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Pennsylvania State Representative District 24

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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    La'Tasha D. Mayes
    (Dem)

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 Allegheny
Occupation Community Organizer
Education University of Pittsburgh, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration: Marketing, Political Science, Women's Studies (2003); Carnegie Mellon University, Master of Science in Policy and Management (2005); University of Pennsylvania, Executive Program for Social Impact Strategy (2019)
Qualifications Founder, President & CEO, New Voices for Reproductive Justice (2004-2022); Commissioner, Governor's Advisory Commission on African American Affairs (2016-2021); Board of Directors, Groundswell Fund (2016-2019); Candidate, Pittsburgh City Council - District 7 (2015)
Campaign Website http://www.latashaforpa.com
Campaign Facebook URL http://www.facebook.com/latashaforpa
Campaign Twitter URL http://twitter.com/latashaforpa
Other websites instagram.com/latashaforpa
My campaign platform is healthcare access + reproductive justice, COVID-19 relief + recovery, community safety, environmental justice and voting rights. I would also prioritize equitable public education and raising the minimum wage and opportunities for workers to unionize. The legislation I would champion would be rooted in the intersectional values of racial, gender and economic justice. I have worked with my colleagues in the State House of Representatives for over a decade winning legislative and policy change and I would continue building those relationships as well as with non-elected policymakers informed by advocacy organizations and community organizers who work directly with those first and most impacted by proposed legislation.
I have organized for voting rights focused on building the voting power of Black women since 2004. I led the creation of the New Voices Voice Your Vote! Project in 2009 in collaboration with the PA Center for Women in Politics. For the past eight (8) years, VYV! has outreached millions of times to voters across Pennsylvania turning out 80% of the voters we engage. From my direct experience with voting laws, I would maintain vote by mail, early voting centers, dropboxes that made it easier for Pennsylvanians to vote in 2020 and I would support pre-registration for youth and same-day voter registration. I would advance legislation to combat voter suppression, increase penalties for voter intimidation and increase election worker pay rates.
If you ask Alexa about the weather, she will talk about air quality alerts before telling you the forecast for the day. Pittsburgh is one of the worst metro regions in the nation for poor air quality with high levels of particulate matter that impact the health of largely Black and poor communities. Pollution from toxic waste, trash and sewage overflow, privatization of our water and increasing water rates impact all Pennsylvanians. Our natural environments which are public spaces should be enjoyed by all. I would support legislation to ban fracking statewide, transition to renewable energy, support just transition for workers, emissions from public transit and to provide incentives for higher education and employment in the green economy.
Gun violence is impacting our cities from Pittsburgh to Philadelphia and this public health crisis is driven by access to guns within the compounding effects of abject poverty, unaddressed trauma, social inequality and under-funded services. I support comprehensive background checks for all firearms. Pennsylvania currently has not passed SB 88 and HB 235 leaving a critical loophole not requiring a background check for military-style assault rifles. Pennsylvania also has not passed red flag or extreme risk laws which saves lives by temporarily reducing access to firearms that could reduce domestic violence, suicide and mass shooting deaths. I support a requirement for gun owners to have gun safety training and to safely store their firearms.