Featured Candidate: Susan Rzucidlo, House District 158
September 24, 2014 | By Brandon Cwalina
If you ask Susan Rzucidlo why she's running for state representative, she'll tell you that she's never been one to take injustice lying down. She's always been a vocal advocate for the underserved in her Chester County community, and now she's seeking to represent the 158th district to continue to stand up for what is right for the people of her community and Pennsylvania.
Susan is a strong advocate for Chester County's most vulnerable citizens. She is the president of SPEAK Unlimited Inc., a nonprofit that helps people with disabilities obtain necessary services, and she's worked with local county government to make sure children with disabilities receive proper medical services.
Susan is also a co-founder of Pennsylvania's Premise Alert System, a program that allows disabled individuals and their families inform local police and 911 centers about their medical conditions in case of an emergency. She and her co-creator gifted the program to the Pennsylvania state government in 2008, and it has since been replicated by state governments in Illinois and Wisconsin, as well as other communities across the country and in Canada.
"I fight to make sure that our most vulnerable citizens are being treated equally and fairly under the law. We have to be able to protect all Pennsylvanians. When I advocate for a family or an individual who needs help, I fight to ensure they receive the support they deserve under the law and that they are treated fairly and equally."
Susan has lived in Chester County her entire life, and part of the reason she and her husband decided to raise their four children in the area was because of its excellent public schools. But with Tom Corbett as governor, school districts across the state have suffered cutbacks. Susan knows that a high-quality public education system is vital to Pennsylvania's future success. That's why she'll fight to restore Corbett's $1 billion cuts to education.
"Education is the key to success for the individual, the state, and the nation. An educated workforce is essential for economic growth and prosperity. We cannot improve education by making catastrophic cuts in the education budget. We have to fairly fund our schools."
Susan is also a successful local business owner. She and her husband own Silent Z Farms, which supplies hay and straw for area businesses and farms, and together they have grown jobs and opportunities in the region. If elected, Susan will work to bring good-paying jobs to Pennsylvania, rebuild the middle class, and bring fiscal responsibility to state government.
"Everyone benefits when a state has a positive business environment. I know how to create that environment because I've done it in Chester County. As a small business owner who built a business from the ground up, I know what businesses need to succeed, and I have a plan to grow Pennsylvania's economy."
Chairwoman of the Campaign for a Fresh Start Katie McGinty applauds Susan's dedication: "Susan's record of advocacy speaks for itself. She knows what's important to the people of Chester County, and if she's elected to represent the 158th, she will use her advocacy experience to serve the people of her district with integrity and strength. I'm proud to support Susan because I know she'll help to bring a fresh start to the state House."
Susan knows that legislators have a responsibility to advocate for their constituents, and she looks forward to taking on this responsibility if elected to represent the 158th district.
"I have been challenged in many ways as an advocate, and I have proven myself to be a strong and ethical leader. I believe that government can and should be accountable and accessible. If elected, I will be the voice of 158th district residents in Harrisburg."
Read more about Susan's campaign at her website, http://www.susanforpa.com.