Philadelphia Republican Party
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Joe DeFelice, Executive Director
Phone: 215-756-4158 (mobile)
Mike Tomlinson Announces Run for the State House
Asks Voters to “Cross the Street” for a New Direction
Philadelphia, PA, April 20, 2014: Tuesday, April 15, Lifetime Holmesburg resident Mike Tomlinson announced his candidacy for the State House seat being vacated, after this year, by incumbent Mike McGeehan to a large group assembled at the Holmesburg Rec Center. Tomlinson, a father of four daughters and a licensed CPA, believes he brings a fresh neighborhood oriented vision for the District which stretches from Wissinoming through the Far Northeast. Tomlinson believes that too many of the citizens of Philadelphia are conditioned to vote Straight Democrat without listening to the voice of better candidates. "This has caused an institution of elected officials who serve special interests and not the needs of the people", Tomlinson says. His platform focuses on four critical issues: schools and education, the economy, wasteful government, & the drug epidemic. Mike points out "The Philadelphia Public School System has completely failed our children and their parents. Charter schools far outperform the Public Schools and half of the worst performing schools in the Commonwealth are in our City". Tomlinson strongly advocates more charter schools and a voucher program allowing parents to choose the school for their child.
Mike sees the devastating course of our local economy, unsustainable debt & under-funded pension plans and record unemployment as an issue ignored and caused by those elected to serve us. During his previous campaign, Mike met with 56 businesses. Mike learned "it is clear that our elected officials act for the benefit of themselves and their special interests but to the detriment of the greater needs of our local economy". Further, Mike informs "I will propose legislation requiring the state and county governments to fund pension plans each year and stop pushing this, and other debt, onto our children".
Tomlinson points out that we have a steadily increasing taxpayer burden due to unprecedented government waste, fraud, abuse and patronage. "I have a broad and detailed reform plan and proposed legislation requiring our elected officials to deal with this problem...which will reduce our taxes and give the money back to The People who need it". Finally, a critical issue is that our community is plagued by a major drug epidemic which is being ignored by our elected officials. Mike asserts "I have seen this scourge from all sides and have taken an active interest to understand the issue at all levels. Our community has multiple methadone clinics popping-up which do not work but will affect the safety of our streets and increase crime". He also adds “A new and revolutionary approach is necessary but our elected officials give fancy speeches opposing the clinics as they open months later. We need better from our elected officials who say they are fighting for us."
Those in attendance at Mike’s announcement were fellow candidates Matt Wolfe for City Council, Megan Rath for US Congress and John Jenkins for State Senate amongst several civic and party leaders. Also prominent at the Town Hall meeting were Hakeem & Brandon Riggins who each thanked Mike for what he has done for them; Keesha Gore, their mother, talked about Mike being a positive mentor to her children and that she would only vote Democrat until she met Mike. Keesha vowed to "spread the word to Cross the Street and vote for Mike". Mike also thanked Jason Fay, campaign staff and Donna Diederich, dedicated campaign manager who designed and maintains the campaign website. Donna states "I believe in Mike".
Mike is an active and certified member of the Tacony/Holmesburg Town Watch, a member of the Holmesburg Civic Association, a member of the Friends of the Holmesburg Library and a Sunday school teacher at Calvary Chapel. Mike was a member of the Northeast Peanut League Board of Directors. He previously served as a coach and board member at the Holmesburg Boys Club and at the Philadelphia Spirit Girls Fast Pitch Softball team. He coached at the Philadelphia Soccer Club and with the St. Bernard CYO. Mike was previously a lector at St. Bernard Church. Mike was a founding member and volunteer fundraiser of the local chapter of the Foundation Fighting Blindness. He is a graduate of Father Judge High School where he was on the Crew Team, and he is a graduate of Temple University Fox School of Business. He has worked professionally both as a High School Math and Accounting teacher at Overbrook High School and as a Certified Public Accountant. Mike has National and International Corporate business experience as well as with small business as a tax consultant. For more information about Mike, his views and his solutions visit his campaign website at www.CrosstheStreet.us and on Facebook at Mike Tomlinson for State Rep.