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JOHN RITTER is asking for your vote to WIN the PA-25 Legislative District seat.

MY GOAL is to represent our district at the State Capitol and to serve the residents and businesses in our neighborhoods.

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WHAT IS PA-25?

Pennsylvania's 25th Legislative District includes about 60,000 fellow citizens within the neighborhoods of Plum, Monroeville, Pitcairn, Wall, East McKeesport, East Pittsburgh, McKeesport, North Versailles, Wall, Wilmerding; and parts of Murrysville, Turtle Creek, and Trafford.

For me.... home!

Our district has been served by a single approach for a good while. I am running as a candidate with the vision to move our district forward.

John Ritter's Three Areas of Focus:

IMPROVING the ECONOMY

I am focused on THE ECONOMY.

  • What is our current Representative's plan to get everyone back to work safely and quickly?

  • The current plan is Not Working; And the "extended unemployment" approach equates to "borrowing from ourselves". How does that work, exactly?

  • Silence is NOT golden. Coddling constituents in challenging times is NOT leadership. I HAVE imagination and want to get our region back to the work-and-reward model.

  • I've served as a Board Member of the Gateway School District for over eight years, helping to oversee critical business functions. Other area businesses will benefit from my application of a consistent, prudent, and reasonable approach.

  • Recall that our region boasted strong economic, residential, and industrial growth until the model of individual challenge was replaced with increasing government dependence beginning a few decades ago.

IMPROVING the QUALITY of EDUCATION

I am focused on the subject of EDUCATION

  • My immediate family of democrats, republicans, and independents has earned more than 25 college degrees and/or trade school certificates and have been solidly based in our region.

  • A large, diverse family offers the advantage of a wide, natural circle of voices - each respected, each appreciated. This also happens to be the proper model for a healthy educational environment.

  • I have personally paid off all of my college loans (a long time ago!).

  • John Ritter is a thought leader with vision:

    • John has served on the School Board for over eight years.

    • Named liaison to Pennsylvania School Board Association (PSBA) by the Gateway School Board.

    • John knows the Harrisburg education maze and understands that narrowly-focused groups may not always have our students and parents/guardians broader interests in view.

  • John serves on Health Level Seven (HL7), International's "Education Advisory Council" -- helping to provide education worldwide regarding health care information technology standards. John also co-created and taught certain HL7 Educational Tutorials and provided Ambassador Briefings around the world.

  • John is the principal author of the HL7 SHIFT (School Health Innovation Framework leveraging Technology) document -- educating all school health stakeholders on techniques for improving students' health, safety, and security.

  • John’s extensive knowledge of giving, receiving, and creating education via a professional and imaginative process is a bonus for our region.

  • John has balanced the abstract demands of community and educational requirements and the nuts and bolts of opportunities, budgets, contracts, and personnel.

  • John has the vision and practical experience that can benefit our local schools.

IMPROVING COMPETENCY through the pursuit of EXCELLENCE

I am focused on the issue of basic COMPETENCY and CHARACTER

My list of community service (outside of professional employment) includes:

  • Gateway School District Board member and Vice President. Volunteer High School Head Diving coach. Volunteer High School Track & Field coach.

  • John illustrates his vision of service by tackling the tough issues of International health standards.

  • HL7 International (Health Care Standards Development organization) Fellow, Volunteer of the Year, and Ambassador.

  • Health Care Standards evangelist for Central and South America.

  • Founder, HL7 International Mentoring Committee (targeting outreaches to the continent of Africa).

  • Masters in Computer Science Applications; Bachelors in Computer Science; Bachelors in Health Education.

  • Keystone HIMSS Board of Director member and Advocacy Chair.

  • HIMSS Chapter Advocacy Roundtable Vice-Chair North-Eastern U.S. (past).

  • ISO Technical Committee 215 (Healthcare Informatics) U.S. Technical Advisory Group member (past).

  • National Day of Prayer, local committee member.

  • National Motto Group, local founder.

 

COMPETENCY: I was granted high-level security clearance early in my career. I have co-authored natiointernational health information technology standards. I am a joint holder of two health information technology patents. I am a former quality Athlete: a high school and college record holder. I am also a musician and produced a record album.

  1. Government

    • Government makes a poor master, father, husband, friend, or god.

    • Government can be a good servant, if vigilantly managed.

  2. Natural Resources

    • Minerals, energy, soil, water, plants, animals, sunlight, and time are natural resources that are good, but that can be misused.

    • One of government’s roles is to establish ways for people to manage natural resources well.

  3. Human Resources

    • Civility, chivalry, heroism, valor, gentleness, excellence, forgiveness, deference, benefit-of-the-doubt, hard work, nobility, commitment, honesty, persistence, accountability, fairness, kindness, etc., are positive human attributes and resources.

    • One of government’s roles is to promote, encourage, and protect positive human resources and to resist negative ones.

    • “Families” are one of our greatest human resources.

  4. Marriage

    • Marriage is good, as are many such institutions; but they can be misused.

    • Why redefine that which is good?

  5. Debt

    • Debt crushes people, businesses, and nations.

    • Bequeathing our debt to the next generation is a strange inheritance indeed.

    • Passing our debt to our children does not eliminate the debt.

    • We’ve unwisely dug a deep pit for ourselves, and then fallen into it.

    • It is unfair to expect the next generation to pay the consequences of our misuse of money.

  6. Alcohol / Marijuana / Gambling / Smoking

    • Self-indulgent pleasures can become self-destructive traps (that can hurt others, as well).

    • Why take the bait?

    • A gentleman should avoid such traps and, if possible, offer to help those who are trapped.

  7. Abortion

    • Aborting a baby hurts the baby.

    • It is wrong to hurt a person.

    • There can be no “right” to do wrong.

    • Roe-v-Wade and Doe-v-Bolton are currently the prevailing opinions of certain courts and of many citizens. Why?

    • Our Kids: Alive, Safe, Educated,… then employed. (Being disqualified before the contest begins, how can one run the race?)

    • (See John’s short story “Three Dreams” for insight into his rationale and strategy regarding those whom God created in His Image and Likeness).

  8. Firearms

    • The right of the citizens to keep and bear arms in defense of themselves and the State shall not be questioned.

    • One who hurts an innocent person should be held accountable.

  9. Education

    • It is a parent’s responsibility to feed and clothe a child’s body, educate a child’s mind, and train a child’s heart.

    • Certified, professional teachers help parents fulfill their duty to educate their children’s minds. Thus, teaching is a noble profession.

    • Education is also a business. A business must be financially sound.

  10. Liberty

    • Liberty, when unaccompanied by other virtues, degenerates into the emptiness and tyranny of “me, myself, and I”.

    • Liberty, under constraint and accompanied by contentment, is great gain.

    • One who is bound, cannot free others.

    • “True liberty” does not come from other people and cannot be taken away by other people.

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How to contribute to John Ritter:

Thanks for helping others hear about our desire to serve. Please send your contributions via check -- made out to "Monroeville Republican Committee" and add "Support for John Ritter" on the memo line; mail to “Fred Carlson, MRC Treasurer; 118 Monticello Dr, Monroeville PA, 15146.

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