Who am I?
I am Jason White, candidate for State Representative in the 5th district. I have three beautiful, healthy children and one precious grandchild. I grew up in Platea and graduated from Northwestern High school. I lived in Girard for several years before moving to Albion with my family. My wife, Michele, also graduated from Northwestern. Because of my experiences, I believe I have much in common with the residents of the district. I work hard, care about my family, take pride in my community, and volunteer.
When I was 36 I had the opportunity to take part in a job retraining program, administered by Careerlink, which was supported by Governor Rendell and the Democratic Legislature. This allowed me, and many others, to retrain for jobs that were available in the area. This experience convinced me that opportunities like this should not be abandoned for short term expediancy. Agencies like Careerlink benefit many Pennsylvanians and are examples of ways in which the government can be constructive and helpful in boosting the economy.
Why am I running?
For the nearly 20 years, I have worked in healthcare, providing services to senior citizens and disabled children. I care deeply about my patients, and I am concerned about the potential damage which irresponsible budgets cuts can have on them; in particular, I worry about the budget cuts which are being proposed by our current governor and Republican-led legislature.
I decided to run for the office of State Representative when I realized that not all Pennsylvanians are having their voices heard in the legislature. Over the last two years, Ive looked at Harrisburg and I havent seen a government that serves my friends, neighbors, and family. If elected, I will fight to ensure that the state government keeps your best interests in mind at all times, not just when it is convenient.
It's time to put people over politics.
In my first year in the General Assembly, I will push the body to restore education funding to at least the funding levels that existed before the current Governor took office. Only through education can we truely hope to compete with the rest of the world in the new global economy.
My second priority is to close tax loopholes that severely reduce the Commonwealth's revenue. It is estimated that Pennsylvania looses nearly $500 million per year while these loopholes remain. By closing the budget gap, we can then reduce the burden on individuals and small businesses.
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My Campaign is People Powered!
My campaign staff consists entirely of unpaid volunteers. Not one person receives compensation of any kind. We are taking the message to the people of Northwestern Pennsylvania. When the campaign is over, I will have personally contacted over 11,000 voters in the district. I won't be able to meet every person before election day, but I will be sure to reach out to the rest before I go to Harrisburgh.
My staff and I are making the campaign accessable to anyone who wants to be informed or get involved. Through Facebook and our website we hope to make it the most accessable campaign the district has ever seen. It is easy to volunteer or donate to the campaign by using one of these to contact us.
Donations are accepted through Paypal. One goal of the campaign is to get contributions from 1,000 different donors. Paypal offers the flexibility to donate as little as $1.00 and as much as $500. This will allow individuals who want to contribute to choose the amount that best fits their budget, while empowering them with a voice in the campaign.