Editor's Note: Democrat Larry DeMarco is running against Republican incumbent Joe Hackett in the General Assembly 161st District race. The 161st District includes Marple and Newtown townships as well as municipalities of Aston, Brookhaven, Upper Providence, Nether Providence, Radnor, Ridley, Rutledge, Springfield and Swarthmore. This letter was submitted to Media Patch on DeMarco's behalf.
I am running for State Representative to make a difference in people’s lives. In my career and my life, I have always been committed to helping others and giving back to the community. I want to make the the 161st District, and Pennsylvania, a better place to live, work and play.
I was raised in South Philly, and graduated from St. Joe’s Prep, Dickinson College, Villanova Law and Temple. I now live in Wallingford, where I am an attorney who runs my own small firm standing up for individuals against big insurance companies and representing victims of crime. I'm also a board member with the Cohmar Organization, which helps patients with psychological and substance abuse issues. I work hard to make our community a better place to live.
Like you, I am frustrated that the majority in Harrisburg, including my opponent, does not listen to their constituents, but instead, caters to corporate needs and special interests.
Like you, I want strong public schools and affordable access to college to prepare our children for successful lives. I specifically decided to run because I wanted to restore public education funding. Like most parents in our community, I was concerned about the quality of my 9 year old son’s education. I feared that $1 billion in budget cuts, which my opponent supported, would threaten his education and his future.
Like you, I want a clean, safe and healthy environment for our families, roads, bridges and infrastructure that attract new businesses and industries, a responsible approach to the Marcellus gas industry, and well-paying, sustainable jobs for Pennsylvanians.
As our State Representative, I will stand up for us, and against the powerful interests that dominate Harrisburg. Enough is enough. We can, and must do better. I will go to Harrisburg to fight for us, because I am one of us. On Tuesday, Nov. 6, I need your vote so we can work together to make our community a better place to live.