Betsy Summers

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Betsy Summers
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Candidate for
Pennsylvania Auditor
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Betsy Summers was a Libertarian Party candidate for Pennsylvania Auditor in the 2012 elections.[1]



See also: Pennsylvania down ballot state executive elections, 2012

Summers ran for Pennsylvania Auditor in 2012. She faced three challengers in the general election on November 6, 2012, which was won by Democrat Eugene DePasquale.[2]

Pennsylvania Auditor General General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngEugene DePasquale 49.7% 2,729,565
     Republican John Maher 46.4% 2,548,767
     Libertarian Betsy Summers 3.8% 210,786
Total Votes 5,489,118
Election Results via Pennsylvania Department of State.


See also: Pennsylvania State Senate elections, 2010

Summers was a Libertarian candidate for District 14 of the Pennsylvania State Senate. The general election was on November 2.

Democrat John Yudichak defeated Summers and Republican Stephen Urban in the November 2 general election.[3]

Campaign themes

Summers lists 20 issues on her issues page:[4]

  • Ballot Access Excerpt: “Fair ballot access will give you more choices, and the major parties more competition.”
  • Property and School Taxes Excerpt: “I will work with organizations like CAPTAXES to stabilize school funding and eliminate school property taxes.”
  • Pensions Excerpt: “I will work to eliminate pensions for all elected officials.”
  • Size of Government Excerpt: “I will work to once again make our legislature Part-Time and limit staff and offices.”
  • Per Diems Excerpt: “I pledge not to take any compensation without a valid receipt for the product or services.”
  • Term Limits Excerpt: “I will be an advocate of term limits.”
  • Taxes Excerpt: “I will oppose and vote against any and all efforts to increase taxes” and “will vote no on budgets that make no sense and harm the citizens.”
  • State Budget Excerpt: “Any future budget needs to be balanced, by cutting government spending until revenue equals expenses.”
  • Marcellus Shale Excerpt: “Before any more wells can be started, the General Assembly needs to put an immediate moratorium on drilling and draft any legislation necessary to guarantee the residents of Pennsylvania that our natural resources will be preserved.”
  • Veterans Issues Excerpt: “I will be a strong advocate for veterans. This is perhaps the only area of government that I feel spending should be maintained if not increased.”
  • 2nd Amendment Gun Rights Excerpt: “I will not compromise on any issue that restricts the rights of law abiding citizens to bear arms.”
  • Real ID / National ID Excerpt: “I say NO to Real ID and if elected, I will help in the fight to reject Real ID in Pennsylvania.”
  • Medical Marijuana Excerpt: “This was a viable option that if approved, would be regulated with guidelines on when it could be prescribed by a licensed physician and how it could be dispensed.”
  • Tolling I-80 Excerpt: “If Interstate 80 is to become a toll road, the tolls collected should be only used to maintain Interstate 80, not mass transit in Philadelphia or Pittsburg[h].”
  • Public Corruption Excerpt: “It is time to send new people to Harrisburg. People with new ideas, people who are not politically connected, people who are outsiders and have the best interests of all Pennsylvanians at heart, and not lining their own pockets with perks, pensions and payoffs.”
  • BonusGate Excerpt: “The Grand Jury recommend[ed]: 1: Per Diem payments should be eliminated ore reduced to actual expenses (with receipts). 2: The General Assembly becomes a true part-time legislature. 3: Budget planning process must be open and transparent.”
  • Special Interests Excerpt: “My vote is my own, and will be cast in the service of the people of the 14th District and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.”
  • PHEAA Excerpt: “We need to hold the top executives and board members, (16 of whom are State Senators and Representatives) accountable for the waste and squandering of taxpayer dollars that should have been used for student grants.”
  • DCED Excerpt: “Considering Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate the DCED OGP [Opportunity Grant Program] needs an audit with a full accounting of grants issued. It also needs to be determined if our tax dollars are actually working to benefit our communities and increasing employment or if this department is just another bureaucracy that costs us more than we gain from its intended purpose.”
  • General Assembly Excerpt: “As your State Senator I would ask that the Governor call for an audit and that the Attorney General issue an opinion that there is no violation of the State Constitution to have the Auditor General audit the Legislatures financial accounts. If that doesn’t happen I would petition the court to make a ruling on Article VIII Section 10. If these measures fail we would need to have a constitutional amendment.”

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