Erin McCracken earned a Masters in Social Work and a Masters in Public Administration in 2001 from West Virginia University. She went on to complete coursework toward her PhD in Rural Sociology at Penn State University, before deciding that she wanted more direct community engagement. Erin's business, EcoVents mission is to serve the local community, encourage local enterprise, support local farmers, and preserve our natural resources. Erin and Josh believe in working hard and doing good at the same time. EcoVents has supported countless community-based events and has been a big part of Millheim’s Main Street revitalization.
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As a candidate running in a rural area, access to internet service is a key infrastructure concern. My future constituents deserve to have equal and fair access to internet service and therefore I support neutrality.
You can not turn on the news without hearing about extreme weather caused by climate change. Storms are bigger, droughts are longer, summers are hotter, etc. Climate change is having a negative impact on our economy--especially for farmers who are losing fields of crops due to extreme weather events. In Pennsylvania, we are one of the biggest generators of carbon-based energy, making us one of the biggest contributors to climate change in the country. It is our responsibility to take steps to mitigate climate change and move toward a renewable energy economy.
Regarding gun laws, what generally do you support from the choices below?
There are a number of common sense gun regulations that we can enforce to ensure semi-automatic weapons stay out of the hands of criminals or at-risk individuals. I do feel strongly that gun safety goes beyond regulating the purchase of guns, however. Our state needs to invest in understanding and countering violence that threatens our schools and our public spaces.
Legalizing marijuana presents a number of opportunities for the social and economic fabric of Pennsylvania. First, we can reduce our prison population and the cost of mass incarceration in our state. Second, we can tax and regulate, which means we can raise much needed revenues for our underfunded schools system, rural broadband and green infrastructure.
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)?
While it is important that medical professionals and treatment centers have rules and regulations to follow regarding prescribing opioids and treatment, the legislature put all of their eggs in the wrong basket here. We need to normalize rather than stigmatize treatment for opioid addicts, and ensure that addiction is being treated as a health concern. We need legislation that encourages medical professionals to have waivers/the ability to provide Medication-Addiction Treatment as part of their everyday medical practice. By simply addressing the supply of opioids, we are ignoring important solutions for providing widespread treatment to this growing problem.
From the choices below, what best represents your view on property taxes?
Property taxes are the main local funding source for public schools. While property taxes provide a somewhat consistent and stable revenue stream, it is a higher burden to our rural communities than it is in suburban areas. We need to find new revenues for our state that are stable and consistent to ensure that schools are fully and fairly funded across the state so that our smaller communities can lessen the financial burden caused by a high property tax rate. We can only lower property taxes if we have additional revenue streams.
From the choices below, what best represents your view on abortion?
No elected official has the right to determine what a person does with their body. Decisions around family planning are personal, spiritual, economic, and relate to a person's physical health. I support a woman's right to choose, and I support a woman's right to safe healthcare practices.