As a scientist, entrepreneur, and business leader, Shaughnessy Naughton brings a unique perspective to the challenges facing Washington, DC.
“Part of the problem in Congress is that there are too many politicians and not enough common sense, small business leaders who know what it means to balance a budget, make a payroll, and create jobs. That’s why I’m running.”
Shaughnessy was born and raised in Bucks County and currently runs her family’s small business in the Eighth Congressional District, but that wasn’t her first career choice.
At Bryn Mawr College, Shaughnessy was awarded a prestigious grant to help develop a new synthesis of a drug to treat breast cancer. Her research led to Phase III clinical testing. After graduating Bryn Mawr College in 1999 with a degree in chemistry, Shaughnessy joined the team at Wyeth Laboratories as a key member of the infectious disease research group. Her work was quickly recognized and she received an early promotion to Scientist II. She was awarded two U.S. patents.
But in 2003, her family’s publishing business faced some challenges and Shaughnessy stepped in. By using a common sense approach, cutting wasteful spending, streamlining processes, and embracing 21st century technology, she was able to grow and expand the company.
Ten years later she now owns and manages all of the publishing company’s operations including magazine publishing, graphic design, and website development. As a small business owner she understands how to balance short- term losses and long-term growth, which has allowed the company to survive, thrive, and grow in one of the toughest economies since the Great Depression.
Shaughnessy’s perspective as a small business owner and a scientist will bring a totally unique and much-needed fresh approach to Washington D.C.
Born and raised in Point Pleasant, Bucks County, Shaughnessy is one of five children. She attended Gayman Elementary and graduated from Solebury School.
Shaughnessy has spent her life standing up and fighting for our shared values and to protect those who need it most. She has been a tireless advocate for at-risk youth. She tutored and mentored inner city students in the Trenton housing projects and at-risk Latino students in Philadelphia.
“Shaughnessy’s Spirit, enthusiasm and dedication inspires us. From the first time that I met her I knew that she understood the challenges facing small businesses. That is why I am so excited that she is running for congress. Shaughnessy won’t just promise results- she will deliver them. ”
Joanne N. small business owner
SHAUGHNESSY ON THE ISSUES
“What I’ve learned from being a scientist and a small business owner is that if something isn't working, you make a change. That’s why I’m running for Congress.
“Everyday, we see examples of a broken Congress, but together we have the power to make a change.
“If you're as outraged as I am about the growing squeeze on our middle class, the escalating costs of higher education, the attacks on women’s health, the quality of care for our nation’s veterans, and the do-nothing-Congress beholden to special interests, then I need your vote.
“It's time for us to hold the politicians in Washington accountable and have a voice at the table speaking for us. I will be that voice for you.” ~Shaughnessy Naughton
STANDING UP FOR THE EIGHTH DISTRICT
Middle class families across Bucks and Montgomery Counties deserve a voice at the table that understands our values and priorities. I was born and raised here. I went to school here and when asked I stepped in to help my family’s small business when it was in trouble. I believe that the policies being made by Washington-insiders are squeezing the middle class. The Eighth District deserves a Member of Congress who will fight for us and that’s why I’m focused on:
HELPING SMALL BUSINESSES RECOVER AND CREATE JOBS
Unfortunately, too many Bucks and Montgomery County employers, including my own small publishing company, were hit hard during the economic downturn. That’s why I stayed on with my family’s small business – on to keep our company alive. Today, our publishing company is on sound footing, but even as we are on the road to recovery, too many small businesses are still feeling the squeeze. As a small business owner, I know what it takes to create good, family-supporting jobs and stay competitive in the global economy. That’s why my top priorities include:
I was fortunate enough to have received a great college education. Now I want all kids in Bucks and Montgomery Counties to have the same opportunity to get a good education and to go on to higher learning. A strong education system – starting with early learning through college and career training programs – is the best way to prepare our country to compete in a global economy and continue to build a strong community here in the Eighth District. It’s time to get back to basics and invest in what we know works: early education, smaller class sizes, making higher education more affordable, and job training for those who need it. That’s why my top priorities include:
Having spent thousands of hours in a lab researching a new synthesis of a breast cancer drug and new antibiotics to treat “superbugs,” I know how important it is to champion research and innovation in the health care industry. But I also know that no matter how many breakthroughs we have, it won’t matter if the cures are out of reach of middle class families. Providing access to quality, affordable health care is one of the top challenges facing our state and our nation. The landmark passage of the Affordable Care Act provides a major step in the right direction, however, there remains work to be done. My health care priorities include:
PROTECTING SOCIAL SECURITY AND MEDICARE
I know how hard it is for our seniors to make ends meet on a fixed income. I paid (and still pay) my mom’s mortgage so that she is able to stay in her home when Social Security isn’t enough. There are thousands of seniors just like my mom who are struggling to pay the bills on a meager retirement savings. It’s just not right. I’ll oppose any plan that jeopardizes Social Security and Medicare or seeks to gamble the programs on risky privatization schemes. Our country must keep its promises to today’s seniors while preserving Social Security and Medicare for our children and grandchildren. We should focus on reducing waste, fraud and abuse in the Medicare system, improve coordination of care between doctors, hospitals and patients, and allow Medicare to better negotiate prescription drug prices.
As the granddaughter, daughter and sister of veterans, I know how much our men and women in uniform and their families sacrifice in service to our nation. And they deserve more than just our thanks. They deserve the benefits and care that our grateful nation has promised when they return home. My priorities include:
WOMEN’S HEALTH AND RIGHTS
As a woman, a scientist, and an American, I was horrified to watch the political battle raging in Washington, D.C. over basic health care and the rights of women and families. It’s dumbfounding to watch Congress continually try to turn back the clock on women’s rights – or say no to common sense economic policies like equal pay for equal work. As heads of households, small business owners, mothers, wage earners, and Americans, we not only need more people standing up for women’s rights in Washington, D.C., we need more women in Congress. That’s why some of my top priorities include:
We live in the greatest nation on earth; where equal protection is not just an ideal, but a fundamental right under the law. No one should suffer discrimination because of race, religion, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity. Whether applying for a job, finding a home, eating in a restaurant, serving in our military, or attending school, we must ensure that all citizens are treated fairly and equally. That’s why my priorities include:
Energy and the Environment
As residents of Bucks and Montgomery Counties know all too well, when we fill up our tanks or heat our homes, our nation is far too dependent on oil and gas. America is faced with a growing global demand for energy, a heavy reliance on fossil fuels, rising energy prices, and environmental concerns. As a scientist, I know climate change is real and that there are steps we need to take to protect our planet for future generations. It’s going to take American innovation and smart policies to address these critical issues and create a smart, comprehensive national energy policy. That’s why my priorities include:
Natural Gas Drilling
As a chemist, I understand that natural gas drilling has many potential public health and environmental risks. I unequivocally supports the fracking moratorium in Bucks and Montgomery Counties passed in 2012. The fracking ban in the two counties operates as both a state and federal ban; the federal ban came in 2009, when the administrators of the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) determined they needed to ban fracking along the length of the River until guidelines were drawn up.
The Delaware River, which weaves along Bucks County, contributes to the entire region: at 330 miles it is the longest American river east of the Mississippi, providing drinking water for more than 15 million people, as well as water needed for industry and irrigation for Pennsylvania’s important farming regions. Moreover, the Delaware River basin is prone to severe floods, so chemical storage near the source of so much drinking water is a serious hazard.
Fracking uses a toxic chemical cocktail called fracking fluid, but companies refuse to say what exact contaminants are in the fluid, claiming that the contents are proprietary information. Rather than allowing fracking companies to hide behind the cloak of “trade secrets,” I support full disclosure and transparency of the chemicals that drillers inject underground. It is far too big a health hazard to allow companies to drill using dangerous chemicals that can get into so many people’s drinking water.
Cutting edge research shows that natural gas drilling can be done in a safe way without adding the greenhouse gas methane to the atmosphere. While still more research is needed, in Congress, Naughton will introduce legislation mandating all fracking companies install facilities that allow for “clean gas” fracking. Naughton pledges to sponsor legislation that will require clean water experts to regulate drilling. It is still unknown, for instance, how much radon – a radioactive gas that causes lung cancer – is at fracking sites. It is also unknown whether or not gas and brine can make a path to the surface. My top priorities include:
“Thanks for signing up to learn more about my campaign for Congress. Washington is broken and the one thing we can all agree on is that we deserve better. That's why I'm running and I hope you'll be a part of our effort to create a better future for hard-working, middle class families in Pennsylvania's Eighth District.”
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