Cole, who holds a doctorate from Case Western Reserve University, returned to Bradford in 2005. She strives to return her hometown to the “wonderful, thriving place it once was, where people can raise their families in safety and security — and prosper.” As a write-in for state House, she said she is an advocate for “each and every person in rural Pennsylvania” and supports such policies as “access to quality healthcare locally, and to quality public education, while keeping taxes low but invested in things that will make a real difference in every citizen’s life.”
* All bios derived from candidates' websites.
Raising the minimum number wage strengthens the local economy. If people aren’t simply struggling to stay afloat they are more able to spend money at local businesses such as retail businesses, restaurants, movie theaters, and other local establishments which in turn creates more jobs in local business.
Regarding gun laws, what generally do you support from the choices below?
For rural Pennsylvanians, guns are part of our culture and our current gun laws, when enforced, work well. Full disclosure: I am a gun owner. What I do think we could strengthen regarding gun ownetship are such actions as closing the gun show loophole, banning military grade weapons and teaching gun owners gun safety practices.
If we look at the success Colorado, for instance, has had with full legalization, it seems that Pennsylvanians could greatly benefit from it. Prisons would not be so overcrowded with nonviolent drug offenders, the state could regulate and tax the sale of it and the money made from those tax dollars could be put toward improving such vital aspects of our state as public education, free college tuition for those who qualify, or any number of truly important issues that would improve the lives of rural Pennsylvanians.
From the choices below, what best represents your view on the wages men and women are paid?
It has been left to the private sector up to now and we still have wage inequality. Women are paid some 70 cents to a man’s dollar. Men and women should be paid equally for doing the same job if they have equivalent education, training, and experience. Many women are the heads of their households today. It is time for true equality.
From the choices below, what best represents your view on abortion?
I would not choose abortion for myself but I do believe the government should have no place in a woman’s choices about her reproductive rights. It is a personal, private and difficult choice that should be left up to a woman and her family.