New­com­ers to face off for state rep­re­sen­ta­tive in 148th

The Ambler Gazette - - POLICEREPORTS - By Eric Devlin

Demo­cratic can­di­date Mary Jo Da­ley and Repub­li­can Mike iud­wig are com­pet­ing to rep­re­sent the 148th dis­trict in the Penn­syl­va­nia House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives and each can­di­date pro­fessed to of­fer unique TuDOL­fiFDWLRns DnG H[SHULHnFH IRU the job.

The two are seek­ing the spot cur­rently held by Demo­crat Mike der­ber, who de­cided to not seek UH-HOHFWLRn WR D fiIWh WHUP GuH WR hLs de­ci­sion to ac­cept a job in the pri­vate sec­tor.

Da­ley said she’s run­ning for of­fiFH EHFDusH shH hDs WhH H[SHULHnFH and feels the House needs to ad­dress a num­ber of is­sues.

As pres­i­dent of the kar­berth Bor­ough Coun­cil, the 63-year-old said she gained the foun­da­tion to wRUN wLWh RWhHU HOHFWHG RI­fiFLDOs Ln pub­lic ser­vice and helped bal­ance ERWh WhH EuGJHW DnG WD[ UDWHs.

She has also worked for more than 20 years at her alma mater, the Univer­sity of Penn­syl­va­nia, where she re­ceived de­grees in busi­ness and pub­lic ad­min­is­tra­tion. At Penn, she said she has worked in po­si­tions that have re­quired pro­gres­sively greater amounts of re­spon­si­bil­ity, even­tu­ally in charge of an $18 mil­lion bud­get. She said she con­tin­ued to meet those re­spon­si­bil­i­ties and it has of­fered her JRRG H[SHULHnFH.

Some of the chal­lenges the kar­berth res­i­dent said she feels the ieg­is­la­ture faces in the com­ing term in­clude pub­lic school fund­ing and the en­vi­ron­ment.

While fund­ing for pub­lic schools hDs sWDyHG DW WhH sDPH OHvHO, H[penses have gone up, and char­ter schools have be­gun to take away some of the money schools need to sWDy DflRDW, shH sDLG. DDOHy sDLG hHU so­lu­tion would be to re­store fund­ing.

“Pri­or­i­tize ed­u­ca­tion as some­thing that’s valu­able in the Com- mon­wealth of Penn­syl­va­nia,” she said.

The en­vi­ron­ment is also an is­suH, sSHFL­fiFDOOy IUDFNLnJ IRU nDWu­ral gas at the Mar­cel­lus Shale site. She said that while she sup­ports the project be­cause it cre­ates jobs, the waste­water im­pact fee “doesn’t cover the ac­tual im­pact on the lo­cal en­vi­ron­ment,” and lo­cal mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties are left deal­ing with the prob­lem. She also said the project needs reg­u­la­tion and more needs to be done to un­der­stand the im­pact on waste­water.

6hH finDOOy sDLG shH’G OLNH WR sHH an in­crease in the num­ber of women rep­re­sen­ta­tives. She said women cur­rently oc­cupy 16 per­cent of the House and a num­ber of poli­cies end up hurt­ing women.

iud­wig said fos­ter­ing busi­ness and sup­port­ing law en­force­ment would be among his pri­or­i­ties.

He said it was his sense of duty to serve his coun­try that has led him on the course to run­ning for state rep­re­sen­ta­tive.

Af­ter grad­u­at­ing from the po­lice academy, iud­wig joined the U.S. Army Re­serve and was de­ployed a num­ber of times on mis­sions, in­clud­ing Op­er­a­tion koble Ea­gle and Op­er­a­tion Iraqi Free­dom. The 35-year-old Con s h o h o c k e n res­i­dent then reen­listed in the Penn­syl­va­nia ka­tional duard be­fore serv­ing as an E7, or sergeant fiUsW FODss, Ln WhH PLOLWDUy SROLFH corps. Ad­di­tion­ally, iud­wig is curUHnWOy D SROLFH RI­fiFHU wRUNLnJ IRU Mont­gomery County as a deputy sher­iff.

iud­wig said he gets en­joy­ment out of help­ing oth­ers and pro­tect­ing them, which led to his ca­reer in law en­force­ment.

The big­gest is­sue iud­wig said he sees the ieg­is­la­ture fac­ing this term is lim­it­ing spend­ing and keep­ing a bal­anced bud­get. He said he feels the state can’t continue to keep bor­row­ing money.

He said he’d also like to con- tinue to fos­ter busi­ness, es­pe­cially small busi­ness, by keep­ing WD[Hs UHDsRnDEOH. HH sDLG WhDW hLJh WD[Hs Sush EusLnHssHs RuW of the dis­trict. He said keep­ing WD[Hs ORw HnFRuUDJHs EusLnHssHs Ln WhH GLsWULFW WhDW wLOO SDy WD[Hs.

An­other is­sue iud­wig ad­dressed was Mar­cel­lus Shale. He said while he sup­ports drilling the nat­u­ral en­ergy source, he un­der­stands and sup­ports the agree­ment for Bucks and Mont­gomery coun­ties to not be­gin drilling un­til more in­for­ma­tion has been made avail­able.

iud­wig said a pet project of his would be to make sure law en­force­ment agen­cies are pro­vided with the right equip­ment to keep them safe. From ve­hi­cles to weapons, iud­wig said po­lice RI­fiFHUs nHHG WhH SURSHU HTuLS­ment to keep them and res­i­dents safe.

The 148th dis­trict cov­ers Whitemarsh Town­ship, Con­shohocken and kar­berth bor­oughs and sec­tions of iower Me­rion, Ply­mouth, Up­per Dublin and Whit­pain town­ships.

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