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Pennsylvania State Representative District 174

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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    Ed Neilson

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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 Philadelphia
Occupation Electrician
Education Abraham Lincoln High School / IBEW Apprenticeship / Some College
X Handle @rep.edneilson
Crime is the most concerning that needs a multi tier approach to solve. Beginning with providing the tools to the people through education opportunities. From early identification of those that may need extra help to learn to expanding exposure to middle and high school students of the wealth of job opportunities in PA. If our young men and women are given opportunities to make money, there will be no need to steal. With a fully funded educational system in place, the quality of life issues facing the state will get better. Good education = good job = stable home.
It is unfortunate that there is so much misinformation when it comes to our elections. To rebuild confidence, Voter ID needs to be part of the conversation. In an age when our phones use facial ID, laptops use fingerprints we need start making voting more accessible. We are experiencing difficulties to recruit volunteers to work elections, I see a future that individuals will be able to swipe their identification to vote at strategically placed voting locations throughout the county in places such as libraries, police/fire stations. It is important that we as a legislature, listen to the local elected officials that run the elections in each county/city and pass laws that make process easier both to vote and to ensure accurate results.
I would support legislation that will bring the Commonwealth in full compliance. As a public school graduate, I know the importance of fully funding public schools and making certain that our students are exposed to multiple career paths. Not every child is a college kid, we can't leave them behind and we need to allow them to experience and learn about other options available to them - for they are our future!!
What I will not do is talk hypotheticals, abortion is still legal in Pennsylvania. We all saw that on June 24, 2022, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision in the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. This decision effectively reverses Roe v. Wade (Roe) and Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pa. v. Casey (Casey) in defiance of nearly 50 years of precedent. Losing Roe means abortion is no longer federally protected as a constitutional right. There maybe a need for a change in PA Law to protect the rights of the women in our Commonwealth, I will review any proposal but in general terms. I will not support any law that restricts a women's access to reproductive health care services.