What is #10Questions
#10Questions begins now! With #BlueWave2018🌊candidate @HoulahanForPa who is running for a newly open seat in #PA06. Thanks for joining us today, Chrissy! Are you ready to answer #10Questions? #COTD #BWCS
"Yes! Thank you so much for this opportunity!"
Thank YOU for joining us! Q1: We’ll start with the first question we ask everyone: what inspired you to run for office? #PA06 #BWCS #10Questions
"I never thought I'd run for office but was compelled to after the #WomensMarch. We need more real world leaders in Congress who have served our nation, educated our children, & created good paying jobs. We also need more diversity in PA – the largest all male delegation."
Q2: I think it’s safe to say your background is unique: your father survived the Holocaust, moved to the US, and joined the Navy. You graduated Stanford and served in the Air Force. What are your views on mandatory national service, either military or civilian? #PA06 #10Questions
"I am 3rd generation military. I am not certain we should have mandatory service, but I do think we need more people with service backgrounds in fields such as elected office. Service gives people unique insight into the lives of others, something we need in our country right now."
Q3: The next 2 questions are from @pleasesaveour: “Even though Chester Co. is one of the richest in the nations, we have a disproportionate number of grocery challenged households served by 16 hot meal sites and 36 food pantries. What is your plan to take on income inequality?”
"I taught in a school where >95% of the students were on free and reduced lunch. I also helped grow the #BCorp sector of the economy that focuses on good business. People need jobs that pay a living wage. Equal pay for equal work should be the law of the land."
In a similar vein: Q4: From @pleasesaveour: “Coatesville and Reading used to be factory towns. What is your plan to revitalize these and other economically challenged parts of #PA06?" #BWCS #10Questions
"I have experience growing and scaling diverse organizations, both non-profit & for-profit, that employed 100s with great benefits here in SEPA and would look to bring that to Congress to fight for our middle class families and explore avenues to bring the jobs of tomorrow to #PA06."
Q5: Millions of Americans are in fear of losing their health insurance due to multiple GOP-led attempts to repeal the ACA. What is the first step you’d take to protect the healthcare coverage of people in #PA06? #BWCS #10Questions
"Healthcare is a basic right and we need to work to reduce costs and expand access. Trump's repeated attempts to repeal have only driven up healthcare in #PA06. We should bring drug prices under control and introduce public competition in communities with only one provider."
Q6: You taught chemistry at a Philadelphia inner-city high school (Simon Gratz) and raised two daughters. What is the biggest problem in public education today and what’s your plan to help fix it? #BWCS #10Questions #PA06
"A big issue facing us is literacy. After teaching, I worked for years to grow @springboardNTL, a non-profit focused on PreK-4th grade readers. We need to focus resources on early childhood learning, development, and empowering our parents and public schools with reliable funding."
Q7: One of the planks in your campaign’s platform is campaign finance reform. What’s the first thing you’d do to change the way that campaigns are funded? #BWCS #10Questions #PA06
"Our Congress is broken and we must get money out of politics. It is wrong that billionaires and special interests can spend unlimited amounts on our elections. One of the first things I would like to do is undo the damage from Citizens United and get big money out of politics."
Q8: School gun violence is in the news more often than not, so it was, of course, the question that came up most when I asked our local volunteers what to ask you. What is your plan for addressing gun violence in schools? #BWCS #10Questions #PA06
"I taught in a North Philly high school in which my locked cell phone was stolen twice. Teachers should not be armed and I shudder to think what might have happened if it had been a firearm. I support responsible gun ownership, but we need to take common sense steps to reduce gun violence, including closing the gun show loophole, renewing the Federal Assault Weapons Ban, and universal criminal background checks to keep guns out of the hands of felons and domestic abusers. Enough is enough. We must act."
Okay! Last two questions! 9) What is one issue we haven’t covered today that is an important one affecting your district, and 10) where can people learn more about your campaign and how to support it? #PA06 #10Questions #COTD
"Money in politics strangles democracy – the 2nd issue is gerrymandering. PA citizens, @LWV and our courts worked to get us back to a place where PA families can now get fair representation with new maps in Pennsylvania. We need to fix gerrymandering across our country.
Thank you so much for hosting this tonight! I believe we have a unique opportunity in 2018, but we can use help. Please visit http://chrissyhoulahanforcongress.com to get involved and together we will flip #PA06! #BlueWave2018."