Mark Painter for State Representative

Who am I?

I grew up in the 146th district. My mother is the daughter of a coal miner. My father was a factory worker and a member of United Steelworkers local 2326. I was fortunate enough to win scholarships to attend the University of Pennsylvania, where I earned degrees in engineering and law. There I met and married my wife, Coleen, who is a United Methodist minister. We raised two foster sons, from Vietnam and Cambodia, and two biological sons, both of whom have autism. Since 1998, I have served four terms as the elected Tax Collector for Limerick Township, in the 146th district.

Why am I running?

I decided to run for this office because the 146th district has been trending Democratic for the past 15 years, and now has a Democratic plurality, yet it is represented by one of the most conservative Republicans in the House, whose views and votes are out of step with the values of the people in our district.

My Goals

My top two goals would be 1) to reverse the trend of cuts in state aid to public and higher education, to fight to fund our public schools and public universities fairly and adequately, relieving the increasing burden of local property taxes and 2) to oppose the war on women, to fight against the forced ultrasound bill and the ongoing efforts to defund women's health services and roll back contraception rights.

My DFA Values

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My Campaign is People Powered!

1) My campaign is based on personal voter contact. My volunteers and I knock on doors and interact one-on-one with our voters, and this will be the foundation of our campaign through November. 2) Most of our campaign contributions are small-dollar donations from ordinary people who share our campaign values, and most of the work of the campaign is done my our roster of nearly 50 volunteers who share our dedication and commitment.

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