Are you satisfied with the Pennsylvania State Senate? If your answer is, “No!” the only way to change what happens in the Pennsylvania Senate is to change the senators who make up the Pennsylvania Senate. And while we’re at it, let’s change the party that controls the Pennsylvania Senate, too. Vote for me, Rich Sterner, Democratic Candidate for Pennsylvania Senate District 33.
Republicans have controlled the Pennsylvania Senate since 1994. Republican control of the Senate has gotten us nowhere. Despite their dominance, we continue to debate the same issues, rising property taxes, crumbling infrastructure, underfunding of schools and out-of-control health care costs. These are just a few of the issues that have been discussed for years but remain problematic. The Republicans cannot get the job done.
I am running for state senate to be a fresh, new voice for you. For me, this is not about making politics a career. It is about getting something done about these problems for all Pennsylvanians and especially the residents of District 33. What makes me a better choice than our current senator? Let’s start by looking at the response to COVID-19.
Throughout this pandemic, I have advocated the need to follow the guidance of our nation’s doctors and scientists. Dr. Fauci and Dr. Birx have been reliable advocates for what the country needs to do to work our way through this pandemic. Social distancing, avoiding crowds, washing your hands and wearing a mask have been the four pillars of combating this virus.
Sen. Mastriano does not want to hear it. He has buried his head in the sand and tried to pretend that these measures are both ineffective and unnecessary. I will not bury my head in the sand, I will seek solutions to our health care issues, work toward fair and equitable funding for our public schools, propose measures that will put a stop to rising property taxes and pursue ways to rebuild and improve both our economy and our infrastructure.
I believe in the power of science. In everything from fracking, to climate change, to alternative energy, to economics and medicine, I will consult with experts who pursue these issues for a living, study peer-tested research, and use the best information available to me to make the decision that I believe to be the right decision and one that will have the most long-term benefits for my constituents.
My door will be open to all of my constituents, and I will both listen and seek understanding. When I disagree with you, I will explain why, but I will not dismiss or ignore your point of view. I will take responsibility for my decisions, accept criticism and even admit when I make a mistake.
Throughout my career, I have demonstrated my ability to listen to others, understand their point of view, and treat people with respect, even when we disagree. I pledge to be real and honest in a way that is uncharacteristic of most politicians. I am committed and I will work every day to see that you get the service you deserve.
Senate District 33