I will bring new energy and fresh ideas to Washington, with a community- and people-driven focus.
This is how I will deliver the best results for the people of Lancaster, Chester, and Berks counties.
As a graduate of Manheim Township public schools, I believe every child should have the same opportunity to an excellent education that I did. High-quality schools and a strong economy gives each of us our best chance to be successful. For too long, we’ve cut funding to our schools. Now is the time for us to invest again in our children’s futures and the future of our towns, villages, and cities. We need families to choose our communities as their homes, knowing their children will attend strong schools that will prepare them well for a future with our changing economy. We have a long and proud tradition of higher education here in central Pennsylvania, and I am committed to making sure that our students can afford to attend a four-year college or a vocational program. If we don’t make this a top-priority, we will lose our best and brightest students.
It’s no secret that our Social Security and Medicare systems are under duress as Americans live longer, healthier, and more productive lives. We need to make sure that seniors have a secure quality of life and that the family caring for them has the support they need. My own grandfather—like many seniors throughout the country—depends on Social Security and Medicare. We must deliver on the promise that we made to seniors, who have worked hard and sacrificed, and who deserve the retirement security they’ve paid into their whole lives. We can and we will make sensible adjustments to Social Security to ensure the program’s sustainability and improve its benefits.
Bridges, roads, and public transport. They’re how business gets done in our community. Maintaining bridges and roads is about safety. It’s about jobs. And it’s about saving taxpayers from spending money to fix their vehicles because they hit one too many pot holes. Pennsylvania’s roads are some of the worst in the nation, and those in our district are some of the worst in the state. We need to make sure there’s funding for infrastructure repair. We need to expand funding for public transportation projects. Public bus routes, rail accessibility, and paratransit programs are not just convenient. They also save energy, reduce traffic congestion, and raise property values. Increasing services, such as Amtrak, means more commuting between our district and Harrisburg, our district and Philadelphia, and even our district and New York City. That’s job opportunities and economic growth for our cities on the Keystone line—Parkesburg, Coatesville, Lancaster, Mount Joy, and Elizabethtown—and it’s something worth pursuing.
Lancaster, Chester, and Berks counties are known for their strong small businesses and a culture of entrepreneurship. We want to see these businesses grow and encourage everyone to take part. Businesses, schools, and local government—our largest employers—need job-ready employees with the skills that match their industries. We need to eliminate tax breaks for corporations that outsource jobs and provide tax incentives to small businesses, creating more jobs here at home. Expanding vocational and training opportunities and supporting organized labor will not only ensure businesses have the support they need, but will also support middle class families to build an economy where everyone can earn a fair wage.
As some of the fastest growing counties in the state, one of our biggest challenges is balancing sustainability of our farmland with our economic and population growth. Our bountiful farmland has been the key to our success for hundreds of years. As stewards of this land, we must protect and support our farmland to ensure that it is here for future generations. We must have a critical and careful understanding of pressures that could lead to further deterioration of this land, including pipeline development and big business growth. To be true to our heritage, we must make responsible land decisions while balancing the needs of our economy and supporting its growth in a sustainable way.