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Michael Tomlinson
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Former candidate for
Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 173
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
High schoolFather Judge High School
Bachelor'sTemple University
Campaign website
Michael Tomlinson was a 2014 Republican candidate for District 173 of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.


Campaign themes


Tomlinson's campaign website highlighted the following issues:[1]


  • Excerpt: "More charter schools and vouchers to give school choice to parents and children. Disband the disgraceful School Reform Commission. Replace the School Reform Commission with a local board comprised of diverse civic-minded residents, public & charter school teachers and credible local small and corporate business people. Conduct a complete review of school operations and a full audit of where the money is being spent. This will eliminate the waste, political patronage and corruption of our local and state tax dollars and place control and accountability with the parents and citizens of the school district. You should not have to win the lottery to send your child to a good school."


  • Excerpt: "Reform the crushing regulations driving businesses out of our city. Initiate tort reform to eliminate ‘law suit abuse’ which will improve the business environment. Revise the City and State business tax code, which is overly burdensome, complicated and is a cesspool for special interest and political lobbyists. Legislation requiring the Commonwealth and the City to fund pension plans as part of the Annual Fiscal Budgets; rather than, passing this debt on to our children and grandchildren. These items, combined with a more educated workforce will draw technology and higher skilled jobs to our city."


  • Excerpt: "We need government reform. Support current legislation to reduce the number of State Senators and Representatives saving an estimated $60 million per year. Eliminate known wasteful spending such as taxpayer-funded mailings by our elected officials costing an estimated $14 million per year. Finally, demand that your elected officials submit an annual proposal to reduce government and wasteful spending. We need to reduce the individual tax burden and put the money back in the hands of the taxpayer."


  • Excerpt: "Methadone clinics DO NOT work. The millions of dollars spent on inadequate methadone treatment should be spent on fully contained drug treatment facilities where the people with this disease can be treated and fully recover rather than wandering the streets."



See also: Pennsylvania House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Pennsylvania House of Representatives took place in 2014. A primary election took place on May 20, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 11, 2014. Michael Tomlinson was unopposed in the Republican primary, while Michael Driscoll defeated Paul Definis and Dennis Kilderry, Jr. in the Democratic primary. Arlen Curtis Larue, Sr. (D) was removed from the ballot on March 28, 2014. Tomlinson was defeated by Driscoll in the general election.[2][3][4]

Pennsylvania House of Representatives District 173, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMichael Driscoll 67% 8,360
     Republican Michael Tomlinson 33% 4,109
Total Votes 12,469
Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 173 Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMichael Driscoll 62.9% 3,146
Dennis Kilderry, Jr. 21.5% 1,075
Paul Definis 15.5% 777
Total Votes 4,998


See also: Pennsylvania State Senate elections, 2012

Tomlinson ran in the 2012 election for Pennsylvania Senate District 5. Tomlinson ran unchallenged in the Republican primary on April 24 and was defeated by incumbent Mike Stack (D) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012. [5][6]

Pennsylvania State Senate, District 5, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMike Stack Incumbent 71.6% 65,587
     Republican Michael Tomlinson 28.4% 25,954
Total Votes 91,541


Tomlinson is married and has four children. He is legally blind.[7]

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