With the midterm elections right around the corner, the heated question arises: Who will be our next governor of Pennsylvania? Democratic incumbent Tom Wolf? Or Penn Waste Owner and previous state-level senator Scott Wagner?
With social media going crazy against President Donald Trump and the Republican Party right now, it is so important to be educated about our candidates and be able to distinguish what is true about them and what is not. Now, I'm not here to bash Governor Wolf. He seems like a genuinely nice person, but nice people don't always get their work done. And he is not the focus of this piece.
I am here to tell you why I am voting for Scott Wagner for Governor on November 6th, the best candidate on the ballot.
When I was 17 years old, I had the honor of meeting Scott for the first time. He invited the Teenage Republicans to a Revs game, and I never miss an opportunity to meet one of my state congressmen. When he got there, we all introduced ourselves and he began talking about his role as a politician and as a businessman. I was intrigued. He wasn't charming like most politicians try to be. He was candid and honest and took a real interest in meeting with us, even though some of us weren't even at the age to vote yet. And this is the kind of guy I want to represent PA. I want someone who knows what they are doing and respects the people around him, no matter their characteristics. When I left the game that night, I knew Scott would be doing bigger things than just state level senator, because I left with a feeling of trust in my representative.
Now, I realize that everything I just said deals with Scott as a person, right after I referenced how Governor Wolf is nice but not for me. But that feeling I got that night resonated with me, right into this past year and Scott's campaign. But here's why Scott's is is right for PA outside of who he is:
Part of his policies calls for investing in our public schools, so many which are struggling across the state from low funding and neglect. Scott wants to increase funding by over $1 billion annually without raising taxes for the citizens. And raising taxes is something Governor Wolf is notorious for. Scott cares about the children of PA and making sure they have the education and resources they need to succeed in their futures.
Scott also understands that not everything is about higher education. As a society, we spend so much time emphasizing that you have to go to college, to get a job, to be successful. But that's not true. There are students who are not interested in school or higher education, and there are so many trade jobs and other opportunities in the workforce available that these students could step into rather than being lost while figuring out the rest of their lives. Trade and other technical jobs with good salaries lead to a good future too.
One of my favorite things Scott is running on: Goodbye high and problematic school property taxes! That should be enough to get out and vote. Scott wants to be done with raising taxes, something that has not happened in 45 years. Scott is invested in helping PA's economy grow through various means including growing our job base, expanding energy resources while balancing environmental impact and investing in workforce training. Read more about Scott's Job/Economy plans here.
Discussing everything great Scott Wagner will do for Pennsylvania would take way too much time. Education and the economy are important to me as a young citizen, so that is what I focused on. But you can learn more about him at the Scott Wagner for Governor website.
When I go to the polls on November 6th, I know I am making the right choice for PA. Are you?