Three seek to represent 153rd Legislative District
No matter the outcome of the Nov. 6 election, residents of the 153rd Legislative District will have a new face representing them in Harrisburg.
With current state Rep. Madeleine Dean throwing her hat in the ring for U.S. representative in the newly created Fourth Congressional District, the seat is open for a newcomer to state politics.
The ballot will see three candidates — Republican Douglas Beaver, Libertarian Marc Bozzacco and Democrat Ben Sanchez — seek to succeed Dean.
The 153rd Legislative District covers Abington Township and portions of Upper Dublin Township.
Working professionally as the director of business development for SPS Technologies, Beaver has been involved in local politics as an Abington committeeperson for the past three years.
“This helps to prepare me for the state representative position because I take am able to take a fresh perspective on how we can best serve people to provide a better variety of goods and services while also supporting business growth and profitability,” Beaver wrote in response to questions from Digital First Media.
Beaver said he was motivated to seek office to help have the voice of local community members represented in Harrisburg.
“I felt a call to public service, as a private businessman, to shed a brighter spotlight on the issues important to my district,” he said. “There are far too many lawyers and not enough folks in the state legislature truly representing the average man and woman.”
The Republican said he feels he would excel as a state representative because of the assertiveness he has learned in the business world — something missing from “most wishywashy politicians.”
“I want to work and make the best deals for our area using the skills that have made me successful in private business,” he said. “I work with many customers (in both public and private sectors) that have conflicting interests, but I get everyone at the table to work on solutions for us all to reach our goals.”
If elected, Beaver said, his top priority would be school safety and security.
“I plan on introducing statewide legislation that creates a required standard to be met (and hopefully exceeded) by all schools for security in elementary, middle, junior high and high schools,” he said. “I will also place an incentive in this legislation to emphasize hiring military veterans that have served our country and could work in these security positions.”
Two other main areas of focus would be growing businesses and jobs and lowering state income taxes, leading to their eventual removal, Beaver said.
“I abhor our income tax because taxing someone’s productivity is equal to theft from their hardearned paycheck,” he said. “Some other very prosperous states have no state income tax, and I would work to add Pennsylvania to that list of desirable places to work and live.”
Residents can find more information about Beaver’s campaign at BeaverAchiever.com.
Born and raised in Elkins Park, Bozzacco has made his home in Abington for the past 16 years, according to information on his website.
Bozzacco, a master plumber, owns and operates his own plumbing business, according to his website.
“Marc’s leadership and critical thinking skills have lead the way for him through his career in the trades,” the site reads. “He has run many large-scale commercial and residential projects ranging from full fire sprinkler retrofits in Sam’s Clubs and Walmarts to complete top to bottom residential remodels of 100-year-old Victorian homes.”
Bozzacco is a member of the Montgomery County Libertarian Committee, serving as the committee’s representative on the state board for the past three years, according to the site.
The Libertarian lists taxes and spending, education and welfare as three key issues on his website.
“Pennsylvania has a spending problem!” he writes. “This spending problem has become a burden on all the people of the state. There are millions
here in Pennsylvania struggling to pay their bills while our government frivolously spends our money on their little projects.”
If elected, Bozzacco said, he would never support a tax increase and would look to cut unnecessary government spending, along with fighting to lower the corporate tax and give businesses more incentives to relocate to Pennsylvania.
On the topic of education, Bozzacco said he would fight to give parents more control of their child’s education, as well as supporting trade schools, apprenticeships and homeschooling.
“As your representative in the state House, I will support and introduce legislation that empowers the parents and gives them more options in how their children are educated,” he writes.
“I will support legislation that helps families break the dependency for government assistance,” Bozzacco writes concerning welfare. “I will also push for ways to
have our welfare programs operate more efficiently.”
Residents can find more information about Bozzacco’s campaign at marcbozz. com.
A lifelong district resident and an Abington High School graduate, Sanchez has served as the Ward 7 representative on the Abington Board of Commissioners, being elected to a two-year term in 2013 and re-elected to a full four-year term in 2015.
Professionally, Sanchez is an attorney and adjust professor of law at Drexel University, along with being a certified public accountant, according to information on his campaign’s Facebook page.
Some of the top issues described on Sanchez’s campaign website are gun safety, health care, the environment and education.
A proponent of “common sense gun legislation” such as universal background checks and gun violence restraining orders, Sanchez has been designated a Common Sense Candidate by Ceasefire PA.
“Ben believes that cost should never be a barrier
to accessing the health care we need,” the site reads on the topic of health care. “As your state representative, Ben will work to expand access to affordable, quality health care for all Pennsylvanians, control rising health insurance premiums, provide consumers with greater transparency when purchasing insurance and medical services and pass legislation to encourage better patient outcomes and healthier communities.”
Concerning the environment, the Democrat, if elected, would focus on holding polluters accountable to help ensure “Pennsylvanians have the clean environment that is guaranteed by our constitution,” the site reads.
Sanchez also says he would focus on providing Pennsylvania’s schools with the funding they need in an equitable manner.
“Ben will fight to ensure that all of Pennsylvania’s children are given the quality public education they deserve, which we have a duty to provide,” the site reads.
Residents can find more information about Sanchez’s campaign at bensanchez.org.