Friday, May 29, 2009

Renee Butts for State Represenative


At a campaign event for GOP Controller candidate Bob Sypniewski a few weeks ago Renee Butts announced that she will be seeking the Republican nomination for the 118th State Rep District seat held by Democrat Mike Carroll.


Renee is a resident of Laflin and graduated from Coughlin High School in Wilkes-Barre. She got a BA in English from Kings College and her Masters from Wilkes University. Her hot issues are reducing property taxes, cutting wasteful spending in Harrisburg and opposes tolls on I-80. She wants to crack down on puppy mills and has a Husky named Reagan. Butts made a short speech emphasizing that she wasn't going to run away from the area like so many people who have aspirations to be a teacher but don't have the political connections to get hired. She said she will stand and fight.


She should have a website up soon. I asked her for a statement on her candidacy:

My name is Renee Butts and I am running for State Representative for the 118th Legislative District. I will cut wasteful government spending and thus lower taxes. I shall encourage more businesses offering more desirable jobs to come to our area to help combat the brain drain. I will make some changes in our state that will benefit the taxpayers.
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I have been an active member of Voice of the People USA since 2007. We have spoken out for legal immigration, spoken out against drugs and crime in our communities, spoken out for free speech, and spoken out vehemently against wasteful government spending. Pennsylvania ranks 44th in the country for personal income growth. I'm hoping to better this deplorable statistic.
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I have also worked for Luzerne County Commissioner Steve Urban. He has been a mentor and role model to me.

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I have also volunteered at His Resting Place Maternity Home to tutor a woman residing there as well as teaching a free creative writing class. I have been closely involved with the my father, Bob Butts, in his Kindness Grant program. Among the Kindness Grants we have distributed, we have given to Wyoming Seminary Lower School to promote empathy among students and also we gave a Kindness Grant to an animal shelter to save a Siberian Husky with heart worms.

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I have taken education courses at Wilkes University and completed my student teaching at Pittston Area. I am well-aware of the wasteful spending of school districts, the rife nepotism, the problems within our educational system, and also the struggles of working parents to be there for their children.
I possess a BA from King's College in English/Writing and an MA in Creative Writing from Wilkes University. Cee Kay Auto is our family business. I am in touch with the struggles facing business owners and their employees.
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I will, if the people choose me, hold monthly town hall meetings - each in a different area of the 118th - to address the concerns of the taxpayers and to keep them informed of what is taking place in the PA House. I am hoping that we can work together to revitalize Pennsylvania.


She has experience speaking to a crowd like this address to the anti-immigrant group Voice of the People in May 2008.





18 comments:

Anonymous said...

sounds like she is either running for governor or doesn't understand the role of state rep

Anonymous said...

Well you are right, the role of the State rep in Luzerne County is to help get your friends state jobs and make recommendations for county jobs, they are like this except YUDDY.

How is wanting to control spending and cutting taxers a job for the Gov and not the State Rep?
Last time i checked normally legislatures are suppose to make decision and the gov has a veto. I agree the voice of the people has little to do with State Rep, but she was just giving background, her issues she wants to work on taxes and spending are the role of state reps.

The key to the Republican revival is attractive woman candidates not named Sarah Palin.

Anonymous said...

oh what is her position on little league bats?

Anonymous said...

I'm sure she was NOT A LIFE LONG RESIDENT od LAFIN. Check the voting records of LACKAWANNA COUNTY.

Hi Steve Urban...

jollyRepublican said...

She is not a lifelong resident of Laflin...Check her voter registration history...she has been a resident of Lackawanna County. When Steve Urban hired her, the newspapers said she was from Moosic.

Gort said...

My error. She did mention that she lived in Moosic for a short time.

Professor Milburn Cleaver, OPA said...

Now, this is truly one youngster worthy of consideration. If only more of our youth had her commitiment, tenacity, and ideals. It would most certainly make my job a lot easier.

Anonymous said...

Steve Urban's her mentor, huh? That's something. Will his support for a Luzerne County Republican in this race disappear like it did the last time this race had GOP opposition?

Big Dan said...

I watched the video, she sounds like a nut.

Big Dan said...

Renee: was Barack "Hussein" Obama..."pallin' around with terrists", too?

Big Dan said...

How's that $2 million Barletta cost the Hazleton taxpayers "workin' out" for 'em?

Dana said...

Well, she certainly looks better than either Mike Carroll or my state representative, the-man-who-has-never-held-a-real-job-in-his-life Keith McCall! That, alone, makes her a great candidate.

But one thing I dislike is people campaigning against high property taxes running for offices which have nothing to do with property taxes. It was wrong when Ed Rendell told us, in 2002, that he was going to raise the state income tax but, not to worry, he'd cut our property taxes. The governor has some power over the state income tax, but none over local property taxes, and, as expected, Mr Rendell kept half of his promise! :(

Anonymous said...

drink more water... add sea salt and all the woes of the world will be cured..

Anonymous said...

I'd give her a chance to speak into my microphone.

Anonymous said...

Dana, I agree that there are local positions in municipalities, school districts, and counties that have a more direct tie to property taxes but a good state legislature can keep property taxes in check. I'd give her a chance to see what she can do.

Questdriven said...

I'll certainly be pulling for Renee. We need more people like that.

Barry said...

The whole baseball bat controversy made me think Carrol was loopy. As my wife says "Isn't there more important stuff than that. So maybe the republican babe has a chance. Let us just hope she has a cleaner record then most republicans who run against incumbent Dems.

Anonymous said...

She's not even staying in pa, she's moving. who cares