#childsafety | 2020 Candidate: Perry Warren, State Rep., PA-31

NEWTOWN, PA — Rep. Perry Warren will appear on the ballot Nov. 3 in his bid to retain his state house seat in Pennsylvania’s 31st District.

Warren, a Democrat, will face challenger Republican Charlie Adcock.

The 31st District includes Yardley, Newtown, Lower Makefield and parts of Morrisville.

Here is Patch’s profile of Warren, as filled out by the candidate:

Age (as of Election Day): 57

Position Sought: Pennsylvania State House of Representatives 31

Party Affiliation: Democrat

Family: Wife, Liz, a nurse, married since 1988. Son, Charles, 31, Council Rock North Class of 2007, married to Kathryn. Daughter, Molly, 27, Council Rock North Class of 2011, married to Greg. Son, Peter, 1995-1998. Daughter, Rebecca, 21, Council Rock North Class of 2017, attending The College of William and Mary. Daughter, Anna Belle, 20, Council Rock North Class of 2018, attending Rollins College

Does anyone in your family work in politics or government?: No

Education: Colgate University, B.A., 1984, cum laude, with Honors in International Relations/Political, Minor in Economics. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law, 1993, J.D., with Honors

Occupation: State Representative, 2017-Present. Attorney, founder and shareholder, Maselli Warren, P.C., Attorneys at Law, 1998-present. Attorney, 1993-present. Owner, Ice Cream ‘N Dreams, 1983-2017. Teacher, high school social studies, 1986-1988

Previous or Current Elected or Appointed Office: State Representative, 2017-present, PA House District 31, representing Lower Makefield Township, Morrisville, Newtown Borough, Newtown Township and Yardley. Newtown Borough Council, 2010-2017

Campaign website: www.perrywarren.com

Why are you seeking elective office?

It has been my honor to serve and work with and for the residents of our communities, first in Newtown Borough as a council member and, since 2017, as your state representative. I have the background and life experience — and even more so now with nearly four years of service as your state representative — to represent the interests of and advocate for our residents and our communities.

The single most pressing issue facing our state/nation is _______, and this is what I intend to do about it.

Maintaining and improving our quality of life in a changing economy and environment. I will continue to work to attain this goal by focusing on a safe, comprehensive and effective reopening of the state and the economy, high quality, safe, affordable education, and a prosperous and fair economy, while preserving our environment, within a governmental system that requires representatives of diverse communities and interests to work together to solve the problems and challenges of the present and our future.

What are the critical differences between you and the other candidate seeking this post?

During my two terms as your state representative, I have worked cooperatively with residents, community leaders and representatives of other districts to improve our quality of life. I believe my values and interests are reflective of our communities in working to maintain and improve our educational system, our environment and our economy and I have the courage to do the right thing. I have worked in cooperation with other legislators on bipartisan legislation, including two bills I originally introduced (ending child marriage and local liquor referendum reform) that were signed into law this year. I have worked together with legislative leaders and the governor to identify and address needs in our schools and communities through grant funding. I travel, attend and participate in events throughout all of our towns — Lower Makefield, Morrisville, Newtown Borough and Township and Yardley, and have developed both a knowledge of and a feel for the wants and needs of our residents and communities.

If you are a challenger, in what way has the incumbent failed the district?

I am the incumbent, and I am confident that I have ably and faithfully represented the residents and communities of our district.

Describe the other issues that define your campaign platform

Ensuring high quality, safe, affordable education, from pre-K through college. Ensuring quality, affordable health care, including pre-existing condition insurance coverage and affordable prescription medicines. Gun safety, including bills I have introduced – universal background checks, safe storage of firearms and no fly, no buy. Preserving our environment, ensuring clean air and water, addressing climate change, and waste reduction including my water bottle bill, part of the “zero waste” package of bills.

A prosperous, fair economy, including creating jobs, increasing the minimum wage, anti-discrimination legislation, infrastructure improvement and ensuring the opportunity and ability to succeed for all. Promoting child safety and protection, such as was achieved by the bill ending child marriage that I originally introduced and will be furthered by passing Kayden’s Law, which will ensure that the first priority in child custody determinations is the best interest of the child.
Good government, including fair districting, campaign finance reform and voting access. A safe, effective and comprehensive reopening of our state and our economy, in a manner consonant with the above objectives, and ensuring the physical, emotional and economic health and safety of our residents, children and communities.

What accomplishments in your past would you cite as evidence you can handle this job?

As a father of five, attorney, teacher, business owner, church leader, borough council member and state representative, I have been responsible for and to other people. I have created jobs and worked to improve the lives of my family, clients, customers, students, residents and members of our communities. I have handled this job for nearly four years now, focusing my experience, skills and energy on our community.

The best advice ever shared with me was …

“You get only one chance to make a first impression, and it takes a lifetime to build a reputation and minutes to lose it.” The latter phrase is attributed variously to Benjamin Franklin, Warren Buffet and others and this advice (and more) was shared with me when I was a 23-year-old high school teacher by the school’s social studies department supervisor.

What else would you like voters to know about yourself and your positions?

The lodestar guiding my legislative actions, all my actions really, is the best interest of the residents and communities I represent. I invite and welcome input and suggestions from members of our community. In fact, some of the legislation I have introduced was first suggested to me by, or arose out of, conversations with members of our community. The child protection law ending child marriage in Pennsylvania began with my receiving an email and a phone call from two local residents on a Saturday morning drawing my attention to a newspaper article about the lack of laws protecting children from often coerced marriages.

The liquor referendum law, with a COVID-19 related cocktails-to-go amendment to help restaurants and hotels, began with a conversation with a local municipal attorney. Kayden’s Law, which, when passed by the General Assembly, will reform child custody law to ensure that the top priority is the best interest and safety of the child, began with an email and subsequent meetings with Kayden’s family. In each of these cases I have brought the concerns of our community to Harrisburg and have worked there to achieve solutions. I look forward to continuing to listen to the people of our community and to continuing to represent the community in the House of Representatives.

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