As a mother who manages my family's finances and balances the family checkbook, I appreciate state Rep. Keith Gillespie's votes for balanced state budgets passed on-time with no new taxes. State government should not be exempt from everyday requirements the rest of us meet daily -- paying bills on time and living within our means.

With two children attending school in the Central York School District, I value Keith's commitment to public education. Keith supported a $149 million increase to our public schools above what Gov. Tom Corbett originally requested, which ensured that state funding remains at the same level or greater as the prior year's budget. As a result the CYSD board was able to pass a budget that did not increase our local property taxes.

I know Keith to be a man of integrity, demonstrated by his actions and votes in Harrisburg. I plan to cast my vote for Keith Gillespie on Tuesday, and I'd encourage others in the 47th district to do the same.

LeeAnn O'Shell

Springettsbury Twp.