3 candidates seek 133rd Legislative District seat
The Democratic incumbent serving the 133rd Legislative District will have two challengers in the general election Nov. 8.
Daniel McNeill will face opposition from David Molony, Republican, and Alexander Humanick, Libertarian.
The 133rd Legislative District includes, in Lehigh County, Bethlehem, Catasauqua, Coplay, Fountain Hill, Hanover Township, Salisbury Township (wards 1, 2 and 3-division 2) and Whitehall Township (districts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 and 12).
The Press asked the candidates the following question: Why are you the best candidate for this office?
Their responses follow.
Experience. Having served as a Whitehall Township commissioner for six years and executive for two, I went to Harrisburg with the skills necessary to represent the 133rd District. Since taking office in January of 2013, I have supported bills that expand eligibility for Medicaid, expand the breast and cervical cancer early screening program, enhance the Newborn Child Testing Act, protect our residents from discrimination and make it easier to vote. I have also aggressively addressed heroin and opioid addiction by holding several town hall meetings and helping to form the PA HOPE Caucus in the state Legislature.
The seat for the 133rd has developed into such a gerrymandered seat that my opponent plans to win on a single issue — opioid abuse. Suffice to say that I was a NYC-trained opioid rehabilitation practitioner in the 1990s and will be the only health care practitioner in the House if I win. My goal is to communicate two way with my constituents and vote the way they choose, not representing any special interests, union or corporate — or even my party. A representative represents his or her constituents and should make a big effort to communicate and listen to them.
Harrisburg is in trouble. There is a partisan divide that allows very little to be done.
As a Libertarian, I have a unique voice to bridge partisan gaps, as my vote will be available to any bill that is good for the people of Pennsylvania, regardless of what party that bill comes out of. I am socially tolerant and fiscally conservative. Right down the middle, just like most Americans. The people are tired of business as usual. I represent that voice. A vote for me is a vote of confidence in yourself.
Election coverage continues on page A18.