Past:State Representative—District 36
Working towards a better future, a future that is better for us all. Good day I am Heather Kass, and I’m running for State House of Representatives for the 36th District in the upcoming April primary. I am true Pittsburgher for life, after being raised by blue collar parents on the South Side Slopes, I graduated David B. Oliver Law Magnet program in 1989. I have been a member of the South Hills all my life. I am married to my best friend, and I have 2 adult children. We raised our children with a strong believe in respect, honesty, and love of family. This also comes from our Christian core believes that we strive to live every day.
After becoming a mother, I returned to school at Western School of Health and Business where I earned an Associate’s degrees in Certified Medical Assistant and a second Associates degree in Certified Nursing Assistant. I have worked within the medical field for over 26 years and have loved every new journey I took. I have earned my Certified Practical Coder license which is nationally recognized. At the age of 47, I decided return to school for my Bachelor’s Degree, and realized I had to start from the beginning which is a challenge I embrace.
Having served as a committee member on the 29th Ward Democratic board for a period of 2 years I believe I have gained a deeper understanding of the specific issues that affect our district. I now feel that the time has come for me to seek elected office. I want to bring positive solutions and fresh ideas to the State Legislation by running for State Representative of the 36th District.
There are several key issues that will be the focus of my campaign: affordable quality healthcare, equitable access to Jobs, and facing the emergent need of Combating the Opioid Crisis. I believe there are workable solutions available within our party to create plans, plans that will provide forward thinking resolutions to these issues. One of my goals, achieved by collectively working on these issues, would be to work together, devoid of partisan rhetoric, and only focused on the people we serve.
In order to serve the people of the 36th district, I must conduct an honest, yet aggressive campaign. Workers’ right with employers have taken a backseat this is why I support our strong Unions to preserve the working peoples claim to quality and safe jobs with livable wages. I want to be that person, one born and raised here, vested in the district, vested in its future, and prepared to fight the fight for our communities at the same level. It is for these reasons I have decided to offer the voters of the 36th District, a fresh perspective, a new voice for change, and the real choice in the 2020 election.
I plan to run a grassroots campaign, one that all will understand. In order for me to run a successful campaign, I will stay true to my core beliefs, ask the tough questions, be transparent with my goals and mission. Make no mistake, there are serious issues facing our community, some issues I did not fully understand before beginning this journey. I have taken time to attend community meetings, meetings that reveal the issues our citizen’s face, and have taken their time come to these meetings to give those concerns voice. One thing I have learned, and two for certain, the members of our community have serious pressing concerns, and their voices must be heard.