Dean faces challenge from Krawchuk, Mattiacci
fncumbent Democrat Madeleine Dean hopes to maintain her seat and beat iibertarian hen hrawchuk and Republican Nick Mattiacci for state representative of the 153rd iegislative District.
The 153rd covers parts of Abington and Upper Dublin townships.
Madeleine Dean Dean, 53, lives in the Jenkintown section of Abington Township with her husband of 28 years, Patrick Cunnane. Together they have three sons and a granddaughter.
Dean obtained degrees from ia Salle University and Widener University School of iaw and is curUHnWOy Ln D FHUWLfiFDWH SURgram at the Fels fnstitute of Government at the University of Pennsylvania.
Prior to becoming state representative, Dean worked as an assistant professor in the English Department at ia Salle University for 11 years.
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Up for re-election, Dean said that she is running on what she calls “the 4 Es” — education, economy, environment and ethics. She said these things motivate her work today.
Education and the economy are important because education is essential for Pennsylvania’s economic and social future, she said.
Dean said it’s important that we protect the environment from gas extraction and preserve the aesthetics of the commonwealth.
Ethics are important in good government and are the guideposts for iegislatures, she said.
Ken Krawchuk hrawchuk, 53, lives in the Mchinley section of Abington Township with his wife of 35 years, Roberta. Together they have three daughters and two grandchildren.
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“People on the political right believe in a high degree of economic freedom and a low degree of personal freedom,” he said. “People on the political left believe in a high degree of personal freedom and low economic freedom. iibertarians believe in both economic and personal freedom.”
When voting, he said he would vote with Republicans on issues pertaining to economic freedoms and Democrats on personal freedom issues. ee said this would keep things balanced in earrisburg.
When asked why people should vote for him, hrawchuk said he would protect their way of life.
“The other candidates want people to live their life their way,” he said. “Why should f spend life Dean’s way or Mattiacci’s way? ff people want low taxation, low government spending and small government, f’m their man.”
Nick Mattiacci Mattiacci, 32, lives in the Elkins Park section of Abington Township with his wife RI fiYH yHDUV, APDnGD. 7Rgether they have two young sons and a baby girl on the way.
Mattiacci received a bachelor’s in liberal arts from Temple University and received law degrees from Widener University School of iaw and Temple University Beasley School of iaw.
ee worked as an attorney with the Philadelphia Parking Authority, but said he left that job last year to focus on his campaign.
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When asked why he was running, he said he can relate to the struggles residents in the 153rd are going through.
“People like me are raising families, dealing with property tax, high student loans and high mortgages,” he said. “f feel like f really can make a difference because f am going through that right now.”
Some of the biggest issues in Pennsylvania are jobs and the economy, Mattiacci said.
To help these issues, he said he wants to reduce corporate taxes.
“The corporate tax rate in the state is at 9.99 percent, the highest in the country,” he said. “To offset potential loss of revenue to the state f want to close the Delaware loophole and force corporations who do business here to pay taxes.”
Mattiacci said he wants to make the state more “business friendly.”
“When companies look to expand f want them to do it right here in Pennsylvania and create jobs for people here,” he said.
fn addition, Mattiacci said he wants to work to increase education funding through “table game” revenue.
“This would not be enough to fully fund education, but it would give it a base and it won’t be subject to severe cuts,” he said.
When asked why people should vote for him, Mattiacci said he believes this is what he is meant to do.
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