2018 Republican Candidates
2018 Republican Candidates
2018 Gubernatorial Race
Scott Wagner; once a farm boy, and now a successful businessman, State senator and candidate for Governor of Pennsylvania.
Scott credits his excellent work ethic to his hard-working parents, who insisted on the importance of showing up and being counted on. Though he is an advocate for education, one year in the college classroom setting was enough. He was eager to venture into the business world and test his ability to meet the challenges associated with taking vision from concept to reality – a challenge he embraced by starting is first business enterprise – Penn Waste, a chain of recycling plants – at 19 years old.
In 2013, Scott took Harrisburg by storm with his historic Senate campaign – which won him the first ever legislative seat as a write-in candidate.
Scott’s agenda is focused on changing the culture, protecting taxpayers, government spending, management and accountability.
Scott and his wife Tracy live in York, Pennsylvania, and together they have four children.
Citizens can contact Scott Wagner by visiting his website at www.wagnerforgov.com.
2018 Congressional Races
Lou BarlettaCandidate - United States Senate
Brian FitzpatrickIncumbent - 1st Congressional District
Dan DavidCandidate - 4th Congressional District
Pearl KimCandidate - 5th Congressional District
As a kid, Lou hated politics. Lou grew up working in his family’s road construction business, but dreamed of playing centerfield for the New York Yankees. The first in his family to attend college, Lou took a break from studying Elementary Education at Bloomsburg State College (now Bloomsburg University) to tryout for the Cincinnati Reds, but was sent home when the coaches figured out that he could not hit a curve ball.
Lou returned to school before re-joining his family in road construction. One day, Lou got a card in the mail advertising a kit for striping parking lots. For $29.95, Lou and his wife, Mary Grace, sent away for the materials and started a small line-painting business. In five years, they turned that little company into the largest of its kind in Pennsylvania, and when they sold the company, it was the sixth largest of its kind in the nation.
Frustrated with the direction that local politicians were taking his hometown of Hazleton, Lou successfully ran for City Council before being elected mayor in 1999, in a city where Democrats significantly outnumbered Republicans.
As mayor, Lou inherited a $1.2 million budget deficit. In two years, Lou turned that shortfall into a $500,000 surplus. In 2004, the White House appointed Lou to represent the United States on the United Nations Advisory Committee of Local Authorities, and in 2008, the Pennsylvania State Mayor’s Association voted Lou Pennsylvania’s Mayor of the Year.
Lou gained national attention in 2006 when Lou drafted, introduced, and signed the first local ordinance in the nation cracking down on illegal immigration. Lou’s law has served as a blueprint for other communities across the United States facing problems with illegal immigration.
In 2010, Lou defeated a 28-year incumbent Democrat to represent Pennsylvania’s 11th Congressional District. Lou currently serves on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, where he is Chairman of the Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management and has saved the taxpayers nearly $4 billion by cutting waste and reducing the size of federal real estate; the Committee on Education and the Workforce, where he has been nationally recognized for his bipartisan work in support of afterschool programs; and the Homeland Security Committee, where he has continued to lead the fight to secure our borders and enforce our immigration laws.
A father of four daughters and proud grandfather of eight grandkids, Lou is running for the United States Senate to make sure that the same American Dream he experienced is alive for the next generations of Americans.
A dedicated public servant, Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick is not done with his fight to fix a broken Washington and make a difference for our communities.
On his very first day in office, Brian put forth a bold government reform plan which challenged the career politicians in Washington: term limits for members of Congress, pass a budget or don’t get paid, and balance the budget.
He’s been a nationally-recognized leader in the fight back against the opioid crisis, authoring legislation signed into law which provides additional resources for our law enforcement to secure the border and stop the flow of deadly drugs into our communities.
He’s leading the fight to provide those suffering from debilitating terminal diseases a chance at life through access to potentially life-saving treatments.
Brian believes that every American deserves a fair shot at success. He will continue to make certain that our institutions serve us, not the career bureaucrats or politicians, and that all those who work hard can live a fulfilling life of dignity and opportunity.
He will continue to protect our families not only from the threat of international terrorism, but also from the scourge of drug abuse.
Brian is uniquely qualified to reform our government and put the American Dream back on track. For nearly a decade and a half, Brian served our country as an FBI Supervisory Special Agent where his focus was fighting political corruption and supporting global counterterrorism efforts.
As an FBI agent, Brian served our country in Operation Iraqi Freedom – the largest of several active fronts in the War on Terror. Brian also served as the National Director for the FBI’s Campaign Finance and Election Crimes Enforcement Program, and as a national supervisor for the FBI’s Political Corruption Unit. Moreover, he has traveled the world to promote freedom and democracy, where he is recognized as an expert in restoring integrity to governmental institutions.
As a Special Assistant United States Attorney, Brian prosecuted violent drug and gun offenders to stem the tide of abuse and violence. He was also named “Investigator of the Year” by the Federal Law Enforcement Foundation.
A Levittown native and graduate of Bishop Egan High School, Brian is a graduate of LaSalle University, Penn State University and the Dickinson School of Law. He is both a licensed attorney and a licensed Certified Public Accountant in Pennsylvania.
Brian is an Eagle Scout and a certified Emergency Medical Technician in Pennsylvania. He lives in Middletown Township, Bucks County. Brian has lived in Bucks County for nearly 40 years.
Brian is a Member of the Levittown Ancient Order of Hibernians and Knight of Columbus.
Dan David is an accomplished business executive and entrepreneur with leadership experience in the financial and retail sectors. He has spent years working to protect our retirement, savings, and pensions.
In 2006, Dan co-founded GeoInvesting, an equities research firm based in Skippack, PA, which is regarded as a leader in the U.S. micro-cap and China sectors. He has made multiple appearances on CNBC and Bloomberg TV, and has been quoted extensively in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times and Philadelphia Inquirer.
Dan has been the driving force behind efforts to change federal law regarding the listing of China-based firms on U.S. stock exchanges. Through his work, Dan and others have determined that U.S. investors have been defrauded of more than $50 billion by Chinese companies. Dan has lobbied dozens of members of Congress and the Senate to fix this issue in order to safeguard our retirement and other savings. Incredibly, defrauding foreign investors is not illegal in China. His story is showcased in the documentary “The China Hustle”, currently showing in theaters and available online.
Before co-founding GeoInvesting, Dan was a senior executive in the retail industry for Finlay Enterprises and Macy’s. He was responsible for operations, merchandise buying and HR for 43 stores with 400 total employees. He was also the director of stores for Lord & Taylor, where he managed 77 stores with 700+ employees across 19 states.
A native of Flint, MI, Dan has lived in Pennsylvania for 25 years and resides in Montgomery County.
He attended Northern Michigan University and the executive education program at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He and his wife Janine have been married for more than 18 years.
Citizens can contact Congress Representative Dan David by calling (215)-648-3762, emailing email@example.com, or by visiting his website dandavidforcongress.com.
Pearl Kim is a first-generation American whose family sought a better life of prosperity and opportunity in Greater Philadelphia.
Through hard work, the Kim Family achieved the American Dream they sought, just like so many other families in our community.
But for some, prosperity feels out of reach because the deck is stacked against them. She will fight to make institutions work for us, the way it is supposed to be.
Pearl Kim is the right person for the job because she has a record unmatched in fighting for the voiceless and forgotten.
As Chief of the Human Trafficking Unit in the Special Victims and Domestic Violence Division for the Delaware County District Attorney’s Office, Pearl sought justice for those who were victimized through no fault of their own.
As a Special Victims Unit Prosecutor, Pearl handled Protection from Abuse matters, child physical and sexual abuse, domestic violence, rape, human trafficking, and internet crimes against children cases.
She was appointed by Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro as a Senior Deputy Attorney General, where she focused on keeping students safe on campus.
Furthermore, Pearl was the first prosecutor in the Commonwealth to secure a conviction under Pennsylvania’s new landmark human trafficking law, which she helped to shape.
Pearl is a Commissioner on the Women’s Commission of Delaware County, and, a former Board Member of the Pearl S. Buck Foundation. Both Democratic and Republican Governors appointed Pearl Kim to the Governor’s Advisory Commission on Asian American Affairs, and she currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Pennsylvania.
The Legal Intelligencer has recognized Pearl as one of the 2011 Lawyers on the Fast Track, as one of the 2011 Diverse Attorneys of the Year, and as one of the 2012 Women of the Year.
The American Bar Association awarded Pearl the Norm Maleng Minister of Justice Award for her efforts as a Special Victims Prosecutor, and she was the recipient of the Government Attorney of the Year Award by the Pennsylvania Bar Association in 2015.
Pearl obtained her J.D. from Villanova University School of Law where she was the recipient of the Villanova Achievement Scholarship, and received her B.A. from Bryn Mawr College.
2018 Pennsylvania Senatorial Races
Ron HoltCandidate - 4th Senate District
Stewart Greenleaf Jr.Candidate - 12th Senate District
Bob MenschIncumbent - 24th Senate District
John RaffertyIncumbent - 44th Senate District
Ronald “Ron” Holt
Ron Holt is running to represent the residents of Pennsylvania’s 4th Senatorial District which includes portions of Montgomery and Philadelphia counties, specifically: the Boroughs of Jenkintown and Rockledge; the Townships of Abington, Cheltenham, and Springfield; and parts of Wards 9, 10, 12, 17, 22, 50, and 59 in the City of Philadelphia. It also includes all or potions of State House Districts: PA-153, PA-154, PA-172, PA-198, PA-200, PA-201, PA-202, PA-203
Ron has served in several political capacities, including:
• Montgomery County Register of Wills
• Committeeperson for Abington GOP
As dedicated public servant Ron has served as:
• A Temple University police officer
• Auditor for the PA State Department of Revenue
• Member – National Association of Black Accountants
Ron is an active member in his local community; he is a:
• Lifelong resident of Abington township and a graduate from Abington High School
• Member – First Baptist Church of Crestmont
• Small business owner
Driven towards excellence in education, Ron earned his BS in Accounting from Temple University while working as a Temple University police officer.
Family oriented – Ron raised two beautiful children, Ronald and Ronette, and is the proud grandfather to nine grandchildren.
Stewart Greenleaf, has lived in our community virtually his entire life and understands the concerns and needs of local families. It is this understanding – combined with his proven experience and effectiveness in both the private sector and government – that makes him the best choice to represent our families in the State Senate.
Stewart was born and raised in Upper Moreland Township, and he learned early from his parents the values of education, hard work and helping others. His father, Stewart, Sr., is well known as one of Pennsylvania’s most effective legislators. His mother, Kelly, is active in the community as a volunteer and artist.
It was from the example of his parents that, after earning his B.A. from the University of Maryland and his Juris Doctorate from American University’s Washington School of Law, Stewart became deeply involved in our community and public service.
In 2011, Stewart was elected to a four-year term as Montgomery County’s Controller on a platform of restoring the office’s role as a fiscal watchdog for taxpayers. During his term, Stewart kept his promise with highlights such as uncovering theft from the county law library, issuing annual financial reports before July for the first time in more than a decade, beginning audits of the county’s district courts for the first time in sixteen years, and bringing statutorily required audits into compliance after their being a decade behind.
Because he accomplished what he set out to do in just one term, Stewart chose not to run for re-election and re-entered the practice of law full-time in 2016. He did not, however, give up his efforts to make our community a better place, and continued to provide his time and effort both locally and county-wide.
Stewart volunteers his legal services for the Montgomery Child Advocacy Project, an important program providing free legal representation to child victims of abuse who are navigating the often intimidating legal system. He also served as a hearing committee member for the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s Disciplinary Board, presiding over disciplinary proceedings against Pennsylvania attorneys who abused their profession.
Locally, Stewart served as a member of the Upper Moreland Township Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission, recommending policies and improvements for community parks and recreational programs to the Township Board of Commissioners. He also served as a Trustee of the Upper Moreland Free Public Library.
Stewart is also a well respected commercial litigator here in Montgomery County, and was recognized by his peers as a “Pennsylvania Super Lawyer” every year from 2013 to the present, and the “Rising Star” from 2008 through 2012.
Stewart and his wife, Heather, are the proud parents of two children, Stewart and Alice. They live in the Willow Grove section of Upper Moreland Township in the same neighborhood where his great-grandfather settled nearly one hundred years ago. Heather is also from our community, having grown up in Upper Dublin Township.
Bob Mensch is running for State Senate to continue getting things done for us.
With more than 35 years of real-world business experience, his priorities are those which make government work efficiently and effectively. That means growing jobs by cutting government spending and reducing taxes.
Bob’s landmark reform signed into law requires all state government departments and agencies to justify every single dollar in the budget request.
He successfully fought to cut taxes on manufacturers because these employers position America for strength while creating family-sustaining, rewarding careers.
As advocate for cancer research, Bob earned the Pink Ribbon Award by the Pennsylvania Breast Cancer Coalition while also personally raising funds for research into cures for prostate and breast cancer.
He serves as Vice Chairman of the Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee where he has been a champion for our first responders, having served himself in various leadership positions with the Upper Perkiomen Ambulance Association.
Bob has a long track record of serving our community, having served as Chairman of the Marlborough Township Board of Supervisors and as Chairman of the Upper Perkiomen Regional Planning Commissions.
From 1966-1972, Bob served in the U.S. Army Engineers Reserve. He is a member of the Unami Water Shed, and, Red Hill Band.
A native of Pennsburg and resident of Marlborough Township, Bob and his wife Joann have raised two grown children and a grandson.
Citizens can contact Sen. Bob Mensch by visiting his website at www.menschforsenate.com.
John Rafferty is our state Senator from the 44th Senate District. Senator Rafferty is seeking re-election this year, after a successful several years in getting results for our area.
Senator Rafferty is chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee and led the charge to enact a historic comprehensive transportation plan for the Commonwealth in 2013. With his leadership, Pennsylvania took a major step forward in fixing its deteriorating roads and bridges and providing a reliable transportation system. This package will put 50,000 Pennsylvanians to work.
Senator Rafferty has a reputation of taking on the status quo. He has successfully fought to reform government and make politicians accountable to the voters.
2018 Pennsylvania House Races
Tim HennesseyIncumbent - 26th House District
Andy SzekelyCandidate - 53rd House District
Kate HarperIncumbent - 61st House District
Chris MundiathCandidate - 70th House District
Justin SimmonsIncumbent - 131st House District
Tom QuigleyIncumbent - 146th House District
Marcy ToepelIncumbent - 147th House District
Nick FountainCandidate - 150th House District
Todd StephensIncumbent - 151st House District
Tom MurtIncumbent - 152nd House District
Douglas BeaverCandidate - 153rd House District
Kathy BowersCandidate - 154th House District
Warren KampfIncumbent - 157th House District
Baltazar RubioCandidate - 166th House District
Sean StevensCandidate - 194th House District
A long-time community servant as a legislator, dedicated attorney, trial attorney with the public defender’s office from 1973 to 1992, and lifelong resident of Chester County, Tim Hennessey has represented the residents of the 26th District since 1993.
Rep. Hennessey serves the residents of the 26th Legislative District, which consists of the townships of East Coventry, East Nantmeal, East Vincent, Honey Brook, North Coventry, Valley, Wallace, Warwick, West Caln and West Nantmeal and the boroughs of Elverson, Honey Brook and Spring City. In Montgomery County, part of the borough of Pottstown, districts 1,2 and 7 and part of division 01.
In the House, Hennessey serves as the Republican Chairman of the Aging and Older Adult Services Committee. In this role, Hennessey is pushing to streamline government services for older Pennsylvanians so that programs are more customer-friendly and less confusing. He also wants to ensure that the Lottery Fund remains solvent for future generations of older Pennsylvanians. Additionally, Hennessey serves on the House Transportation Committee.
During his tenure, Hennessey has authored legislation helping local governments tackle the problems of urban blight and abandoned property. He is the author of Act 64 of 1997, which waives the advertising and bidding requirements for the sale of township real property to nonprofit community development corporations, as well as the Weed and Seed Legislation, Act 146 of 2002. He also is a strong advocate for property tax relief and improving schools throughout the Commonwealth.
In addition to his committee work, Hennessey chairs the Steel and Irish caucuses. He also dedicates his time to the Local Tax Reform, Firefighters and Emergency Services and Solid Waste caucuses.
Prior to his election to the House of Representatives, Hennessey served as chairman of the Rotary Student Exchange Program and the Group Study Exchange. He was president of the Birthright of Pottstown and past president of the Alternatives Corporation of Pottstown, a shelter for abused or dependent children.
Hennessey is a 1965 graduate of St. Pius X High School. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from St. Joseph’s University in 1969, and his Juris Doctor degree in 1972 from Villanova University School of Law.
Hennessey currently resides in North Coventry Township. He and his wife, Carol, have three children, Katherine, Timothy and Elizabeth.
I am humbled and honored to have been asked to run for State Representative by 36 year veteran of the State House Bob Godshall and endorsed by the Republican Committee members of the 53rd District of Montgomery County.
I am a long-time Lansdale resident (with the exception of a three year stint of living on my parents’ farm half of which was in Hatfield Township and half in Franconia Township). I currently work as a chiropractor which was started by my father in 1957.
For those who may not know, I served as mayor of Lansdale from 2008 until 2017. During my time as mayor, I believe I made a positive difference by bringing businesses back to Main Street, creating new events such as the Oktoberfest, bringing the tax office back to Borough Hall, supporting organizations (such as Manna on Main Street, the PEAK Center and the YMCA) that help our most vulnerable.
I have also been a vociferous critic of unnecessary spending whether leading the charge to divest the Borough of its failed arts center or vetoing the final development plan of Lansdale’s expansive Borough Hall or vetoing the 2018 tax increase.
And throughout my tenure as mayor, I was able to work across the aisle with Democrats. There have been times when I have disagreed with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle, but at the end of the day, we were able to do so in a civilized manner and work for what was best for Lansdale. As a candidate for the 53rd District, I hope to bring this style of governing to Harrisburg.
As State Representative of the 61st Legislative District, Kate M. Harper is focused on preserving the environment, improving transportation infrastructure and protecting public safety.
Kate was appointed to a second term as chairman of the House Local Government Committee for the 2017-18 legislative session. She brings a wealth of experience to this position, having served as a township supervisor for more than a decade in Lower Gwynedd Township. She also continues to serve as a solicitor to local governments. Kate previously served as chairman of the House Children and Youth and the Ethics committees.
Kate also was appointed to the Local Government Commission, a bipartisan legislative service agency focused on research and legislation that will enable local governments to be more effective and efficient in providing services.
This session, she also will continue her service on the House Transportation Committee, working to ensure the safety and efficiency of our highways, bridges and mass transit systems.
In the 2015-16 Legislative Session, Kate sponsored legislation to help local government entities cope with a tough economy by expanding their investment options. Act 10 of 2016 authorizes local government entities to invest in common, high-quality money market instruments, such as repurchase agreements, commercial paper, negotiable certificates of deposit and bankers’ acceptances.
During the 2013-14 session, Kate’s legislation to help make counseling and other mental health services more accessible to veterans and their family members was signed into law. The idea for the legislation came from a doctor in Blue Bell who was not permitted, under prior state law, to volunteer to provide free mental health services to military personnel and their families through the national “Give an Hour” program because the services are provided outside of a clinic setting.
She also authored legislation to help communities deal with flooding concerns by authorizing new or existing municipal authorities to undertake storm water planning, management and implementation. Through her work as Local Government Committee chairman, an identical bill introduced in the Senate ultimately became law.
Kate continues to be a leader for the environment. She played a key role in the writing of impact fee legislation (Act 13 of 2012) to direct a portion of funding generated from natural gas drilling in the Commonwealth to statewide environmental programs, including the Hazardous Sites Cleanup Fund and Environmental Stewardship Fund. She has been a vocal proponent of preserving and enhancing the state’s Growing Greener program, first by extending the fee on trash sent to landfills (Act 90 of 2002) to support environmental initiatives and then by serving as the prime architect of the Growing Greener II initiative (Act 1 of 2005), which, after overwhelming approval by Pennsylvania’s voters in a referendum made $625 million in funding available for farmland preservation, open space and parks, and environmental projects. The tipping fee on trash dumped at landfills pays back the bonds. Kate has also been a vocal defender and protector of the Keystone Recreation, Parks and Conservation Fund, which supports open space, historic preservation and improvements to state parks and forests.
In recognition of her dedicated public service and environmental advocacy, Kate has received numerous awards, including:
|•||2018 Joseph E. Ibberson Government Award from the Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation|
|•||2017 Distinguished Legislative Service Award from Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association|
|•||2016 Montgomery Bar Association’s Women in the Law 2016 Margaret Richardson Award|
|•||2014 Wissahickon Valley Watershed Association Conservation Champion of the Year|
|•||2014 Montgomery County Community College President’s Award|
|•||2014 North Penn Volunteer Fire Company Community Service Award|
|•||2013 Governmental Award from the Pennsylvania Recreation and Park Society|
|•||2011 Legislator Recognition Award from the Pennsylvania Association of Conservation Districts|
|•||2011 President’s Award from the Pennsylvania Association for Justice|
|•||2011 Conservation Leadership Award from the Pennsylvania Land Trust Association|
|•||2010 Certificate of Appreciation for Outstanding Support from the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program|
|•||2009 Certificate of Appreciation in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from the 28th Combat Aviation Brigade Task Force Diablo|
|•||2008 Governmental Award from the Pennsylvania Recreation and Park Society|
|•||2008 Certificate of Appreciation from the Route 202/Section 700 Community Task Force|
|•||2006 Citizen of the Year Award from Lower Gwynedd Township|
|•||2006 Legislator of the Year from the Pennsylvania and Delaware Valley Chapter of Community Associations Institute (CAI)|
|•||2005 Distinguished Service Award from the Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association|
|•||2005 recognition for leadership on the Growing Greener Program from the Pennsylvania Environmental Council|
|•||2004 Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy’s Land Use Award|
|•||2004 Legislative Leadership Award from the Greater Valley Forge Transportation Management Association|
|•||2004 Recognition by the Pennsylvania Association of Conservation Districts|
|•||2004 Distinguished Service Award from the North Penn Chamber of Commerce|
|•||2004 President’s Award from the Partnership Transportation Management Association of Montgomery County|
|•||2003 Conservation award from the Heritage Conservancy|
|•||2003 Recognition by Pennsylvania Land Trust Association|
|•||2002 Certificate of Appreciation from the Montgomery/Bucks Motor Carrier Enforcement Team|
|•||2002 Government Service Award from the Northern Montgomery County Recycling Commission|
|•||2001 Governor’s Individual Award for Excellence in Local Government|
|•||2000 Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce Athena Award|
Kate’s state and community involvement also includes service on the Pennsylvania and Delaware Regional Water Committees; the Pennsylvania Environmental Hearing Board Rules Committee; and the Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network’s Board of Directors, a program which provides free legal services to low-income Pennsylvanians across the Commonwealth. She also chaired the Montgomery County Lands Trust, a non-profit conservancy. Kate previously served as chairman of the Lower Gwynedd Township Board of Supervisors and the Montgomery County Open Space Planning Board, and as vice chairman of the Montgomery County Planning Commission. She also served on the Montgomery Bar Association Board of Directors and chaired the bar association’s Long-Range Planning Committee.
A graduate of Gwynedd Mercy Academy, Kate obtained her undergraduate degree from LaSalle University and went on to earn her law degree from Villanova University. A practicing lawyer for more than 30 years, she is a partner with the Fort Washington-based firm Timoney Knox LLP and represents individuals, families, entrepreneurs, and municipal agencies. Kate also has the distinction of being one of the few Montgomery County lawyers to have argued a case before the U.S. Supreme Court. Kate and her husband, Paul J. Kelly, CPA, still reside in Lower Gwynedd Township and have two sons, Paul and Tom.
She was elected in 2000 to represent the people of the 61st Legislative District, which includes North Wales Borough, all of Towamencin and Upper Gwynedd townships, and portions of Lower Gwynedd and Whitpain townships.
Chris Mundiath is a life-long resident of Plymouth Meeting, who attended Epiphany of our Lord before attending the Colonial School District. The son of a Navy Veteran and Engineer, hard work and service for others are important values. Since and early age, Chris has been involved in helping others. From being a Boy Scout in troop 117 to spending three summers volunteering in Philadelphia’s inner city communities, Chris cares for all citizens.
He is running not to be a career politician, but to serve his community and bring new leadership to Harrisburg. He will fight for a more transparent and accountable government that works on behalf of all people.
Justin Simmons is truly “our Representative” – someone who has made serving others the hallmark of his professional career and his achievements in Harrisburg.
First elected to the House of Representatives on a platform of leading by example on reform and bringing fiscal sanity back to Harrisburg, Justin has done just that by refusing the taxpayer-paid pension and per diems, as well as passing responsible budgets that focus on priorities while holding the line on taxes.
Justin has also proven to be an effective legislator and advocate for our community. In his first term alone he had three pieces of legislation passed into law, including one that requires Home Rule Charter counties like Lehigh to ask the voters to spend money on publically financed projects like sports stadiums. Since then, he has advanced other pieces of legislation, including efforts to help disadvantaged youth, making it harder for school districts to raise property taxes, and more.
Justin also has deep roots in our community. He is a graduate of Southern Lehigh High School and earned his Bachelor’s Degree from St. Joseph’s University. A resident of Upper Saucon Township for nearly two decades, Justin and his wife, Erica, are the proud parents of a newborn baby girl named Reagan, and have two dogs – Bailey and Toby.
A 19-year resident of the 146th District, Tom Quigley previously served in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives from 2005-2012. He was re-elected to office on Nov. 4, 2014. Tom is dedicated to meeting the needs of the residents of the 146th District.
Prior to his election to the House, Tom graduated from Roman Catholic High School in Philadelphia and Philadelphia University with a bachelor’s degree in management in 1986. He earned a MBA in 1993 before working for The Vanguard Group Inc. for 17 years. His previous public service includes serving on the Borough Council and serving as mayor of Royersford Borough.
While he is in office, Tom looks forward to working toward resolution on key issues including school property tax elimination, policies to boost job creation and pension reform.
In the 2017-18 legislative session, Tom will serve on the House Consumer Affairs, Education, Finance and Human Services committees.
The 146th District includes the townships of Lower Pottsgrove, Limerick and Perkiomen and the boroughs of Pottstown (Wards 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7-2), Royersford and Trappe.
Marcy Toepel was elected to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in a special election
on May 18, 2010. She was re-elected to a full two year term in November of that year and again in 2012, 2014, and 2016. Marcy was appointed to serve as the Deputy Policy Chair for the House Policy Committee and re-appointed as Deputy Whip. In 2016, Marcy was elected to house leadership as Majority Caucus Chair. Marcy is the Chair of Rare Disease Caucus.
Prior to her election to the state house, Marcy worked in a number of capacities in private industry before joining the staff of the Montgomery County Clerk of Courts in 1996. Eventually, Marcy was promoted to First Deputy, responsible for the day-to-day administration of the office charged with managing and processing filings related to criminal court proceedings.
In 2006, Marcy was recognized as the Montgomery County Court House Employee of the Year for her dedication and commitment to her professional responsibilities. In 2008, Marcy was hired as First Deputy to the Montgomery County Recorder of Deeds.
A graduate of Boyertown Area High School, Marcy’s commitment to her community extends far beyond her legislative responsibilities. Marcy has served her community as a PTA member and president, youth sports coach and official and as a member of the Boyertown Area School Board.
Marcy and her husband Mark reside in Douglass Township and are the parents of five children and twelve grandchildren.
Nick is a lifelong resident of Skippack Township and is a graduate of Perkiomen Valley High School. He graduated Temple University, where he studied education and history. He currently attends Eastern University to obtain his Masters in Special Education. In 2007, Nick began his teaching career at the Goddard School in Skippack. He is currently the Junior Kindergarten Teacher, a position he has held for eight years.
Nick is also a member of the Skippack Township Board of Supervisors. He has served as a Supervisor since October 2013 when he was appointed to fill a vacancy. In 2015, Nick ran for reelection to finish the term and in 2017 he ran for his own six year term. As a supervisor, Nick has overseen an increase in the township’s S&P credit rating to an AA+, the highest level obtained by municipalities. He has worked to hold the line on taxes and maintain the high quality of life Skippack is known for.
Prior to serving as a Skippack Township Supervisor, Nick served as the youngest president of the Skippack Historical Society. During that time, he worked to bring the society back from the brink of bankruptcy and collaborated with the township to preserve and protect a mid-1800’s farmstead on 26 acres.
Nick and his wife Nancy were married in October 2015. They have a 10 year old, Matthew, and a one year old, Luke.
Todd Stephens is a lifelong resident of Horsham Township where he lives with his wife Nicole and their two sons, Will and Ben. He is a graduate of Hatboro-Horsham High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in Government from Shippensburg University. Then, while working full-time in the Montgomery County Prothontotary’s Office, Todd worked two part-time jobs while attending law school in the evenings at the Widener University School of Law.
After graduating law school, Todd served as an Assistant District Attorney in the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office where he would serve as the Captain of the Sex Crimes Unit, C.L.E.A.N. Team, Firearms and Major Crimes Units. Todd also was appointed as a Special Assistant United States Attorney in the Philadelphia U.S. Attorney’s Office where he was assigned to the Firearms Unit and focused on prosecuting Montgomery County’s most violent gun offenders in federal court. In almost 10 years as a prosecutor Todd achieved a 99 percent conviction rate handling over 1500 cases including 18 homicides.
Outside the courtroom, Todd served on the Horsham Planning Commission when Horsham was named the “15th Best Place to Live in America” by CNN/Money Magazine. He also served on the Reuse Subcommittee of the Horsham Land Reuse Authority for the Willow Grove Naval Air Station, and led the fight to ensure Willow Grove will never become a civilian or commercial airport.
Elected to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in 2010, Todd is currently serving his third term and serves on the Judiciary, Insurance, Consumer Affairs and Children and Youth Committees. He also Chairs the Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Courts and has been tasked with leading the impeachment investigation of Attorney General Kathleen Kane.
Since he was first elected, Todd has established himself as an effective, independent voice in Harrisburg working with members of both parties on critical issues affecting the Commonwealth and our community.
Tom, the fourth of five sons, was born and raised in Hatboro. His father worked as a union plumber and his mother cleaned homes and worked in a bindery to support their family. Tom graduated from St. John Bosco School and Archbishop Wood High School. He is a graduate of Penn State University, with a B.S. in Economics, and a M.A. in Education from La Salle University. On May 10, 2018, he graduated from Temple University with a doctorate in Education (Ed.D.).
Tom works full-time as a State Legislator. He lives in Upper Moreland Township with his wife of 28 years, Maria Formanek Murt, Ph.D., R.N., an Assistant Professor of Nursing at Temple University. Tom and Maria have three children, Katherine, a 2014 graduate of Penn State University’s Schreyer Honors College; Daniel, a 2017 graduate and Schreyer Scholar at Penn State University’s College of Engineering; and Patrick, a sophomore in college. Tom volunteers his time to the Upper Moreland Soccer Club, and to the religious education program at St. David Parish in Willow Grove. Tom also volunteers on the Board of Directors of the Upper Moreland Education Foundation.
Tom Murt made many notable contributions to his country and his community over the past two decades. During the ten years he served as a Commissioner and four years as a School Director in Upper Moreland Township, he was also an Army Reservist, stationed at the Willow Grove Joint Reserve Base. Tom was called to active duty in the earliest weeks of Operation: Iraqi Freedom, and deployed to Iraq in April of 2003. For 14 months, he served the 4th Infantry Division in Tikrit, interrupting his public service temporarily while in the service of his country. Tom entered the Retired Reserve with the rank of Staff Sergeant.
In any office he held, Tom Murt put public service ahead of politics and placed the needs of the people as his top priority. He earned a reputation for his dedicated service to his constituents. As Commissioner in Ward 3 of Upper Moreland Township, he founded the Upper Moreland Historical Association, and spearheaded the Historical Trail Project. He initiated the action to save the Boileau Farmstead on Byberry and Orangemans Road, recognizing it as the last remaining colonial-era farmstead in Upper Moreland Township. He founded Brooks Street Park in Willow Grove, and created Ward 3 Kids Day. He also initiated the Holiday Helping Hands and Santa Claus Programs, while arranging for care packages and foodstuffs to be donated to families in the community who were struggling, or who were suffering as a result of unemployment. He also organized the Tropical Storm Allison Clean-Up Volunteers, who pooled their talents to come to the aid of Upper Moreland residents whose homes were ruined by flooding.
Doug grew up in Abington and Cheltenham, and his parents and grandparents are from Glenside and Willow Grove. Doug is not a career politician, but works at SPS Technologies, right in Jenkintown. He is prepared to achieve growth and expand progress for our community as State Representative!
Doug’s wife, Amy, is an elementary school special education teacher in neighboring Bucks County. His son, Douglas, is currently in third grade, and is proud to attend Abington school district. His daughter, Josephine, is one tenacious toddler, with the fighting spirit of her Daddy!
The beaver is an animal that is industrious, and hard-working. So it is fitting that it is also Doug’s last name. Doug is an achiever, having successfully worked for the same aspirations shared by many in our community. His success in business, and family, have pushed him to want to give back as a public servant to our area, and to Pennsylvania.
Warren was born and raised in Tredyffrin Township, not far from Devon Elementary and T/E Junior High, schools he would attend before going to the Phillips Exeter Academy for high school. He learned early from his parents the values of education, hard work and helping others. Warren’s mother, Ann, is well-known as a 40-year volunteer with the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair, including serving on the Board. During high school and college, Warren worked at local establishments like Binni & Flynn’s Restaurant and the Waynesborough Golf Club on the grounds crew. A graduate of Yale University, Warren also studied in the Far East and, during college, was a volunteer teacher in English to students in both Taipei and Hong Kong.
After returning from the Far East, Warren attended Emory University School of Law. Upon graduation, he came home to Pennsylvania and began a career that has always involved serving the public.
Warren worked at keeping our families safe from crime first as a Deputy Prosecutor in York County and then as an Assistant District Attorney in Philadelphia. After his work in the Philadelphia District Attorney’s office, Warren returned to Chester County – where he joined White and Williams, LLP.
After moving back to Tredyffrin Township, Warren continued his public service – this time by volunteering as a member of the Township Zoning Board. After serving for two years in that post, Warren was encouraged to run for Supervisor by his neighbors and was elected in November 2003 and re-elected in 2007.
As a member of the Board of Supervisors, Warren built a proven record of bringing strong fiscal discipline to government while still providing residents with the services they need. During his tenure, township debt was reduced and tax increases were held to the lowest among area municipalities. While Chairman of the Board in 2009, Warren passed a no tax increase budget by actually shrinking the size of government.
Since joining the state House, Warren has quickly become known as an independent and effective legislator, well-versed in policy and unwilling to submit to partisan political pressures.
Warren has made education a top priority in the legislature, and has delivered record funding for K-12 education every year he has been in Harrisburg. He helped lead the fight for historic public pension reform that will help save taxpayers billions of dollars in the long-term, as well as help local schools deal with ever-rising pension costs. He is also active in the effort to continue building southeast Pennsylvania as a leader in the bio-technology, life sciences, and technology industries. Thanks to his work to promote and grow the life sciences industry, which provides jobs to thousands of local residents, Warren was named State Official of the Year by Pennsylvania Bio in 2014.
Warren is the proud father of two children who attend Tredyffrin-Easttown public schools.
Baltazar Rubio is currently serving as a trial attorney for the Delaware County Office of the Public Defender. He has spent over a decade representing indigent individuals in Delaware County. Mr. Rubio also has a private practice office in Upper Darby, PA where he practices Family Law, Landlord Tenant Law and fights for small businesses in Contractor Sub-Contractor claim suits. Baltazar has spent his legal career fighting for the rights of his clients.
Prior to attending Widener Law School, Mr. Rubio earned a living as a general contractor. Baltazar owned a small building company and worked in and around the Tri-State area remodeling residential homes and doing sub-contracting work for subdivision developers. These experiences are invaluable to informing Mr. Rubio’s views of small business development and taxation.
Baltazar served a term on the School Board in the Chester Upland School District, and was an Assistant City Solicitor in the City of Chester. He was a part of the board who took local control from the State run appointees and fought Governor Corbett to keep local control of the budget for the benefit of the District. He performed these duties until 2012 when he was involved in motorcycle accident that took his left leg, and very nearly took his life. A distracted driver struck him head on while he was operating his Harley Davidson. He returned to work 5 months after the accident with a new view on life and perseverance.
Before the accident Mr. Rubio was a mountain climber, summiting Mount Rainier in 2010 and a rock climber. He was pursuing his skydiving license and enjoyed white water rafting and sport cycling. After the accident he had to relearn how to walk, then run, then ride. As a part of rehabilitation he took up long distance cycling for charities. This season he will take part in the American Cancer Society Bike-A-Thon, the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation’s MS 150, the Tour De Shore ride to benefit fallen police officers children, and the 5 Borough’s Tour through New York City. Baltazar views charity riding as a way to give back and get healthy at the same time. Click here for an article about how Baltazar is pursuing his passion for cycling today, “Making Molehills of Mountains…and Pedaling Toward Everest.”
Determined to not take any moment for granted, Baltazar moved with his wife Licette to Havertown to begin their family. Mr. Rubio believes in the value of a Haverford Public School Education and wanted to raise his children in a suburban lifestyle, with family values and community involvement. To this end he chose to re-enter public life and run for office.
Mr. Rubio’s career as a Public Defender has shaped the way he sees the Criminal Justice System. Mr. Rubio believes that we need to provide options other than incarceration for those who suffer from addiction. It may not be a choice to use opioids but a terrible addiction, which not only harms the user but the Commonwealth through expensive incarceration and prosecution. We need to re-evaluate our thinking on how we treat those with addiction and the money we save on prisons can be directed towards treatment and reintegration.
Mr. Rubio’s experience as a small business owner informs how he intends to legislate for small business owners. Many of the 166th residents are small business people who need tax relief and business development assistance and legislation. We can target tax and legislative relief towards individuals and small companies that need it the most because Pennsylvania will be stronger if our small businesses are stronger.
Baltazar Rubio’s views of family extend to the seniors who he believes need assistance through property tax relief. It is important to help seniors maintain their dignity and independence as long as they wish to and expanding Pennsylvania’s property tax rebate program will help seniors afford their medications, mortgage, and independent lifestyle.
“I want to go to Harrisburg to help my community improve and thrive.”
Mr. Rubio believes that we need a legislator who will fight for us the way he fights for his client’s interests. Baltazar believes we need strong leadership and representation in the capital and with his experience as a litigator and negotiator he knows he will be able to find support on both sides of the aisles to benefit the 166th Legislative District.
Please note, there are no municipal or county races in this Midterm General Election.