And we’re back with Broad + Liberty’s Candidate Spotlight Series! Each week, we reach out to candidates all across the Commonwealth up for election to public office — an equal number of Democrats and Republicans; incumbents and challengers. We ask one question per week about public policy pressing to you. Those who choose to respond will have their answers shared on our website every Wednesday through Sunday. (Please see a special statement on unresponsive candidates here.)
Today, Pennsylvania’s nominees for governor discuss unity and collaboration across party lines.
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This week’s question: As the debate over the “soul of the nation” intensifies, there are increased calls for unification between parties but increasing moves toward division. How do you plan to serve all your constituents regardless of ideological disposition?
Josh Shapiro (D)
Right now, our politics seem broken and divided, but we can’t just take our ball and go home. There is too much on the line, and I know there is so much more that unites us than divides us.
Throughout my career — and every day as Attorney General — I have worked hard to bring people together, solve problems, and get things done for Pennsylvania. I have a long track record of doing that successfully, from bringing the Legislative Black Caucus and law enforcement to the table to create the first statewide database for police misconduct, to brokering a deal with UPMC and Highmark to protect health care for 1.9 million people in western Pennsylvania.
As governor, I will continue working to bring people together so that we can solve our biggest problems — because that’s how we will deliver results for people across our Commonwealth and move Pennsylvania forward.
Come back tomorrow to read a response from Josh Shapiro’s running mate, Austin Davis.
Doug Mastriano (R)
Unity is not an impossible objective. Pennsylvania voters all want the same thing. They want a strong economy that creates good opportunities for them and their families. They want affordable food and gasoline. They want to feel safe in their communities. They want to have a say in their children’s education. Unlike his opponent, Doug Mastriano will fight to implement these policies as governor and turn Pennsylvania into a powerhouse that all voters will be proud of.
Come back tomorrow to read a response from Doug Mastriano’s running mate, Carrie Lewis DelRosso.
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