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Pennsylvania State Representative District 103

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 yearsSalary: $95,432Vote for ONE.

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    Patty Kim
    (Dem)

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    David D. Buell
    (Rep)

Biographical Information

What issue(s) would you prioritize, and how would you work with others in government to get legislation passed and signed into law?

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

Article 1, Section 27 of the PA constitution guarantees the rights to clean air, pure water, and the preservation of the environment. What actions would you take to protect these rights?

There are several pieces of gun legislation being considered on comprehensive background checks, red flag laws, and firearm safety training. What is your position on these measures?

County Dauphin
Occupation State Legislator
Education Boston College, B.A. in Communications
Qualifications Former Harrisburg City Councilmember
Campaign Website http://www.pattykim.com/
I will continue to push for adequate funding for our public schools. School districts struggle to pay rising costs in transportation, charter school reimbursements and special education. It leaves very little for building repairs and extra programs. We also need more mental health supports like counselors and behavioral therapists. I have built relationships over the years with my Democratic and Republican colleagues. I know that public education is important for the majority of the members. We have supported Governor Wolf’s increase in K-12 education. Recently, there was bi-partisan support for the Level Up program that directs more resources to the schools that are most underfunded.
I will make sure that we protect the statute that allows for vote by mail. We can reform the system and expand access like automatic voter registration and same day voter registration.
I would support the Governor’s budget proposal to add $5 million in state funds within the Environmental Program Management appropriation in the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to fund new positions to fulfill critical programmatic and operational needs related to supporting clean water, waterways, and wetlands.
I would fully support comprehensive background checks, red flag laws and firearm safety training.
County Cumberland
Occupation Business Development Manager
Education Butler University- undergraduate studies, Harvard Kennedy School of Government-Collaborative Government, Executive Education
Qualifications 20+ years of private business experience, 16 years of elected service including 8 years as County Civil Court Prothonotary
Campaign Twitter URL http://twitter.com/Buell4Pa
As a longtime resident, dedicated community volunteer and former local elected official, I truly care about the place we call home and the values we share. That is why the people of the 103rd District can trust me to use my proven experience and record of accomplishments to reduce taxes for our hardworking families and seniors on fixed incomes, protect and create family-sustaining jobs, invest in our police to reduce crime, and empower parents with more control over their children’s education.
I would repeal ACT 77 and require voter identification. ACT 77 has led to the unconstitutional application of mail-in ballot rules. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ignored the clear legislative mandate that mail-in ballots shall be filled out, signed, and dated in order to be valid. I support increasing ballot access initiatives, but we must protect the integrity of our elections by ensuring those who participate meet the eligibility requirements to prevent voter fraud and ballot harvesting.
As someone who spends a lot of time outdoors, I understand the value of our natural resources and preserving our environment. Working together with local businesses, farmers, conservation managers and residents, we need to reduce the pollutants in our rivers, streams and air. However, under the Wolf Administration, the Department of Environmental Protection has implemented new policies that are stifling Pennsylvania’s economic growth and hurting our small-businesses and family farmers.
As a proud member of the National Rifle Association, a gun owner, and concealed carry permit holder, I know that Pennsylvania’s legal gun owners are amongst the most responsible and respectful in the nation. I do not believe that we need more gun control laws. We need to abide by and strictly enforce the laws that are already in place.