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 read a statement about our unresponsive candidates here.)
Yesterday, Pennsylvania’s nominees for Governor discussed their plans to work across party lines. Today, their running mates weigh in.
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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?
Austin Davis (D)
At this moment, Pennsylvanians from across our Commonwealth are facing serious challenges, and they deserve leaders who will bring people together to get things done.
As the son of a hairdresser and a union bus driver, I know the struggles of working families firsthand as I’ve watched my parents juggle raising a family and putting food on the table. That’s why I’m running for Lieutenant Governor — to be a champion for working-class families here in Pennsylvania, and I’ll work with anyone to deliver results for all Pennsylvanians.
As a State Representative, I have worked to bring Republicans and Democrats together throughout my entire career — and that’s exactly what I will continue to do as Lieutenant Governor.
Carrie Lewis DelRosso (R)
Public service of any kind should always be nonpartisan. It’s important to note that I am a Republican State House member who won a State House district that was drawn for a Democrat to never lose.
My job as Lt. Gov. will be to serve all Pennsylvanians — not just those who voted for me or those who agree with me, but every single person who calls Pennsylvania home. This belief has permeated my time in the House, too. As a state representative, I serve all my constituents, regardless of where they stand on the political or ideological spectrum. When a constituent calls my office for assistance, we never ask their party affiliation or who they voted for. We provide them the best service possible. The same will be true when I’m Lieutenant Governor.
Lastly, it’s important to recognize that Pennsylvania’s economic growth is an utmost priority of mine, in addition to educating our youth and ensuring we have safe communities. We should all work together on restoring respect for each other for the future of PA. My plan is to bring dignity back to office of Lieutenant Governor. I got involved in politics to change them, not let them change me.
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One thought on “Lieutenant Governor Candidate Spotlight: Ideological Unity”
Once again Carrie DelRosso answered the question. In a way so did Austin Davis, but I like that DelRosso brought it back to economic terms. By concentrating of good economic growth a leader has to serve all of the constituents. It’s as important to work for a state that can promote good paying jobs in all of its counties. It’s a shame that the guy at the top of her ticket can’t articulate a similar position. I am a registered Republican, but so far Mastriano has showed me nothing to vote for.