Wednesday, October 22, 2014

NE Times: Republican candidates visit Normandy Civic

Republican candidates visit Normandy Civic

Re­pub­lic­an can­did­ates Dee Ad­cock and Mike Tom­lin­son earli­er this month asked mem­bers of the Nor­mandy Civic As­so­ci­ation for their sup­port in the up­com­ing gen­er­al elec­tion.
“Every can­did­ate should do what I’ve done,” said Tom­lin­son, who is run­ning against Demo­crat Mike Driscoll for the 173rd Le­gis­lat­ive Dis­trict seat. He’s gone out and met dis­trict res­id­ents. 
“I’ve knocked on al­most 20,000 doors,” he said. What people are telling him, he said dur­ing the as­so­ci­ation’s Oct. 8 meet­ing, is that they are afraid, in des­pair and want to move out of the city. They’re es­pe­cially con­cerned about edu­ca­tion, he ad­ded, and with good reas­on. Eighty of Pennsylvania’s worst schools are in Phil­adelphia, he said, and the qual­ity of the edu­ca­tion is poor. 
The school dis­trict is simply mis­man­aged, he said, and Phil­adelphi­ans who smoke must now pay an ex­tra $2 a pack that goes to the city’s schools. If you smoke, he said, you are the one who has to pay for the school dis­trict’s mis­man­age­ment. We don’t need new taxes, he said, we should man­age what we’ve got.
Ad­cock is run­ning against Demo­crat Brendan Boyle for the 13th Con­gres­sion­al Dis­trict seat. This is his second run at the post. Four years ago, he was de­feated by Allyson Schwartz, who is leav­ing Con­gress after mak­ing a failed bid for the Demo­crat­ic gubernat­ori­al nom­in­a­tion.
If elec­ted, Ad­cock said, he will donate his con­gres­sion­al salary to his dis­trict. 
The can­did­ate, who runs a sub­urb­an pool com­pany, said he is a small busi­ness­man who doesn’t care much for big busi­ness and big banks. He feels the same about people who spend their lives only in gov­ern­ment.

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