Glen­side man look­ing to main­tain party’s dis­trict

Glenside News - - LETTERS - By Jar­reau Free­man

Demo­crat Steve McCarter is hop­ing to de­feat Repub­li­can Mark Sirinides for state rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the 154th Leg­isla­tive Dis­trict.

The 154th cov­ers ChelWHn­hDP DnG 6SULnJ­fiHlG town­shipsI Jenk­in­town Bor­ough and a part of Philadel­phia.

Both can­di­dates are vy­ing for re­tir­ing in­cum­bent Demo­crat Lawrence Curry’s seat.

McCarterI S5I lives in the Glen­side sec­tion of Chel­tenham Town­ship with his wife of OO yearsI Deb­bie. To­gether they have a daugh­ter and three grand­chil­dren.

McCarter holds a bach­e­lor’s de­gree in ed­u­ca­tion from Tem­ple Univer­sity and a mas­ter’s de­gree in ed­u­ca­tion from the Univer­sity of Penn­syl­va­nia. ee spent his ca­reer teach­ing in both Chel­tenham and Lower Me­rion school dis­tricts.

kow re­tiredI McCarter said he wanted to give back to the com­munLWy by Uun­nLnJ IRU SRlLWLcDl RI­ficH, some­thing he said he has never done be­fore.

Asked why he wanted to run for state rep­re­sen­ta­tiveI McCarter said he wants to help keep the Amer­i­can Dream alive.

“, hDG D GLI­fi­culW chLlG­hoodI” he in an in­ter­view. “I lost my fam­ily while I was in high schoolI all within a sixyear pe­riod. The gov­ern­ment helped me out and I want to do the same xfor oth­ers].”

McCarter said that there are many is­sues fac­ing Penn­syl­va­nia that are also com­pel­lLnJ hLP WR Uun IRU RI­ficH. ee said he is con­cerned about the A1 bil­lion cuts to ed­u­ca­tion un­der Gov. Tom Cor­bett’s ad­min­is­tra­tionI in­fra­struc­ture de­vel­op­ment and gas drilling in the state.

“Drilling on state lands can en­danJHU WhH hHDlWh RI 3Hnn­sylvDnLD ― wDter and airI” he said. “xI want to run] to elim­i­nate some of these ills.”

Is­sues of con­cern at the state level are is­sues of con­cern at the lo­cal level tooI McCarter said.

“The in­fra­struc­tures in our area ― ChHlWHn­hDP, 6SULnJ­fiHlG DnG -HnNLnWRwn ― hDvH sHwHU Ls­suHs DnG storm-wa­ter is­suesI Chel­tenham in par­tic­u­larI” he said. “To xre­pair] the sewer sys­tems could po­ten­tially cost up to AOM mil­lion. This is some­thing that both state and fed­eral dol­lars will helpI like it did in the past.”

McCarter also said that he wants to work to bring jobs back into the pub­lic sec­tor and work to put funds back into the pub­lic school sys­tem.

“Money is be­ing drained out of the pub­lic schools for char­ter schoolsI” he said. “Char­ter schools have be­come like sys­tems to make money … That is wrong.”

eis ex­pe­ri­ence in ed­u­ca­tion makes him the ideal can­di­dateI McCarter said.

“I’ll work harder than other leg­is­la­tors to make sure our fu­ture is brighterI” he said.

Steve McCarter

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