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During the months leading up to the May 17th Primary election, Q Hubo contacted every candidate who would appear on primary ballots in Lebanon County except for state committee candidates.

Alisher Aminov

Primary Election – May 17, 2022

Candidate Profiles have allowed candidates to speak directly to their constituency and answer questions specifically related to the offices they are running for. Interviews were conducted via telephone or zoom directly with candidates who were not given a preset list of questions that would be asked.

During the months leading up to the May 17th Primary election, Q Hubo contacted every candidate who would appear on primary ballots in Lebanon County except for state committee candidates.

Below is the complete list of all candidates by party affiliation with linked candidate interviews (in blue) for every candidate who responded along with a brief profile outline. In addition, candidates who did not respond are indicated along with a link; click on candidate’s name to view each candidate’s platform directly from their websites.

Republican Primary Candidates listed according to race:

Candidates for Governor of Pennsylvania

Charlie Gerow said the primary staple of his campaign’s platform is revitalizing Pennsylvania’s economy, bringing jobs back to the state, and creating a world-class education system that can provide a workforce with the capability to fuel economic growth.

  • Doug Mastriano (Republican) did not respond to be interviewed.
  • Nche Zama (Republican) did not respond to be interviewed.
  • Lou Barletta (Republican) did not Respond to be interviewed.
  • Bill McSwain (Republican) did not respond to be interviewed.
  • David White (Republican) did not respond to be interviewed.
  • Melissa Hart (Republican) did not have a contact form.
  • Joe Gale (Republican) did not respond to be interviewed.

Candidates for Lt. Governor of Pennsylvania

Diamond said that if he were elected, he would focus on fulfilling the duties assigned to the Lt. Governor according to the Pennsylvania State Constitution, which includes presiding as the President of the Senate and being the chairperson for the Board of Pardons and the Emergency Management Council. 

James Earl Jones’s platform can be summed up with the “four basic E’s” – economy, environment, education, and energy, and he has developed a 3-5 year comprehensive plan. Jones said that he has drawn from his extensive experience working as a businessman to develop his platform, which uniquely qualifies him to target each area.

  • Jeff Coleman (Republican) did not respond to be interviewed.

Candidates for United States Senate:

  • David McCormick (Republican) did not respond to be interviewed.
  • Mehmet Oz (Republican) did not respond to be interviewed.
  • Kathy Barnette (Republican) did respond but did not schedule an interview.
  • John Bartos (Republican) did not respond to be interviewed.
  • Carla Sands (Republican) did not respond to be interviewed.
  • Sean Gale (Republican) did not respond to be interviewed.
  • George Bochetto (Republican) did not respond to be interviewed. 

Candidates for Pennsylvania State Representative:

  • John Schlegel (Republican) 101 Legislative District: did not respond to be interviewed.
  • Russ Diamond (Republican) 102 Legislative District: was interviewed (see above).
  • Faith Bucks (Republican) 98 Legislative District: did not respond to be interviewed.
  • Lu Ann Fahndrich (Republican) 98 Legislative District: did not respond to be interviewed.
  • Tom Jones (Republican) 98 Legislative District: did not respond to be interviewed.

Candidate for State Senate- 48th district:

Candidate for U.S. Congress 9th District:

  • Dan Meuser– Republican: did not respond to be interviewed.

Democratic Primary Candidates listed according to race:

Candidates for Governor of Pennsylvania

The foundation of Josh Shapiro’s platform is to build “an economy that lifts everybody up, by creating stable good-paying jobs, attracting businesses to Pennsylvania, cutting taxes and lowering costs for families, investing in workers, especially workers who have been shut out of our economy for too long, Latino workers, Black workers and others who have just never been giving a shot.”

Candidates for Lt. Governor of Pennsylvania

  • Brian Sims (Democrat) responded but did not schedule interview.
  • Ray Sosa (Democrat) did not respond to be interviewed.

Candidates for United States Senate:

When asked what three legislative issues are crucial to her campaign, Khalil said she is devoted to 1) Medicare for All, 2) Education Reform, and 3) Manufacturing. She said that another issue equally important to her is addressing homelessness.

Malcolm Kenyatta said that the primary staple of his platform is what he calls “America’s Basic Bargain,” which he explained is a person’s ability to be financially stable on one good job, their children can go to a good school, they can go to see a doctor if they get sick (and afford prescribed medication), and can retire with a level of dignity.

  • Conor Lamb (Democrat) did not respond to be interviewed.

Candidates for Pennsylvania State Representative:

  • Cavi Miller (Democrat) 101 Legislative District: did respond but did not schedule interview (no website).
  • Laura Quick (Democrat) 102 Legislative District: was interviewed (no website)

When asked about the platform of her campaign, Quick said that one of the most significant issues she wants to address is the lack of people-focus in our state government. She said the current General Assembly is filled with “partisan bickering” and not focused on the issues that affect the people’s day-to-day lives living in Pennsylvania.

  • Mark Temons (Democrat) 98 Legislative District: did not respond to be interviewed.
  • Yesenia Rodriguez (Demcoract) 116 Legislative District: contacted Q Hubo for interview.

The primary staple of Yesenia Rodriguez’s platform is education reform. She said, if elected, she plans to work towards developing partnerships with various groups to establish recreational centers or areas for youth so young people can be in safe and facilitated environments.

Candidate for Pennsylvania State Senate- 48th district:

  • Calvin Clements (Democrat) Chose to publish an article as an Op-ed, was not interviewed. (no website)

Candidates for U.S. Congress 9th District:

Waldman said that the primary staple of her platform for her campaign is a people centric approach. She said that as a member of the community, she does not feel as though she (or the people around her) currently have a “seat at the table” or are actively made part of the conversation.

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