Opioid and Heroin Epidemic
In 2016, the United States lost 64,000 people to drug overdoses. This equates to 174 deaths per day and 7 per hour. We must get tough on drug dealers and pharmaceutical companies.
Diana Irey Vaughan is leading the fight against the heroin scourge in Pennsylvania. Diana Irey Vaughan, as Washington County Commissioner, has sued major pharmaceutical manufacturers and distributors who have engaged in misleading promotional campaigns that pushed these highly addictive drugs into our neighborhoods.
Diana Irey Vaughan supports President Trump’s decision to declare the opioid crisis a national Public Health Emergency and supports tough mandatory minimum sentences for drug dealers. Additionally, as a wife of an Army Colonel, Diana supports additional addiction treatment services to veterans and their families.
Reducing Recidivism and Cutting Waste
With prison over-crowding and skyrocketing costs to house inmates, Diana has tackled the issue of recidivism head-on in an effort to save taxpayer dollars.
Diana has led the effort in Washington County to reform the re-entry program for non-violent offenders. Instead of having offenders working out in a gym, in 1997 Diana made it a priority to put these offenders to work in the community for local governments and non-profits.
By teaching these non-violent offenders work skills they are equipped to stay out of prison, and become productive members of society, saving incarceration costs for the taxpayer.
Furthermore, Diana has hosted Washington County re-entry conferences that focus on employment and job training opportunities for non-violent offenders to enter society as productive citizens.
Jobs and Opportunity
Harrisburg has failed to keep Pennsylvania competitive with other states by ignoring the critical underlying issues that are holding our commonwealth back.
Pennsylvania under the Wolf Administration has:
- An unemployment rate that remains above the national average, even with a growing national economy.
- One of the worst credit ratings in the nation, which makes the cost for our state to borrow money higher putting more debt on the backs of our children and grandchildren.
- Enacted the highest gasoline tax in the nation.
- Ranked 49th in quality of transportation infrastructure.
- One of highest corporate tax rates in the nation.
Diana Irey Vaughan knows we can do better. Our state has easy access to major economic markets throughout the east coast as well as access to the Atlantic Ocean and Great Lakes. With a rich and vibrant natural history for; agriculture, tourism, quality colleges and universities, and large deposits of oil, coal and natural gas, Pennsylvania needs to seize this opportunity to become prosperous once again.
Diana Irey Vaughan is an unabashed supporter of the unborn and is pro-life. Diana organized the “Stand Up for Life” rally as a County Commissioner and has received support in the past from the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation, and People Concerned for Unborn Children.
Diana is committed to a Culture of Life, having instilled strong family values in her three children – Victoria, Frank and Alexandra.
Protecting the Second Amendment
Diana is a firearms owner and believes in the right to defend oneself from harm. Diana is supported by pro-Second Amendment organizations such as the Firearm Owners Against Crime (FOAC) and was a past committee member of the Mon Valley Friends of the NRA.
Diana is lifetime member of the NRA and can be trusted to protect our right to bear arms.
Supporting our Veterans
The wife of Colonel Robert Vaughan, who has served for 41 years including 7 mobilizations in 14 years as an Army Reservist, Diana has gone above and beyond in support for veterans.
As a Washington County Commissioner Diana has made important strides to benefit the veteran community. As of January 2018, Washington County has been a leader in veterans claims and submissions.
In 1997, as Chairman of the Board of Commissioners, Diana instituted the practice of beginning Board of Commissioners public meetings with a prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance. This practice continues today with volunteers from the clergy of various faiths, and veterans in our community.
In January of 2018, Diana ran 39.3 miles to raise money for the The City Mission’s “Patriot House” project that supports homeless veterans with shelter, food, clothing and medical care in Washington County.
Proven Conservative Leadership
Under Diana Irey Vaughan’s leadership Washington County has enacted conservative fiscal policies that work to keep taxes low.
- Washington County Correctional Facility has been within the lowest cost per day of incarcerating inmates, currently ranking second lowest in Pennsylvania at a cost of $46.91 per day as compared to the state average of $123.36
- The Washington County pension fund is 90% funded, with one of the lowest assumed rate of returns at 6.75%. The Washington County pension fund is among the most stable pension retirement funds in the state.
- In 2004 Washington County ended post-employment health insurance benefits for employees hired on of after April 2014. This eliminated an extremely costly benefit that far exceeded private sector retirement packages.
- Diana Irey Vaughan helped to complete the Southpointe Industrial Park development, which created over 8,000 new jobs in Washington County for middle-class families.
- Washington County has an S&P AA Bond Rating, a higher rating than the state of Pennsylvania.
Diana Cares about the Community
When Diana Irey Vaughan is not working as a County Commissioner, she is volunteering her time to causes that express her deep desire to improve the lives of Pennsylvanians.
Diana has been a co-chair for the March of Dimes; taught courses on financial management and life planning for female inmates, danced to raise money for the American Cancer Society and the Watchful Shepard, and has been a guest speaker numerous times at Women’s Business and empowerment symposiums.
Diana also serves on the Pennsylvania Fix the Debt Advisory Board, Washington County Opiate Task Force and the Program Advisory Committee for Penn Commercial Business and Technical School.
In 2011 Diana formed the Washington County Children and Youth Task Force with members of Children and Youth Services, courts, local legislators and law enforcement in an effort to improve services for at risk children and youth in Washington County.
A frequent volunteer with female inmates at the Washington County Correctional Facility, Diana teaches courses on budgeting, credit, financial management, job search, and life planning.
Diana has been the recipient of numerous honors and awards including:
- 2017 World Class CEO – Southpointe CEO Association
- 2017 Mon Valley Hospital Gibbons Award for Dimensions in Community Service
- 2016 -2017 Pittsburgh Business Times – Who’s Who in Energy for Government
- 2015 American Legion Medal of Honor
- 2014 Washington County Athena Award
- 2012 Washington County Fireman’s Association President’s Award
- 1999 Named one of the top “60 Pittsburghers of the Year” by Pittsburgh Magazine
- 1998 National Society of American Veteran’s Americanism Merit Award
- 1997 Observer Reporter Publishing Company “Open Door Award”
- Zonta Rose Day recipient (estimated late 90s-early 2000)
- Mon Valley YMCA Body, Mind, and Spirit Award (estimated late 90s-early 2000)
She’s proven herself in Washington County. Now it’s time to take her solutions-oriented expertise to Harrisburg.
Diana Irey Vaughan is the leader of a new #resistance… resistance to high taxes, to top-heavy bureaucracies, and to limited educational choices. Resistance to high crime rates. Resistance to electing public servants who refuse work to make Pennsylvania the best place it can be to live, work and raise a family.