Murt has proven to be a com­pas­sion­ate, bi­par­ti­san leader

Times Chronicle & Public Spirit - - NEWS - — Irene Ben­der, Blue Bell

To the Edi­tor:

Rep. Thomas Murt has, again, shown why his de­voted ser­vice and lead­er­ship make him so re­spected by peo­ple from across the po­lit­i­cal spec­trum.

This time, House Bill 1233, which Rep. Tom Murt per­son­ally au­thored, was just signed into law by Gov. Wolf (Demo­crat) and is now statute in Penn­syl­va­nia.

This is the most sig­nif­i­cant leg­is­la­tion in decades per­tain­ing to men­tal health. Murt’s bill helps keep peo­ple who strug­gle with men­tal ill­ness out of the crim­i­nal jus­tice sys­tem and as­sists them in get­ting the health care, coun­sel­ing and ther­apy they need to be well. Murt’s bill also an­swers the pleas of many fam­i­lies who have been beg­ging for years for more tools to help their loved ones who have a men­tal ill­ness.

Com­pas­sion is the best word to de­scribe Murt’s finest at­tribute. Murt has proven to be such a strong and bi­par­ti­san leader and pub­lic ser­vant. I hope he re­turns to Harrisburg where he can con­tinue his good work.

for the state House, District 61. Now, I am also a vol­un­teer for Maria Col­lett, (state Se­nate can­di­date, Dist. 12), Sarah John­son Roth­man (state rep­re­sen­ta­tive can­di­date, District 151), Gov. Wolf and Sen. Casey.

I have in­ter­acted with Liz, Sarah and Maria and have grown to ad­mire and re­spect them. These three are smart, in­clu­sive, car­ing, fear­less, savvy and no-non­sense women whose chief in­ter­est is to solve prob­lems that af­fect Penn­syl­va­ni­ans’ fi­nan­cial sta­bil­ity, health, ed­u­ca­tion and ac­cess to op­por­tu­nity. They’ve been do­ing just that through­out their ca­reers, and are well prepped for Harrisburg. I watch them work — they’re good man­agers who set high stan­dards for their own per­for­mances. They are de­ter­mined and un­flap­pable. They know how to or­ga­nize, mo­bi­lize oth­ers and stay fo­cused.

More­over, I am wit­ness to the ways they and their cam­paign man­agers have or­ga­nized to share re­sources, ideas, prob­lems and data; they plan joint projects and solve prob­lems to­gether. Their col­lab­o­ra­tive ef­forts help to cut cam­paign costs

and ex­pand their out­reach. They are team play­ers and in­de­pen­dent thinkers.

To be in this space, ob­serve the work ethic and feel the en­ergy and ca­ma­raderie of these women and their staffs is won­drous. This space is pal­pa­bly alive, en­gag­ing,

goal-driven and full of hu­mor. They make every­one who walks in part of the team. Like the can­di­dates, we vol­un­teers are work­ing smart and work­ing ef­fi­ciently. The can-do spirit of de­ter­mi­na­tion cou­pled with ac­tion in­spires me to do more.

If they win, the lives of Penn­syl­va­ni­ans will be im­proved, and a force­ful breath of fresh air will sweep through Harrisburg. If they win, there is good rea­son to hope.

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