PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The election is a week from Tuesday. And Democrats are fighting to gain control of Montgomery County for the first time in a century.
Taxes are a key issue. The Democrats pledging no increased taxes while the Republican suggesting that no one knows what might happen to the county budget.
Democrat Josh Shapiro states his views followed by Republican Bruce Castor.
(Shapiro) “We do not need to raise taxes in order to meet the obligations and the needs of Montgomery County. In fact we can’t afford to raise taxes and that’s a clear difference in this election. Our opponents when asked the same question left the door open for a tax increase.”
(Castor) “What we need to do is we need to reverse the debt and the spending from the last four years and then see where we are. To say that there is absolutely no way you are going to raise taxes is like saying that if a tornado hits the courthouse you aren’t going to rebuild it”.
With 800,000 people, Montgomery County is the third largest in Pennsylvania and that’s why nationwide politicians are looking for trends.
Jenny Brown is for the GOP and Leslie Richards for the Democrats. Beginning with Richards, they both stress their work in business; Richards an engineer and Brown a lawyer.
(Richards) “I work as a senior project manager at a woman owned civil engineering firm where everyday I’m going into communities and I’m helping them with their infrastructure improvement goals. Making sure it gets done with the community’s goals in mind.”
(Brown) “I actually own two small businesses in Montgomery County. I know that small business is the engine of our economy that government needs to get out of the way and stop putting burdens on small businesses so they can do what they do best which is grow the economy and grow jobs.”
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Reported By Special Contributor Larry Kane, KYW Newsradio