In an effort to familiarize York County voters with candidates on the ballot this general election, YCEA directed questions to candidates running in contested races. Below are answers provided by Scott Perry, the incumbent running for U.S. Representative of the Pennsylvania 10th Congressional District.
Scott Perry, incumbent for U.S. Representative – PA 10th District
How would you describe the spirit of the district you are running to represent?
Without a doubt, the unrivaled work ethic, tremendous diversity of our culture and land, innovation of our great minds and kindness of our neighbors, make the spirit of South-Central Pennsylvania unparalleled in the Keystone State and a rarity in America. I’m humbled to tour all corners of our entire District, learning from our farmers, manufacturers, job creators, teachers and First Responders, and I’m privileged to serve our great folks and help our region grow.
What is a major takeaway from 2020 that you believe will influence policy in the years ahead?
That people really don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care. Whether it’s been bringing our local leaders together with medical and health experts, or advocating in Washington for our frontline healthcare workers and job creators, kindness, cooperation and teamwork overcomes any challenge.
What sets York County apart from communities across the commonwealth?
For the way in which York County is diverse, both geographically and socioeconomically, there are common threads no matter where you go; it’s always about the kindness and generosity of our citizens. Rugged individuals to the core, York Countians never forget our humble roots, and always find time to help a neighbor or make a new friend. It’s this spirit of innovation that meets cooperation that always carries the conversation and the day.
For those small business owners or residents who are concerned about their financial outlook, what is something you would like to work towards to help the economy recover?
Our National debt has skyrocketed to over $21 Trillion, and it’s simply unsustainable. The lack of leadership on both sides of the aisle threatens our economic stability and the long-term growth of our local York and American economy. We absolutely must stop spending money we don’t have. As a former small-business owner, I’ll relentlessly continue my efforts for our hardworking job creators and responsibly reduce spending, balance the federal budget, reduce onerous over-regulation and make government more accountable.
What leisure activity or new hobby have you found yourself doing more of throughout this time of social distancing?
What is “leisure?!” Truly, 2020 has not been a “friend of leisure,” that’s for certain! In all seriousness, public service isn’t about me or my leisure time. While some folks may have been hitting the gym, I and my staff have picked up the pace of an already-very-demanding mission pace; we’ve been working literally round-the-clock since the end of February trying to find solutions for our students, teachers, community leaders, job creators, frontline workers and First Responders. We may not be winning any physique contests, but I’m proud of the work we’ve done to provide relief to those who have desperately needed it – and we’ll continue to do that.
Click here to view the profile on Eugene DePasquale, the challenger running for U.S. Representative of the Pennsylvania 10th Congressional District.