CAI’s Inaugural Legislative Scorecard Grades Poconos Candidates on Community Association Issues

Oct 28, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DATE:             October 28, 2014

CONTACT:     Tony Campisi, (610) 783-1315 x11, tony@cai-padelval.org


See Responses from Candidates in Senate District 40 and House District 189


King of Prussia, PA.: Owners in private communities in the Poconos are encouraged to familiarize themselves with legislative candidates’ positions on issues impacting community associations before voting on November 4, 2014. To assist in that voter education effort, Community Associations Institute’s Pennsylvania Legislative Action Committee (PA LAC) is pleased to announce the results of our inaugural Legislative Scorecard with information on candidates running for the 40th State Senate District in Northampton and Monroe Counties, and the 189th State House District in Monroe and Pike Counties. The full legislative scorecard is available on CAI’s website.

PA LAC created a short questionnaire, sent to candidates via email, that sought the opinions of legislative candidates regarding issues of importance to community associations and issued a score to each candidate that completed the survey. Mario Scavello, the Republican candidate in the 40th Senate District, earned an A on the scorecard. His Democratic opponent did not respond to the survey. In the 189th Legislative District, incumbent Republican Rosemary Brown and Democratic challenger Liz Forrest both earned an A on the scorecard.

“CAI is pleased to offer this voter education tool in advance of next week’s election,” said Tony Campisi, executive director. “Increasingly, Bills impacting community associations are introduced in the state legislature. In the current session, we had bills that would have increased meeting quorums to 50%, opened a vast array of meetings and documents to all owners in the communities, and granted a state income tax deduction for owners in community associations that do not receive certain municipal services from local governments. The positions that legislators and candidates take on these and other issues should factor into a voters decision if they live in a condominium or planned community in Pennsylvania,” said Campisi. “Your home is your most important investment and how government regulates those that live in community associations can be a significant issue,” Campisi added.

While the response rate to this inaugural legislative survey was low, CAI intends to conduct such a survey in each year where legislative elections are held. “If a candidate did not respond to our survey, constituents and voters should ask why,” said Campisi. 

CAI is a 33,000 member organization dedicated to building better communities. Working in partnership with 60 state and regional chapters—including the Pennsylvania & Delaware Valley Chapter—CAI provides information, education and resources to associations and the professionals who support them. Our mission is to inspire professionalism, effective leadership and responsible citizenship, ideals reflected in communities that are preferred places to call home. CAI and the Pennsylvania Legislative Action Committee is not a PAC. CAI does not make candidate endorsements nor does it make contributions to candidates. For more information, call 877-608-9777 or visit www.cai-padelval.org.

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