettered Vote-by-Mail access, increasing drop box locations, early voting, enhanced security in accordance with election officials wishes, and easily accessible polling locations are all tools that we can employ to ensure that everyone who wants to vote, can.
For years we have known about and been asked by voters to implement a fair funding model for our public schools. It is the height of injustice to subject children to vagaries of their zip code and how this affects the quality of their education. The time is long past for us to address this issue. Additionally, see my comments about cyber charter school reform in the previous section.
I was proud to vote for legislation that seeks to protect out-of-state women who come to PA for reproductive health services from prosecution in their own states. I will continue to stand up for the right to reproductive healthcare without interference from the government, including the right to an abortion and will fight vigorously against any attempt to deny this right.
County Montgomery
Occupation Assistant Controller
Education BA in Education
Campaign Website
X Handle @votebonavita
Instagram URL http://vote.bonavita
Education, the economy, and illegal immigration are my top 3 priorities.

In education, we need to establish parental rights and focus on ensuring that children are taught fundamentals and useful life skills.

Inflation and taxes are hurting the economy. The Governor’s proposed $15 minimum wage would harm small businesses, promote inflation, and limit opportunities for new workers. We need to reject the Governor’s budget that will result in inflation and increased taxes year after year.

We have illegal immigrants perpetrating crime in our communities. To prevent crime from spreading we need to end sanctuary cities. This will protect all Pennsylvanians, especially our children.

As State Representative I would fight for common sense election integrity laws. This would start with voter ID which would prevent voter fraud. I support ensuring that state ID is available at low or no cost to all citizens. I would also fight to ensure that ballots are counted at each precinct. This would expedite reporting results in Pennsylvania, a state that is notoriously slow in providing election results.
All students in Pennsylvania are entitled to a free and full education. It may be necessary to adjust how education is funded by increasing the funding the state provides, but that should not preclude local school districts from spending additional amounts should they choose to. However, the amount of funding is not the only problem with education. Some districts spend enormous amounts of money and fail to ensure even minimal proficiency in basics such as reading, mathematics, and science.
My endorsement would be for the most life-saving bill, but not a full abortion ban. I wouldn’t vote for any abortion bill, not including the exceptions of rape, incest and life of the mother. Abortion is a decision between the mother, doctor, and family.