Michele’s Priorities

Michele Knoll

One Of Us, Who Will Always Do Right By Us.

This is our home. For Michele Knoll, it’s about doing the right thing, right here. Michele has deep roots in our community and has lived in this district for over 30 years.  Michele raised her three daughters here, volunteered here and taught our children here. She knows this district and cares about her neighbors. She’ll fight for what is right for all of us. 

Fight for Our Physical and Economic Health During COVID-19

Support for Small Businesses 

Michele and her husband Doug are both small business owners. Michele owns her own consulting firm for her work as a Development Therapist. She understands the struggles facing our economy right now and will go to bat for small business owners so that they can operate safely and securely. 

Paid Family & Sick Leave

Michele will advocate so that no family will have to choose between taking care of a sick member of their family and keeping their job. We need to ensure that families are able to care for themselves and their loved ones during this difficult time. 

Expanded Testing 

Michele will work to ensure that there is testing available for those in need so that anyone that wants a test, can have a test. 

Support for Front Line Workers 

Michele will fight to ensure that front line workers have the support that they need. Michele will fight for our local nurses and healthcare workers, our grocery store clerks and all of those that will need extra support during these uncertain times. 

Opportunity Through Education

The Educational Experience We Need in Harrisburg 

Once a teacher, always a teacher. As a lifelong educator and former School Board Director, Michele has the experience and insight to guarantee a bright future for District 44. By supporting teachers, promoting STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math), and seeing to it that public funding is used for programs that create results, Michele will ensure that our children are ready to participate in the economy of the future, and make it possible to attract quality, high paying jobs to our communities.

Holding the Line on Property Taxes

More state support for education helps our kids, but it also helps hold the line on property taxes, because less of the tax burden gets pushed on our localities. We need to be fully funded at the state level to ensure that our property taxes will be put in check. 

A Fair Shake for Hard-working People

Support for Unions

The people in our district are extremely hardworking, with more union members than nearly any other district in Allegheny County. Michele will stand with unions and support quality jobs. Good-paying jobs strengthen our community and make it possible to support local businesses. 

Fair Compensation

Michele will advocate for a solid minimum wage so families can invest in our community instead of worrying about how to make ends meet. $7.25 buys a loaf of bread and a gallon of milk in today’s economy. We need to ensure that families who are working 40+ hours a week are making a wage that can meet their bills. 

photo of Michele at union event

A Healthy Community

Access to Quality Healthcare

For our community to thrive, we must support the health of our family and friends. Michele believes that Healthcare is a human right, not a privilege for the few. She will seek out evidence-based, science-backed information to make critical decisions that impact the health of our community, and will fight to protect the Affordable Care Act in Harrisburg. Seniors, children, and working families need reliable care to ensure that pre-existing conditions do not impact their eligibility for good health insurance. Also, college students who invest in learning should be able to get fair coverage until they enter the workforce. And our community’s elders shouldn’t have to choose between the life-saving medicine they need and a decent meal.

Right to Clean Air & Water

Health starts with the air we breathe and the water we drink. Environmental protection is key to our future and the future of our children. Michele is committed to fight for clean air and water for the families in the 44th District. By fully funding and staffing the Department of Environmental Protection, we can help safeguard our community from negligent and harmful practices.