"The people of the 175th District deserve to have a choice as to who represents us in Harrisburg. We need a leader who has the courage to push a bold, progressive policy agenda."
Jeff is a proud product of Pennsylvania’s public schools. He knows firsthand that we have to fully fund our education system and duly compensate teachers. Too many of those responsible for educating our children are forced to pay out of pocket for classroom needs.
Additionally, Harrisburg must ensure that charter and online schools do not erode public school funding.
He will also fight for all Pennsylvania families to have access to Pre-K, and that they are not shortchanged by an evaluation system that exaggerates test scores at the expense of true academic growth.
The opioid crisis is a public health crisis, and everyone -- including government officials -- must do what we can to bring the number of deaths to zero. This means fully supporting safe consumption sites and clean needle exchanges. This also demands a stronger emphasis on alternatives which steer those struggling with addiction toward treatment rather than prison.
Jeff has always proudly supported the LGBTQ community. While serving as Rep. Kevin Boyle's Deputy Chief of Staff, he spearheaded legislation which would include the LGBTQ community in the Human Relations code thus recognizing them as a protected class. At CeaseFirePA he has designed ad campaigns that highlight the absurdity that the legislature would consider making gun owners a protected class while still allowing employers and landlords to discriminate against LGBTQ citizens
President Trump has unleashed a full-fledged assault on undocumented citizens. Sadly, ICE has become his personal strong arm and aims to separate children, tear apart families, and punish those whose only crime was trying to flee for safety. Jeff believes it is dangerous for the state to not do everything it can to defend undocumented citizens against ICE. He will call on Governor Wolf to close the Berks facility. Urge colleagues to join him in his call to abolish ICE and ensure that no state resource or database is used as a tool to further harass or detain undocumented citizens.
As the Program Director for CeaseFirePA Jeff knows about the devastating effect gun violence has on our communities and our families. Since his time out of public service in 2015, he's aimed to ensure the laws in PA prevent individuals who should not have guns from obtaining them...and to protect those being abused by intimate partners, or are suicidal. Since the devastating election of President Trump, he has begun working to empower citizens and organizations across the Commonwealth to become stronger advocates in the fight to keep our communities safe.
Jeff will make preventing senseless and devastating gun violence a priority. First, he will work with his colleagues to push forward existing gun violence prevention (GVP) proposals like ending PA’s Long Gun Loophole. He will also introduce legislation creating an Extreme Risk Protection Order to equip loved ones and family members of those who are a danger to themselves. Finally, he will continue to work with organizations like the PA Coalition Against Domestic Violence to help victims of crimes committed by intimate partners by ensuring they are not in further danger because of laissez-faire gun laws.
All issues are women’s issues. Pennsylvania needs to start by correcting the pay gap between men and women. We need to level the playing field for everyone. Additionally, charges of sexual harassment and assault have to be taken seriously and result in action. Finally, PA should be the next state to adopt statewide paid family and medical leave.
While working in the Gun Violence Prevention Movement, Jeff had the opportunity to build coalitions with police officers, chiefs, sheriffs, sergeants and commissioners across the Commonwealth. He respects their sacrifices and is aware of the many challenges they face. Nevertheless, law enforcement must be held accountable and they cannot allow adherence to the blue line to continue to erode public trust and reinforce institutionalized racism. Jeff supports legislation that works to rebuild transparency and trust between those who work to protect and serve and their constituency. He will denounce bills that aim to make officer-involved shootings more opaque. Jeff will fight for legislation that utilizes special prosecutors and support bills requiring officers to disclose when they pull their service weapons to identify problematic behavior.