Dean faces chal­lenge from Krawchuk, Mattiacci

The Ambler Gazette - - POLICEREPORTS - By Jar­reau Free­man

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.

7KLV wLOO nRW EH WKH fiUVW time Dean’s name is on the bal­let. She ran for com­mis­sioner of Ward 7 in Abing­ton Town­ship in 2011 and in a spe­cial elec­tion for state rep­re­sen­ta­tive in April against Mattiacci WR finLVK -RVK 6KDSLUR’V term af­ter he re­signed to be­come a Mont­gomery County com­mis­sioner. She won on both oc­ca­sions.

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.

hrawchuk grad­u­ated from St. Joseph’s Univer­sity with a bach­e­lor’s de­gree in physics. ee de­scribes him­self as an en­tre­pre­neur and works in WKH fiHOG RI LnIRUPDWLRnDO tech­nol­ogy. ee is also a pub­lic speaker and au­thor.

hrawchuk is no stranger to run­ning for po­lit­i­cal of­fiFH. HH VDLG KH KDV Uun IRU state rep­re­sen­ta­tive eight times and for gover­nor of

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Ed­u­ca­sons he al­tion was ways runs cut in the — taxes 2011 state bud­get and are too high, spend­ing is again in this year’s bud­get, too high and gov­ern­ment she said. is too large.

fn or­der to help grow the As a iib­er­tar­ian, hrawe­con­omy, the state needs chuk said he be­lieves that to add more fund­ing for peo­ple have the right to in­fra­struc­ture, she said. live life the way they want.

“There are 6,000 bridges “iib­er­tar­ian is the parLn 3Hn­nVyOYDnLD LGHnWL­fiHG ty of prin­ci­ple,” he said. as de­fec­tive,” Dean said. “vou have the God-given “ff you xim­prove] in­fraright to live life your way, struc­ture you grow jobs.” as long as you don’t harm

6LnFH WDNLnJ RI­fiFH HDUOLothers.” er this year, Dean said she ff elected, hrawchuk has or­ga­nized voter iden­ti­said he would work to cut fiFDWLRn LnLWLDWLYHV, KHOG Dn taxes and big gov­ern­ment ed­u­ca­tion hear­ing and has spend­ing. spo­ken against a se­ries of “Cit­i­zens can spend grave cuts to gen­eral as­money bet­ter than the sis­tance pro­grams in ear­gov­ern­ment can,” he said. ris­burg. “They know what’s im­por

When asked why peo­ple tant, the gov­ern­ment can’t should vote for her, Dean know.” said she deeply cares about Over the past 50 years the community. tax­a­tion has in­creased four

“f love pub­lic ser­vice, WLPHV IDVWHU WKDn Ln­flDWLRn, build­ing re­la­tion­ships, he said. ad­vo­cat­ing for those who “This is out­ra­geous,” he can’t ad­vo­cate for them­said. “xfn ear­ris­burg], f selves and get­ting stuff would vote against ev­ery done,” she said. “xf be­lieve tax in­crease.” in] mak­ing small dif­ferfn ad­di­tion, he said he ences, that down the road, would work to form coali­will re­ally add up to some­tions with Republicans and thing.” Democrats in ear­ris­burg.

“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.

Mattiacci ran against Dean in a spe­cial elec­tion for state rep­re­sen­ta­tive in April to finLVK -RVK 6KDSLUR’V WHUP af­ter he re­signed to be­come a Mont­gomery County com­mis­sioner. Prior to this, Mattiacci said he had not run for SROLWLFDO RI­fiFH.

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.

“Serv­ing would be a dream,” he said. “f would work hard ev­ery day to lis­ten WR [UHVLGHnWV@ DnG fiJKW IRU them.”

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