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Pennsylvania State Representative District 67

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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    Rajeev Pradhan

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    Martin T. Causer

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 Mckean
Occupation Picture Archiving and Communication System (PACS) Administrator, Imaging Technologist (Xrays, CT Scans)
Education MBA degree: New England College (Healthcare Administration / Management), MS degree: New England College (Management/ Health Admin), BS degree: University of Pittsburgh (Radiological Science)
Qualifications Advocate for change
Public Education: Follow the BEFC Report. Invest! Budget surpluses as a temporary means to increase funding. Raising the minimum wage and the legalization of recreational marijuana to boost revenue. Learn from others and apply creative ideas to fund and educate our future. Minimum Wage: There is no excuse for not raising it. I’m a strong supporter of raising it to $15. This can be done in multiple phases to allow businesses time to adapt. Someone making minimum wage and working full-time should be able to live in Pennsylvania without worrying about affordability of their basic needs. Infrastructure: We need to invest more in transformative infrastructure – infrastructure that provides lasting social and economic value for everyone
The Election Code must absolutely be overhauled. . It has not evolved to reflect changes in technology, legal precedents, and current practices. Any amendments since have only added to its confusion and potential contradictions. Comprehensive training for our election directors and officials is needed. Election policies on mail-in ballots differ across the 67 counties. To ensure mail-in ballots remain safe, secure, and counted: these policies need to be specific and uniformly adhered to throughout. Ballot curing should be a routine policy for fatal defects. Postage always included, not an additional barrier to casting a vote. Pre-canvassing ballots permitted prior to election day. No expanded voter ID. In-Person fraud is very rare.
An educated society makes for a better society. Basic Education Funding Commission (BEFC) has provided a roadmap to close the funding gap and provide the transformational change we need. It’s imperative we listen! I support Governor Shapiro’s plan to increase funding by $1 billion this year and the use of budget surpluses to make future increases. However, it will take creative funding ideas to move forward to prevent the complete exhaustion of these surpluses. I am a firm believer in raising the minimum wage and legalizing recreational marijuana to generate significantly more dollars. We need to fund public education to eliminate poor districts, putting them in the best position to succeed – lessening the so-called “need” for vouchers.
Abortion is health care and should always be treated as such. It’s an extremely difficult decision that is not taken lightly and will never be forgotten. I support access to safe, legal abortions without exceptions. This includes eliminating the Medicaid abortion ban which only serves to punish our poor and underserved people. The right to an abortion should be protected under the Equal Rights Amendment. I support an amendment to the Pennsylvania Constitution providing for personal reproductive liberty. Continue to protect people seeking care in our commonwealth from their restrictive home state laws. Increased funding for education, contraception, and a full range of reproductive & sexual healthcare (including abortions, IVF).
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