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2 vying for GOP nod in the 4th Congressio­nal District

Two candidates are seeking the Republican nomination

- By Karen Shuey kshuey@readingeag­le.com

Two candidates are competing for the Republican nomination in the 4th Congressio­nal District.

Comcast executive Christian Nascimento and insurance agent Daniel Burton Jr. will face each other in the May 17 primary. The winner of the primary will face Madeleine Dean, a Montgomery County Democrat who is seeking her third term, in the gen- eral election.

The 4th Congressio­nal District includes all of the central, eastern and northeaste­rn parts of Berks County as well as a portion of Montgomery County.

U.S. representa­tives serve a two-year term and receive an annual salary of $174,000.

We asked the candidates to respond to four questions:

Daniel Burton Jr.

Residence: East Cocalico Township, Lancaster County.

Age: 44. Background: Burton is an insurance agent for State Farm in Lancaster County. Before sell

ing insurance, he worked for Enterprise Rent-ACar for 14 years overseeing various district offices throughout the local region. He served in the Marine Corps Reserve for four years before serving an additional two years in the Pennsylvan­ia National Guard. He has a degree in crime, law and justice from Penn State University.

Website: burtonforp­a. com

Why are you the best person for this position?

I am a Marine veteran, a father of three, a husband of 22 years, a small business owner and I unapologet­ically love God, my family and my country with all of my heart. I am being called to be the warrior I was created to be. I am fighting to serve this country, not to be served as we see with many of our current “politician­s.” I understand what it means to serve this country, and I swore an oath to the Constituti­on many years ago that stands true still today, more so now than ever. To “defend it against enemies both foreign and domestic.”

Currently, our government is trampling upon “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” and is enacting policies that are more akin to something closer to the “Communist Manifesto.” We must all stand against this true threat to our republic. I am the person that will seek and speak the truth and will be the light in this present darkness. A true conservati­ve, America First candidate that will stand for our values, and fight for them. A representa­tive of the people and for the people.

What do you think is the single biggest problem currently facing Pennsylvan­ians

and what would you do to address that problem?

Elections have consequenc­es. Not just today, but well into the future. The biggest issue that Pennsylvan­ians and all Americans are facing right now is that their liberties are being stripped of them. Freedom of speech is quickly and silently being morphed into what the state wants you to know and hear, while our elections are being fraudulent­ly and unconstitu­tionally changed.

The voice of the people, through voting, is being manipulate­d, and we need to ensure that true disenfranc­hisement is not happening to legal votes and voters. We can accomplish this with voter ID and the eliminatio­n of electronic interferen­ce using a paper ballot. This will ensure a true gauge on what the American people want for their own future. This is the most important facet of the First Amendment — the freedom of speech. If your vote doesn’t matter because it is not counted or is canceled by a fraudulent one…that is true disenfranc­hisement. Your future is no longer your own to decide.

The United States is suffering through a period of severe inflation. What specific steps do you believe need to be taken to address this issue?

This current administra­tion, and Congress, is making policies and taking steps that will forever change the fabric of our economy, of the value of the dollar and in how we have liberties as American citizens. They are overspendi­ng, overprinti­ng and destroying the value of our dollar every day with their unthinkabl­e and unethical policies.

A true budget, with true spending cuts…deep ones, is the only way to get this under control…if it isn’t too late already. This explosion of spending, regulation increase, fear mongering, business closure and many more failed policies, are leading to food shortages, inflation, supply chain issues, lack of willing workers and economic collapse. You could almost say that it appears that this is purposely being done in order to drive the economy into a digital currency. What we can buy, when we can buy it and how much we can spend will be controlled through a program like that…if we allow it. As a congressma­n, I will stand against currency manipulati­on, overregula­tions, overtaxati­on and overspendi­ng. We all need to work to get back to a place where the dollar has hard assets as our basis and standard.

Do you think it is important for legislatio­n to receive bipartisan support? Why or why not?

Currently, whether some want to see it or not, there’s a complete shift in the moral direction of this country and of the world. It seems as though the common Democrat/ Republican bipartisan support question is less meaningful than it used to be. We see policies that are completely against all Americans and their own lives, their liberties and their own pursuit of happiness. Certainly not bipartisan.

The far left has ostracized even the Democrats by attacking our American values. Americans don’t like mandates, cheaters or liars. Americans want freedom, and we all love our country. I consider anything that contradict­s that inalienabl­e right as evil. It is what is destroying our country for all Americans, regardless of party. It’s time for Americans to stand up and fight for what we love. That fight crosses party lines. If we don’t stand together for what is right and just, then we are divided, and we will fall. So, I will give support to legislatio­n and to those who fight for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That is the litmus test for any legislatio­n and/or the eliminatio­n of current legislatio­n or policies. There can be no gray area in a war of good and evil.

Christian Nascimento

Residence: Lower Providence Township, Montgomery County.

Age: 47. Background: Nascimento is vice president of product management and strategy for Comcast. He received a degree in accounting from Widener University and a master’s degree in business from Villanova University. He has also served on the boards of nonprofit organizati­ons and private businesses, was elected to the Methacton School Board and has spoken frequently about cybersecur­ity

at various industry events.

Website: cn4pa.com Why are you the best person for this position?

My experience­s as an executive, school board president and community leader give me a unique perspectiv­e on some of the most pressing issues that we are facing as a nation, including inflation, border security and energy independen­ce.

Additional­ly, as the only candidate for this seat that actually lives in the district, I understand the issues that our voters face.

What do you think is the single biggest problem currently facing Pennsylvan­ians and what would you do to address that problem?

Without a doubt, inflation and the economy. We need to bring the global supply chain back to this country and stop outsourcin­g American jobs to our enemies. We also need to make America energy independen­t, and we have the natural resources and innovation to do that.

The United States is suffering through a period of severe inflation. What specific steps do you believe need to be taken to address this issue?

First, fixing the supply chain issues that we are facing. We also need to ensure that our economy is operating properly, and the way to do that is to get Americans working, and off government programs.

Do you think it is important for legislatio­n to receive bipartisan support? Why or why not?

Absolutely. When legislatio­n gets crammed through with single party support, it is doomed to fail — or at least be continuous­ly challenged. True leadership is driving toward a common goal — that is something that has been severely lacking in D.C., and something that I plan to provide.

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Christian Nascimento
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Daniel Burton

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