Brad­ford faces chal­lenger Phillips in race for 70th dis­trict

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Matt Brad­ford can­di­date)

(Demo­cratic

Two-term mem­ber of the state HRuVH, ZhHUH hH VHUvHV RQ WhH $ppro­pri­a­tions, Fi­nance, Ju­di­ciary DQG LRFDO GRvHUQPHQW FRPPiW­tees. Cur­rently an of coun­sel at a PuQiFipDO ODZ fiUP iQ 0RQWJRPHUy County. Pre­vi­ously worked in the UQiWHG 6WDWHV $WWRUQHy’V 2IfiFH, DV the gen­eral coun­sel for the United 6WHHOZRUNHUV UQiRQ DV ZHOO DV IRU D fed­eral dis­trict court judge, and as an ad­min­is­tra­tor for the Bor­ough of Nor­ris­town.

When speak­ing with con­stituents from across my very di­verse dis­trict in cen­tral Mont­gomery County, whether at their doorstep or at nu­mer­ous town hall meet­ings over the past three years, a few con­cerns are of­ten shared. Res­i­dents are proud of our schools, our open spa­ces and our community’s abil­ity to at­tract and re­tain good jobs and they want to make sure we keep mov­ing cen­tral Mont­gomery County in the right di­rec­tion.

Dur­ing tough eco­nomic times, we need to main­tain our com­mit­ment to fund ed­u­ca­tion in Harrisburg in or­der to keep our community strong. I stood up to Gov. Cor­bett’s $1 bil­lion cut to pub­lic ed­u­ca­tion that has served to in­crease class size, jeop­ar­dize stu­dent per­for­mance and put fur­ther pres­sure on ever-in­creas­ing lo­cal prop­erty taxes.

Fur­ther­more, hav­ing grown up work­ing in my own fam­ily’s small busi­ness, I have ad­vo­cated for tar­geted tax cred­its for small busi­ness in or­der to help them cre­ate good, fam­ily sus­tain­ing jobs here in Mont­gomery County.

$GGiWiRQDOOy, ZH QHHG WR ZRUN to­gether to­ward achiev­ing real, mean­ing­ful prop­erty tax re­form to pro­vide re­lief for se­niors strug­gling to stay in their homes and young fam­i­lies at­tempt­ing to purFhDVH WhHiU fiUVW hRPH. :hiOH pURperty tax re­lief has proven elu­sive to prior gen­er­a­tions of leg­is­la­tors, I am com­mit­ted to pri­mary res­i­den­tial prop­erty tax elim­i­na­tion.

LiNH VR PDQy RI yRu, , WRR DP tired of the ex­treme par­ti­san­ship in our pol­i­tics, both na­tion­ally and in Harrisburg. Rais­ing our three chil­dren, my wife, Re­nee, and I are con­cerned with the qual­ity of our schools, the vi­tal­ity of our job mar­ket and the en­vi­ron­ment that we will leave to fu­ture gen­er­a­tions.

For my part, I will continue to work in a bi­par­ti­san man­ner to EUiQJ fiVFDOOy UHVpRQViEOH VROuWiRQV to the prob­lems ef­fect­ing our community. Most im­por­tantly, how­ever, I will continue to be ac­ces­si­ble and lis­ten to the con­cerns of our neigh­bors.

Re­spect­fully, I ask for your sup­port.

Jim Phillips (Repub­li­can can­di­date)

Cur­rent mem­ber of the MethacWRQ 6FhRRO BRDUG, VHUviQJ DV FhDiU­man of the board’s prop­erty com­mit­tee and a mem­ber of the pol­icy FRPPiWWHH. 5HWiUHG IURP WhH U.6. Navy and is a li­censed com­mer­cial pi­lot for pri­vate man­age­ment com­pa­nies.

I am in touch with the needs of the res­i­dents of Mont­gomery County. I un­der­stand the con­cerns of the peo­ple be­cause I am also af­fected by big gov­ern­ment and the de­pressed econ­omy. I will strive to make a dif­fer­ence for the work­ing class and am de­ter­mined to get them the tools needed to be susWDiQiQJ DQG pUR­fiWDEOH DJDiQ.

I am a self-made man who is con­sis­tently rein­vent­ing him­self. If it can be re­paired, re­fur­bished, built or ne­go­ti­ated to achieve a com­mon goal, I can get it done. I am de­ter­mined to aid the res­i­dents of the 70th Dis­trict and be their voice in Harrisburg.

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Jim Philips, left, and Matt Brad­ford

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