MEDIA, PA - This evening, Democrat Mary Gay Scanlon emerged as the obvious front-runner in tonight’s Congressional Candidates Forum, hosted by the League of Women Voters and the NAACP. In an hour-long debate, Mary Gay and her Republican opponent presented their positions on the issues most important to voters throughout the district: healthcare, education, immigration, and common sense gun legislation.
“We were reminded tonight, once again, why democratic voters in the 5th Congressional District put their support behind Mary Gay Scanlon during the primary, in a Democratic process, not by running a candidate unopposed,” said Colleen Guiney, chair of the Delaware County Democratic Party. “She’s the candidate we can trust to be the voice that middle-class families, children, and our seniors have been without for a very long time in Congress. But, the only way she gets to Congress is if we make a plan to vote, and bring a neighbor.”
Mary Gay differed from her Republican opponent on various issues, especially when it came down to the policies most at stake under this administration, including a woman’s right to choose, the GOP tax cuts, and the Affordable Care Act.
“What I’ve appreciated most, from the very beginning of Mary Gay’s campaign, has been her transparency on the issues, making them clear to us as voters across all platforms, including her website, social media and here tonight behind the debate podium,” said Melissa Carden a Delaware County resident and member of Moms Demand Action. “It’s one of the many reasons why she received Moms Demand Action’s Gun Sense Distinction. She’s been a clear and vocal supporter for common sense gun safety -- policy change that our district needs.”
“Mary Gay has been my choice from the very beginning because I know she will stand up for my family,” said Karen DiLossi, a South Philadelphia resident. “She’s built a career fighting for the issues that are most pressing in Congress. She’s served on her local school board, represented immigrants, seniors and victims of mass incarceration. Serving all of our families in Congress will just be an extension of her life’s work in this region.”
In a packed auditorium, voters were reminded why it is so important to vote on November 6th, and Mary Gay echoed that sentiment.
“This is by far one of the most important elections of our lifetimes,” said Mary Gay in response to one question from the audience. “Congress needs to be a check and balance on this administration and having the Republican party in control of every branch of this government is not the answer. I’m running to continue fighting for the values that have guided my entire career, that our schools should be fairly funded, that families should have access to a doctor when they need one, and funding for Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid are not line items in a budget. We can do better, families deserve better, and I’m ready to get to work.”