I know I'm young, but I don't think it was THAT long ago that our law makers could work together, even when they had disagreements. I get the feeling there isn't much of that happening in Harrisburg these days.
I am a progressive liberal. There is no doubting that. But I also understand that there are a LOT of people in the 92nd District who do NOT identify as progressive liberals. That does not make their opinions or perspectives any less important to hear and to understand.
I firmly believe that the fastest way to NOT solve a problem is to do it by yourself or with people who think just the way you do. A big part of the reason we don't see compromise in Harrisburg anymore is that we are isolating ourselves.
WHY? Gerrymandering, for starters. I have been very impressed with the work of groups like Fair Districts PA who are drawing attention to our outdated, unfair map-drawing procedures. I look forward to co-sponsoring legislation to implement a nonpartisan citizens commission for redistricting.
I think we can all agree that the tone in Washington is permeating our state legislature, as well. Where are the town halls? Why are bills being held in committee for months on end, especially when there is a large public consensus on the issue?
If I'm elected, I want to be held accountable to my constituents and the people of Pennsylvania. I want to have town halls. I want people to schedule meetings with me, especially if they are on the opposite side of an issue. We should not be afraid of discourse, we should embrace it. I believe we can solve the major issues we are facing as a state without compromising our values.
He's counting on us to get things right.