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Member of County Council District 5

Initiates and adopts ordinances, makes appropriations, adopts annual balanced budget, adopts an administrative code, approves Executive appointments, conducts investigations of County Departments, accepts grants,gifts or donations on behalf of County, may modify or eliminate departments,agencies or functions that no longer serve citizens.

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    Thomas Matthew Duerr

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    Sue Means

Biographical Information

What are your top three priorities for the office?

What policies will you pursue to promote social and racial justice for all citizens?

The renewable energy industry is providing a significant increase in good jobs in PA. If elected, how will you use your elected position to continue this economic growth?

What action, if any, would you support to improve air quality in Western Pennsylvania?

Last Name Duerr
First Name Thomas
Middle Name Matthew
Age 24
Campaign Phone (412) 592-5620
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Education Penn State University - Smeal College of Business - Class of 2017 - Bachelor of Science in Entrepreneurship and Corporate Innovation - Minor in Film Studies Bethel Park High School - Class of 2013
Qualifications for office Through my role leading voter outreach efforts during the last three election cycles, I've had conversations with thousands of voters spread across Southwestern PA while working with the Clinton, Lamb and Iovino campaigns. Talking with these constituents and working with these candidates has given me tremendous insight into not just how to be an effective candidate and elected official, but also a better understanding of the issues facing the people in our region. I’m the most qualified because I’ve honed my ability to organize around issues and build solutions for all.
District 5
1. Constituent Access and Accessibility - Consistently reach out to my community - Emphasize focus on local issues

2. Protect / Enhance Quality of Life for District 5 / Allegheny County Residents - Expand public transportation access / accessibility - Insure 500+ miles of county run roads / bridges are well kept - Continue to support practices that decrease our carbon footprint in the county

3. Support / Expand Union Rights and Jobs in Region - Protect working men and women's jobs in the region - Insure union's always have a voice on the variety of boards we appoint
I am a staunch believer that when you’re elected to represent an area, you’re elected to represent every single constituent in that area to the best of you abilities, regardless of their race, religion or sexual orientation. I promise, both as a candidate and elected official, to always fight for LGTBQIA rights and to support any policy or initiative that gives everyone a fair shot going through our criminal justice system and being viable contributors to the economic vitality of our County.
Enticing new, well-paying jobs into Southwest PA needs to be a top priority of any campaign being run here in 2019. At the top of that list should be attracting new, renewable energy jobs. To me, there are two aspects that we can have a direct hand in that will attract more businesses into Southwest PA; having a well-educated workforce and having a reliable, up to date infrastructure.
1. Allegheny County has made strides in the past few years regarding its air quality: with 35% of its county buildings being run off of renewable energy, and I will push every effort that will increase that to 60% over the next four years or less 2. Hold businesses accountable to our county health department's environmental standards 3. Make sure County Health Department has required funding and resources to conduct timely and in depth inspections of Allegheny County businesses
Last Name Means
First Name Sue
Age 68
Campaign Phone (412) 854-4188
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Education BS in Nursing, West Virginia University, 1974; Bethel Park High School Graduate, 1970, Third Degree Black Belt.
Qualifications for office County Councilwoman 5 years 11 months; lifelong county resident; founder-coordinator of annual educational workshop 26 years; 11 years PA Republican State Committee, 24 years Allegheny County Republican Committee; Delegate 2012 Republican National Convention; 3 years Council of Friends of South Park; recognized by President George W. Bush for grassroots leadership; 34 years of community service, active member of Bible Chapel, member: SW Registered Nurses Club, Bethel Park Historical Society, PA Federation of Republican Women, Mt Lebanon Council of Republican Women.
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District 5
Transparency in Allegheny County government. Opposing wasteful county spending and tax increases. Protecting municipal decision-making authority and individual rights from government overreach.

It is an important function of government to protect citizens from unjust discrimination. The County Human Relations Commission has been underutilized, partly due to the separate existence of the City of Pittsburgh Human Rights Commission. If the county commission’s caseload should increase, I would support an increase in its funding.
The current energy boom in Western Pennsylvania stems from the production of shale gas. Western Pennsylvania has an abundance of this clean-burning resource which will protect the environment until renewable energy resources are fully developed. Over-regulation and over-taxation of any industry deters its growth. This holds true for both renewable energy as well as natural gas.
The Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD) promulgates air quality standards. I will fully support any common sense regulation presented to Allegheny County by the Health Department. The December 24, 2018, fire at the Clairton Coke Works prompted the ACHD to increase the number of air quality monitors placed throughout the county and improve communication to the general public.