Who am I?

To introduce myself, I was born and raised in the small town of Renovo, Pennsylvania, located in Clinton County. I have been married 32 years to my wife, Ann Tarantella. Throughout those years we've have had three children and now five grandchildren. I had spent 22 years in the U.S. Army. During my tenure I was a member of the Rapid Deployment Force, a Paratrooper, and a Lite Fighter. I was deployed around the world and was awarded several Campaign ribbons, a Bronze Star, 5 Meritorious Service Medals, 4 Army Commendation Medals, 13 Army Achievement Medals, and was honorably discharged in 2002. After the military I worked for the PA Department of Transportation and then the PA Bureau of Forestry. I now work for Norfolk Southern Corporation as an electric welders helper.

Why am I running?

I am running because I feel I will give the people another choice. It all started when the government was shut down and I had seen on television that the Veterans were being stopped at the gates to the War Memorials. Militarily – our soldiers need better taken care of when at war and when home, they need medical care and should not have to try and survive on food stamps after fighting for our country.

I stand for equal opportunity for all citizens. There should be freedom from government interference in our private lives and personal decisions. The people of the United States should feel security in their homes and safety in their streets.
I believe that a strong United States is needed – morally, diplomatically, and militarily. There needs to be more talking on our end and less fighting, at lease without more information.

The problems we are facing right now have been long in the making. We must be a country of inclusion and respect different perspectives and beliefs. Even though we may disagree, we must work together to keep our great nation moving forward. I believe we need a government of the people that will stand up for the hopes, values, and interests of all working people, and give everyone a chance to live the American dream.

My Goals

I am running for Federal Office because I feel the problems we are facing right now have been long in the making. We must be a country of inclusion and respect different perspectives and beliefs. Even though we may disagree, we must work together to keep our great nation moving forward. I believe we need a government of the people that will stand up for the hopes, values, and interests of all working people, and give everyone a chance to live the American dream.

My DFA Values

I believe that the right to organize and collectively bargain is a fundamental American value. I believe every American should have a voice on the job and a chance to negotiate a living wage for a fair day's work. I will fight for the right of all workers to organize and join a union. Labor built the greatest middle class the world has ever seen. Unions won for the worker: a 40-hour work week; paid leave; pensions; respectable minimum wage; and affordable health insurance. I will fight for labor laws that provide a fair process for workers to choose union representation, which will facilitate the collective bargaining process, and strengthen recourse for violations of the law. I will support the collective bargaining rights for police officers, nurses, firefighters, emergency medical personnel, teachers, and other public service workers – these are jobs that are a proven path to the middle class for millions of Americans. I will continue to oppose the “Right to Work” and “paycheck protection” efforts, and the so-called “Save our Secret Ballot” measures whenever they are proposed.

We as Americans must fight to find a solution to protect our seniors and Social Security for all future generations. I stand with the Democratic Party to reject the approach that insists that cutting benefits is the only answer to save Social Security and Medicare. I will fight for legislation that will also make it easier for Americans to save for their own retirement and prepare for unforeseen expenses by participating in retirement accounts at work.

I will fight for our wounded warriors, mentally ill, and the well-being of our military families and veterans. I will work to give our veterans the health care, benefits, education, and the job opportunities they deserve.

By education we will ensure a path to the middle class, giving all of our students the opportunity to fulfill their dreams that will contribute to our economy and democracy. Public education is one of our critical Democratic institutions that we have.
To make college affordable for students of all backgrounds and confront the loan burden on our students’ shoulders, we must give them the same rate we give our largest financial institutions in our country.

My Campaign is People Powered!

I've been around the counties of the 5th District of Pennsylvania and meet with many people. I have been Endorsed by Rep. Mike Hanna the Pennsylvania House Democratic Whip who represents the 76th Legislative District in Clinton & Centre counties. I've gotten support from the BMWE and Railroad Signalmen. I feel I can get our country back on track and lead from the front once again. I believe we can continue to make our country stronger by working together toward a common goal to unite our people as one nation.

Voice support

Supporters:

  • KEN DWYER
  • Laura Sypien


About the Endorsement Process

The driving force behind all DFA endorsements is our members. We recognize that all politics is local and that what is considered progressive in Los Angeles may be very different from what's considered progressive in Louisville. For this reason, DFA does not have a litmus test of specific progressive positions for which a candidate must stand. Our endorsement is heavily weighted based on these questions:

• Will the candidate move the progressive movement forward in their community?
• Does the candidate have substantial support from our local members?
• Do the candidate's positions and policies fit into the broader progressive movement?
• Is the campaign people-powered and the candidate working to win?

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