Eadc Candidates Guide

2012 Candidates Guide for the Easton (PA) area
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PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA www.barackobama.com Barack Obama is the 44th President of the United States of America. President Obama was born in Hawaii on August 4th, 1961, to a father from Kenya and a mother from Kansas. Growing up, he was also raised by his grandfather, who served in Patton’s army, and his grandmother, who worked her way up from the secretarial pool to become middle management at a local bank. After working his way through college with the help of scholarships and student loans, President Obama moved to Chicago, where he worked as an organizer to help rebuild communities devastated by the closure of local steel plants. He went on to Harvard Law School, where he became the first African-American president of the Harvard Law Review. Upon graduation, he took a job teaching constitutional law at the University of Chicago. Barack Obama was first elected to the Illinois State Senate in 1996. During his time in Springfield, he passed the first major ethics reform in 25 years, cut taxes for working families, and expanded health care for children and their parents. Elected to the U.S. Senate in 2004, he reached across the aisle to pass the farthest-reaching lobbyist reform in a generation, lock up the world’s most dangerous weapons, and bring transparency to government by tracking federal spending online. As President, Barack Obama has dedicated himself to putting Americans back to work and restoring economic security to middle-class families. He’s been driven by the basic values that make our country great: America prospers when we’re all in it together, when hard work pays off and responsibility is rewarded, and when everyone—from Main Street to Wall Street— does their fair share and plays by the same rules. SENATOR BOB CASEY UNITED STATES SENATOR www.bobcasey.com U.S. Senator Bob Casey knows that public service is a privilege and that he was elected to fight for Pennsylvania priorities and Pennsylvania values. He is working to foster financial security for American families, protect our children and invest in their futures and ensure safety at home and respect abroad. Senator Casey has made it his top priority to work to help create and incentivize the creation of family sustaining jobs and to help workers who lost their jobs through no fault of their own. As the new Chairman of the Joint Economic Committee, Senator Casey will continue this work while providing Pennsylvania with a stronger voice on job creation and economic policy. Senator Casey has voted to provide billions for tax cuts to encourage businesses to hire workers and he voted for legislation that provided tens of billions in capital for small businesses to expand their operations. And he has been a strong critic of unfair trade policies that put American manufacturing at a disadvantage. He has repeatedly pushed for the U.S. government to take stronger action against China in response to the undervaluing of its currency and other policies that result in American job loss. He also voted for legislation to eliminate tax incentives corporations receive to send U.S. jobs overseas. Shortly after entering the Senate in 2007, Senator Casey was one of the first senators to call for a fast response to the mortgage crisis that was sweeping the country and that would contribute to the global financial meltdown. He helped secure funding for programs to keep people in their homes and to protect against further declines in property value. Senator Casey is a nationally recognized advocate for children. He has introduced two landmark bills to increase access to early childhood education and reverse the chronic under funding of child care. He was a strong supporter of the law that expanded the Children’s Health Insurance Program which was signed into law in February 2009 to provide health care coverage to more than 14 million American children. When natural gas drilling began in the Marcellus Shale, Senator Casey was one of the first elected officials to demand that corporate profits are not put ahead of safe drinking water for our children and our families. He introduced legislation to require the disclosure of chemicals pumped into the ground and called for greater regulation to protect Pennsylvanians. Casey serves on five Senate committees: Foreign Relations; Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry; Health, Education, Labor and Pensions; the Special Committee on Aging and the Joint Economic Committee. (Senator Casey, continued) Born and raised in Scranton, Pennsylvania, Bob Casey, 51, graduated from The College of the Holy Cross in 1982 and spent the following year teaching fifth grade and coaching eighth grade basketball in inner city Philadelphia for the Jesuit Volunteer Corps. He received his law degree from Catholic University in 1988 and entered the practice of law in Scranton. Casey and his wife, Terese, were married in 1985 and live in Scranton. They have four daughters: Elyse, Caroline, Julia and Marena. Casey is the eldest son of the late Governor Robert P. Casey and his wife, Ellen. Throughout his public career, Bob Casey has been guided by the legacy of his father, and the principle that: “All public service is a trust, given in faith and accepted in honor.” Northampton County uses the Sequoia Advantage Voting Machines. HOW TO CAST YOUR VOTE ON VOTING MACHINES US CONGRESS, 17TH DISTRICT www.cartwrightcongress.com MATT CARTWRIGHT Matt Cartwright is running for Congress because he believes that the government needs to work for the middle class, not just the most powerful. For the past 24 years, he has worked as an attorney, with Munley, Munley & Cartwright. Matt has spent his time at the firm fighting for the middle class and for working families against corporations, insurance companies, big banks and corporate greed. Matt is a proud member of the Board of Governors of the American Association for Justice. In addition to his experience as an attorney, Matt is a member of the “Brain Trust” for The Small Business Advocate for over nearly a decade. In this role, Matt has continued his work protecting the middle class by addressing issues such as: unfair provisions in business contracts, predatory lending practices, and auditing malpractice. He understands how corporate America has taken advantage of our working families and the middle class. Matt has dedicated his time to the community through volunteer work with the Boy Scouts of America, Rotary International, and with the Hope Center Legal Clinic. After the tragedy of September 11, 2001, Matt brought his firm in to take part in the Trial Lawyers Care project, volunteering in handling the cases of seven families before the Victims’ Compensation Fund, in New York City. In the wake of the “kids for cash” scandal in 2009, Matt spearheaded the Juvenile Defense Pro Bono Volunteer Lawyer Project in Luzerne County. While Matt has served the community outside of government, he’s no stranger to the political process. In 1992, Matt had the distinct pleasure of serving as an Elected Delegate for candidate Bill Clinton at the Democratic National Convention, representing Pennsylvania’s 10th Congressional District. Matt is a magna cum laude graduate of Hamilton College, where he earned Bachelor of Arts in History in 1983. He is a Law Review graduate from University of Pennsylvania’s Law School, where he earned a Juris Doctorate in 1986. Matt is married to Marion Munley Cartwright and is the father of two sons, Jack and Matthew. The Cartwrights live in Moosic. Matt Cartwright is not a career politician – he knows that the government is out of touch with Pennsylvania’s middle class families. In Congress, he will continue his work protecting our country’s most vulnerable citizens and making government work for Pennsylvania. IF YOU LIVE IN EASTON, GLENDON, WEST EASTON, WILSON , FORKS AND PALMER TOWNSHIPS VOTE FOR MATT CARTWRIGHT US CONGRESS, 15TH DISTRICT www.daughertyforcongress.com Rick Daugherty is running for Congress to protect programs that are under attack by Republicans, to create more and better jobs, and to keep our nation strong and safe. His first priority will be to strengthen programs that help senior citizens such as Medicare, Social Security, senior housing, senior consumer protection, and senior work assistance. When Rick was 15, his father, a WWII combat veteran, died of cancer. Without Social Security his family would never have made it. He knows that government programs can be there to help when it is needed the most. Through his career in social work at Pinebrook Family Services and New Bethany Ministries, Rick has served families and children from all walks of life. For the past 16 years, Rick has been director of the nonprofit Lehigh County Senior Center, a position he describes as “the best job I will ever have.” Knowing how working people depend on good jobs and lifelong healthcare, Rick will focus on job creation. He supports trade unions and opposes the global free trade agreements adopted in recent years, saying “I will do all I can to stop unfair trade policies that have wrecked our manufacturing base.” Rick supports a strong and safe USA and expects our allies to do their fair share. As defense spending grows, our allies are cutting what they spend. Yet we continue to promise to defend them, even as they undercut us economically. We have too many overseas bases and inadequate security along our borders and at our ports. Therefore, Rick supports improved cyber security, border protection, enhanced international intelligence, and diplomacy to strengthen our national security. A lifelong resident of the Lehigh Valley and chairman of the Lehigh County Democratic Committee, Rick graduated from Moravian College and served as District Administrator for former Congressman Paul McHale. Now 51, Rick and his wife April live with their three children Sarah, Eric and Shane in Lowhill Township. A family man for all generations, Rick believes that as Americans we need to join together, bring our jobs back and demand that Congress stop free trade agreements with countries that do not share our values. He will fight to preserve Medicare, along with other successful programs that help everyone. RICK DAUGHERTY IF YOU LIVE IN WILLIAMS TOWNSHIP VOTE FOR RICK DAUGHERTY STATE TREASURER ROB McCORD www.robmccord.com A respected business leader and entrepreneur, Rob McCord took office as the 45th Treasurer of Pennsylvania on January 20, 2009. Today, as chief executive of the Pennsylvania Treasury Department, Treasurer McCord helps invest more than $80 billion per year, and he oversees a broad variety of operations designed to improve the economic security of Pennsylvanians. Throughout his career, Treasurer McCord has fought for productive investments and public policies. Prior to his election as Treasurer, his work as a venture capitalist helped generate more than 2,000 jobs. From 1994 and 2007, Treasurer McCord worked as a senior executive at Safeguard Scientifics, and founded the Eastern Technology Fund and served as co-founder and Managing Director of Pennsylvania Early Stage Partners. In addition, from 1996 through 2007, he led the Eastern Technology Council, a trade association that served hundreds of fast-growing companies. Before joining the private sector, Treasurer McCord worked on Capitol Hill, first as staff in the U.S. House of Representatives, where he specialized in budget and technology issues, and then as CEO of the Congressional Institute for the Future, a bipartisan think tank. Treasurer McCord earned his MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and he earned his undergraduate degree (with high honors) in history and economics from Harvard University. With his wife and two sons, Treasurer McCord lives in Montgomery County. “ It took a lot of blood, sweat and tears to get to where we are today, but we have just begun. Today we begin in earnest the work of making sure that the world we leave our children is just a little bit better than the one we inhabit today.” ~ President Barack Obama Together we can continue President Obama’s progress. Sign up for phone bank shifts or walk a neighborhood! Easton Area Democratic Committee Office: 91 Larry Holmes Dr. Suite 120, Easton • 484-373-9689 www.kathleengkane.com KATHLEEN KANE PA ATTORNEY GENERAL Kathleen, a veteran prosecutor, has experience from the crime scene to the courtroom. Her career spans thousands of cases from murder and assault to child abuse and elder abuse, from rape and domestic violence, to public corruption and insurance fraud. Kathleen has worked with victims and families, has prosecuted thousands of criminals, and has the experience we need as our next Attorney General. As an Assistant District Attorney for Lackawanna County, Kathleen began in the child abuse/sexual assault unit spending several years prosecuting gruesome cases of physical and sexual abuse of children and adults. Simultaneous to the duties of this unit, Kathleen specialized in cases involving elder abuse, prosecuted white-collar criminals, and exposed abuses in Orphans’ Court. Due to her distinguished service, she was selected as the Deputy to head the county’s first Insurance Fraud Task Force. In addition, she has contributed to pioneering law enforcement programs, like Lackawanna County’s Mental Health Court, in order to solve problems through other effective and collaborative methods of law enforcement, not just prosecution. Born and raised in Scranton PA, Kathleen’s working class upbringing contributes heavily to her work ethic. A graduate of the Scranton public school system, Kathleen continued her education at The University of Scranton and Temple University School of Law in Philadelphia. Her legal career began with civil litigation with the firm of Post & Schell, P.C. in Philadelphia before returning home to accept a position as an Assistant District Attorney in the Lackawanna County District Attorney’s Office. Kathleen resides in Clarks Summit, PA with her husband Chris and two sons, Christopher and Zach. She is the daughter of Ellen Walsh Gordon and Joe Granahan and the stepdaughter of Jim Gordon. Her mother and father-in-law are Joan Kane and the late Gene Kane, Sr. PRESIDENT OBAMA ON CHILDREN AND HEALTH CARE REFORM Fact: Before the Affordable Care Act, insurance companies could deny coverage to children with medical conditions. Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, as many as 17 million children with pre-existing conditions can no longer be denied health insurance. EUGENE DePASQUALE www.eugene4pa.com PA AUDITOR GENERAL Eugene DePasquale is a third-term State Representative from York County. The first legislator to post his expenses online, he quickly became a leader for real change in Harrisburg. He has received an “A” grade for his low expenses and has been called “A Pioneer for Public Accountability” by the York Daily Record. Eugene was born in the blue-collar city of Pittsburgh and is a graduate of Central Catholic High School in Pittsburgh, Eugene completed Law School in 2002 and in 2003 answered Governor Ed Rendell’s call to assist Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Kathleen McGinty in leading the charge for renewable energy in Pennsylvania. In 2006, the 95th legislative seat became open. Believing Harrisburg needed a shake-up, Eugene resigned his post at the Department of Environmental Protection. Eugene was elected with close to 59% of the vote. He was re-elected with over 75% of the vote in 2008, and was unopposed in 2010. Once in office, Eugene began his drive for reform. He played a key role in passing one of the most aggressive open records laws in the country. Eugene was the first legislator to post his legislative expenses online, and kept those expenses low enough to return more than $36,000 unused taxpayer dollars. Eugene is running for Auditor General to continue his work for middle-class Pennsylvanians and to protect the important programs that make a difference in our lives. He will be an advocate for communities affected by the Marcellus Shale drilling. On day one, Eugene will order a review of how we are monitoring water pollution to make certain that the rush for greater corporate profits doesn’t come at the expense of our health, our drinking water or the character of our communities. Eugene resides in West Manchester Township with his wife Tracey and two children, Benjamin and Sarah. PRESIDENT OBAMA ON JOBS AND THE ECONOMY 31 consecutive months of job growth and 5.2 million new private sector jobs. U.S. manufacturing has added 459,000 jobs since January 2010—the most growth in a decade. President Obama refused to let the American auto industry die. More than 1 million jobs were saved, the U.S. auto industry is roaring back and adding jobs and all government loans were paid back ahead of time. ROBERT FREEMAN STATE REPRESENTATIVE, 136 DISTRICT Rep. Robert L. Freeman (D-Northampton) was born in Easton, PA on March 9, 1956 and is the son of Joyce Styers Freeman and the late Jacob B. Freeman. He graduated from Easton Area High School in 1975. He received his bachelor’s degree in history and political science from Moravian College, where he graduated magna cum laude in 1978. He earned his Masters degree in history from Lehigh University in 1984. Freeman was first elected to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in 1982 and served six two-year terms before leaving as the result of an unsuccessful bid for the State Senate in 1994. From 1995-97 he served as executive director of the Senate Democratic Policy Committee and as Democratic executive director of the Senate Local Government Committee from 1997-98. He returned to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in 1998 and has been re-elected ever since. He is a former shop steward and member of the UFCW union. He is a recipient of the Elton Stone Award and the Moravian College History Prize. He authored the article “Light Rail and the Lehigh Valley,” which appeared in the New Valley Press in 1981. During his previous 12 years in the House, Freeman served as chairman of the House Select Committee on Land Use and Growth Management (1991-92), which recommended ways to improve growth management and reduce sprawl. He was one of the leaders in revising the Municipalities Planning Code in 2000 and authored the Elm Street Program designed to revitalize older residential neighborhoods. The Elm Street legislation was signed into law in February 2004. Freeman is the chairman of the House Local Government Committee. He has served on the committees of Labor Relations, Local Government, Environmental Resources and Energy, and State Government. Freeman, who resides in Easton, is married to Terri Arshan Freeman and has two stepchildren EADC CANDIDATES GUIDE Published by the Easton Area Democratic Committee P.O. Box 1015, Easton PA 18044 Paid for by the Easton Area Democratic Committee Printed In-House. Labor Donated JOE CAPOZZOLO STATE REPRESENTATIVE, 137 DISTRICT www.votejoecap.com Joseph (Joe) Capozzolo was born and raised in the Slate Belt and has lived there since. He has helped run his family business, Windjammer, for nearly 30 years. The Capozzolo family has employed thousands of people since opening their first blouse mill in 1924. Joe intends to use his business knowledge and experience hiring and employing hundreds of people to help attract new businesses into the district and put people back to work. A resident of Bangor Borough since 1999, Joe Capozzolo was elected mayor in November 2001 and served two terms. Joe helped form the Slate Belt Veterans Association (SBVA) and spearheaded the drive for a local veterans outpatient clinic. The Northampton County Veterans Clinic opened in 2005 and has helped thousands of veterans, while also providing good local jobs. Joe was appointed to the PUC Consumer Advisory Council by Senator Boscola in 2003, on which he served six years, two as chairman. He was appointed to Northampton County Council in 2009, where he served on the Finance and Open Space committees and as chairman of the Human Services committee. During his brief time on County Council, Joe was credited with bringing a breath of fresh air to a divided political body. He hopes to do the same in Harrisburg. Joe understands the need for top-notch education. At the same time, he understands the struggles of homeowners, especially seniors on fixed incomes. Joe believes we can work together to find innovative ways to help reduce our school property taxes. If elected, Joe will create jobs through infrastructure improvement. Now is the best time to finance repairs and improvements to our roads, bridges, and underground utilities for much less money than if we wait for catastrophic failure to take action. Joe is a strong proponent of “smart growth,” using strategic local planning of desirable communities to live and raise a family, with family-sustaining jobs. This planning also helps us best preserve open space and protect our natural resources. Joe has four daughters, two attending college in Pennsylvania and the other two in Bangor schools, and he wants to make sure our local communities provide the opportunities for them and all our children to live, work, and start their own families here. Northampton County Election Office, 670 Wolf Ave (610) 559-3055 • Fax (610) 559-3736 LAST DAY TO APPLY FOR AN ABSENTEE BALLOT OCTOBER 30 MUST BE RECEIVED AT ELECTION OFFICE BY 4 PM NOVEMBER 2 ABSENTEE BALLOTS GET THE FACTS ABOUT THE NEW CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTS Due to the 2010 Census, Congressional boundaries were re-drawn and changes were made to your representation. Most of the Easton area was moved from the 15 Congressional District into the 17th Congressional District. The breakdown of municipalities for each is listed below. The 17th Congressional District Democratic Candidate Matt Cartwright A new Congressional District for the Easton Area covering the City of Easton, Boroughs of Glendon, West Easton and Wilson, and Forks and Palmer Townships. Additionally, the CD 17th covers the of Pennsylvania includes parts of Carbon, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Monroe and Northampton Counties, as well as all of Schuylkill County. The 15th Congressional District Democratic Candidate Rick Daugherty Covers Williams Township. Additionally, the CD 15th covers the of Pennsylvania includes parts of Berks, Daulpin, Lebanon, and Northampton Counties, as well as all of Lehigh County. Covers the City of Easton, Boroughs of Glendon, West Easton and Wilson, and Williams Township. Additionally, the PA 136 covers Townships of Bethlehem (Ward 3 Districts 1-3, Ward 2 District 3, and parts of Ward 1 District 2 and Ward 2 District 1), Lower Saucon (Wards 1,2, 3, 5, and 6.) and Williams and the Boroughs of Freemansburg and Hellertown. The 136th Legislative District (PA-136) Representative Bob Freeman The 137th Legislative District (PA-136) Democratic Candidate Joe Capozzolo Covers the Townships of Forks and Palmer, Additionally, the PA 137 covers the Boroughs of Bangor, East Bangor, Nazareth, Portland, Roseto, Stockertown, Tatamy and the Townships of Lower Mount Bethel , Upper Mount Bethel, Upper Nazareth and Washington. TO FIND OUT WHERE TO VOTE LOG ON TO WWW.VOTESPA.COM POLLING LOCATIONS EASTON 2ND WARD: GOVERNOR WOLF BLDG. (1ST FLOOR) 45 N. 2ND Street EASTON 3RD WARD 2ND DIST: COLLEGE HILL PRESBYTERIAN Brodhead & Monroe Streets EASTON 3RD WARD 3RD DIST: CORNER STONE CHURCH 411 March St. EASTON 3RD WARD 4TH DIST: NEW LIFE PENTACOSTAL CHURCH 510 W. Burke St. EASTON 4TH WARD: FIRST MORAVIAN CHURCH 10th & Bushkill Streets EASTON 5TH WARD: WALTER HOUSE 215 Michael J. Koury Place EASTON 6TH WARD: ST. ANTHONY’S YOUTH CENTER 9th & Washington Streets EASTON 7TH WARD: ST. ANTHONY’S YOUTH CENTER 9th & Washington Streets EASTON 8TH WARD EASTERN DIST: CHRIST LUTHERAN CHURCH (Hall) 1100 Ferry Street EASTON 8TH WARD WESTERN DIST: TEMPLE COVENANT OF PEACE 1451 Northampton Street EASTON 9TH WARD: EASTON NEIGHBORHOOD CENTER 902 Philadelphia Road EASTON 10TH WARD EASTERN DIST: SOUTHSIDE SENIOR CENTER Seitz & Berwick Streets (Seitz St Entrance) EASTON 10TH WARD WESTERN DIST :SOUTHSIDE SENIOR CENTER Seitz & Berwick Streets (Seitz St Entrance) EASTON 11TH WARD: ST PAUL’S LUTHERAN CHURCH 610 Berwick Street EASTON 12TH WARD: EASTON EMERGENCY SQUAD BUILDING 908 Packer Street FORKS TWSP EASTERN DIST #1: FAITH LUTHERAN CHURCH 2012 Sullivan Trail FORKS TWSP EASTERN DIST #2: FORKS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL Richmond Road FORKS TWSP WESTERN DIST #1: FORKS TWSP COMMUNITY CENTER 1606 Sullivan Trail (Rear) FORKS TWSP WESTERN DIST #2: FORKS TWSP COMMUNITY CENTER 1606 Sullivan Trail (Rear) GLENDON BOROUGH: BOROUGH HALL 4th & Franklin Streets PALMER TOWNSHIP EASTERN DIST: FAITH COMMUNITY ASSEMBLY OF GOD 3000 Freemansburg Ave.(Rear) PALMER TOWNSHIP MIDDLE DIST #1: PALMER TWSP MORAVIAN CHURCH John & Moravian Streets PALMER TOWNSHIP MIDDLE DIST #2: PALMER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL Green Pond Road PALMER TOWNSHIP UPPER EAST DIST: TRACY SCHOOL1243 Tatamy Road PALMER TOWNSHIP UPPER WEST DIST: ST. PAUL’S THIRD LUTHERAN CHURCH 2561 Newburg Road PALMER TOWNSHIP WESTERN DIST #1: ST. ANDREW’S CHURCH HALL (Lobby) 3900 Freemansburg Ave PALMER TOWNSHIP WESTERN DIST #2: WILLIAMS RESTAURANT, INC. (Lower Level) 3630 William Penn Hwy WEST EASTON BOROUGH: SAFETY FIRST VOL FIRE STATION 601 Keystone Avenue WILLIAMS TWSP EASTERN DIST: WILLIAMS TWSP FIRE CO #1, STATION 2 Rt. 611, Easton WILLIAMS TWSP MIDDLE DIST: COMMUNITY BUILDING 655 Cider Press Road WILLIAMS TWSP UPPER DIST: WILLIAMS TOWNSHIP MUNICIPAL BLDG 655 Cider Press Road WILLIAMS TWSP WESTERN DIST: ST LUKE’S LUTHERAN CHURCH 20 Church Rd, Hellertown WILSON BOROUGH 1ST WARD: MARY MEUSER MEMORIAL LIBRARY 1803 Northampton Street WILSON BOROUGH 2ND WARD: STRAUSSER COMMUNITY CENTER 2001 Liberty St, Wilson WILSON BOROUGH 3RD WARD: LINCS CENTER 2400 Firmstone St., Wilson Easton Area Democratic Committee Serving the City of Easton, the Borough of Glendon, the Borough of West Easton, Williams Township, and the Borough of Wilson Chair – Sandra Vulcano Vice Chair – Alison Fleck Recording Secretary – David Hogenboom Treasurer – Vicki Davis Corresponding Secretary – Sandy O’Brien-Werner JOIN US! We meet every 3rd WEDNESDAY of the MONTH @ 7:00 PM Meeting Location: Easton Area Democratic Committee Office, 91 Larry Holmes Dr., Suite 120, Easton (Note: No meeting in November or December) “Like” us on Facebook – Easton Area Democratic Committee www.eastondems.com