A Republican state representative has announced her candidacy for the 10th State Senate District.
State Rep. Marguerite Quinn, who currently represents the 143 State Legislative District in the central and upper portion of the county, aims to take the seat currently held by Republican State Sen. Chuck McIlhinney, who announced last month he would not seek reelection.
The 10th State Senate District includes the following communities: Tullytown, Falls Township, Morrisville, Newtown Township, Newtown Borough, Lower Makefield, Upper Makefield, Doylestown Borough, Doylestown Township and a number of other towns in the central and upper portions of Bucks County.
Quinn, who has been in the state House since 2006, has been known for her “bipartisan efforts to increase access to quality healthcare and update the Commonwealth’s laws to regulate the use of telemedicine,” according to her campaign.
The campaign touted Quinn’s work to address the opioid epidemic, supporting budgets with education funding, working to increase access to healthcare, bring fiscal discipline to Harrisburg, support open space programs and efforts to design the natural gas impact tax.
“I will bring pragmatic, independent leadership to the Senate and continue standing up for taxpayers and our communities,” Quinn said in a statement. “Whether it has been stopping the largest ever proposed tax increase in history, delivering record funding for schools, or working to preserve the unique character of our communities, I have always worked to bring responsible, effective representation to the issues while saying no to political games.”
Quinn said she is tired to “political posturing” and wants to listen to all sides in government.
“I am proud that the people I represent know me as someone who doesn’t fit into partisan boxes on the issues, and that is something I will continue as senator,” she said.
Quinn was born and raised in Bucks County. She graduated from Archbishop Wood High School in Warminster and graduated from St. Joseph’s University with a degree in International Relations. Before running for office, Quinn worked as a realtor, marketing professional and volunteer teacher in American Samoa.
Quinn lives in Doylestown with her husband John. She is the mother to two daughters and three stepchildren. She had a granddaughter.
Lower Makefield resident Steve Santarsiero, a former state representative, announced his Democratic candidacy for the 10th State Senate District last month.
If elected, Quinn would be the first woman to represent the 10th State Senate District.