Republican state Sen. Dominic Pileggi is seeking his second full term in office representing the 9th Senatorial District in Pennsylvania.The 50-year-old Republican and former mayor of Chester was elected in a special election in 2002 following the death of Sen. Clarence Bell. He was elected to his first full term as state senator in 2004. In 2006 he became senate majority leader.

Pileggi has been endorsed by the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation.

As previously reported, he has as a main goal a resolution to school funding in the state, and balancing who should have control over education, the state or the local districts.

Another school related issue has been the federal No Child Left Behind program.

"I believe the premise of No Child Left Behind is sound but its implementation has been flawed," he said recently.

He said he believes in regular testing of students so their progress can be measured to determine areas that need improvement.

Yet, "there are obvious flaws in the program as it is currently structured. It rewards school districts that have better performance while penalizing those school districts, typically in urban areas, where additional funding is urgently needed to improve educational standards," Pileggi said.

With regard to health care, Pileggi was one of several senators to introduce Health NET PA, what he said is "a package of legislation that will improve health care access and affordability solutions from many different perspectives. It allows people easier access to health care insurance and expands health clinics in our communities," calling it "the most cost-effective way to provide direct health care to people who otherwise would not have access."

This $100 million program would cover more than 500,000 people not currently insured, he said. The plan would also expand the availability of health care to provide "medical homes" for 175,000 working poor clients. This, he said, would ease pressure on hospital emergency rooms.

Prior to becoming mayor of Chester, Pileggi was a city councilman for four years and a board member of the Chester-Upland School District.

He got into politics initially, he said, because he was "unhappy with the directions the school district and that city were headed. Rather than complain, I decided to get involved and work to make a difference in the community."

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