As you may have read earlier in the news roundup, candidate Paul Perry dropped out of the congressional race for PA’s 7th district.
““As I depart this race, I leave with real questions about the sustainability of our democracy. It is awash in money and influence-peddling on both sides of the aisle,” said in a release published first by Roll Call.”
The good news is that there’s still a progressive in the fight and his name is Daylin Leach. Daylin:
represents Delaware and Montgomery Counties in the Pennsylvania State Senate where he has passed some of the most meaningful bi-partisan legislation in Pennsylvania’s history including medical marijuana and the strongest anti-human trafficking legislation in the country. Daylin has worked hard to build and grow the middle class; is a steadfast supporter of public education, civil and LGBT human rights; and a vigilant protector of the environment.
Daylin is running for the U.S. Congress in Pennsylvania’s 7th congressional district to bring the sort of bold, creative leadership he’s known for in Pennsylvania to Washington. His priorities include Investing in infrastructure to create good jobs, raising the minimum wage, and creating a free college option. He supports enacting Medicare for all that can’t be taken away. Daylin will press for a constitutional amendment to end Citizens United, and he wants to end political gerrymandering and enact a Voter Bill of Rights so every vote is counted.
Growing up in Northeast Philadelphia’s Jewish community, Daylin learned the importance of fighting injustice and discrimination. He also learned to value education and investing in our communities. Daylin was raised by his mother Rhonda, who struggled to care for both her son and her ill mother. Daylin was able to thrive because his community invested in him through good public education, school lunches, and Pell grants that allowed him to attend college. Daylin believes that investing in our communities is the best way to ensure prosperity for all Americans.
*Average Americans increasingly can’t afford college for their kids and have to work 2 jobs just to get by. The middle class in our area has shrunk from 59% of the adult population in 1970, to just 39% today. The middle class is shrinking in all 50 states as more and more people fall into poverty.
*I’ve introduced legislation in Harrisburg that would raise the minimum wage to a livable $15 per hour, and once and for all eliminate the obscene tip minimum wage. And I’ll fight for this in Washington.
*If you have a new child, or a sick relative, you should be able to take some time to take care of your family. We are one of only 3 industrialized countries on the planet that have no mandatory paid family leave. I introduced family leave in Harrisburg, and I’ll fight for that Washington.
*It is time America joins much of the rest of the world and creates a cost-free college option for kids who want nothing more than to better themselves and serve their country.
*We can create millions of jobs by finally investing in our infrastructure, building badly needed roads and bridges, public transportation and clean lead-free water pipes.
Healthcare – I support extending Medicare to all Americans so we can drive down the overall cost of our healthcare system and ensure no one has to go broke paying for insurance or care. We cannot allow our healthcare system to continue to be hijacked by corporate interests that exist only to deny coverage to people when they need it most and leave people with a choice between unaffordable insurance or relying on the emergency room for care.
*In congress, I will follow five core principles in shaping how we solve the healthcare crisis in America:
A Medicare-for-all system is the most efficient way of delivering quality care to every American, which is our right, at the lowest overall cost to the system.
*Corporate profits, CEO salaries, and insurance advertising budgets should not be allowed to inflate the cost of insurance premiums for middle class Americans.
*Healthcare providers are best served by a system that pays for everyone so that people who are unable to afford care do not create a burden on hospitals and healthcare professionals.
*Access to preventative care is essential to driving down the overall costs of healthcare, because when providers are able to intervene early, costs go down and outcomes improve.