2016 Pennsylvania voter guide

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U.S. Senate

Edward Clifford

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Edward Clifford (L)

Need to know:

  • An accountant from Delaware County.
  • In favor of changing the way the U.S. government works and dissolving the Constitution.
  • Wants to put an end to drug prohibition, is pro-choice, and believes government should not infringe on people’s rights to own a gun.
  • Against increasing government spending and taxes.

 

Katie McGinty

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Katie McGinty (D)

Need to know:

  • Head of the Pa. Department of Environmental Protection under Gov. Ed Rendell.
  • Candidate for governor in 2014, but lost the Democratic nomination to Tom Wolf.
  • Wants to bring more jobs to the state and create policies to protect working families.
  • In favor of universal pre-K, and believes “education is a right, not a privilege.”
  • In favor of the Affordable Care Act and hopes to expand it as well as invest in drug-addiction programs.
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Everett Stern

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Everett Stern (I)

Need to know:

  • Strong advocate for gun rights and believes every citizen has the right to bear arms.
  • Wants to stop increasing taxes and to promote small businesses; believes small businesses will help create more jobs.
  • Says patients should have easier access to Medicare and Medicaid and state insurance markets should be more competitive.
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Pat Toomey

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Pat Toomey (R)

Need to know:

  • Has served in the Senate since 2011.
  • Wants to put an end to Sanctuary City policies.
  • Favors hiring more women and minorities in the workforce and wants to protect jobs in Pa.
  • Believes Affordable Care Act is not affordable or convenient for most Americans.
  • Wants to privatize Social Security, and opposes higher taxes on the wealthy.
  • Believes in absolute rights to gun ownership
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Attorney General

John Rafferty (R)

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John Rafferty (R)

Need to know:

  • Republican state representative for District 44.
  • Says his first order of business would be to create a comprehensive ethics policy in regards to the recent attorney general scandals.
  • Wants to create a “heroin strike force” to combat drug trafficking and abuse.
  • Child abuse and its prevention would be a top priority.
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Josh Shapiro

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Josh Shapiro (D)

Need to know:

  • Has been the Montgomery County Commissioner since 2011.
  • Endorsed by the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations.
  • Shapiro says he wants to ensure clean drinking water by holding oil and natural gas frackers accountable for polluting activity.
  • Wants to treat drug addiction as a disease rather than a crime and to reform the criminal justice system.
  • Is in favor of universal background checks for those wishing to purchase guns.
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2nd Congressional District

Dwight Evans (D)

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Dwight Evans (D)

Need to know:

  • Democratic state representative for District 203.
  • Leads the Pennsylvania Fresh Food Financing Initiative, which has promoted local food sources, funded grocery stores, and created more than 5,000 jobs.
  • Wants to make housing more affordable by reconstructing abandoned properties and expanding employer-assisted housing.
  • Supports small businesses and does not want to give tax breaks to companies that do not meet mandated job-creation requirements.
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James Jones (R)

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James Jones (R)

Need to know:

  • Is a small business owner and human resources consultant.
  • Advocates for infrastructure development.
  • Promotes counterterrorism efforts.
  • Supports lower taxes and promoting small businesses.
  • Supports the “Healthcare Insurance Affordability Act,” which would allow citizens to deduct 100 percent of healthcare costs of their insurance premiums.
  • More information

 

8th Congressional District

Brian Fitzpatrick (R)

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Brian Fitzpatrick (R)

Need to know:

  • Former FBI agent.
  • Brother of Michael G. Fitzpatrick, the incumbent 8th Congressional District member.
  • Wants to reverse the Iran Nuclear Deal.
  • Strong advocate for enacting strict policies to combat terrorism.
  • Wants to eliminate the death tax.
  • Interest-free student loans for those seeking jobs in trades; a vocational-technical skill; or science, education, math, and technology industries
  • In favor of strengthening Medicare and Social Security programs.
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Steve Santarsiero (D)

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Steve Santarsiero (D)

Need to know:

  • Democratic state representative for District 31.
  • Wants to invest in infrastructure to create more stable jobs.
  • Promotes small businesses as the “backbone of our economy.”
  • Wants to lower interest rates on student loans.
  • Wants to protect the rights of all, regardless of sex, race, ethnicity, and religion.
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Ballot question: statewide judicial retirement age

Yes vote means:

Judge’s retirement age would expand from 70 to 75.

No vote means:

Judge’s retirement age would stay at 70.

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