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Candidates

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Governor

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Scott Wagner

What could someone who grew up shoveling horse manure possibly do for the state of Pennsylvania?

It’s a question perhaps best answered by the families which have benefited from the thousands of good paying jobs he’s created, or the recipients of the more than one million paychecks he’s issued. Or perhaps it’s a question best answered by the untold numbers of individuals and organizations which have benefited from his great compassion and generosity.

Meet Scott Wagner, once a farm boy, now a successful businessman, State Senator and candidate for Governor of Pennsylvania.

Scott credits his relentless work ethic to growing up on a family farm and to his hard-working parents who insisted on the importance of showing up and being counted on. He credits his business success to this as well — and also to what he describes as “a persistent desire to execute on his ideas.” Even as a school student Scott would anxiously watch the classroom clock waiting on the bell that would release him back to the farm, or to his uncle’s construction business, where he worked to earn money. And while Scott is a staunch advocate of education, for him a year in a college classroom was enough. A restless and fearless Scott Wagner was too anxious to get out 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 his first business enterprise at 19 years old.

40 years later, a straight talking, blue-collar Scott Wagner is owner of several successful enterprises including Penn Waste — one of the largest and most innovative (and cleanest) recycling plants in the nation. It’s one of several successful businesses Scott conceived and built from scratch, starting with vision and ambition and carving it out with unyielding determination. And Scott did whatever it took. He drove the trucks. He was the mechanic, the book keeper and the salesman. He even cleaned the restrooms — and successfully steered his businesses through several tough recessions. Scott says he’s been able to succeed because he’s always been that person who sees what needs to be done, and he does it — another lesson he credits to the family farm.

In 2013, Scott took Harrisburg by storm with his historic Senate campaign. In a word, Scott Wagner is a “doer,” which is why when Scott got fed up with the broken system in Harrisburg, he set out on a mission to infiltrate the legislature and do the work that needed to be done. In 2013, he launched an unprecedented Senate campaign, and made Pennsylvania history when he won the first ever legislative seat as a write-in candidate. And that was just the beginning.

From day one it was clear that Scott would not be joining the ranks of the status quo. It was also clear that Scott’s agenda had little to do with creating more laws and everything to do with changing the culture. And it wasn’t long before people started noticing that Scott Wagner was a man on a mission. When Scott started seeking answers to questions no one else was asking — about government spending, management and accountability — when he refused to accept silence, and when his actions brought the first veto-proof majority in the Senate since 1949, many stood up and took notice. And recognizing that Scott is a fighter and a doer who would fight for them, many insisted that Scott Wagner should run for governor — and they would get their wish. After just a few years as a state senator, Scott understood that the work that needed to be done could not be accomplished by one senator, but it could be accomplished by one governor. in January of 2017, Scott announced his candidacy for governor.

Scott and his wife Tracy live in York, Pennsylvania. Scott is a lifelong resident of York County, Pennsylvania. He is married to his wife Tracy, and together they have four children. An entrepreneur as well, Tracy previously owned and operated a trucking company that specialized in the transport and sales of aggregate materials. Today, she focuses on buying and restoring properties, and like Scott, she engages in every aspect of the business.

United States Senate

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Lou Barletta

Running for the United States Senate is the last thing Lou Barletta ever expected to do.

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.

United States Congress

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Pearl Kim 5th District

I built my career as a special victims prosecutor – securing the first human trafficking conviction in Pennsylvania and working with legislators to update the law and expand protection to victims of trafficking and sex crimes. After serving in Delaware County as an Assistant District Attorney for nearly a decade, I had the privilege of leading the campus safety initiative across our Commonwealth as the Senior Deputy Attorney General of Pennsylvania. In addition to combatting human trafficking, my work has focused on addressing the opioid crisis, mental health, campus sexual assault, and alcohol abuse on college campuses – issues that are all relevant in the current climate.

My parents immigrated to America from South Korea with next to nothing. This country afforded them the opportunity to achieve the American dream. This is what makes me a proud American and a proud Republican. It is the kind of story that is only possible in this great country of ours and it is for that reason I am committed to public service – the opportunities afforded to me and my family should be available to all Americans.

I look forward to getting to know you and as we work together to make those opportunities a reality. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me as we embark on this journey together!

State Senator

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Tom McGarrigle

Senator Tom McGarrigle was elected to represent the 26th District in November 2014.

He is Chairman of the Urban Affairs and Housing Committee. In addition, he serves on the following Senate committees: Banking and Insurance, and Community, Economic and Recreational Development, Local Government, and Rules and Executive Nominations.

McGarrigle has been a resident of Delaware County for more than 40 years and is a successful small business owner and job-creator. Located in Springfield Township, Tom’s automotive business supports jobs and sponsors a range of community activities and events. He is a member of the Delaware County Chamber of Commerce.

Prior to running for the Senate, McGarrigle served on the Delaware County Council, where he played an integral role in projects that helped to create jobs for Delaware County residents. He also served as a Springfield Township Commissioner.

Tom is a dedicated member of the Delaware County community and has donated his time to a number of community and youth organizations. He was actively involved in the Springfield Youth Club and is a member of the Springfield Lions Club and the Greater Springfield Business Association.

Tom is also a founding member of the Run for Heroes, an annual 5K Run in Springfield that raises $25,000 each year for the Delaware County Hero Scholarship Fund. Those funds provide needed support and educational assistance for the children of fallen police officers, firefighters, and EMS personnel.

Tom resides in Springfield Township with wife of more than 30 years, Michele. They have three sons, Thomas Jr., Patrick, and Daniel.

State Representatives

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Jamie Santora 163rd

Growing up on Childs Avenue in Drexel Hill was truly something special. Bud & Elena Santora knew they found the perfect home to raise their four children when they relocated from Hartford, Connecticut in 1969. Two years later their fifth child was born. James "Jamie" Santora has lived in Drexel Hill for over 38 years. He was taught from an early age that education was the most important thing in life. Not only the education you receive in the classroom but what you learn on the street, in your friends' homes or when going to work with one of his parents.

Jamie's parents met while attending the University of Pennsylvania. His mother was an immigrant from Spain whose parents relocated to Philadelphia to escape the Franco regime. Jamie's father grew up in upstate New York and Connecticut and worked for his father from the time he was a teenager, and then he worked for himself after serving in the military and attending college. Jamie's parents instilled in him and his siblings, that if you work hard and believe in yourself and what you are doing, you can achieve anything and overcome any obstacles. Jamie's father ran A & E Construction and was working 10 hours days then came home and prepared the company's books. His Mother started her career as a teacher, and then worked for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia serving the less fortunate in the Philadelphia Area. Jamie was 20 years old when he lost both of his parents, eight month apart. Jamie was dedicated to his education, he worked fulltime during the day, and in the evenings he worked towards his degree. He always kept in mind what his parents had taught him about overcoming obstacles and believing in himself. Jamie's family is his biggest supporters.

Jamie Santora is a graduate of St. Dorothy School, Cardinal O'Hara, and Cabrini College. Jamie is a licensed Real Estate Broker. After 15 year career with O'Neill Properties group in King of Prussia, Jamie became a partner in a local real estate firm, Moore & Ryan Real Estate. Currently, Jamie proudly serves as a Councilman At Large in Upper Darby Township, a position he was honored to be elected to in 2011.

Jamie credits his Mother's commitment to public service as a major reason that he began giving back to his community, and ultimately why he decided to seek public office. Jamie is devoted to our community, our schools, our local economy, our infrastructure, and all of the residents of the 163rd district.

To Jamie, dedication is not just shown by words on a piece of paper but is shown by action. He served on the Board of the Pilgrim Gardens Aronimink Civic Association as president, until he was elected to office in 2011. He is still very actively involved; this Board is involved in zoning issues, safety of the residents, and community pride. He is also on the Executive Board of Time for Teens, a community outreach program focused on Teenagers, headquartered in Upper Darby. Jamie was elected to St. Dorothy's Parish Council in 2012 where he is currently serving a two year term. He is a past president and current member of The Greater Philadelphia Chapter of UNICO, an Italian American charitable organization of business leaders, who give back to their community. In 2012 Jamie was instrumental in the creation of the Faith in the Future Foundation that oversees the Philadelphia Archdiocese High School system. Lastly, Jamie Santora serves as a Councilman for the Upper Darby Township, a community he was born in and has chosen to raise his own family. He works tirelessly serving the residents of Upper Darby, a community he is proud to call home. Three of Jamie's four siblings still live in Drexel Hill, and they are all dedicated to this great neighborhood. Jamie and his wife Amy are the proud parents of three children Ryan a graduate of Monsignor Bonner High School, Tyler a 6th grader at Drexel Hill Middle School, and Kyra a 5th grader at St. Dorothy.

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