These Chesco Dem candidates at the state and county levels will appear on the November 4, 2014, ballot.
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Tom Wolf: Web site. Facebook. Tom is no stranger to public service. He was appointed by Governor Bob Casey to an economic development board and served on the Legislative Commission on Urban Schools. Later, he took the Job of Secretary of Revenue in Governor Ed Rendell’s cabinet. Because Pennsylvania did not have a statute to guard against conflict of interests, Tom used a statute from the state of Maryland to put all his assets in a blind trust to maintain the integrity of the office. While Secretary of Revenue, Tom instituted reforms in the office that grew and strengthened the state lottery and laid the foundation for millions of dollars in additional benefits for our seniors. Tom has also been active in his community, serving as Chair the York County United Way, the York County Community Foundation and York College Board of Trustees. He has also been active in the York Jewish Community Center, the Memorial Hospital of York, and WITF, a regional public television system. ….
2014 LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR
Mike Stack: Web site. Mike Stack is in his fourth term in the State Senate representing the 5th district in Northeast Philadelphia, where he has been a relentless advocate for senior citizens, education, health care and jobs. He also serves as a Captain in the Pennsylvania National Guard, graduating from the Officers Basic Course competing against soldiers twenty years his junior. He serves as the Democratic Chair of the Senate Banking and Insurance Committee. He has also been a strong voice for economic sanctions against Iran and Sudan. He earned his law degree from Villanova University Law School in 1992. He is a graduate of LaSalle College High School and of LaSalle University. Mike Stack is a Fellow of The University of Pennsylvania Leadership Academy of the Fels Institute of Government. He serves on the Board of Trustees of Temple University and of the Holocaust Awareness Museum, and the Board of Directors of Self-Help Movement Inc. He is a member of the Democratic State Committee. Mike and his wife Tanya live in Northeast Philadelphia.
2014 US HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
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Manan Trivedi: Web site. Facebook. Manan’s life story and work have prepared him to confront the pressing challenges Congress faces today. A son of immigrants from India, he was born and raised with his brother in Fleetwood, Berks County. He attended public schools and went on to college and medical school before embarking on a naval career that took him to the front lines in Iraq as battalion surgeon. Now, he’s a primary care physician in Reading, board-certified in internal medicine. After his service in Iraq, Trivedi received a Master’s degree in health policy. He drew on his experience with combat medicine to become one of the early researchers to investigate the unique mental health issues affecting our troops returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. He went on to serve as health policy adviser to the Navy Surgeon General and assistant professor of medicine at the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences. Manan and his wife Surekha live with their daughter in Birdsboro, Berks County. This is his third run for Congress in district PA-06.
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Mary Ellen Balchunis. Web site. Facebook. Twitter. I am a single mom and very proud of my daughter, who is now a college sophomore. I grew up in Delaware County. I went to Cardinal O’Hara High School, and I worked my way through college with three jobs. I know hard work and commitment. I come to this campaign with support from all five counties in the 7th Congressional district. I know the values and diverse interests of the people. I promise to work hard for you, and I would be honored to represent you in the United States Congress. EXPERIENCE: Political Science Professor, La Salle University; Executive Director, The Resource Center for Human Services; Assistant to the Mayor, City of Philadelphia. EDUCATION : Ph.D., Political Science, Temple University ; Masters of Public Administration, Temple University ; B.A., Sociology, University of Pennsylvania. COMMUNITY SERVICE (Present & Past): Pennsylvania Democratic State Committee; Vice Chair, Delaware County Democrats; American Society for Public Administration; League of Women Voters, Board of Directors; etc. AWARDS : Fulbright Scholar, Mass Media & Politics, Sweden ; National President’s Citation of Merit for Advancing Excellence in Public Service, American Society for Public Administration; etc.
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Tom Houghton: Web site. Facebook. I’m running for Congress because I want to fight for all of our families. I want to go to bed every night knowing that I did all I could to make your lives better, knowing that I created more opportunities for the people of the 16th. Partisan bickering and extremism won’t get that done, especially when they lead to gridlock, shutdown and the threat of economic collapse. Those are not the results you want, and that is not the representation you deserve. As your representative, I will support strong public education, a strong economy and creating good, family sustaining jobs through cooperation between government and the private sector, agricultural policy that strengthens family farms and preserves our proud heritage, a social safety net that protects our family, friends and neighbors, including veterans and the elderly and most of all, a government that works effectively and efficiently for us and our families. I’m asking for your support so I can work hard and be the Congressman you deserve.
2014 PENNSYLVANIA STATE SENATE
John Kane: Web site. Facebook. From PhillyLabor: John Kane was raised and is raising his family in Delaware County, where he is a leader in his community. John knows the challenges that middle class families face, and has the experience to tackle them – a former apprentice who worked his way up to business manager of Plumbers Local 690 and member of the SEPTA board, John has negotiated contracts, navigated politics, and worked to make sure the voices of his members are heard, and is running to bring that experience to the State Senate. From Harrisburg we have seen unprecedented attacks on the middle class, working families, women, and students. The only way to change this is to have proven leaders who can stand up for those whose voice needs to be heard. Once Elected, John Will: Restore funding to schools across Pennsylvania, Make corporations pay their fair share by closing the Delaware loophole, Stand up for the rights of every worker to organize and fight for fair wages and a path to middle class, Protect women’s rights by leaving the decisions about women’s healthcare to women, not bureaucrats. John Kane has worked tirelessly to protect our working families, keep our communities safe and healthy, and empower our youth. As a State Senator, he will continue to fight for the working class and achieve our shared vision of a better Pennsylvania.
Kathi Cozzone. Web site. Facebook. Kathi Cozzone is currently serving her second term as Chester County Commissioner and has been Vice Chair of the Board since 2011. Kathi lives in Uwchlan Township with her husband Victor and their 11-year-old son, who attends Lionville Middle School in the Downingtown Area School District. They attend St. Paul United Church of Christ in Exton, PA. Commissioner Cozzone brings a versatile corporate financial background to Chester County government. Kathi earned her BS degree in Accounting from the College of New Jersey in 1984. She has accumulated over 20 years of versatile Financial Management experience in several different industries. She has experience managing large and complex budgets as well as financial planning. Kathi’s most recent role in the private sector was as Corporate Business manager at Rodale Inc. in Emmaus, PA. As Commissioner, Kathi has put her business experience to work for taxpayers. Early in her first term she initiated the first Strategic Planning process conducted by any county in the Commonwealth. The Strategic Plan has allowed Chester County to plan for future needs and determine how to continue to provide excellent services while holding the line on one of the state’s lowest tax rates.
2014 PA HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
Ann Schott. Web site. Ann Von Stetten Schott is the Democratic candidate for State Representative from the 13th District, which takes in large portions of southern and western Chester County along with Christiana and Sadsbury in eastern Lancaster County. Ann and her family have a long history of community engagement and service, especially in public education—one of the most significant issues facing the Commonwealth. Ann has been a highly-respected educator at Unionville-Chadds Ford High School for more than three decades. During her career, Ann has taught thousands of students; designed key aspects of the district’s social studies curriculum; and developed closer ties between the district and community by contributing to innovative programs that bring military veterans into social studies classrooms. Ann is the recipient of the Citizenship Education Teacher Award (Department of Pennsylvania Veterans of Foreign Wars), the Citadel Heart of Learning Award (Chester County Intermediate Unit), and Unionville’s Outstanding Service Award. For the last three years, Ann has coordinated Unionville’s efforts to collect supplies for students in local high-need schools. The fact that many Pennsylvania public schools are increasingly reliant on these and similar efforts for even basic supplies underscores our Commonwealth’s haphazard, politically-driven system of school funding. Increasing inequity in public education funding was Ann’s chief motivation for entering this race.
26th district: No Dem candidate on the ballot
Josh Maxwell: Web site. Facebook. Josh Maxwell is the Mayor of Downingtown, Pennsylvania. Brought up in a twin on Jefferson Avenue in Downingtown with his brother and two sisters, Josh Maxwell knows what it means to struggle to make ends meet. A Democrat, he was first elected at the age of 26 to become the youngest mayor in the borough’s history. He was re-elected with nearly 70% of the vote in 2013 on his record of improving the local economy and fighting for education. He is running for State Representative because we need to grow our economy, fight for our schools, and ensure everyone gets a fair shake. He helped Downingtown Area School District make innovative improvements as a board member of the Community Education Foundation, a non-profit which raises private funds for innovative education projects. Josh also restarted the Main Street Association, which has successfully brought together residents, businesses, and elected officials to improve our local economy and create jobs.
Jim Burns. Web site. Facebook. Twitter. I am running as a Democratic candidate for the 155th state Legislative District of the General Assembly. My father was a decorated career Marine. I graduated from Rutgers University at New Brunswick NJ in 1975 with a BA in Psychology. My career has been in data processing, software design and development. I moved to Pennsylvania in the late 1980’s. In 1999 I moved to Spring City Borough. I have served as Councilor for six years from 2008 to 2014. I have been Chair of the Spring City Planning Commission for over four years and a member for six years. I have been president of the Spring City Lions Club for several years and am a volunteer with the Spring City Chapter of Meals on Wheels. I helped create the Spring City web site and served as its webmaster for over two years. I have also served on the borough Police Committee and as chair of Parks and Recreation.
Sandra Snyder. Web site. Facebook. Sandra Ann Snyder was born in East Goshen and lived her entire life in Chester County. She and her husband have 3 daughters. She graduated from Penn State University with a BA in American History and a concentration in Political Science. She was the Student Government Secretary and Vice President at the PSU Brandywine Campus and interned in Ed Rendell’s gubernatorial campaign in 2002. She graduated from Widener University Law School in 2008. During law school she was a Student Attorney in the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic and received the Jerry Shields Environmental Award. She was Secretary and Vice President of the Environmental Law Society, Secretary of the Women’s Law Caucus, and the ABA LSD (American Bar Association Law School Division) 3rd Circuit Lieutenant Governor of Membership. She received Pro Bono Distinction at graduation, and The Widener University School of Law Outstanding Service Award. In East Goshen she is very involved with the community and environmental initiatives. She has been a Conservancy Board Member since 2008 and the Chairman since 2012. As a member of the Conservancy Board she organizes and participates in tree plantings and advises the Board of Directors regarding the conservation of open space, indigenous vegetation, and the expulsion of invasive species. She is the Chairman of The Friends of East Goshen, a new 501(c)(3) organization to benefit the lives of the residents. She is also a member of the East Goshen 2015 Comprehensive Task Force, a consultant on the East Goshen Township Open Space and Conservation Plan, and the Head of the 2014 “Keep East Goshen Beautiful Day” committee.
Marian Moskowitz: Web site. Facebook.Marian, a 30-year resident of Tredyffrin, is a successful businesswoman, community leader, and consensus builder. She was born and raised in Philadelphia and, unable to afford college, became a switchboard operator at age 17. She later took community college classes and earned a bachelor’s degree at Neumann University with a concentration in real estate in 1991, taking classes at night so that she could continue to work and raise her family. She has two children who attended Tredyffrin-Easttown schools, three stepchildren and five grandchildren. She has been married to Malvern attorney David Moskowitz for 29 years. She has been a principal in many real estate projects and small businesses. Her most notable development was the adaptive re-use of an abandoned Phoenixville factory into Franklin Commons, now a vibrant educational and mixed use complex. Her business ventures have created numerous jobs. She was named “Outstanding Citizen of the Year” by the Phoenixville Chamber of Commerce in 2011 and has been honored by the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission. A member of the board of directors of the Chester County Economic Development Council for five years, she also serves on the board of trustees of Neumann University and West Chester University and the board of directors of the Colonial Theatre. She believes that we must make education our first priority and that women need better representation in Harrisburg than the current 45 out of 253 members of the Pa. House and Senate.
Susan F. Rzucidlo: web site. Facebook. Susan Rzucidlo is a small business owner, Founder and President of SPEAK Unlimited Inc., a nonprofit organization that advocates for individuals who have disabilities and assists people in accessing services. For more than 15 years, she has been working to improve services for our most vulnerable residents in Chester County. Together, with her husband of 27 years, they own and operate Silent Z Farm Inc, a business that provides hay and straw for businesses and farms in the region. Susan understands the economic challenges that the people in the 158th district face, and promotes a lower and fairer tax system for families and businesses in Pennsylvania. Susan and her husband are life long residents of the area and chose to raise their family of 4 children in Chester County, in part, because of the excellent public school system in the area. Their youngest is currently a high school student and their other 3 have all graduated from Kennett High School. Their two oldest children have or are attending universities in the PA State System of Higher Education. Their second son, who lives with a severe form of autism, inspired Susan to become an advocate not only for him, but for all individuals who have special needs or complex medical diagnoses.Susan is the co-creator of the Pennsylvania Premise Alert system, a voluntary program that allows anyone with any special need or complex medical diagnosis share their needs with local police and the 911 centers. They gifted this program to Pennsylvania in 2008 and it has been replicated by law in Illinois and Wisconsin and informally put in place in communities across the nation and in Canada. Susan Rzucidlo supports restoring education funding, Medicaid Expansion, and a 5% severance tax on gas drillers. Rzucidlo is Pro-Choice, believing the right to choose is a very private decision between a woman, her family and her physician. Susan has been endorsed by the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO, the AFL-CIO Chester County Labor Council, APSCUF, PA National Organization for Women, The Women’s Campaign Fund, and State Senator Andy Dinniman-19th District.
Whitney Hoffman. Web site. Whitney is the Director and CEO of Hoffman Digital Media, specializing in digital media strategy, content creation, and web management. She grew up in Rochester NY and received a BA in Developmental Biology at the University of Pennsylvania. At Dickinson Law School in Carlisle PA, she was on Law Review before working briefly for the Harrisburg firm Friedman and Hoch. Whitney then moved to Delaware, where her husband began his career as an attending OB/GYN physician at Christiana Hospital. From 1998 to 2005. Whitney worked for Madden & Patton in Newark DE, a law firm that represented the International Association of Assembly Managers, a trade group representing the major US stadiums, convention centers, and large theater. This job involved lobbying, developing talking points and drafting legislation, as well as contributing to a book on public assembly facility issues. Whitney and her husband have lived in Chadds Ford for the past ten years with their sons James, 19, and John, 15. As a parent with children in the Kennett Consolidated School District and as an expert in strategic planning, Whitney has assisted the School District and currently sits on its Technology and Professional Development Committee. She also teaches classes on video and podcasting in the After the Bell program and has worked on several PTO committees. Whitney has been a dependable volunteer with the Kennett Area Democrats, helping with canvassing, phone banking, and poll watching.
Anne Crowley. Web site. Facebook. In 2006, Anne Crowley (D-Easttown) lost her bid for the PA House by one half of a percent of the nearly 27,000 votes cast. After serving one term on the T/E school board, she is again challenging Duane Milne (R-Willistown) to represent the 167th Legislative district, which includes the townships of Charlestown, East Whiteland, Easttown, West Pikeland, West Whiteland and Willistown, plus Malvern Borough. Crowley has credentials as an education professional, environmental consultant, and businesswoman. She knows how to create the conditions where businesses can thrive and grow; the building blocks to get there are great schools and a healthy environment. Her qualifications in education make her uniquely qualified to fulfill the duties of a state representative: she is well aware of how local schools operate and how they are struggling financially under the burden of state mandates as well as funding cuts. Crowley’s other key issue is the environment. As a former consultant for the National Audubon Society and the Union of Concerned Scientists, and a former employee of PennFuture, she has traveled the Commonwealth. “The job growth so desperately needed in Pennsylvania must not be at the expense of a safe environment,” she asserts. “We must have thorough and transparent oversight of the drilling in the Marcellus Shale. If Pennsylvania powers the world with gas, yet poisons our children’s future, what is the point?” Crowley has deep roots in Pennsylvania. After 22 years as a military family, she and her husband moved home to Berwyn, where she was an elected school board director and a member of the Chester County Board of Health.
Finally, a thought for November 4 and subsequent elections: