Three seek to rep­re­sent 153rd Leg­isla­tive District

Times Chronicle & Public Spirit - - NEWS - By Thomas Celona tcelona@21st-cen­tu­ry­ @thoma­scelona on Twit­ter

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


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 ben­

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