Local Dems rally around Pike candidate for state rep

Christa Caceres runs against a Monroe County candidate in primary for the 189th District

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  • Christa Caceres addresses supporters at Failtes Irish Pub and Steakhouse in Dingmans Ferry last Sunday (Photo by Marilyn Rosenthal)

  • Supporters at the Failtes Irish Pub and Steakhouse reception (Christa Caceres for PA State Representative-189th District Facebook photo)

  • A map of the 189th District

  • The 189th District is highlighted on a Pennsylvania map

  • Christa Caceres and Adam Rodriguez

“My job is to advance your agenda, to make sure your voice is heard. My mortgage bill is your mortgage bill, my taxes are your taxes.”
Christa Caceres

By Marilyn Rosenthal

— Since the 2016 election, Democratic women have been setting records in stepping up to run for office, whether for seats in Congress or in statehouses. Christa Caceres is part of that wave.

“I was completely devastated on Nov. 9, 2016, the morning after the election," said Caceres at a reception held Sunday at Failtes Irish Pub and Steakhouse in Dingmans Ferry. "I was heartbroken to think what would happen Muslims, African Americans, and other minorities. There is no greater indication of how important it is to vote than what happened in the last election.”

Pike County Democrats are rallying around Caceres, who also lives in Pike, in Lehman township. The reception to support Caceres was sponsored by Amy Ferris, Ronald Short, Reneé Edwards-Hoover, Helen Gassman, Theresa Laino, and Sean Strub.

Caceres is running for a seat in the 189th District of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, which has morphed into a huge area because of gerrymandering. The district encompasses 10 towns in both Pike and Monroe counties.

She's running in the primary against Adam Rodriguez, a product designer from Middle Smithfield township in Monroe County and another newcomer to politics feeding the Democratic wave. The winner will run against the incumbent, Republican Rosemary Brown, in the fall. Brown won the seat from Democrat John Siptroth in another wave — a Republican wave — in 2010.

Caceres is a formidable candidate. She is energetic, smart, and determined to bring the democratic ideals to the district. She has a B.A. in Jurisprudence and has been taking courses in law and public policy.

She is endorsed by The Delaware Valley Democratic Club, The Pike County Democratic Committee, Emily’s List, Planned Parenthood, and Moms Demand Action.

Many leading Democrats and other kindred spirits from Pike County were at the reception to support Caceres. Jay Tucker, chair of the Pike County Democrats, and Sean Strub, the mayor of Milford, offered words of support.

The Bipartisan Friends of Christa Caceres was also there to support the candidate.

“My job is to advance your agenda, to make sure your voice is heard," said Caceres. "My mortgage bill is your mortgage bill, my taxes are your taxes.”

She said her other priorities are improving preschool and elementary education, opposing hydrofracking, and increasing the state minimum wage from its current rate of $7.25 per hour.

She clearly won the support of the audience and is now determined to visit every township in the humongous 189th — and she probably will.

There will be a phone bank for volunteers to call on behalf of Caceres on May 6 and also on May 14 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Patisserie, 403 Broad St. Milford.

For more information visit christaforpa189.com.

Primary candidates name top three priorities

Adam Rodriguez:
Although I have a long list of priorities I’d like to address, I believe that focusing on economic issues that affect my fellow residents pocketbooks first is a winning strategy. Economic Inequality can begin to be solved here in the 189th by raising the minimum wage from $7.25 P/H. To $15.00 P/H. We are at our best we understand that this Country was built on a system of high wages. Secondly, High Property Taxes are a real problem for my fellow Monroe and Pike County Residents, where we pay nearly three times the state average in an area where 54K per year is the average salary for a family of four. I propose using the proceeds from a Liquified Natural Gas Severenxe Tax, combined with another fix to the School Funding Formula’s weighted average would go a long way to solving our Property Tax problem. Lastly, under the preamble of both the State and Federal constitution, Pennsylvanians have a right to quality affordable medical care under a Medicare for all plan.
Christa Caceres:
Raising the minimum wage for hard-working Pennsylvanians over 60 percent from $7.25 to $12 with annual increases to $15 within six years, but we must first reduce the corporate tax rate to assist small businesses with this change. This can be done with a severance tax, closing the Delaware loophole and implementing the "Fair Tax." We must be serious about balancing our budgets and finding ways to properly fund public education/human services, protect our environment and repairing/maintaining our infrastructure across the state.
Protecting our children with laws re: gun responsibility (universal background checks/closing all available loopholes) and taking a stronger stance on bullying in our schools. We must take the safety and mental health of our precious children seriously and be proactive whenever possible.
Protecting existing funding to combat opioid and heroin addiction and find new ways to address this growing crisis in Pennsylvania. Our friends & family need our help.
Source: onyourballot.vote411.org

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