It’s less than a week from primary day, and candidates are beginning to deliver their closing statements in hopes to convince voters to support them. Rep. Allyson Schwartz is no different, and has released her closing television spot focusing on her plans and ideas if she were to become Pennsylvania’s first female governor.
The 31-second ad is appropriately entitled “Plan.” Along with Schwartz’s other ads that are airing continually throughout Pennsylvania, this one will run through the Philadelphia media market up through next week’s primary.
In fact, the ad starts up with a voice naming Schwartz as “Philadelphia’s own. Always breaking through barriers to get things done.”
A release sent out along with the ad gives reasons and examples that back up its claims. Here, Schwartz is named as such because of her record of serving Philadelphia in Congress and the Senate, along with her role in opening the first women’s health center in Philly in 1975.
“Allyson Schwartz,” the voice continues, “the first with a tough plan forcing the shale gas companies to pay their fair share.” This goes back to September 2013, when Schwartz told the Philadelphia Inquirer about her five-percent severance tax on natural gas production proposal.
The next bit of the ad breezes through Schwartz’s plans for the money gained from the severance tax and how she’ll help various levels in the education community. “The Schwartz plan: Use shale tax dollars to restore Tom Corbett’s billion-dollar education cut, expand pre-k, make college more affordable, and invest in job training to grow our economy.”
Want to get a better idea of how Schwartz wants to put her plan into action? Don’t worry, she’s got you covered. Schwartz also recently released her “One Pennsylvania” plan: a 72-page document that delves deeply into her ideas for the Commonwealth and how she wants to represent the state as a whole. She doesn’t appear to have the entire thing compiled together on her website, but her Issues page offers everything from the proposal broken down into different topics.
Two newly released polls from F&M and Harper have Schwartz in second place and third place, respectively. Opponent and former Revenue Secretary Tom Wolf remains top dog in these polls as he has for a few months now. As a matter of fact, Schwartz’s last ad that debuted earlier this month attacked Wolf and his business history.
Along with Wolf, Schwartz faces State Treasurer Rob McCord and former DEP Secretary Katie McGinty in the Democratic primary for governor next Tuesday.