State Rep. Marguerite Quinn and former congressional candidate Steve Santarsiero are making their last rounds campaigning around the district for the election tomorrow as they bid for to be the 10th district’s state senator. The two answered questions at a forum hosted by the League of Women Voters of Bucks County Thursday on a variety of issues.
Quinn has represented the 143rd district in the state House since 2007 and is a member of four committees, including the Appropriations Committee. In her bid for State Senate, State Rep. Quinn made the decision to not run for her current seat.
Steve Santarsiero represented the 31st district, currently by State Rep. Perry Warren, from 2008 to 2016. Last election cycle, he tried running unsuccessfully against Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick.
LWV Bucks Co-President Peggy Dator says one of the tasks the League must manage is deciding which issues are relevant for the candidates to debate out of the many submitted by the community.
“One of the things screeners screen for is what’s an appropriate question for a congressman versus a state legislator. A question about medicare is not really within the purview of the state legislature and we would screen that question out.”
Issues covered included gerrymandering, campaign finance reform, education funding, a woman’s right to choose, gun control, and what each candidate’s favorite bill was during their time in office.
“Steve focused on the theme of his campaign, which is social issues,” Quinn said. “I would have liked to have touched more on the fiscal issues that surround all those social issues, but I made my point about what I believe the constituents deserve, which is a pragmatic, bipartisan, effective lawmaker who focuses on policy instead of politics.”
Quinn was pleased overall with the debate, noting each candidate shook hands with the other and showed respect and civility.