The Contest for the GOP Nod in the 24th Senate District

Republican voters in the 24th Senate District will have a choice when they go to the polls.

Washington Township Supervisor David Moyer and State Rep. Tracy Pennycuick are seeking the nomination in the May 17 primary. The winner will face the candidate who emerges with the Democratic nomination in the general election.

The position has long been held by Bob Mensch, who announced this year that he will not run again. The district includes portions of eastern Berks County and northwest Montgomery County.

State senators serve four-year terms and receive an annual salary of $95,432.

We asked candidates to answer four questions:

David Moyer

David Moyer

Residence: Washington Township.

Age: 58.

Background: Moyer has served as Washington Township Supervisor for the past 10 years. He is a heavy equipment operator for a pipeline company.

Website: davidmoyerforpasenate24.com

Why are you the best person for this job?

I believe my experience as a township local has given me the knowledge I need to fill this position as a state senator. As a member of the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors, I also gained experience in making resolutions that could become law. My experience also includes working with state officials, PennDOT, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, and the United States Environmental Protection Agency. I have experience with financial accountability while managing a balanced budget. I also understand the needs of the local people and take full responsibility for spending the hard-earned money appropriately.

What do you think is the biggest problem facing Pennsylvanians right now and what would you do to solve it?

The biggest problem facing Pennsylvania residents today is the high level of taxes, including but not limited to gasoline, income, and property taxes. As a state senator, I would review and reevaluate social programs with my colleagues and eliminate unnecessary spending.

More than a dozen public opinion polls have found that about two-thirds of Republicans continue to believe the 2020 presidential election results were skewed by voter fraud. What would you do to restore voter confidence in the system?

I would like to assure that the integrity of the elections will be restored with just one day’s vote. Mail-in ballots would only be used for people with disabilities, people who are out of state or country during the election period, as well as active duty military personnel. I would ensure that all voting machines could not be hacked and that all ballots were counted within hours of the closing of the polls. The voter ID card and paper ballots would be considered.

When the Supreme Court hands down its decision in an abortion case this summer, the power to regulate abortion would likely be in the hands of the states. Would you support a full or partial ban on abortion in Pennsylvania (if partial, at what point in pregnancy would you ban them) and what exceptions to that ban, if any, would you support?

I would support a complete abortion ban in Pennsylvania. I am 100% pro-life from conception to birth.

Tracy Pennycuick

State Representative Tracy Pennycuick

Residence: Lower Salford Township, Montgomery County.

Age: 56.

Background: Pennycuick has served as a state representative since 2021. Prior to running for office, she served in the military for more than 25 years, owned a small business in the aviation services industry, and was chosen to lead the alumni office. Montgomery County fighters for three years. She holds a business degree from the University of Missouri.

Website: tracypennycuick.com

Why are you the best person for this job?

We need proven experience and leadership in Harrisburg. I have fought to protect our constitution and our way of life throughout my career, whether serving my country on the battlefield as a U.S. Army veteran or in Harrisburg as a state representative. . My colleagues and I fought against Governor Wolf’s reckless mandates, passed a constitutional amendment to limit his power, held the line on taxes, and worked to limit the expansion of government. My district office and I provide excellent local services to constituents on a daily basis, and I have always had an open door for everyone. I am proud of my record and look forward to continuing my service as a state senator. I have also been endorsed by the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation and the Gun Owners of America.

What do you think is the biggest problem facing Pennsylvanians right now and what would you do to solve it?

Without a doubt, the biggest issue facing Pennsylvanians is historic inflation, gasoline prices, and home energy prices. In this time of economic uncertainty, our government must provide predictable, consistent and prudent fiscal policy. We must toe the line on taxes and work to reduce mandates and regulations. Recently, the State Senate voted to reverse the Governor’s implementation of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. The independent tax office estimates that residents, as a result of these regulations, will face more than $800 million, up to a 30% increase in household energy bills. While I support efforts to make clean energy efficient, available and affordable, the technology is not ready and this initiative only hurts residents at a time when their bills are already sky high. The derogation vote failed by one vote. That’s how important each race for the State Senate is this year.

More than a dozen public opinion polls have found that about two-thirds of Republicans continue to believe the 2020 presidential election results were skewed by voter fraud. What would you do to restore voter confidence in the system?

It is extremely important that all citizens have confidence in our electoral system. For starters, our current election laws must be applied consistently across all counties in Pennsylvania. The governor and the State Department should issue guidelines that follow only the law. Election day is one primary day and one general day, and with the exception of overseas and military ballots, we must only accept votes cast in person or by mail within the country that are received before 8 p.m. on polling day. The unconstitutional expansion of Bill 77 must stop immediately.

When the Supreme Court hands down its decision in an abortion case this summer, the power to regulate abortion would likely be in the hands of the states. Would you support a full or partial ban on abortion in Pennsylvania (if partial, at what point in pregnancy would you ban them) and what exceptions to that ban, if any, would you support?

I am pro-life.

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