Letter to the Editor: Dean Reminiscent of Shapiro
To the Editor:
I would like to encourage my fellow senior citizens, especially those with grandchildren, to vote for Madeleine Dean in the Special Election on April 24 to fill Josh Shapiro’s State Representative seat. I am a proud Independent, and I am equally proud to have Miss Dean as my Ward 7 Commissioner. Maybe she hasn’t been Commissioner for very long, but I’ve seen her do more in her first hundred days than I’ve seen the entire Board of Commissioners do in a year. Anyone who can tackle the mess at the Colonade Apartments, as Miss Dean has done, can tackle the mess in Harrisburg. In addition, I am very appreciative of how she has kept me informed of important local matters through her clear and timely emails. This communication is reminiscent of the practice of another public servant who has impressed me greatly, Mr. Josh Shapiro.
Having had the pleasure of speaking at length with Madeleine Dean on several occasions, I am very impressed with her understanding of the needs of older residents of our district. One of the most profound areas of common ground is that neither she nor I wants to see me taxed out of my home. Moreover, she made it clear to me that she wants to properly fund education; fully study, firmly regulate, and appropriately tax the gas drilling process known as “fracking;” and foster an economic climate that encourages our young people, particularly those with degrees from colleges and graduate schools, to stay and raise families in Pennsylvania. There is nothing else quite like growing up and living in Pennsylvania, or for that matter in Abington Township, and that’s an opportunity I’d like my grandchildren to have. Miss Dean understands this.
The final reason I am supporting Madeleine Dean to be our State Representative, and encouraging others to do so, is the most straightforward of all: character. When one meets and gets to know Miss Dean, as I have had the pleasure of doing as a Ward 7 resident, one is readily impressed with her intelligence, compassion, and energy. But what’s just as clear is that she is honest and trustworthy. Now, these two terms are certainly not what one generally associates with politicians, but I think we can all agree that they characterized Mr. Shapiro throughout his years of service as our State Representative. Well, they are also the hallmarks of the person that I hope succeeds him in that office, Madeleine Dean.