Haverford Township Democratic Party meeting, Jan. 14, 2020
Each candidate was given FOUR minutes to speak.
Each answered a couple of questions from the audience.
Jamie Mogil noted her roots in Haverford Township and her support for fair funding of PA. schools so that students now and in the future get the excellent education she got in Wynnewood schools. Mogil voiced support for state-based protections of provisions in the Affordable Care Act and PA. reinstatement of environmental protections that the Trump administration has eliminated at the federal level. Mogil seeks better constituent services for those trying to navigate the maze of rules and regulations in our health care system; a caregiver for her father, Mogil learned that her training as an attorney did not make that navigating any easier.
Mogil stated her opposition to the way legislators “rig the rules” to get re-elected and underscored her commitment to fair elections, voter protections, and independently-drawn districts by noting her recent work as State Coordinator for Resolutions and Legislative Strategy for Fair Districts PA, as Vice-President for Government and Social Policy with the state League of Women Voters, and as 2019 Election Protection Director for PA Common Cause. This background, she said, has given her both a grassroots network of “good-government allies” and working relationships with legislators of both parties in Harrisburg.
Parthenia Izzard spoke “from the heart,” because, she explained, she is not a career politician and did not want to present specific policy positions that “I may or may not be able to get enacted.” Instead, she said, “my agenda is your agenda.” She aspires to being a “statesperson” who will advocate for her constituents, “not impose an agenda on you.” Izzard affirmed that she does support the PA Democratic Party’s positions on Keystone Issues, and pointed to her 35 years as an educator as evidence that she knows education “inside out.” She supports public schools over charter schools because PA schools should be “accountable” to the taxpayers and should allow teachers to unionize.
As someone who has been a caregiver for both her mother and son, Izzard feels she understands the caregiver issues in the state. As well, her support for state-based environmental regulations to secure “clean air and water” are informed by her long involvement in the U.S. Rowing Association and as Board Secretary for the Schuykill Navy of Philadelphia.
Amanda Cappelletti introduced herself as the current Vice-Chair of the Norriton Board of Supervisors and noted her “political and policy experience” in Harrisburg, having worked in Harrisburg in the Office of Child Development and Early Learning, in the Department of Human Services as a policy specialist, and as a policy assistant to State Rep. Donna Bullock. Her Harrisburg experience persuaded her that PA. citizens have “suffered” at the hands of legislators “who forgot that holding office is a privilege.” She aims to provide State Senate District 17 with “effective” representation in Harrisburg, noting that when she was Director of Policy for Planned Parenthood, she was able to find common ground with anti-choice legislators.
In that spirit of bipartisanship, Cappelletti would try to “move the needle forward” on a fracking ban by way of taxation on fracking to fund development of renewable resources. She stated that her top priority in the state senate would be closely examining the state budget to target more money for education. Her second priority is infrastructure initiatives which advance the sort of environmental standards and green engineering she has advocated for in Norriton. As her third priority, Cappelletti name protection of the Affordable Care Act through state-based legislation.