PA State House - District 92
Residency: Doug has lived in the 92nd District since 1991, nearly three decades.
A Bit About Doug: I earned a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education from Penn State, and am a 25 year volunteer at my local library, President of the Friends of the Red Land Community Library, President of the Newberry Business Association, business owner, and 14 years as a full-time stay-at-home dad to my three daughters.
Why run for office: I believe that everyone should have the freedom to enjoy a responsibly led life, but also have access to the tools (health, education, and a strong safety net) to have a good life. Also, I believe in evidence-based legislating, and want to fight against the Republican anti-science mentality holding our states and counties back.
Hope to achieve in office: Raising the minimum wage, so that eventually it becomes a "living" wage and then indexing it for inflation. Legalizing marijuana, expunging all low-level marijuana possession charges, and joining with other states pursuing to allow citizens to legally purchase prescription medicines from Canada. Expand Pennsylvania's Property Tax/Rent Rebate to help low income seniors stay in their homes (using revenue from legal marijuana).
Biggest issue/priority in District: Access to affordable healthcare is the top priority everywhere. However, the top issue that the state legislature could have a major impact on is the minimum wage — as a rising tide lifts all boats. Raising the minimum wage will lift all wages at the lower end eventually, and better wages should lead to many better outcomes in health, education, housing, etc.
Most optimistic about: I’m hopeful that technology can solve many of the problems we face. The cost of solar energy continues to fall, there are more hybrid and electric cars on the road than ever before, new and better treatments for cancer continue to be discovered, and if a vaccine for COVID-19 is available in early 2021, as many expect, it would be the quickest, by far, that a vaccine has ever been developed.
Importance of civic involvement today: I’ve spent half of my life volunteering in my community and I get at least as much out of it as my community does. I'm sure the people I volunteer with feel the same. Giving back to society not only does good, it feels good. If elected, I've pledged to make the job of representing my constituents truly public service by donating my paychecks to the libraries and volunteer fire companies in my district.