Alex Charlton Accomplishments Via Campaign Lit — We just got a piece of campaign literature from incumbent 165th District Pennsylvania Representative Alex Charlton.
It says he’s a devoted husband and father of three daughters, is a life-long resident of Delaware County and is a graduate of West Chester University and Penncrest High School
It pointed out that he is State Sen. Tom McGarrigle’s former chief of staff, had been president of the Delaware County Chamber of Commerce, was a former board member of the YMCA of Delaware County and once chaired Values into Action, an organization for the physically and mentally challenged.
Those are nice things. Alex is a nice guy. But so what? How is that helping cut the cost of the new Springfield High School by many millions?
Alex’s Republican primary opponent, Regina Scheerer, is a nice person too. She is a wife, mother and grandmother and she has lived in Springfield for 40 years which is much longer than Alex has. Unlike Alex, though, her career did not involve politics. Regina is a retired middle school math teacher. Most will say that trumps being a senator’s chief of staff when it comes to understanding the needs of the people.
Regina gets the cost of wasteful spending and the burden it imposes. She gets and is willing to fight the corrupting influence of special interests. She understands that it is the elected official that is the servant and not the other way around.
She says she will not take the pension offered to Pennsylvania legislators.
What is interesting in Alex’s campaign lit is that he didn’t list any legislation he introduced nor boast about any of his votes.
That’s understandable. Alex strangely voted to maintain the practice of automatic deductions from state workers’ paychecks to pay for politicking. This is a major tool of empowerment for special interests.
Alex also voted against a mild, but significant, anti-vote fraud bill that would have allowed poll watchers to work throughout the state. The law now restricts them to the county in which they are registered. He opposed a bill limiting abortions in Pennsylvania to the first 20 weeks of pregnancy rather than the existing 24. It should be noted that liberal Sweden bans them at 18 weeks while most of the rest of Western Europe bans them at 12 weeks.
The primary election is May 15.
The 165th District has 63, 769 residents as of 2011 and consists of Morton Borough; Springfield Township except for the 2nd precinct of the 3rd Ward; Marple Township except for the 5th Ward; and the 4th and 6th wards of Radnor Township along with 1st Precinct of the 1st Ward, the 1st Precinct of the 3rd Ward and the 2nd Precinct of the 5th Ward.