Meet the Candidate: Skylar Hurwitz (Pennsylvania)

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Candidate Name: Skylar Hurwitz

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What office are you running for?
U.S. House of Representatives – PA-01

With which party are you running for office?
Democratic Party

Election Date
Primary April 28, 2020

Why are you running for office?
We need a new generation of real leadership that puts labels aside, and instead focuses their energy on uniting PA-01 around solutions that address the real anxieties and human struggles each and every one of us face in our day to day lives.

It is true the current administration and our PA-01 incumbent have made a mockery of American leadership, but the victors on November 3, 2020 must be prepared to undo the significant damage this administration has done to our environment, tax system, and more. Americans are eager to unite around pragmatic solutions to our shared challenges. The divisive rhetoric we have come to hear so much of is simply not who we are as a people. The Skylar for Congress 2020 campaign has the energy, expertise, and plans to unite PA-01 around pragmatic, cost-effective solutions that lead this nation forward.

What is the biggest issue facing your community and how do you propose helping?
The climate crisis and its ripple effect on job security, property values, clean air, and fresh water. We propose a Fair Tax Platform that fully funds common sense solutions that increase the annual disposable income of individuals making $250k or less and couples making $500k or less. For clean energy, we propose the Electricity for All program to transition our grid to 100% green energy by 2035 while repaying every federal dollar invested in the program. The green economy represents one of the greatest opportunities for job creation in recent history. That said, any workers displaced by the new energy economy will be entered into the Jobs on Sustainable Human Activities (JOSHUA) Program – a 5-year, $1 trillion investment to support up-skilling and job placement initiatives. Some of these workers will require seeking further education, which is why the Fair Tax Platform also relieves all student debt and makes public colleges and trade schools tuition free. Science shows preserving nature can be 20% or more of the solution to the climate crisis. The Fair Tax Platform funds an Affordable Housing plan that prioritizes land preservation and renovating or retrofitting existing commercial and residential properties to sustainably and equitably meet the long-term needs of communities.

How do we fix the partisan divide in our country and start working together again?
We must speak to the real human anxieties Americans are too afraid to talk about. The truth is, the challenges we face are not left- or right- wing issues. The climate crisis, universal healthcare, and a full education are all human issues that impact every single one of us regardless of our belief system or party affiliation. Most Americans agree with protecting the environment, providing universal healthcare, and making colleges tuition free. It is time to drop the divisive labels and focus on articulating how we accomplish these outcomes that everyday Americans largely agree on.

Do you have any kids/pets/talking houseplants?
Yes, a small dog.

How can our readers get involved in your campaign?
Join our email list on the official website (www.skylarforcongress.com) and then send an email to volunteer@skylarforcongress.com explaining how you want to help.

What question do you wish we’d asked, and what is your answer?
What is the best way a constituent can help local campaigns?
The most effective way of reaching voters is face-to-face interactions. Canvassing is invaluable to local campaigns, and it is a great way to learn more about your community and neighbors. If you can’t canvass, driving canvassers or phone banking is also very helpful!

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