I'm Emily Best. I am a 34-year-old working mom living in McConnellsburg, in beautiful Fulton County. I was born and raised in Western PA. Six years ago, I moved here to work an organic farm. I now manage a farmers' cooperative, where I sell fruits and vegetables to keep farmers on their land. It's becoming harder and harder to be a farmer in a central PA.
* All bios derived from candidates' websites.
Climate change is happening and we can't keep waiting for the trends to reverse themselves. We must start thinking now about how to ameliorate the affects of severe weather patterns (like this summer's flooding) as well as how to slow down the changes that are already occurring.
Regarding gun laws, what generally do you support from the choices below?
We need common sense reforms that keep guns out of the hands of people who want to cause damage and chaos, including closing loopholes, instituting universal background checks, and ensuring people with violent histories do not have access to weapons.
Regulating and taxing marijuana will provide additional revenue to PA, will save money on law enforcement, and will normalize a behavior that many otherwise law-abiding and productive citizens already partake in, saving them from worries of arrest or trouble. Additionally, as a conservative police officer told me, legalizing marijuana will keep many people away from getting familiarized with the drug trade if it is openly sold and consumed. Of course, children should be kept away from marijuana just as they should be kept away from tobacco products.
Were you (or would you have been) in support of the 2016 legislation regulating opioids in Pennsylvania (Act 122, Act 124, Act 125, Act 126)?
These laws are a great start but we need to do more to 1) prevent the overprescription of opioids and 2) to support those suffering from abuse and addiction to better receive affordable care in their communities.
Regarding Pennsylvania pensions, were you (or would you have been) in favor of the 2017 Senate Bill 1 that introduces a 401K-style component into pension benefits for new hires after 2019?
I agree that we need to address the pension benefit issue but pushing off the solution onto only new hires does not solve the problem and only makes the new hires have a less secure retirement option.
From the choices below, what best represents your view on property taxes?
We must cut property taxes, especially for seniors and folks on a limited income, but we must be responsible and find replacement revenue so that our schools do not suffer from lack of appropriate funding.
From the choices below, what best represents your view on abortion?
I do not believe that the government should be interfering in what is a decision between a woman, her family, her faith, and her health care provider. The vast majority of abortions after 24 weeks occur due to abnormalities/severe health abnormalities of the developing fetus and I do not believe I, or the state, should be telling a woman what to do in those cases.