Dean seeks to continue ser­vice in leg­isla­tive dis­trict

Times Chronicle & Public Spirit - - POLICEREPORTS - By Jar­reau Free­man

In­cum­bent Demo­crat Madeleine Dean hopes to main­tain her seat and beat Repub­li­can kick Mattiacci and Lib­er­tar­ian hen hrawchuk for state rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the 153rd Leg­isla­tive Dis­trict.

The 153rd cov­ers parts of Abing­ton and Up­per Dublin town­ships.

DeanI 53I lives in WKH -HnNLnWRwn sHF­tion ofAbing­ton Town­ship with her hus­band of OU yearsI Patrick Cun­nane. To­gether they have three sons and a grand­daugh­ter.

Dean ob­tained de­grees from La Salle Univer­sity and Wi­dener Univer­sity School of Law DnG Ls FuUUHnWOy Ln D FHUWL­fiFDWH pro­gram at the Fels In­sti­tute of Gov­ern­ment at the Univer­sity of Penn­syl­va­nia.

Prior to be­com­ing state rep­re­sen­ta­tiveI Dean worked as an as­sis­tant pro­fes­sor in the English Depart­ment at La Salle Univer­sity for 11 years.

This will not be WKH fiUsW WLPH DHDn’s name is on the bal­let. She ran for com­mis­sioner of Ward T in Abing­ton Town­ship in OM11 and in a spe­cial elec­tion for state rep­re­sen­ta­tive in ASULO DgDLnsW 0DWWLDFFL WR finLsK -RsK 6KDSLUR’s WHUP DIWHU KH UHsigned to be­come a Mont­gomery County com­mis­sioner. She won on both oc­ca­sions.

Up for re-elec­tionI Dean said that she is run­ning on what she calls “the 4 Es” — ed­u­ca­tionI econ­o­myI 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 fu­tureI 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 leg­is­la­turesI she said.

Ed­u­ca­tion and the econ­omy continue to be some of the most im­por­tant is­sues af­fect­ing Penn­syl­va­niaI she said.

Ed­u­ca­tion was cut from the OM11 state bud­get and again in this year’s bud­getI she said.

In or­der to help grow the econ­o­myI the state needs to add more fund­ing for in­fras­truc­tureI she said.

“There are SIMMM bridges Ln 3HnnsyOYDnLD LGHnWL­fiHG Ds de­fec­tiveI” Dean said. “If you xim­prove] in­fra­struc­ture you grow jobs.”

6LnFH WDNLng RI­fiFH HDUOLHU WKLs yearI Dean said she has or­ganL]HG YRWHU LGHnWL­fiFDWLRn LnLWLD­tivesI held an ed­u­ca­tion hear­ing and has spo­ken against a se­ries of grave cuts to gen­eral as­sis­tance pro­grams in ear­ris­burg.

When asked why peo­ple should vote for herI Dean said she deeply cares about the community.

“I love pub­lic ser­viceI build­ing re­la­tion­shipsI ad­vo­cat­ing for those who can’t ad­vo­cate for them­selves and get­ting stuff doneI” she said. “xI be­lieve in] mak­ing small dif­fer­encesI that down the roadI will re­ally add up to some­thing.”

Madeleine Dean

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