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Pennsylvania State Representative District 37

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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    John George

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    Mindy Fee

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 Lancaster
Occupation Education Executive
Education I earned a Doctorate and Master of Education degrees from the University of Pittsburgh, and I possess a bachelor’s degree in education and special education from The George Washington University. I completed postdoctoral studies in education policy at Temple University.
Qualifications With over forty years of education leadership experience, I have worked effectively with Republicans, Democrats, and Independents in Harrisburg and Washington, DC to improve the lives of children and adults. I also served as chief executive officer of organizations with over $200 million budgets.
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A dysfunctional state government can make it incredibly challenging to achieve anything. Because of partisan bickering, the present legislature is considered to be one of the most ineffective in decades. We must recognize that both political parties have ideas with merit. I promise to listen and respect differing viewpoints and work in a bipartisan way to create solutions for the people.

There's also a worrying trend of limiting women's freedoms. It's crucial to safeguard women's right to make decisions about their reproductive healthcare. I will oppose any attempts to restrict women's autonomy in healthcare decision-making. I will support legislation that increases access to medical experts specializing in reproductive healthcare.

An effective democracy relies on the participation of its citizens; therefore, policies should be enacted to encourage voting rather than discourage it. I endorse legislation that would make primaries open to independent voters. I would work towards legislatively enacting automatic voter registration. To accommodate the schedules of all voters, I support the idea of early voting days. Additionally, I would allocate resources to ensure robust cybersecurity measures are in place to protect voter registration databases and election infrastructure from cyber threats. Lastly, I would increase funding to local election offices to allow them to hire and train staff, upgrade technology, and implement more stringent security measures.
I support legislation to enact the recommendations made by the Basic Education Funding Commission. The Report calculates funding adequacy targets for every school district; the legislature needs to honor its funding obligations. I will support increased funding for children with disabilities. The failure of the state to fund special education has resulted in local school boards having to raise property taxes. We can afford to make these investments by putting an end to the practice of diverting funds from public schools to for-profit private companies. The funding formula for cyber charter schools is responsible for shifting millions of tax dollars to for-profit private enterprises. Profiting off the education of children is unacceptable.
Accessing reproductive health services is legal. Unfortunately, the legislature has made the process difficult. As an advocate for reproductive rights, I will work to reinforce and strengthen laws that enable individuals to safely access sexual and reproductive healthcare facilities. I would promote scientific education about reproductive health and put a stop to the use of public funds to spread misinformation. I support legislation that protects physicians from making appropriate treatment decisions based on a patient’s reproductive medical condition. I firmly oppose any government action that interferes with a woman's ability to control her healthcare decisions; personal medical decisions should not be subject to government interference.
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