In­cum­bent Murt fac­ing new­comer

Times Chronicle - - LETTERS - By Caitlin Burns

oes­i­dents in Bryn Athyn, Hat­boro, Hor­sham, UpJ per Dublin, and Up­per and Lower More­land will vote be­tween two can­di­dates for the po­si­tion of state repJ re­sen­ta­tive. For the Nov. 6 elec­tion, in­cum­bent oeJ pub­li­can Tom Murt will face new­comer oon holla, Demo­crat, for the 1ROnd Leg­isla­tive Dis­trict seat.

Murt, a res­i­dent of UpJ per More­land, is a life­long res­i­dent of Mont­gomery County and has served as state rep­re­sen­ta­tive since O00T. Be­fore be­ing elected, Murt served as an Up­per More­land Com­mis­sioner for 10 years and as a di­recJ tor for the Up­per More­land School Board. In O003, Murt re­signed from his poJ sition as com­mis­sioner beJ fore be­ing de­ployed to Iraq with the Army oe­serve.

Murt grad­u­ated from Penn State with an un­der­grad­u­ate de­gree, re­ceived a mas­ter’s de­gree at La Salle Univer­sity and re­ceived a teach­ing cerJ WL­fiFDWH IURP GwynHdd-0HUJ cy Col­lege. He is cur­rently en­rolled in Tem­ple UniverJ sity’s doc­tor­ate pro­gram.

“I feel I have been very efJ fec­tive as a state rep­re­senJ tative,” Murt said. “te are very at­ten­tive to the peo­ple who live here.”

Murt said his best achieve­ments so far as state rep­re­sen­ta­tive in­clude help­ing dis­abled vet­er­ans through leg­is­la­tion and the dis­abled Amer­i­can vet­erJ ans van; help­ing chil­dren and adults with spe­cial needs by pro­vid­ing more fund­ing for pro­grams and ser­vices; and leg­is­la­tion up­dat­ing child la­bor laws in Penn­syl­va­nia, which now pro­tect chil­dren who pro­fes­sion­ally act and are part of re­al­ity shows.

If reJ­elected, Murt said he hopes to continue his ini­tia­tive to fund spe­cial needs pro­grams and serJ vices; im­ple­ment more vet­eran pro­grams; and look for more fund­ing for ed­u­ca­tion. He hopes to reJ in­tro­duce a bill that would re­quire more taxes for drillJ ing in Penn­syl­va­nia, which he said he would like to use to­ward ed­u­ca­tion and other pub­lic ser­vices.

Sim­i­larly, holla, of HorJ sham, said if he were elected, his fo­cus would be ed­u­caJ tion. He said he would work to in­crease fund­ing to ed­u­caJ tion through in­creased taxes on drilling. His plan is to use the money from taxes to inJ crease money des­ig­nated for ed­u­ca­tion so the school disJ tricts have the money to run pro­grams that would be cut from re­duced fund­ing by the gover­nor’s bud­get.

“te can fund ed­u­ca­tion and prop­erty tax re­lief through taxes on the oil and gas inJ dus­try,” holla said. “I can’t sit back for two more years. It’s hurt­ing our community.”

holla said he hopes to alJ levi­ate prop­erty taxes by in­creas­ing fund­ing to ed­u­caJ tion so schools can ef­fec­tiveJ ly run pro­grams and ser­vices nec­es­sary with­out in­creas­ing its tax rev­enue.

“I think I can re­ally put a FKHFN Rn [GRv. 7RP CRUJ bettz,” holla said. “I see what’s com­ing out of Har­risJ burg and it’s not right.”

holla, who is a long­time res­i­dent in Mont­gomery County, grad­u­ated from Tem­ple Univer­sity and has worked as a mu­si­cian. DurJ ing his time at col­lege, holla worked as a jazz pi­anist for Carnival Cruise Lines to help pay for his ed­u­ca­tion. Locally, he has per­form as a church or­gan­ist for St. CathJ er­ine of Siena, St. goseph and St. Alphon­sus churches and has worked as a mu­si­cal theJ ater in­struc­tor and di­rec­tor in Hat­boroJHor­sham School Dis­trict and Up­per Dublin Parks and oe­cre­ation.

Mur­ray Av­enue sixth-grader Lily Howard with her lan­guage arts teacher Diana Sul­li­van, who helped her win the Penn­syl­va­nia School Boards As­so­ci­a­tion essay con­test.

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