Dean seeks to continue service in legislative district
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.”