Who am I?
I have been working in education for more than 15 years, most recently as an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Penn State Shenango. Earlier in my career, I worked in a wide range of industries, from retail to real estate. These varied experiences have given a unique perspective and enable me to see many differing viewpoints on issues.
I grew up in a blue collar family and have spent my career helping students retrain and rebuild their skill sets so they are better equipped to find good paying jobs in a tough economy. My father worked in a meat packing plant until joining the army and deploying to Vietnam. After serving in Vietnam, he returned home to work as a bus driver and a leader in both his union and local VFW. My mother worked as a unionized secretary in Texas. Her grandparents were farmers and house painters. The examples that my parents and grandparents set taught me the same work ethic and family values that make Western Pennsylvania strong.
I am a life-long Democrat and live with my husband, John. My daughter, Kalie Trueper is 26 and resides in Houston, TX.
Why am I running?
As a community leader, neighbor, teacher, and friend, I have seen first-hand the effect of the recession on people in northwestern Pennsylvania. Graduates struggle to locate good paying jobs in their fields. Seniors are left with the choice between paying for their medicines or their living expenses. Our small businesses need economic development support to survive and thrive. The people of the 3rd District of Pennsylvania deserve a representative in Washington, DC, who will keep their real interests at the forefront.
It's time for all of us to work hard for recovery, including education for our children, protection of our seniors' benefits, and the wise use of our natural resources. I will be an independent voice for Western Pennsylvania, standing up against those who would end Medicare as we know it, block middle class tax breaks, and protect tax cuts for Big Oil and billionaires. It's time to fix our broken Congress and get back to work rebuilding our economy.
I am running for Congress because I believe we need an independent, results-driven woman in Washington. I am running because I believe the people of the 3rd District of Pennsylvania deserve more than a man who throws his hands up and says, "government can't work, so let's not try."
My first goal in Washington will be to fight to bring jobs and economic development to the 3rd District of Pennsylvania. The people of northwestern PA need an advocate in Washington who will tout the benefits of opening or expanding businesses in the District, and I will be that voice.
My second goal will be to protect the programs that make our local economies successful, from education initiatives to Social Security and Medicare.
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My Campaign is People Powered!
We are running a truly people-powered campaign. To date, we have recruited over 1,300 volunteers from across the district, with more people coming into our offices across the district every day. We have a tremendous field staff, with boots on the ground, knocking on doors in all seven counties of the District.
And a few weeks ago, our hard work led to our campaign being named the Top Grassroots Campaign in Pennsylvania by the State Party after we were victorious in the Keystone Congressional Challenge. With an e-mail network of over 20,000 unique addresses, one of the largest volunteer lists in the country, and a people-first approach, Missa Eaton for Congress truly is a people-powered, grassroots campaign.