| Bucks County Courier Times
Tina Davis, a Democrat from Bristol Township who has represented the 141st Legislative District in the state General Assembly for the past 10 years, has fended off a challenge by Kelly Bellerby-Allen, a Republican, also from Bristol Township, who operates a hair and nail salon in Bristol Borough.
With all precincts reporting, unofficial results Thursday morning had Davis with more than 61% of the vote, 17,272 to Bellerby-Allen’s 10,806. About 28,000 mail-in and absentee ballots remained uncounted, county-wide.
Both women said they are people persons, who want to help their constituents if they are voted into office.
Davis views her chief goals for the upcoming term as keeping people safe and dealing with the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic. She wants to make sure that the unemployed can get the financial assistance they need and that children and teachers can get back to school safely.
She would like to see tax credits for companies that offer daycare support to their workers who need it, and wants to close off “the Delaware loophole” so that firms that have their corporate headquarters there but do business in Pennsylvania would be required to pay their fair share of taxes here.
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Bellerby-Allen wants to ensure the state income tax doesn’t rise above 3.07%, saying the commonwealth is facing a shortfall of billions of dollars due to the COVID crisis and the state needs to get people back to work. “Grants available to businesses in Pennsylvania need to be more accessible to the small businesses that are the backbone of our state,” she said.
She said the response to the COVID crisis needs to begin at home. Families need to make sure that their members who have been exposed quarantine, and people should be notified of outbreaks in their area.
While Bellerby-Allen believes legalizing marijuana would allow taxation of the marijuana products and contribute to the Pennsylvania economy, Davis said it will contribute but she’s more interested in taxing the shale industry and closing the Delaware loophole as more viable ways to bring needed tax revenue to the state.