As a state trooper, I could always tell what someone would do in the future based on what he or she had done in the past. I was raised by a steel worker and a waitress. Later, I joined the Marines to serve my country.
When I was first elected sheriff, I inherited an office that was over-budget and had a reputation of corruption. After only one year, we eliminated the waste, restored integrity to the office and created a budget surplus. As commissioner, I helped lead Washington County to third in the nation in job growth, and wages have increased by 9 percent for the average worker. We cut wasteful spending, kept taxes at the second-lowest rate in the region, balanced eight budgets and put our resources to work like coal and natural gas.
My opponent's record tells a different story. U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy's budget plan would end the Medicare guarantee as an insurance program for seniors. Instead, a senior will receive a coupon from the government. The difference between that coupon and the cost of health insurance is $6,400 each year -- and that will increase with the rising cost of health care. Instead of paying down the deficit, this will give the average millionaire a $265,000 tax break.
There is a better way to get our deficit under control and get our economy back on track. I have done that in Washington County and I am asking for the opportunity to do it again in Washington, D.C. I am asking for your vote.
The writer is the Democratic candidate in the 18th Congressional District race.