Friends of Robin Gilchrist
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For Immediate Release
Registered Nurse battles career Incumbent for Pennsylvania Senate
Cheltenham, PA - April 21, 2014: Robin Gilchrist, a Registered Nurse, is leading a grassroots campaign for the Pennsylvania Senate against career incumbent LeAnna Washington. Washington is currently challenged by two other Democrat Candidates this primary election; none of the three is endorsed by the Democratic Party.
Gilchrist, who has the full endorsement of the Republican Party, stated, “My message has been well received by both Democrat and Independent voters alike.” Most notable endorsements are City Councilman David Oh and former Congressman John D. Fox; along with numerous Commissioners, Ward Leaders and Committeepeople in the 4th PA Senatorial District. Mr. Gilchrist’s stated that his reason for running for office is “Like many, I’ve grown frustrated with the increasing corruption in our government. We have all been waiting for the leadership that our state urgently needs and I would like the voters to know that I will fight those benefiting from the status quo.”
Now unopposed in the Republican Primary, Gilchrist identifies his biggest challenge is getting his message out. He stated, “There are over 650,000 souls in my district and I will represent them all. As a Nurse for over 20 years, my strength is my ability to communicate in a way that has traversed the various socio-economic and cultural backgrounds that represent the diversity of my district. I have also found, that regardless of who we are, we all want the same things in life; gainful employment, a home for our families, and a quality education for our children.” Gilchrist also feels that his legislative priorities of education, tax, and economic reform are the main issues to be addressed. “We can't grow the economy without controlling taxes and providing an educated workforce in order to attract good paying jobs to Pennsylvania. Our 257 Philadelphia public schools are only graduating at 53%. That is unacceptable. “
Gilchrist does not believe that it is fair to subject one more child to being cheated out of a quality education. He feels “allowing parents to choose the best educational option for their children is the only real chance many kids have to escape poverty. Currently, most students aren’t prepared for higher education and are only qualified for low paying jobs. The result of this is that many will be exposed to higher rates of crime, drug use, and violence; which is not only a horrid outcome for a child, but it also places the burden back on taxpayers in the end." He affirms, “Win or lose, one term or two, I will have the hard conversations, and fight the tough fights for Pennsylvania's citizens."
Mr. Gilchrist also stated," Opponents of school choice blame recent federal funding cuts for decades of failure but the true problem is a spending one. Many who have a financial interest in Philadelphia public schools have been cashing in big, with only a fraction of tax dollars actually reaching the children. We need to make sure more dollars reach the classrooms rather than the prisons. Our complacency as voters has delivered us to this point, and we must change the way we fund our schools; by making everyone partners in our children’s education. In so doing, we can secure our Commonwealth’s economic future. I firmly believe that if everyone has to put some skin in the game, once that happens, we will have better focus to address the real problems. Our goal of improving education is not attained by un-controlled spending and zero accountability, but by being the proper stewards our children need us to be.” Find out more at: www.GilchristforPASenate.com
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