To the Editor:

My name is Liz Hanbidge, and I am running for state representative in House District 61, which consists of parts of Lower Gwynedd and Whitpain townships, Towamencin and Upper Gwynedd townships and North Wales Borough.

Often candidates have long stories that help explain why they decided to run for office, but my story is simple: I found myself frustrated and profoundly moved by the results of the 2016 election. It became clear to me that I needed to do everything in my power to further the progressive values I hold dear. I decided to run for state representative because our district needs an advocate — an advocate who does everything in her power to fight for and give voice to everyone in her community.

As your representative, I will be a dedicated proponent for enhancing accessible and affordable health care, increasing support for our teachers and students, investing taxpayer dollars wisely and protecting seniors in their retirement. For too long, legislators in Harrisburg have failed to come up with workable solutions to these, and many other, important issues. Indeed, a culture of corruption has emerged in Harrisburg over the past several decades that must be addressed. A new generation of leadership will be essential to mitigating the damaging effect of representatives catering to special interests rather than prioritizing the needs of their constituency.

For the last eight years, I have seen firsthand the effect that Harrisburg’s apathy has on our community and on our children. I’ve been in the courtroom, serving as a pro bono attorney, fighting for Montgomery County’s most vulnerable children as a child advocate and court-appointed attorney. Although demanding work, serving others is my passion. I want to extend my passion for public service from the courtroom and into the halls of our government.

I would be honored to serve you — to work for you — in our state legislature. Please consider voting for me on Tuesday, Nov. 6.

— Liz Hanbidge, candidate for the 61st House District

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