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Pennsylvania State Representative District 142

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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    Anna Payne

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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 Bucks
Occupation Executive Assistant to Bucks County Commissioner Diane Marseglia
Education Associates Degree in Business Administration, Bucks County Community College
Qualifications Member of the Middletown Twp. Board of Supervisors, Vice Chair of the PA Rare Disease Council, Co-founder of the Bucks County Cystic Fibrosis Alliance and board member of Cystic Fibrosis Research Institute, Treasurer of the Bucks County Democratic Women's Forum, PA State Committee Member
X Handle @AnnaPayne4PA
I want to deliver real positive change for my district by tackling the issues facing my community daily. This includes bringing down the cost of living and improving the quality of life for the residents of our community by lowering healthcare costs, investing in mental health services, and lowering prescription drug prices, especially for our seniors, ensuring all Pennsylvanians receive the quality care they deserve. This also includes continuing to protect reproductive healthcare in PA, making responsible investments to keep our communities safe, and being a leader in keeping Pennsylvania’s air, water, and energy clean.
As a step representative, maintaining free and fair elections in my district will be of the utmost importance. If elected, I would encourage increasing access to drop boxes in my district and would support legislation that would expand access by establishing true early voting in Pennsylvania and pre-canvassing while protecting and expanding the implementation of automatic registration in PA. I would also advocate for legislation that will focus on improving voter education, including the importance of voting, registration, and vote-by-mail information. Most importantly, I would oppose any legislation that aimed to disenfranchise voters throughout the Commonwealth by blocking their ability to participate in the democratic process.
If elected, I would urge my colleagues to support legislation that would require all public education funding to be filtered through the fair funding formula so that we may ensure that all children in Pennsylvania receive an equitable opportunity to succeed academically through our public school system, regardless of their parent’s level of income or the value of taxable property in their school districts. I would also support legislation that would increase special education and early childhood program funding while assuring its fair distribution as well as expanding funding towards maintaining school facilities.
Reproductive healthcare has been under attack across the country. We are fortunate that in the state of Pennsylvania, a woman’s right to choose is still protected. This choice is between you and your doctor, no one else. The state legislature must continue to protect reproductive rights, including access to abortion and contraceptives. Recently, the Alabama Supreme Court declared that embryos created through IVF should have more rights than the person who is carrying them. I can promise that if elected to the state house I would support codifying all forms of reproductive healthcare including IVF treatments. We must protect every Pennsylvanian’s bodily autonomy, especially when concerning their reproductive rights.
County Bucks
Occupation Economic Development Professional
Education Penn State B.A., M.P.A. Community and Economic Development. Temple University, Beasley School of Law J.D.
Qualifications I have been the incumbent representative since 2022 and have developed a strong reputation as a bipartisan leader in Harrisburg and our community. Before this role, I worked in local government with the RDA and served as a member of Former Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick's staff in Bucks and D.C.
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The cornerstone to communities that work is safety. As a state representative I have been on the forefront of fighting for more measures to make our communities safer. I have been a loud voice for increased funding for school safety for our kids. I have worked with both parties to pass common sense gun laws. I have also made sure to make sure our police have the resources they need and opposed any effort to defund them. Now it’s time we turn our attention to tackling the fentanyl epidemic that is killing residents daily. First, we should seek tougher penalties for dealers and we must urge the federal government to do something about our porous boarders where these drug often times originate from.
Securing our elections should be an absolute priority for anyone running for office. I support Voter ID as a first step to securing our elections. This commonsense solution would help stop fraud and is supported by 75%+ of our residents. I would also put an end to unattended or unmonitored drop boxes. I would be open to expanding voting hours or having some form of in person early voting as well to expand access. I also support allowing our local election offices to pre-canvass mail in ballots so that election results are known within a few hours after the polls close.
One of the proudest accomplishments of our first budget is the bipartisan way that we were able to significantly increase funding for our public schools. Working together we not only passed the largest single year investment in our schools ever, we also passed a record amount in total for our schools. I support continuing these investments in our schools over the next several years so that we not only come in compliance with the court’s ruling, but we make sure that our kids have access to world class education and educators. But students cannot learn if they are not in a safe environment free from violence or hazardous substances or if the child does not access to the resources they need. I have supported efforts to address both concerns.
I am the only candidate in this race who has voted to protect a woman’s right to choose. I would not support any changes to our abortion laws. This is a deeply personal issue and I respect that there is a diversity in this view, but I believe that the choice should be between a woman and her doctor, not either side of the political divide more interested in scoring political points.