When former West Pittston Mayor Bill Goldsworthy ran against State Representative Phyllis Mundy two years ago, Mundy won decisively by 21 points 53% to 32%. Libertarian candidate Tim Mullen was also in the race and garnered 15% of the vote.
Now, another Republican wants a shot at Mundy. Aaron Kaufer who will be on the ballot in the fall will be squaring off against Mundy. While everyone may think Mundy is a lock and has decisively taken down a handful of challenges over the years, the existing political environment may be ripe for Kaufer to pick off Mundy…
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THE RECENT scandal involving former Sen. Bob Mellow has Pennsylvania citizens outraged, and rightfully so. Too often we see elected officials abuse their power for personal gain, to the point where it is no longer a surprise, it is an expectation. These recent charges only highlight this issue.
While Sen. Mellow was charged with conspiracy and improper use of taxpayer-paid staffers, he is not the only politician using our tax money for personal gain. People are outraged about his $140,000 per year pension, but all of our so-called public servants are receiving these absurd pensions and massive perk packages.
It’s time for this to end. It’s a matter of principle and poor representation. This culture in Harrisburg must change, and it starts by addressing three specific areas.
The citizens of Pennsylvania finally have legislation to benefit from the Marcellus Shale deposits underneath our feet. But it doesn’t go far enough.
House Bill 1950 establishes state-wide safety standards and revenue collection for our vast new resource.
The one good thing in this bill is that we finally have safety standards and environmental protections which should have been passed a long time ago. The problem is the revenue collection and distribution disregards Luzerne County. The entire state should be welcoming this opportunity with enthusiasm and optimism for our future; however, it leaves many areas wanting, and Luzerne County is one of them.
The main goal of this bill was to enact an impact fee. The problem is that the fee does not “impact” everyone. The proposed law distributes money first to affected areas and then to populous ones. We’re caught in between. Luzerne County is not considered affected because we don’t have any active wells and not populous because we’re not a Philadelphia or Pittsburgh.
I attended Aaron Kaufer’s campaign kick-off. At least 100 people packed the American Legion in Kingston to see Aaron announce his candidacy for state representative of the 120th District.
Over the past several years I’ve gotten to know Aaron very well. We have spent time working on campaigns and having many political conversations. On the night of his campaign announcement, everyone was able to see what I’ve seen all along: that you would be hard-pressed to find a man as intelligent and mature as young Mr. Kaufer.
Aaron Kaufer is the Republican candidate for the office of Pennsylvania State Representative for the 120th District which consists of Courtdale, Exeter, Exeter Township, Forty Fort, Jackson Township, Kingston Borough, Kingtson Township, Luzerne, Pringle, Swoyersville, West Pittston, West Wyoming and Wyoming (and potentially Edwardsville with the uncertainty surrounding reapportionment).
Aaron is a lifelong resident of Kingston borough who graduated salutatorian of his class from Wyoming Valley West High School. Continuing his education at Lafayette College, he double majored in Government and Law and International Affairs and was inducted into the honor societies of both majors.
The KauferNOW campaign is proud to announce endorsements by five Democratic officials in Luzerne and Pringle. Through these endorsements, these officials demonstrate a desire to cross the isle, and work together in a bi-partisan fashion for a better PA120th.
Luzerne Council President
Pringle Council President
Mary Ellen Schell
The KauferNOW campaign is proud to announce that Aaron has received endorsements from the Democratic council president of Exeter Borough, Denise Adams and the Democratic chairman of Exeter Township supervisors, Jack Ruane. These endorsements show a new desire to go beyond party lines in the PA120th and work together for a better area.
Exeter Borough Council President,
Exeter Township Chairman of Supervisors,
THE RECENT Pennsylvania Supreme Court decision should teach us one thing about the reapportionment process: There is too much party control.
Redistricting is supposed to be based on census data and population changes to help balance out uneven districts. Instead, it has become a political tool for the majority party to gain an upper hand over its opposition.
Both parties are to blame for this mess. Democrats have done it in the past, and this year it’s the Republicans using reapportionment to their advantage. They sought to manipulate districts in order to strengthen Republicans’ re-election bids and challenge vulnerable Democrats. To do this, many Democratic municipa...