Glenside man looking to maintain party’s district
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.