Candidate for: State Representative—District 34
Abigail Salisbury is a solo attorney with a practice focused on serving nonprofits and small businesses which might otherwise not have access to legal services. She is in her fifth year on Swissvale Borough Council and served the past two years as Council President. With her background as a small business owner, lawyer, and municipal elected official, Abigail focuses on getting things done from a bottom-up, nuts-and-bolts, practical point of view.
As Council President, Abigail developed her “Service, Safety, Success” approach to servant leadership, which she brings with her into her campaign for PA House District 34. The most important thing about being a public servant is right there in the name: serving the public. That is why constituent services form the bedrock of the Salisbury for PA platform. She wants the Representative’s office to be a place in which community members feel they can seek assistance and exchange ideas.
We all want to live in safe communities that are environmentally healthy and policed in careful, appropriate ways. That is why Abigail Salisbury led efforts to implement composting programs in Swissvale, removing 25 tons of waste annually from the trips to the dump and turning it into fertilizer instead. It is also why she reformed the police hiring process when she was elected by her peers to serve as Swissvale Council President, making it a collaborative process that is focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion principles, as well as de-escalation and accountability. Finally, we deserve safe infrastructure that does not fall down and endanger lives. Abigail had to deal with the collapse of Swissvale’s municipal building as Council President, as well as landslides and sewer inadequacies, and she recognizes that we cannot continue to ignore our area’s deterioration any longer.
Success is vital to the future of our region and its residents. Everyone deserves an opportunity to attend high-quality schools that provide a great education and set up students for careers of their choosing, whether they pursue a trade or go to college. Abigail believes in the importance of small businesses to creating jobs, revitalizing once-vibrant commercial business districts, and building the culture of our communities. Abigail Salisbury believes that we must foster and project success in our region.