Friday, February 27, 2015
Thursday, February 26, 2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FEBRUARY 26, 2015
Martina White Endorsed by Major Philadelphia Labor Unions in Race for 170th
Signals strong labor support because of White's commitment to working families
PARKWOOD – Martina White, the Republican nominee for the special election in Pennsylvania's 170th Legislative District, today received the endorsement of more than a dozen local public and private section labor unions. The special election will be held on Tuesday, March 24th.
Endorsing White's candidacy for the State House are:
FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICE, LODGE 5
IAFF 22 - PHILADELPHIA FIREFIGHTERS
IUPAT DISTRICT COUNCIL 21
AFSCME DISTRICT COUNCIL 33
TEAMSTERS LOCAL 500
GAS WORKERS, LOCAL 686
DRYWALL FITTERS LOCAL 1955
IATSE STAGEHANDS LOCAL 8
GLAZIERS LOCAL 252
SPRINKLER FITTERS, LOCAL 692
UA STEAMFITTERS, LOCAL 420
PLASTERERS LOCAL 8
"Martina has a strong financial background and the professional experience to hit the ground running as a new State Representative and fight for local working families," said Joe Ashdale, Business Manager for District Council 21 when explaining why White received the endorsement of so many unions. "She is a moderate, common sense Republican who we trust to be part of the majority in Harrisburg giving a voice to the issues that matter to our members."
A lifelong resident of the Northeast, White is a professional financial advisor who works with working-class families to help them reach their financial goals – be it saving for a child's education, retirement, or simply paying off their home. Her family has strong ties to the trades, including her grandfather who has operated a union trucking business for decades.
FOP President John McNesby said, "Martina White shares our values and our vision for strong and safe neighborhoods for every resident. That's why the men and women of our police and fire fighters are giving her our support."
As part of her campaign, White has put forth an agenda focused on four main areas: promoting new jobs and economic growth; keeping neighborhoods safe; making schools more strong and effective; and, protecting taxpayers through improved fiscal discipline in Harrisburg.
"Martina White represents one of the best and brightest our city has to offer. She'll stand up for working families and be a vocal advocate for bi-partisan cooperation that puts our families ahead of political gamesmanship," said Joe Schulle of the Philadelphia Firefighters Union.
White – who has already been endorsed by prominent Northeast leaders John Taylor and Brian O'Neill – was grateful for the support offered today.
"Since day one of this campaign, I've said I care only about what's best for the people of the Northeast – not politics, and not partisanship," White stated. "I think these endorsements send a strong signal to the people of the Northeast that I stand with working families, with our seniors, and with our kids. I am humbled and thankful for this support and will work hard everyday to honor the trust you have placed in me."
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Wednesday, February 25, 2015
*City Councilman Brian O’Neill endorsed Martina White in the March 24 special election in the 170th District.
City Councilman Brian O’Neill (R-10th dist.) endorsed fellow Republican Martina White in the March 24 special election in the 170th Legislative District.
“Martina was born and raised in our community and knows the concerns of our families and seniors. She has the experience, ideas and understanding to stand up for the Northeast in Harrisburg,” O’Neill said.
O’Neill, a nine-term councilman, added that, “Having someone in Harrisburg who is 100-percent focused on the issues that affect the Northeast and refuses to play partisan games is vital to the future of our neighborhoods. I am sure Martina is that person.”
A financial adviser, White’s agenda includes public safety, support for schools, creating good jobs and looking out for taxpayers.
“I am honored to have the support of Councilman O’Neill and look forward to working with him to make the Northeast stronger, safer and more affordable,” she said.
White faces Democrat Sarah DelRicci in the special election.
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Monday, February 23, 2015
Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Tax dollars to good use
During my career as a financial adviser I have helped hundreds of hard-working families plan for a better future. I found most of the people I met had similar goals. They want to pay off their debt, have a savings, access to a quality education for their kids and save enough for retirement. Those goals are getting harder and harder to achieve.
I saw so much of the families’ income going toward taxes and tuition costs that I decided I needed to do something more proactive to help people. That’s why I am running for state representative in a special election on March 24. We have too many politicians who are more interested in lining their own pockets than helping the people who are counting on them.
I’m running because I know Harrisburg needs my financial expertise. Too many people there look at our tax money as “revenue” for them to spend on political favors instead of the overtime people are working just to pay the mortgage. I understand the dollars the state has to spend came out of your pocket first and I will hold them accountable on how they spend it. We deserve better, that’s why I’m asking for your vote.
Candidate for State Representative
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Thursday, February 12, 2015
2nd Annual REPUBLICAN CITY COMMITTEE CIGAR EVENT 2015
Tuesday March 31, 2015
United Republican Club
$95 includes cigars, open bar, food, free valet parking, jazz trio.
T.H.E. Catering Company
Cigar Event Menu
Fresh Fruit, Crudité and Cheese Display with Watermelon Carving
Seasonal fruit paired with Vanilla Yogurt Dipping Sauce
Julienned Vegetables with Creamy Ranch Dressing
Cubed Cheddar and Jack Cheese with Crackers and Assorted Mustard
Hors d’ Oeuvres
Coconut Prawns with a Mango Cocktail Sauce
Spanakopita (spinach & feta)
Pigs in a Blanket
Sausage Stuffed Jalapenos
Friday, February 6, 2015
Wednesday, February 4, 2015
Op-ed: Law enforcement officers deserve to be treated with respect
Senator Pat Toomey
Since 1947, the Philadelphia Police Department has partnered with residents, businesses and local community leaders to run the Philadelphia Police Athletic League, or PAL.
The mission of the PAL is a simple one: “Cops Helping Kids.” It is how the PAL helps kids, though, that is the story.
Police officers from across the Philadelphia operate both educational and recreational programs for kids in some of the most dangerous sections of the city in an effort to reduce crime and to promote a sense of self-worth. In many cases, PAL-operated facilities serve as a safe place for young people from across Philadelphia. To date, PAL has worked with more than 15,000 kids.
A few weeks ago, while on his way home to his family after a 12-hour overnight shift, Radnor Police Officer James Gallagher encountered the scene of a terrible multicar crash on I-476. Stopping to help, he first approached the car of a couple and their 1-year-old son. The husband had already passed away, so he turned his attention to the mother and her child. Officer Gallagher quickly cut the car seat free and moved the child to a safe area before returning to help the mother. His life-saving actions didn’t end there, as he assisted arriving emergency personnel by continuing to approach involved cars to assess who needed help.
These are just two recent examples of law enforcement officers serving and protecting our communities. These stories don’t always make the headlines or the evening news. It’s too bad, because these are the police men and women we encounter most every day.
That said, we have seen headlines about protests that criticize law enforcement in light of events in Ferguson, Missouri and Staten Island. These protesters have sometimes made threatening remarks about police officers. And unfortunately, some opportunists are also using these anti-police protests to encourage disruptive acts that damage property and wreak havoc on everyday, law-abiding citizens.
Let me be clear, every American has the right to peacefully protest. And when officers break the law, they should be held accountable. However, those protesters cross a line when they endorse violence – particularly violence toward law enforcement.
Protesters in New York City recently chanted, “What do we want?….Dead cops!” as they marched. This disgusting and ominous chant was shouted just days before two NYPD officers—Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu—were murdered.
More jobs leave Philly
The Nabisco-Kraft factory owned by Mondelez Global is closing May 1, leaving 300 people unemployed including many union workers.
Not only are these jobs being lost but the ancillary jobs such as packaging and transportation, restaurants, and small businesses in the area that serviced this plant will be negatively impacted. An estimated $15 million in lost wages to our local economy is a major concern.
For every problem there is a solution. If leaders felt so strongly, over a year ago, that the company had no intentions of staying in the Northeast then the focus should have shifted to finding new companies to fill the space, keeping our friends and neighbors employed.
We need to reverse the trend of job loss and underemployment in our area and bring back good paying family sustaining jobs.
Helping middle class families is a major reason I’m running for state representative. If I am elected on March 24, I will be making calls to promote job creation and get our families back to work.
Candidate for State Representative - District 170