The seat is currently held by Marguerite Quinn, who this year is running for the Pennsylvania Senate in the 10th District.
Both candidates were emailed a questionnaire asking what in their background has helped prepare them for this office, why they are running for the office and where to get information about them and their candidacy.
They were also asked two policy questions:
What changes, if any, would you like to see to the current system of funding public schools primarily through property taxes? If property taxes are reduced or eliminated, how would you replace the funding?
What is your answer to the opioid epidemic? What measures would you support (Safe injection sites? More public funding for rehab or mental health services? Tougher laws for dealers? etc.)?
Ullman said she has 30 years' experience teaching English at community colleges in Bucks and Montgomery counties.
"Over the years I have used my abilities to connect, listen and work with others from differing backgrounds and perspectives. In the classroom I have worked with literally thousands of local students, and I am deeply familiar with the values, priorities, concerns and aspirations. As part of a faculty of more than 500 individuals, I have chaired and served on numerous committees and attended numerous professional conferences. In working with a large faculty, I have used my skills as a communicator and mediator to facilitate problem solving to get the job done," Ullman said.
She is a member of The American Federation of Teachers/PA and served on the negotiating team, she said.
"This task involved bringing together different sides and priorities to find a fair and equitable solution for the good of the college community as a whole," she said. "I will bring this negotiating ability, along with a fresh perspective as a political newcomer, to challenge the status quo and bring positive change to Harrisburg."
She said she is running because she's "deeply disturbed by the polarized, dysfunctional culture of Harrisburg."
"Important issues are not being effectively addressed, such as protecting our health care, passing meaningful gun safety legislation, preserving our environment and enacting legislation that protects the basic rights of the LGBTQ community," she said. "As a political newcomer, I can bring a fresh perspective and proven collaborative work experience to facilitate bipartisan consensus building to get Harrisburg working again."
Teachers and parents alike are dismayed that Pennsylvania ranks 46th in the country for school funding, she said.
"In the 143rd District, local real estate taxes cover about 78 percent of the total cost, with the remainder coming from the state," she said. "Consequently, local property owners shoulder a heavy burden."
The 2015 Fair Funding Formula was designed to more equitably distribute school funds but was underfunded by billions of dollars, she said.
"As a result, there has been little local tax relief," she said.
"I propose three remedies: First, fund the Fair Funding Formula at its intended level. Second, enact a severance tax on the natural gas industry on the natural gas extracted," she said.
The third part would be to adjust state appropriations to increase the state share of school costs to be more in keeping with national standards, she said.
Ullman said she is not in favor of proposals that have been made to eliminate property taxes altogether, saying it would lead to "catastrophically high increases in sales taxes and in personal and corporate income taxes. I would vigorously oppose any bill proposing total elimination of property taxes."
Noting that there were 232 drug overdose deaths last year in Bucks County alone, Ullman said she applauds the state law changes already made making Naloxone (Narcan) more available.
"I support measures to treat opioid addiction as a health care crisis and to increase funding for treatment centers and mental health services," she said. "This would include making available drugs to aid recovery such as Suboxone. I also support stronger enforcement of the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act that requires insurers to cover treatment."
She said she does not support "so-called 'safe injection'" sites.
"In addition, I support three criminal justice reform measures. First, we must replace incarceration with treatment when possible. Second, when incarceration is unavoidable, we must provide effective treatment. Finally we must make penalties for dealers harsher, including physicians who knowingly overprescribe to addicts," she said. "It is imperative we increase availability of effective treatment and aid the reintegration of recovering addicts as productive members of society."
Information about Ullman's 143rd District campaign is available at wendyullman.com and on her Facebook page.
The towns in the 143rd District are Bedminster, Bridgeton, part of Buckingham, Doylestown Borough, Doylestown Township, Durham, Haycock, Nockamixon, Plumstead, Riegelsville and Tinicum.