Incumbent Murt facing newcomer
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.