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State Representative, District 12

  • Daniel Smith is the Democratic candidate for the Pennsylvania State House seat in the 12th legislative district. Smith is an openly gay man and former Republican. He spent 25 years in the financial industry. In 2018, he switched parties to run as a Democrat as his former party abandoned its principles.

    Smith plans to increase spending for public school officials by shifting the system away from standardized testing. He aspires to implement a county-wide public transit system, which he says will expand all kinds of opportunities for the Butler community. Smith is also running to implement term limits for state representatives. His opponent has held his current office for 20 years.

    Daniel Smith is running against Republican Daryl Metcalfe. He is notorious for his anti-LGBTQ+ record. Metcalfe not only co-sponsored legislation that would ban same-sex marriage, but also personally attacked Smith for his romantic and sexual orientation on the 2018 campaign trail. Metcalfe voted to end the General Assistance, the largest anti-poverty program in the state. He also voted to take food stamps away from his poorest constituents. In 2013, he voted against the most comprehensive transportation plan the state had seen in 20 years. In the middle of a pandemic, Daryl Metcalfe joined Republicans in their near unanimous vote against providing protective gear, testing, hazard pay, family leave, and preserving disaster declarations put in place to protect Pennsylvanians.

    Daniel Smith is the clear progressive choice in this race.

    Daniel Smith

    Daniel Smith is the Democratic candidate for the Pennsylvania State House seat in the 12th legislative district. Smith is an openly gay man and former Republican. He spent 25 years in the financial industry.

  • Endorsed By: Conservation Voters of Pennsylvania , PA Conference of Teamsters, PA AFL-CIO, The Gertrude Stein Political Club, Humane Rights Campaign, Steel City Stonewall Democrats, Turn PA Blue, Clean Money Squad PA, Victory Fund

State Representative, District 13

  • HD13 has been identified as a key swing district. Democrats must win this seat to flip the State House and make progress for working families in Pennsylvania.

    Richard Ruggieri is the Democratic candidate for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives seat in the 13th legislative district. Ruggieri is a U.S. Army veteran and now serves as an Assistant Vice President of IT Service Management.

    Ruggieri is a proponent of revitalizing the public education system by offering more resources and support to students, parents, teachers, and school personnel. He pledges to work for a bipartisan solution to the school funding shortage once elected that does not raise property taxes. Ruggieri is also in favor of transitioning the state to clean, renewable energy sources and creating jobs along the way. Ruggieri is also running to overturn legislation that privatizes the Chester Water Authority.

    Ruggieri is challenging Republican incumbent John Lawrence. Since taking office in 2010, Lawrence has repeatedly supported legislation that gives tax breaks to corporations and millionaires. In 2017, Lawrence voted to usurp the decision-making power of local governments by banning local regulations to reduce litter. Last year, he voted in favor of legislation that undermines the ability of underfunded school districts to receive state funds. In the middle of a pandemic, John Lawrence joined Republicans in their near unanimous vote against providing protective gear, testing, hazard pay, family leave, and preserving disaster declarations put in place to protect Pennsylvanians.

    Richard Ruggieri is the progressive choice in this race.

    Richard Ruggieri

    HD13 has been identified as a key swing district. Democrats must win this seat to flip the State House and make progress for working families in Pennsylvania.

  • Endorsed By: Conservation Voters of Pennsylvania , Chester County Democratic Committee, Everytown for Gun Safety, Lancaster County Democrats, Fight for Reform, PA AFL-CIO, HRC, GunSenseUs, Turn PA Blue, Moms Demand Action, Chester County Young Democrats, Sierra Club, PA Democratic Party, End Citizens United, Let America Vote, Pennsylvania State Education Association

State Representative, District 18

  • HD18 has been identified as a key swing district. Democrats must win this seat to flip the State House and make progress for working families in Pennsylvania.

    Harold “Howie” Hayes is the Democratic candidate running for the Pennsylvania State House seat in the 18th legislative district. Hayes is a plumber, small business owner, and father. A native of Frankford, Hayes has called Bucks County home for the past decade. After high school, Hayes joined the apprentice program with Plumbers Local 690 and went on to build a business employing dozens of union members. He and his wife work on behalf of local Democratic candidates.

    Hayes's platform is progressive. He advocates for worker’s rights to safe working conditions and collective bargaining, and especially to healthcare coverage. He has two young children who are students in the district and is committed to improving educational opportunities for all Pennsylvania’s students. Hayes also believes residents have a right to clean air and water and advocates to protect the environment.

    Hayes is running against incumbent Republican Rep. Kathleen (KC) Tomlinson. Hayes narrowly lost a low-turnout special election against Tomlinson in March. On her Facebook page, Tomlinson has attacked the historic civil rights marches against racism and police brutality. In the middle of a pandemic, Tomlinson joined Republicans in their near unanimous vote against providing protective gear, testing, hazard pay, family leave, and preserving disaster declarations put in place to protect Pennsylvanians.

    Harold Hayes is the clear progressive choice in this race.

    Harold Hayes

    HD18 has been identified as a key swing district. Democrats must win this seat to flip the State House and make progress for working families in Pennsylvania.

  • Endorsed By: Conservation Voters of Pennsylvania , Planned Parenthood of PA , SEIU, AFL-CIO, AFT PA, Plumbers Union Local 690, IAHFIAW Local 14, TWU Local 234, Everytown for Gun Safety, HRC

State Representative, District 20

  • Emily Kinkead is the Democratic candidate running for the Pennsylvania State House in the 20th legislative district. She has lived and worked in Pittsburgh her whole life. Kinkead comes from a family of paramedics, which she says taught her the importance of public service. After college she worked as a lawyer advocating for people with disabilities, lobbying for public financing of elections, and pushing businesses to be more responsive to climate change. She also co-chairs the Women in the Law Division of the Allegheny County Bar Association, which strives to end bias in the legal profession.

    Kinkead’s platform is progressive. She advocates for increasing the minimum wage, championing policy that sees healthcare as a right, combating climate change, increasing funding for education, and protecting the rights of the LGBTQ+ community. During the pandemic, Kinkead cheered Democratic efforts to provide protective gear, testing, hazard pay, family leave, and preserve disaster declarations put in place to protect Pennsylvanians, even as Republicans almost unanimously voted against all of these measures.

    Emily Kinkead is running unopposed.

    Emily Kinkead

    Emily Kinkead is the Democratic candidate running for the Pennsylvania State House in the 20th legislative district. She has lived and worked in Pittsburgh her whole life.

State Representative, District 21

  • Sara Innamorato is the Democratic candidate for the Pennsylvania State House in the 21st legislative district. Innamorato is a lifetime Pittsburgh resident. After her father died as a result of opioid addiction, she devoted her career to nonprofit work in community development, job creation, and environmental justice. She eventually started her own company, Innamo Co, which focused on the promotion of social justice and women’s rights.

    Innamorato’s record reflects her progressive values. She voted to prevent GOP from taking away legal reproductive rights. She also voted against efforts to defund poorer school districts in favor of wealthier districts and charter schools. Closer to home, she has dedicated her office’s resources to fighting for affordable housing in the Lawrenceville neighborhood. During the pandemic, Innamorato voted to provide protective gear, testing, hazard pay, family leave, and preserve disaster declarations put in place to protect Pennsylvanians, even as Republicans almost unanimously voted against all of these measures.

    Her opponent, Republican John Waugh, is a strong supporter of President Trump. Waugh does not have detailed policy positions but has posted support for the police on his facebook page in response to nationwide marches against racism and police violence.

    Sara Innamorato is the clear progressive choice in this race.

    Sara Innamorato

    Sara Innamorato is the Democratic candidate for the Pennsylvania State House in the 21st legislative district. Innamorato is a lifetime Pittsburgh resident.

  • Endorsed By: Conservation Voters of Pennsylvania , Planned Parenthood of PA , Run for Something, Working Families, Emily’s List, SEIU

State Representative, District 22

  • Peter Schweyer is the Democratic candidate for the Pennsylvania State House seat in the 22nd district. Schweyer’s background is in education and health care. He spent much of his career prior to holding office working in pre-K and elementary school. Prior to holding state office, he sat on the Allentown City Council.

    Schweyer’s voting record is progressive. In 2017, he sponsored a bill to provide more mental health resources to schools. In 2018, he sponsored a bill to protect domestic abuse survivors from gun violence. In 2019, he sponsored a bill to require more de-escalation training for police officers; and this year sponsored a bill to also require they have background checks for histories of violence. During the pandemic,
    Peter Schweyer voted to provide protective gear, testing, hazard pay, family leave, and preserve disaster declarations put in place to protect Pennsylvanians, even as Republicans almost unanimously voted against all of these measures.

    Peter Schweyer is running unopposed.

    Peter Schweyer

    Peter Schweyer is the Democratic candidate for the Pennsylvania State House seat in the 22nd district. Schweyer’s background is in education and health care.

State Representative, District 23

  • Democrat
  • Dan Frankel is the Democratic candidate for the Pennsylvania State House’s 23rd legislative district. He was born in Pittsburgh, and returned to the city after college to work on social issues. He spent more than a decade working on the Board of Urban Redevelopment and with several Jewish community organizations. Rep. Frankel has been an outspoken advocate for civil rights and public health for most of his career.

    In office, Frankel has worked with urban development authorities to preserve and expand green spaces in the Pittsburgh area. He also expanded his work in public health and civil rights and opposed GOP efforts to limit women’s healthcare. Today, Frankel is the co-chair of Pennsylvania’s LGBTQ+ Equality and PA Safe Caucuses. During the pandemic,
    Frankel voted to provide protective gear, testing, hazard pay, family leave, and preserve disaster declarations put in place to protect Pennsylvanians, even as Republicans almost unanimously voted against all of these measures.

    Dan Frankel is running unopposed.

    Dan Frankel

    Dan Frankel is the Democratic candidate for the Pennsylvania State House’s 23rd legislative district. He was born in Pittsburgh, and returned to the city after college to work on social issues.

State Representative, District 24

  • Democrat
  • Ed Gainey is the Democratic candidate for the Pennsylvania State House in the 24th legislative district. Gainey grew up in the East Liberty section of Pittsburgh. He got his bachelor's degree in Business Management from Morgan State before returning to Pittsburgh to work on community development. During that time, he championed the Minority Media Initiative, diversity education for the Pittsburgh police, and the 52 Weeks of Peace Initiative. In 2010, he became the first Black chairman for the Pittsburgh City Democratic Committee.

    Gainey is active in progressive church organizations in the Pittsburgh Black community and has won awards for his outreach work. He is also known as a champion of reproductive and LGBTQ+ rights. Most recently, he has cosponsored a bill to automatically register Pennsylvania citizens to vote through the Department of Transportation, Human Services, and the VA. During the pandemic, Ed Gainey voted to provide protective gear, testing, hazard pay, family leave, and preserve disaster declarations put in place to protect Pennsylvanians, even as Republicans almost unanimously voted against all of these measures.

    Ed Gainey is running unopposed.

    Ed Gainey

    Ed Gainey is the Democratic candidate for the Pennsylvania State House in the 24th legislative district. Gainey grew up in the East Liberty section of Pittsburgh.

State Representative, District 26

  • HD26 has been identified as a key swing district. Democrats must win this seat to flip the State House and make progress for working families in Pennsylvania.

    Paul Friel, Jr. is the Democratic candidate in the Pennsylvania State House’s 26th legislative district. Friel grew up near Gilbertsville. He has four kids attending public school and sits on the local school board. He owns a business that produces consumer goods and conducts environmental engineering management.

    Friel’s platform is progressive. He pledges to fight for affordable healthcare and education to make them more affordable for his neighbors. He seeks to equitably distribute state income to ensure that all Pennsylvania students get a quality education. Friel has also proposed short-term state relief programs to businesses to help recover from the pandemic.

    Friel's opponent is Republican incumbent Timothy Hennessey, who has held the seat since 1993. Hennessy voted in favor of forcing hospitals to cremate or bury the tissue removed during abortions or miscarriages. In 2013, he voted to prohibit insurance companies from covering abortions in the health insurance exchange. In the middle of a pandemic, Hennessey joined Republicans in their near unanimous vote against providing protective gear, testing, hazard pay, family leave, and preserving disaster declarations put in place to protect Pennsylvanians.

    Paul Friel, Jr. is the clear progressive choice in this race.

    Paul Friel, Jr.

    HD26 has been identified as a key swing district. Democrats must win this seat to flip the State House and make progress for working families in Pennsylvania.

  • Endorsed By: Conservation Voters of Pennsylvania , Everytown for Gun Safety

State Representative, District 28

  • HD28 has been identified as a key swing district. Democrats must win this seat to flip the State House and make progress for working families in Pennsylvania.

    Emily Skopov is the Democratic candidate running for the Pennsylvania State House seat in the 28th legislative district. Skopov grew up in a working-class community. Her mom was a public school teacher and her dad was a small business owner. After college, she moved to the Pittsburgh area and soon started No Crayon Left Behind, a non-profit that helped distribute school supplies that were headed for landfills.

    Skopov has a progressive platform. She advocates ending gun violence, fighting for fair redistricting, expanding job training programs, and increasing the minimum wage. Skopov is particularly focused on fair funding for public education by taking the burden off property tax payers.

    This seat was recently vacated by former Republican House Speaker Mike Turzai. The GOP primary winner, Rob Mercuri, is an extremist who has been endorsed by the NRA, even as the organization faces dissolution due to large-scale fraud. On his social media, Mercuri cheered Republicans in their near unanimous vote against providing protective gear, testing, hazard pay, family leave, and preserving disaster declarations put in place to protect Pennsylvanians.

    Emily Skopov is the clear progressive choice in this race.

    Emily Skopov

    HD28 has been identified as a key swing district. Democrats must win this seat to flip the State House and make progress for working families in Pennsylvania.

State Representative, District 29

  • HD29 has been identified as a key swing district. Democrats must win this seat to flip the State House and make progress for working families in Pennsylvania.

    Marlene Katz is the Democratic candidate running for the Pennsylvania State House seat in the 29th legislative district. Prior to her run, Katz worked in the wellness industry. She is a political newcomer, and an outspoken progressive.

    Katz’s platform is progressive, too. She supports sensible regulations of firearms, environmental protections, infrastructure investments, combating the opioid epidemic, and protecting reproductive rights. It is no surprise that Katz has received endorsements from several big progressive organizations, including EveryTown for Gun Safety, the National Organization of Women, and Emily’s List.

    Katz is challenging Republican incumbent Meghan Schroeder. She has held the seat since 2018. Schroeder voted twice to restrict reproductive rights in 2019. She also voted to eliminate the general assistance program, the largest anti-poverty program in the state. In the middle of a pandemic, Schroeder joined Republicans in their near unanimous vote against providing protective gear, testing, hazard pay, family leave, and preserving disaster declarations put in place to protect Pennsylvanians.

    Marlene Katz is the clear progressive choice in this race.

    Marlene Katz

    HD29 has been identified as a key swing district. Democrats must win this seat to flip the State House and make progress for working families in Pennsylvania.

State Representative, District 30

  • HD30 has been identified as a key swing district. Democrats must win this seat to flip the State House and make progress for working families in Pennsylvania.

    Lissa Geiger Schulman is the Democratic candidate for the Pennsylvania State House seat in the 30th legislative district. Schulman grew up in Pennsylvania and began her career as a public school teacher in Pittsburgh. She worked in a leadership program that helps place gifted teachers in underfunded schools. This experience led her to work on the legislative process, first as chief of staff for a state representative and later in nonprofit advocacy for early childhood education.

    Schulman’s platform is progressive. She is a strong advocate for public education in Pennsylvania. Schulman advocates for working families through expanding affordable health care and job creation. She's been outspoken in support of historic civil rights marches against police violence and racism.

    Schulman is challenging incumbent Republican incumbent Lori Mizgorski, who has held the seat since 2018. Mizgorski co-sponsored a bill to siphon funding out of public schools and into private schools that serve wealthier communities. In her short time in office, Mizgorski also sponsored a bill to take away reproductive rights from people in her district. In the middle of a pandemic, Mizgorski joined Republicans in their near unanimous vote against providing protective gear, testing, hazard pay, family leave, and preserving disaster declarations put in place to protect Pennsylvanians.

    Lissa Geiger Schulman is the clear progressive choice in this race.

    Lissa Geiger Schulman

    HD30 has been identified as a key swing district. Democrats must win this seat to flip the State House and make progress for working families in Pennsylvania.

  • Endorsed By: Conservation Voters of Pennsylvania , Planned Parenthood of PA , Emily's List, Everytown for Gun Safety, President Obama

State Representative, District 31

  • Perry Warren is the Democratic candidate for the Pennsylvania State House seat in the 31st legislative district. Perry is a former public school teacher and a community leader. Prior to his work in Harrisburg, he served as a member of the Newtown Borough Council for almost seven years.

    During his time on the council, Warren helped write the Borough’s anti-discrimination ordinance, which defends the LGBTQ+ community from discrimination. In Harrisburg, Perry has also fought to increase funding for Pennsylvania’s education system and fight the opioid epidemic. Perry is also well-known for his fight to end partisan gerrymandering. His record also includes consistently working to champion the preservation of open spaces and the environment. During the pandemic, Perry Warren voted to provide protective gear, testing, hazard pay, family leave, and preserve disaster declarations put in place to protect Pennsylvanians, even as Republicans almost unanimously voted against all of these measures.

    Warren is being challenged by Republican Charles Adcock, a local auctioneer with no prior political experience and few clear policy positions. On his facebook page, Adcock demands the removal of health protections that keep Pennsylvanians safe during the pandemic.

    Rep. Perry Warren is the clear progressive choice in this race.

    Perry Warren

    Perry Warren is the Democratic candidate for the Pennsylvania State House seat in the 31st legislative district. Perry is a former public school teacher and a community leader.

State Representative, District 34

  • Democrat
  • Summer Lee is the Democratic candidate for the Pennsylvania State House seat in the 34th legislative district. Lee is a lifelong resident of the district and has been a dedicated community advocate the majority of her career. In 2016, Lee served as a field organizer for the Pennsylvania Democratic Party. The following year, she started a campaign to unseat the Woodland Hills School Board after they failed to address repeated incidents of violence against students from the police.

    Since being elected to office, Lee has supported legislation to create jobs and rebuild infrastructure. She has also introduced legislation to hold police accountable and keep communities safe. During the pandemic, Summer Lee voted to provide protective gear, testing, hazard pay, family leave, and preserve disaster declarations put in place to protect Pennsylvanians, even as Republicans almost unanimously voted against all of these measures. Summer recently beat her primary challenger by a big margin due to her progressive values, people-first organizing, and clear messaging.

    Summer Lee is running unopposed.

    Summer Lee

    Summer Lee is the Democratic candidate for the Pennsylvania State House seat in the 34th legislative district.

State Representative, District 35

  • Austin Davis is the Democratic candidate for the Pennsylvania State House in the 35th legislative district. Davis got his start in public service as an intern in the state legislature, and by the age of 21 he was described by the Tribune Review as “a veteran at the politics of helping others.” He went on to work as an executive assistant to County Executive Rich Fitzgerald where he served as representative for the Jail Oversight Board as well as the Minority, Women, and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Advisory Board. He was first elected to the House of Representatives in 2018 via special election.

    Davis’s platform is progressive. Davis combats the opioid crisis by advocating for access to treatment and holding the pharmaceutical companies accountable. He voted against loosening regulations on oil and gas drilling. Davis has also co-sponsored legislation that would make it easier for formerly incarcerated people to acquire work licenses. Davis voted against legislation that would make it impossible for some employees to qualify for full disability benefits. Additionally, he voted consistently to protect Pennsylvanians’ legal right to reproductive health care. During the pandemic, Austin Davis voted to provide protective gear, testing, hazard pay, family leave, and preserve disaster declarations put in place to protect Pennsylvanians, even as Republicans almost unanimously voted against all of these measures.


    Austin Davis is running unopposed.

    Austin Davis

    Austin Davis is the Democratic candidate for the Pennsylvania State House in the 35th legislative district.

  • Endorsed By: Conservation Voters of Pennsylvania , Planned Parenthood of PA , Allegheny County Democratic Committee, AFL-CIO, Teamsters Local 926, PA AFL-CIO, PA Conference of Teamsters, Steel City Stonewall Democrats, United Mine Workers Of America

State Representative, District 36

  • Jessica Benham is the Democratic candidate for the Pennsylvania State House in the 36th legislative district. Prior to taking office, Benham co-founded the Pittsburgh Center for Autistic Advocacy (PCAA), the only LGBTQ+ autistic-led advocacy organization in the Greater Pittsburgh Area. If elected, Benham would be Pennsylvania’s first openly LGBTQ+ female legislator.

    Benham’s platform prioritizes the rights and safety of LGBTQ+ Pennsylvanians. She supports increased funding for justice reform and increased funding in education for people with disabilities. She also supports raising the wage and lowering taxes.

    She is facing Republican opponent A.J. Doyle in the general election. The seat has been left open by the retirement of Democratic Rep. Harry Readshaw. Doyle’s website offers no specific policy solutions, but he is generally in favor of strengthening workers’ unions and against gun control. In the middle of a pandemic, A.J. Doyle supported Republicans in their near unanimous vote against providing protective gear, testing, hazard pay, family leave, and preserving disaster declarations put in place to protect Pennsylvanians. On social media, Doyle cheers individuals who refuse wear a masks during the pandemic, even though health experts have repeatedly called for their universal use to prevent needless sickness and death.

    Jessica Benham is the clear progressive choice in this race.

    Jessica Benham

    Jessica Benham is the Democratic candidate for the Pennsylvania State House in the 36th legislative district.

  • Endorsed By: Conservation Voters of Pennsylvania , Planned Parenthood of PA , PA AFL-CIO, People For the American Way, Emily's List, Democracy for America, Food and Water Action, The Gertrude Stein Political Club, Humane PA, Humane PA, Liberty City LGBT+ Democratic Club, Philadelphia Gay News, HRC, GunSenseUs, Represent PA, Victory Fund, Run for Something, Run for Something, SEIU PA, Sierra Club, Steel City Stonewall Democrats, Working Families Party, United Electrical, Radio, and Machine Workers of America, Local 610, United Electrical, Radio, and Machine Workers of America, Local 667, Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employes, International Union of Operating Engineers, Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers, EASRCC, American Federation of Teachers, Local 2067, Community College of Allegheny County, Laborers’ District Council of W. PA, Pittsburgh Fire Fighters, IUPAT DC57, Sheet Metal Workers Local 12, United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, Pennsylvania State Education Association, LPAC , Pennsylvania Young Democrats, The Young Democrats Of Allegheny County, UNITE PAC, Clean Water Action, Pennsylvania Association of Realtors, PennEnvironment

State Representative, District 38

  • Nick Pisciottano is the Democratic candidate for the Pennsylvania State House seat in the 38th legislative district. Pisciottano works as a public accountant and auditor. He also volunteers as President of the West Mifflin Community Foundation, a non-profit that provides educational support, disaster relief and financial aid to the surrounding communities. Additionally, Pisciottano is a mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters.

    Pisciottano’s platform prioritizes working families. He plans to advocate for the creation of good-paying jobs that can support families, and for stronger workers’ unions. Components of his ten-year economic development plan include investing in transportation and local businesses and the redevelopment of brownfields. He also plans to increase state investment in public schools and pre-kindergarten programs and regulate charter schools.

    Nick Pisciottano is running unopposed.

    Nick Pisciottano

    Nick Pisciottano is the Democratic candidate for the Pennsylvania State House seat in the 38th legislative district. Pisciottano works as a public accountant and auditor.

  • Endorsed By: Conservation Voters of Pennsylvania , PA Conference of Teamsters, Allegheny County Democratic Committee, AFL-CIO, Teamsters Local 926, Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee, PA AFL-CIO, Run for Something, Steel City Stonewall Democrats, United Mine Workers Of America

State Representative, District 42

  • Democrat
  • Dan Miller is the Democratic candidate for the Pennsylvania State House seat in the 42nd legislative district. Miller has carried many titles over the course of his tenure in public service, including public defender, volunteer firefighter, and municipal commissioner.

    This year, he signed a letter alongside nine of his colleagues in the House urging the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to halt evictions while the state was under emergency orders. In 2019, he voted against the reinstatement of mandatory minimum sentences. In the same year, he was named Representative of the Year by the Arc of Pennsylvania, an advocacy organization dedicated to serving the needs of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Miller has also voted against legislation that would have would defund poorer school districts in favor of wealthier ones. Miller also voted against Republican legislation to take away Medicaid from Pennsylvanians too sick to work. During the pandemic, Dan Miller voted to provide protective gear, testing, hazard pay, family leave, and preserve disaster declarations put in place to protect Pennsylvanians, even as Republicans almost unanimously voted against all of these measures.

    Dan Miller is running unopposed.

    Dan Miller

    Dan Miller is the Democratic candidate for the Pennsylvania State House seat in the 42nd legislative district.

  • Endorsed By: Conservation Voters of Pennsylvania , Allegheny County Democratic Committee, PA AFL-CIO, PA Conference of Teamsters, Steel City Stonewall Democrats, United Mine Workers Of America

State Representative, District 44

  • HD44 has been identified as a key swing district. Democrats must win this seat to flip the State House and make progress for working families in Pennsylvania.

    Michele Knoll is the Democratic candidate for the Pennsylvania State House seat in the 44th legislative district. For 15 years, Knoll has been an early intervention educator for children with disabilities. Over the course of her career, she has started her own small business where she served as a developmental therapist, as well as a non-profit organization that provides wider access to books for children.

    Knoll speaks to the issues of fair compensation for workers, access to affordable healthcare, and responsible school funding. She places emphasis on making sure our tax dollars are being reinvested in our communities in sensible ways. She also believes raising the minimum wage would enhance the ability of workers to support local businesses. Every step of the way, Knoll offers a big picture backing to her plans.

    Knoll is challenging incumbent Republican Valerie Gaydos, who has been in office since 2018. Gaydos voted to repeal General Assistance, the largest anti-poverty program in the state. She was one of only 25 Pennsylvania state legislators who called for District Attorneys in the state to refuse to enforce public health protections in the middle of the pandemic, which led to the Pennsylvania House Democrats naming Gaydos specifically as a threat to public safety. Gaydos joined Republicans in their near unanimous vote against providing protective gear, testing, hazard pay, family leave, and preserving disaster declarations put in place to protect Pennsylvanians.

    Michele Knoll is the clear progressive choice in this race.

    Michele Knoll

    HD44 has been identified as a key swing district. Democrats must win this seat to flip the State House and make progress for working families in Pennsylvania.

  • Endorsed By: Conservation Voters of Pennsylvania , Planned Parenthood of PA , Allegheny County Democratic Committee, The Young Democrats Of Allegheny County, Steel City Stonewall Democrats, Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers, Sheet Metal Workers Local 12, International Brotherhood of Teamsters, IBEW Local 29, Represent PA, United Mine Workers Of America, IUPAT DC57, Emily's List, AFL-CIO, Teamsters Local 926, Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee, Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee, Everytown for Gun Safety, Fight for Reform, Humane PA, Humane PA, National Democratic Redistricting Committee, PA AFL-CIO, PA Conference of Teamsters, HRC, Swing Left, Turn PA Blue, Working Families Party, Teamsters Local 249, Moms Demand Action, United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, Swing From Home

State Representative, District 61

  • Liz Hanbidge is the Democratic candidate for the Pennsylvania State House seat in the 61st legislative district. She has held the seat since 2018 and is the first Democrat to serve this district since its formation in 1969. Her background is in child advocacy. She has worked for years with the Montgomery Child Advocacy Project and served as court appointed guardians for vulnerable children.

    In office, Hanbidge advocates for children and families by supporting increases in funding for public education and preventing taxpayer money from going into private charter schools. She also works to make healthcare affordable and protect reproductive rights. Hanbridge has introduced a resolution to study the benefits of electric vehicles to reduce pollution across the state. Earlier this year, Liz sponsored a measure ensuring medical consent, particularly for women who are subject to invasive procedures. During the pandemic, Hanbidge voted to provide protective gear, testing, hazard pay, family leave, and preserve disaster declarations put in place to protect Pennsylvanians, even as Republicans almost unanimously voted against all of these measures.

    Liz Hanbidge’s Republican challenger is Lisa Friebel. Friebel has very little campaign presence and no stated policy positions.

    Liz Hanbidge is the clear progressive choice in this race.

    Liz Hanbidge

    Liz Hanbidge is the Democratic candidate for the Pennsylvania State House seat in the 61st legislative district. She has held the seat since 2018 and is the first Democrat to serve this district since its formation in 1969.

State Representative, District 70

  • Matt Bradford is the Democratic candidate for the Pennsylvania State House seat in the 70th legislative district. Bradford has worked in the United Steelworkers Union's General Counsel's Office, the United States Attorney's Office, the office of a federal district court judge, and as the Municipal Administrator and Chief Executive Officer of Norristown Borough.

    Bradford’s platform is progressive. Bradford voted against defunding poorer school district in favor of wealthier districts and charter schools. He voted in favor of boosting special education funding. Bradford has also shown his support for workers by voting against Republican efforts to limit union rights in a dispute. During the pandemic, Matt Bradford voted to provide protective gear, testing, hazard pay, family leave, and preserve disaster declarations put in place to protect Pennsylvanians, even as Republicans almost unanimously voted against all of these measures.

    Republican candidate Jim Saring is running to unseat Bradford. Saring is the former executive director of the Montgomery County Republican Committee, but there is no information publicly available about his priorities or policy stances.

    Matt Bradford is the clear progressive choice in this race.

    Matt Bradford

    Matt Bradford is the Democratic candidate for the Pennsylvania State House seat in the 70th legislative district.

  • Endorsed By: Conservation Voters of Pennsylvania , Planned Parenthood of PA , Montgomery County Democratic Committee, PA AFL-CIO, PA Conference of Teamsters, Sierra Club

State Representative, District 74

  • Dan Williams is the Democratic candidate for the Pennsylvania State House seat in the 74th legislative district. Williams is a former UPS supervisor and Teamster member. He’s also been a pastor and community leader for twenty-five years. One of his many accomplishments before taking office was his facilitation of a “Guns for Amnesty” program, which allowed people in his community to relinquish illegally-owned firearms without fear of legal trouble.

    Williams’s campaign has been endorsed by many unions and progressive organizations and his 2018 run was endorsed by former president Barack Obama. During his first term in office, Williams has consistently stayed true to progressive values. He voted against legislation which allows school security guards to make arrests. Williams also voted against granting billions of dollars in tax subsidies to manufacturers that rely on fracked natural gas. He also voted against Republican attempts to eliminate the General Assistance, the largest anti-poverty program in the state. During the pandemic, Dan Williams voted to provide protective gear, testing, hazard pay, family leave, and preserve disaster declarations put in place to protect Pennsylvanians, even as Republicans almost unanimously voted against all of these measures.

    Williams is facing Republican opponent Dale Hensel. Hensel has no issue stances publicly available.

    Dan Williams is the clear progressive choice in this race.

    Dan Williams

    Dan Williams is the Democratic candidate for the Pennsylvania State House seat in the 74th legislative district. Williams is a former UPS supervisor and Teamster member. He’s also been a pastor and community leader for twenty-five years.

  • Endorsed By: Conservation Voters of Pennsylvania , Planned Parenthood of PA , Chester County Democratic Committee, PA AFL-CIO, GunSenseUs, President Obama, Tom Wolf, Chester County Young Democrats, Humane PA, Humane PA, SEIU PA, AFSCME Council 13, NASW, Indivisible Chester County, Pennsylvania State Education Association, CeaseFirePA, IBEW 98, IBEW 654, United Food and Commercial Workers International Union

State Representative, District 87

  • HD87 has been identified as a key swing district. Democrats must win this seat to flip the State House and make progress for working families in Pennsylvania.

    Nicole Miller is the Democratic candidate for the Pennsylvania State House seat in the 87th legislative district. In 2018, her 19-year-old son died by suicide after battling mental health challenges his entire life. Her dedication to continuing to address the challenges he faced while alive prompted her to run.

    Miller’s platform is progressive. She pledges to ensure all children get access to safe, healthy and fully-funded schooling they deserve. Miller also advocates for every Pennsylvanian to have access to quality, affordable healthcare.

    Miller is running against Republican Greg Rothman who has held the seat since 2015. In 2019, Rothman cosponsored a bill to defund public education and put taxpayer money into wealthier school districts. Earlier that year, he cosponsored a bill to eliminate the largest anti-poverty program in the state. In the middle of a pandemic, Greg Rothman joined Republicans in their near unanimous vote against providing protective gear, testing, hazard pay, family leave, and preserving disaster declarations put in place to protect Pennsylvanians.

    Nicole Miller is the clear progressive choice in this race.

    Nicole Miller

    HD87 has been identified as a key swing district. Democrats must win this seat to flip the State House and make progress for working families in Pennsylvania.

State Representative, District 88

  • HD88 has been identified as a key swing district. Democrats must win this seat to flip the State House and make progress for working families in Pennsylvania.


    Democrat Tara Shakespeare is running for election to the Pennsylvania House of Representative in the 88th legislative district. Shakespeare’s parents both worked in the civil services assisting working people and folks with disabilities, which she credits for her work ethic and desire to help others. Since 2015, she has been working with the National Organization of Women on intersectional struggles facing women, which includes black and indigenous people of color, people in the LGBTQ+ community, the poor, the sick and the marginalized.

    Shakespeare has made earning a living wage, affordable health care and fighting against inequality the center of her campaign. Since the unfolding of the nationwide protests against police violence and racism, she has stood firm in championing the causes of those fighting for justice.

    She is running against Republican Sheryl Delozier who has held the seat since 2009. In 2011, Delozier cosponsored two bills to eliminate public assistance to struggling workers. The following year she cosponsored a bill to replace that aid with predatory payday loans. In 2018, Delozier cosponsored a bill to exempt oil drillers from reporting accidents involving oil spills. In the middle of a pandemic, Sheryl Delozier joined Republicans in their near unanimous vote against providing protective gear, testing, hazard pay, family leave, and preserving disaster declarations put in place to protect Pennsylvanians.

    Tara Shakespeare is the clear progressive choice in this race.

    Tara Shakespeare

    HD88 has been identified as a key swing district. Democrats must win this seat to flip the State House and make progress for working families in Pennsylvania.

State Representative, District 96

  • Democrat
  • Mike Sturla is the Democratic candidate for the Pennsylvania State House seat in the 96th legislative district. After graduating with a degree in environmental design, the Lancaster County native moved home to start a construction business. In 1987, he served on the Lancaster City Council and worked on the county planning commission until he was elected to the Pennsylvania House.

    Over his years in ofice, Sturla has sponsored or cosponsored many progressive pieces of legislation, including increasing the minimum wage, promoting incentives for green energy, expanding education, protecting domestic abuse survivors from firearms violence, and expunging criminal records for misdemeanors. Sturla’s record is far from spotless; he’s also introduced bills to drug-test people applying for state aid, authorized school police to arrest students and allowed gun groups to sue localities that try to pass firearms regulations. That said, Sturla has stood up for his constituents when it mattered most. During the pandemic, Mike Sturla voted to provide protective gear, testing, hazard pay, family leave, and preserve disaster declarations put in place to protect Pennsylvanians, even as Republicans almost unanimously voted against all of these measures.

    Mike Sturla is running unopposed.

    Mike Sturla

    Mike Sturla is the Democratic candidate for the Pennsylvania State House seat in the 96th legislative district. After graduating with a degree in environmental design, the Lancaster County native moved home to start a construction business.

  • Endorsed By: Conservation Voters of Pennsylvania , Lancaster County Democrats, Lancaster Online

State Representative, District 97

  • HD97 has been identified as a key swing district. Democrats must win this seat to flip the State House and make progress for working families in Pennsylvania.

    Dana Hamp Gulick is the Democratic candidate for the Pennsylvania State House seat in the 97th district. Gulick grew up in Manheim Township and attended University of Pittsburgh. Gulick pursued her early career in Hawaii, but returned to Pennsylvania with her daughter to stay with family when her husband became addicted to opioids. Gulick says she entered public service to help families like hers that are torn apart by addiction.

    Gulick’s positions reflect her progressive values. She has pledged to fight the opioid crisis with education, treatment and compassion. She also advocates reducing gun violence with background checks and red-flag laws. Gulick champions environmental conservation by aiming to eliminate fracking. Gulick states she will fight for affordable health care and help Pennsylvanians negotiate lower health care costs. She also is dedicated to an equitable education system and supporting teacher pensions.

    Gulick is running against Republican incumbent Steven Mentzer, who has held the seat since 2013. Mentzer cosponsored a bill to defund poorer public schools in favor of wealthier ones. In 2018, he sponsored a bill that forced sick Pennsylvanians to work in order to get the life-saving healthcare they needed. In the middle of a pandemic, Steven Mentzer joined Republicans in their near unanimous vote against providing protective gear, testing, hazard pay, family leave, and preserving disaster declarations put in place to protect Pennsylvanians.

    Dana Hamp Gulick is the clear progressive choice in this race.

    Dana Hamp Gulick

    HD97 has been identified as a key swing district. Democrats must win this seat to flip the State House and make progress for working families in Pennsylvania.

  • Endorsed By: Conservation Voters of Pennsylvania , Lancaster County Democrats, Lancaster Online, Lancaster County Young Democrats - PA, Lancaster Stands Up

State Representative, District 104

  • Democrat
  • HD104 has been identified as a key swing district. Democrats must win this seat to flip the State House and make progress for working families in Pennsylvania.


    Patty Smith is the Democratic candidate for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives seat in the 104th legislative district. Smith is a former small business owner with experience working at nonprofits and in local government management.

    Smith’s platform is progressive. She advocates for full funding of all public schools without raising taxes for Pennsylvanians. She is also in favor of closing the Delaware Loophole, a legal practice that allows large companies in Pennsylvania to evade taxes by having holding companies in Delaware. Smith pledges to pass the Marcellus Shale tax, which would prevent companies from exploiting natural resources. Smith’s platform also would ensure everyone has access to affordable healthcare.

    Patty Smith is challenging Republican Susan Helm. She has represented the 104th district since 2007. During her first term in office, Helm voted against the expansion of subsidized health insurance to cover uninsured Pennsylvanians. She has voted to defund poorer school districts in favor of wealthier ones. Despite being the first woman from Dauphin County to serve in the legislature, Helm has cosponsored legislation imposing harsh and unnecessary regulations on affordable healthcare clinics that largely serve women. In the middle of a pandemic, Susan Helm joined Republicans in their near unanimous vote against providing protective gear, testing, hazard pay, family leave, and preserving disaster declarations put in place to protect Pennsylvanians.

    Patty Smith is the clear progressive choice in this race.

    Patty Smith

    HD104 has been identified as a key swing district. Democrats must win this seat to flip the State House and make progress for working families in Pennsylvania.

  • Endorsed By: CASA in Action , Conservation Voters of Pennsylvania , Planned Parenthood of PA , Dauphin County Democratic Committee, EveryDistrict, PA AFL-CIO, HRC, Represent PA, Turn PA Blue, Capital Region Stands Up, Kennedy Democrats, Pennsylvania State Education Association

State Representative, District 105

  • HD105 has been identified as a key swing district. Democrats must win this seat to flip the State House and make progress for working families in Pennsylvania.

    Democratic candidate Brittney Rodas is the Democratic candidate for the Pennsylvania State House in the 105th legislative district. Rodas has a master’s degree from Penn State University in Public Administration, specializing in public policy and public sector human resources. She has a professional background in the State House as a policy and research analyst.

    Rodas’s platform is progressive. Her top priority is fully and fairly funding Pennsylvania’s schools while reducing the burden of property taxes. She is an advocate for affordable and accessible healthcare through Medicaid, Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) expansion and lowered prescription drug costs. Rodas is an outspoken advocate for governmental reform through campaign finance restructuring, increasing access to voting, and forming an independent commission to address gerrymandering.

    Brittney Rodas is challenging first-term Republican Representative Andrew Lewis. He has voted to defund poorer school districts in favor of wealthier ones. Lewis has also voted to put more guns in our schools. Additionally, Lewis voted to eliminate the largest anti-poverty program in the state. In the middle of a pandemic, Lewis joined Republicans in their near unanimous vote against providing protective gear, testing, hazard pay, family leave, and preserving disaster declarations put in place to protect Pennsylvanians.

    Brittney Rodas is the clear progressive choice in this race.

    Brittney Rodas

    HD105 has been identified as a key swing district. Democrats must win this seat to flip the State House and make progress for working families in Pennsylvania.

  • Endorsed By: Conservation Voters of Pennsylvania , Planned Parenthood of PA , President Obama, Sister District Project, Emily's List, Run for Something, Dauphin County Democratic Committee, Swing Left, Future Now, Central Labor Council of AFL-CIO, United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, Pennsylvania National Organization for Women, Turn PA Blue, Future Leaders Fund, Moms Demand Action, Represent PA, Kennedy Democrats, APSCUF, Pennsylvania Young Democrats, End Citizens United, Where It's Needed, Fight for Reform, ChangePA, Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee, EveryDistrict, Everytown for Gun Safety, National Democratic Redistricting Committee, PA AFL-CIO, HRC, Working Families Party, Capital Region Stands Up, Let America Vote, Swing From Home, Pennsylvania State Education Association

State Representative, District 106

  • HD106 has been identified as a key swing district. Democrats must win this seat to flip the State House and make progress for working families in Pennsylvania.

    Lindsay Drew is the Democratic candidate for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives seat in the 106th legislative district. In 2016, Drew was given a Community Achievement Award from Central Penn Business Journal and named one of their “Top 25 Women of Influence.” She works in non-profit advocacy and says she was compelled to do community work after the tragic loss of her sister and becoming a mom.

    Drew’s platform is progressive. Drew pledges to pass legislation prohibiting surprise medical billing and prescription drug pricing. She is a proponent of raising the minimum wage and expanding paid sick leave for working families. She advocates for the expansion of public transit and green infrastructure to both create jobs and protect the environment. Drew also calls for a broad non-discrimination policy that includes LGBTQ+ rights, a policy that has never been enacted in Pennsylvania at the state level.

    Drew is challenging Republican incumbent Thomas Mehaffie. He was first elected to the office in 2017. Mehaffie voted to make it more difficult for Pennsylvanians to access affordable healthcare by imposing further restrictions on Medicaid qualifications. He also voted against loosening oil and gas drilling regulations in the past and more recently voted to grant billions of dollars in tax breaks to manufacturers that rely on fracking. In the middle of a pandemic, Mehaffie joined Republicans in their near unanimous vote against providing protective gear, testing, hazard pay, family leave, and preserving disaster declarations put in place to protect Pennsylvanians.

    Lindsay Drew is the clear progressive choice in this race.

    Lindsay Drew

    HD106 has been identified as a key swing district. Democrats must win this seat to flip the State House and make progress for working families in Pennsylvania.

  • Endorsed By: Conservation Voters of Pennsylvania , Planned Parenthood of PA , Emily's List, Represent PA, Emerge Pennsylvania, Moms Demand Action, Kennedy Democrats, Pennsylvania Young Democrats, Turn PA Blue, Pennsylvania National Organization for Women, Dauphin County Democratic Committee, Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee, Everytown for Gun Safety, SEIU PA, Fight for Reform, National Democratic Redistricting Committee, PA Conference of Teamsters, HRC, Run for Something, Where It's Needed, Working Families Party, Capital Region Stands Up, End Citizens United, Swing Left, Let America Vote

State Representative, District 120

  • HD120 has been identified as a key swing district. Democrats must win this seat to flip the State House and make progress for working families in Pennsylvania.

    Joanna Bryn Smith is the Democratic candidate for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives seat in the 120th district. Smith works through the Luzerne County Office of Conflict Counsel as a representative for community members who are unable to afford an attorney.

    Smith’s priorities progressive and centered on working families. She pledges to raising the minimum wage. She is a proponent of strong unions and promises to work for labor peace agreements, card check legislation and more opportunities for apprenticeship. She is in support of LGBTQ+ rights.

    Smith is challenging incumbent Republican representative Aaron Kaufer. He’s been in office since 2015. Kaufer sponsored a bill that gives billions of dollars in tax breaks to manufacturers who rely on fracking. Kaufer also voted to allow employers engaged in a labor dispute to muzzle unions. In the middle of the pandemic, Kaufer joined Republicans in their near unanimous vote against providing protective gear, testing, hazard pay, family leave, and preserving disaster declarations put in place to protect Pennsylvanians.

    Joanna Bryn Smith is the clear progressive choice in this race.

    Joanna Bryn Smith

    HD120 has been identified as a key swing district. Democrats must win this seat to flip the State House and make progress for working families in Pennsylvania.

  • Endorsed By: Conservation Voters of Pennsylvania , Planned Parenthood of PA , Emily's List, Progressive Women of NEPA, Represent PA, Moms Demand Action, Run for Something, EveryDistrict, Rust Belt Rising, Local Majority, 5th District Committee Democrats, Luzerne County Democratic Women, Luzerne County Democrats, Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee, Fight for Reform, HRC, The Q Trust, Turn PA Blue, Where It's Needed, Working Families Party, Clean Money Squad PA

State Representative, District 127

  • Manny Guzman is the Democratic candidate for the Pennsylvania State House seat in the 127th legislative district. Guzman is a former organizer with President Obama’s campaigns. Guzman continued his career in politics on the Reading School Board and as the Coalitions Director with the Pennsylvania Democratic Party.

    Guzman’s policy positions are progressive and aimed at the most vulnerable groups in Pennsylvania. They include increasing the minimum wage and wage equality regardless of gender, defending communities of color, addressing mass incarceration, and combating homelessness. During the pandemic, Guzman has supported Democrats in the legislature voting to provide protective gear, testing, hazard pay, family leave, and preserve disaster declarations put in place to protect Pennsylvanians, even as Republicans almost unanimously voted against all of these measures.

    Guzman is facing Republican opponent Vincent Gagliardo Jr. The seat is open after Republican incumbent Tom Caltagirone announced he would not seek reelection. Gagliardo doesn’t have clearly stated policy positions beyond calling for the removal of health regulations that are keeping Pennsylvanians safe during the pandemic.

    Guzman is the clear progressive choice in this race.

    Manny Guzman

    Manny Guzman is the Democratic candidate for the Pennsylvania State House seat in the 127th legislative district. Guzman is a former organizer with President Obama’s campaigns.

State Representative, District 131

  • HD131 has been identified as a key swing district. Democrats must win this seat to flip the State House and make progress for working families in Pennsylvania.

    Democratic candidate Kevin Branco is running for the Pennsylvania State House in the 131st legislative district. Branco played football for Kutztown University before pursuing a degree in political science. He is a local gym owner and community organizer.

    Branco’s platform is progressive. He says he’s running because Republican leadership has been bad for the local economy. His priorities are funding education, supporting unions, building a sustainable economy to keep graduates in Pennsylvania, conserving the environment; and protecting the rights of the LGBTQ+ community.

    Republican incumbent Justin Simmons is not seeking reelection. Branco will face off against Republican Milou Mackenzie in the general election. Mackenzie’s platform is mostly vague claims about promoting education and health care. However, on social media she posts extremist views, calling to eliminate moderate Republicans from the PA legislature in favor of more extreme politicians. She’s been endorsed by anti-choice and anti-gun reform groups and she cheers attacks on immigrant communities. In the middle of a pandemic, Mackenzie cheered Republicans in their near unanimous vote against providing protective gear, testing, hazard pay, family leave, and preserving disaster declarations put in place to protect Pennsylvanians.

    Kevin Branco is the clear progressive choice in this race.

    Kevin Branco

    HD131 has been identified as a key swing district. Democrats must win this seat to flip the State House and make progress for working families in Pennsylvania.

State Representative, District 132

  • Mike Schlossberg is the Democratic candidate for the Pennsylvania State House in the 132nd legislative district. Schlossberg’s background is in technology and public relations. Schlossberg was also the youngest person to be elected to the Allentown City Council. He eventually became vice president of that body as well as vice president of the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce.

    In 2015, Schlossberg decided to speak publicly about his struggles with depression and anxiety to increase mental health awareness. He worked with Congressperson Susan Wild to enact federal mental health legislation and sponsored a state bill to increase suicide prevention resources. In 2017, Schlossberg cosponsored a bill that expunges criminal records to reduce discrimination against formerly incarcerated citizens. More recently, Schlossberg has sponsored legislation to require background checks for potential police officers as part of the civil rights movement to fight racism and police violence. During the pandemic, Mike Schlossberg voted to provide protective gear, testing, hazard pay, family leave, and preserve disaster declarations put in place to protect Pennsylvanians, even as Republicans almost unanimously voted against all of these measures.

    Mike Schlossberg is running unopposed.

    Mike Schlossberg

    Mike Schlossberg is the Democratic candidate for the Pennsylvania State House in the 132nd legislative district. Schlossberg’s background is in technology and public relations.

State Representative, District 135

  • Steve Samuelson is the Democratic candidate for the Pennsylvania State House of Representatives in the 135th district. Before his time in the State House, Samuelson was a legislative aide for the board of the Lehigh Valley Commissioners.

    Samuelson has supported many progressive pieces of legislation. He’s sponsored or cosponsored minimum wage increases, anti-bullying laws and increased mental health resources for higher education. More recently, Samuelson has voted against Republican attempts to take away aid to disabled Pennsylvanians and put more guns in classrooms. This year, in response to historic civil rights protests against racism and police brutality, he voted for background checks for police officers.

    Samuelson is facing Republican challenger Scott Hough. In the middle of a pandemic, Hough cheered Republicans in their near unanimous vote against providing protective gear, testing, hazard pay, family leave, and preserving disaster declarations put in place to protect Pennsylvanians. He does not have any other clear policy positions.

    Steve Samuelson is the clear progressive choice in this race.

    Steve Samuelson

    Steve Samuelson is the Democratic candidate for the Pennsylvania State House of Representatives in the 135th district.

State Representative, District 136

  • Robert Freeman is the Democratic candidate for the Pennsylvania State House in the 136th legislative district. Freeman was first elected to the State House in 1982 while finishing his graduate degree. He took a hiatus from 1994 to 1997 to work as executive director of the Democratic Policy Committee.

    Freeman has supported a lot of progressive legislation over the years. He cosponsored a bill establishing a special juvenile victim compensation fund. He’s sponsored legislation to provide more mental health resources to colleges and universities. Recently, Freeman cosponsored legislation to require background checks for police officers in response to the historic civil rights protests against racism and police brutality. During the pandemic, Freeman voted to provide protective gear, testing, hazard pay, family leave, and preserve disaster declarations put in place to protect Pennsylvanians, even as Republicans almost unanimously voted against all of these measures.

    Robert Freeman is running unopposed.

    Robert Freeman

    Robert Freeman is the Democratic candidate for the Pennsylvania State House in the 136th legislative district. Freeman was first elected to the State House in 1982 while finishing his graduate degree.

State Representative, District 138

  • HD138 has been identified as a key swing district. Democrats must win this seat to flip the State House and make progress for working families in Pennsylvania.

    Tara Zrinkski is the Democratic candidate for the Pennsylvania State House seat in the 138th legislative district. Zrinski is a political newcomer; her professional background includes consulting on solar energy and teaching philosophy at local community colleges.

    Zrinski’s priorities revolve around fair school funding and environmental conservation. She believes in providing property tax relief while adequately and equitably funding schools. This includes providing more funding for technical training and higher education. She also is an advocate for expanding green jobs and holding corporate polluters accountable. More recently, Zrinski has spoken out in support of the historic civil rights protests against racism and police brutality.

    Democratic candidate Tara Zrinkski is running against Republican Ann Flood. The seat was left open by Republican representative Marcia Hahn, who declined to run for reelection. Flood doesn’t have any detailed policy positions beyond cutting taxes and restricting legal reproductive rights. In the middle of a pandemic, Ann Flood cheered Republicans in their near unanimous vote against providing protective gear, testing, hazard pay, family leave, and preserving disaster declarations put in place to protect Pennsylvanians.

    Tara Zrinski is the clear progressive choice in this race.

    Tara Zrinski

    HD138 has been identified as a key swing district. Democrats must win this seat to flip the State House and make progress for working families in Pennsylvania.

State Representative, District 139

  • Marian Keegan is the Democratic candidate for the Pennsylvania State House seat in the 139th legislative district. Growing up in rural Pennsylvania, Keegan became interested in preserving the environment at an early age. She went into forestry as a career and has worked with numerous businesses and public agencies to utilize and conserve Pennsylvania’s natural resources.

    Marian Keegan’s prioritizes environmental conservation and supporting science based policy measures. She has spoken out about raising the minimum wage. Recently, she has pledged support to the historic civil rights protests against racism and police brutality. Keegan also writes about protecting the LGBTQ+ community and providing mental health resources to veterans.

    Keegan is running against Republican incumbent Michael Peifer, who has held the seat since 2007. In 2015, incumbent Piefer cosponsored a bill to try to take away the rights of union members to organize. In 2017, he sponsored a bill allowing individuals to sue towns if they passed laws requiring background checks and other gun safety measures. In 2018 and 2019 Peifer sponsored bills attempting to take away legal reproductive health rights. In the middle of a pandemic, Michael Peifer joined Republicans in their near unanimous vote against providing protective gear, testing, hazard pay, family leave, and preserving disaster declarations put in place to protect Pennsylvanians.

    Marian Keegan is the clear progressive choice in this race.

    Marian Keegan

    Marian Keegan is the Democratic candidate for the Pennsylvania State House seat in the 139th legislative district. Growing up in rural Pennsylvania, Keegan became interested in preserving the environment at an early age.

State Representative, District 143

  • HD143 has been identified as a key swing district. Democrats must keep this seat to flip the State House and make progress for working families in Pennsylvania.

    Wendy Ullman is the Democratic candidate for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives seat in the 143rd district. She’s held the seat since 2019. Ullman was an educator at Bucks County Community College and Montgomery County Community College for 30 years.

    Wendy Ullman’s voting record is progressive. During her first term, Ullman voted to stop defunding poorer school districts in favor of wealthier districts and charter schools. She also voted multiple times to protect Pennsylvanians’ reproductive autonomy. Ullman voted to preserve General Assistance, the largest anti-poverty program in the state. She rejected tax breaks for manufacturers who rely on fossil fuels. During the pandemic, Ullman voted to provide protective gear, testing, hazard pay, family leave, and preserve disaster declarations put in place to protect Pennsylvanians, even as Republicans almost unanimously voted against all of these measures.

    Ullman is facing Republican challenger Shelby Labs. There is no information publicly available about Labs’s campaign or issue stances.

    Wendy Ullman is the clear progressive candidate in this race.

    Wendy Ullman

    HD143 has been identified as a key swing district. Democrats must keep this seat to flip the State House and make progress for working families in Pennsylvania.

  • Endorsed By: Conservation Voters of Pennsylvania , Planned Parenthood of PA , SEIU Healthcare , Pennsylvania State Education Association, American Federation of State, Represent PA, Emily's List, Bucks County Democratic Committee, Swing Left, Kennedy Democrats, The PA Blue Victory Fund, Sheet Metal Workers Local 19, Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee, National Democratic Redistricting Committee, PA AFL-CIO, PA Conference of Teamsters, Pennsylvania National Organization for Women, HRC, The Q Trust

State Representative, District 144

  • HD144 has been identified as a key swing district. Democrats must win this seat to flip the State House and make progress for working families in Pennsylvania.

    Gary Spillane is the Democratic candidate for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives seat in the 144th legislative district. Spillane owns and runs his own building products company. Spillane watched as the opioid crisis ripped communities apart and says he felt called to public service after he lost two nephews to addiction.

    Spillane’s platform is progressive. He is in favor of preserving the Affordable Care Act and mandating coverage of preexisting conditions. He will fight for the preservation and expansion of green spaces, including farms, and for the enforcement of environmental protections against polluters. Spillane supports free tuition for qualifying students at state colleges and universities and for more programs to make tuition affordable for families.

    Gary Spillane is challenging incumbent Republican representative Todd Polinchock. Polinchock has been in office since 2019. He voted to repeal assistance for struggling Pennsylvanians and gave major tax breaks to manufacturers who rely on fracked natural gas to operate. Polinchock voted to defund poorer school districts in favor of wealthier districts and charter schools. In the middle of a pandemic, Polinchock joined Republicans in their near unanimous vote against providing protective gear, testing, hazard pay, family leave, and preserving disaster declarations put in place to protect Pennsylvanians.

    Gary Spillane is the clear progressive choice in this race.

    Gary Spillane

    HD144 has been identified as a key swing district. Democrats must win this seat to flip the State House and make progress for working families in Pennsylvania.

  • Endorsed By: Conservation Voters of Pennsylvania , Planned Parenthood of PA , Kennedy Democrats, Bucks County Democratic Committee, Swing Left, Fight for Reform, Future Now, National Democratic Redistricting Committee, 144th Assembly Democratic Committee, Chalfont-New Britain Democrats, Hilltown Democrats, Warrington Democrats, Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee, EveryDistrict, Everytown for Gun Safety, PA AFL-CIO, HRC, PROTECT&ELECT, Represent PA, Turn PA Blue, Swing From Home

State Representative, District 147

  • Democrat
  • HD147 has been identified as a key swing district. Democrats must win this seat to flip the State House and make progress for working families in Pennsylvania.

    Jill Dennin is the Democratic candidate for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives seat in the 147th district. Dennin formerly worked in state and federal relations and then in fundraising for the Virginia Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Dennin has been an active volunteer with various mission-based organizations over the past 25 years.

    Dennin’s platform is progressive. She is focused particularly on education. She is running for property tax relief and increased accountability for charter schools. Dennin is also committed to stopping the defunding of public education. She is also an advocate for fixing Pennsylvania’s crumbling infrastructure.

    Dennin is facing off against Republican Tracy Pennycuick. Republican Marcy Toepel, who held the office for a decade, is retiring at the end of the term. Pennycuick has issued vague statements about supporting education and reducing health care costs, but offers no specific details on his policy proposals. In the middle of a pandemic, Pennycuick cheered Republicans in their near unanimous vote against providing protective gear, testing, hazard pay, family leave, and preserving disaster declarations put in place to protect Pennsylvanians.

    Jill Dennin is the clear progressive choice in this race.

    Jill Dennin

    HD147 has been identified as a key swing district. Democrats must win this seat to flip the State House and make progress for working families in Pennsylvania.

  • Endorsed By: Conservation Voters of Pennsylvania , Everytown for Gun Safety, PA AFL-CIO, Pennsylvania National Organization for Women, HRC, Represent PA, Montgomery County Democratic Women's Leadership Initiative, Turn PA Blue, Montgomery County Democratic Committee

State Representative, District 148

  • Mary Jo Daley is the Democratic candidate for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives seat in the 148th district. Prior to taking office, Daley served as a member of the Narberth Borough Council for 20 years which included 10 years as council president.

    During her time as representative, Daley has repeatedly voted to defend her constituents’ rights and health. She voted against tax cuts for big corporations and millionaires. Daley also voted against billions of dollars in tax subsidies for manufacturers that rely on fracked natural gas to operate. Daley has voted against legislation that made it more difficult to qualify for workers’ compensation. She has also voted against reinstating mandatory minimum sentences. During the pandemic, Mary Jo Daley voted to provide protective gear, testing, hazard pay, family leave, and preserve disaster declarations put in place to protect Pennsylvanians, even as Republicans almost unanimously voted against all of these measures.

    Daley is facing Republican challenger Allen Anderson in the general election. Anderson’s campaign has no publicly available policy stances or value statements.

    Mary Jo Daley is the clear progressive choice in this race.

    Mary Jo Daley

    Mary Jo Daley is the Democratic candidate for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives seat in the 148th district.

  • Endorsed By: Conservation Voters of Pennsylvania , Planned Parenthood of PA , PA AFL-CIO, PA Conference of Teamsters, Pennsylvania National Organization for Women, GunSenseUs, Represent PA, Sierra Club, Montgomery County Democratic Committee, Indivisible Project, Turn PA Blue, Local 690, Steamfitters Local 420, UAW, AFSCME Council 13, PASNAP, Laborers District Council, IBEW (Local unknown), United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, The International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, Iron Ship Builders, Blacksmiths, Forgers and Helpers, AFL-CIO/CLC, Building Trades Council, International Association Of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental And Reinforcing Iron Workers, FOP (Lodge unknown)

State Representative, District 149

  • Democrat
  • Tim Briggs is the Democratic candidate in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives seat in the 149th district. Prior to taking office, he was an advisor to then-Congressperson Joe Hoeffel and Senator Connie Williams. Briggs also served as political director of a national progressive nonprofit called the Bonner Group.

    During his first term in office, Briggs led the legislature in passing a law that keeps siblings together when placed in foster homes. He also cosponsored legislation that provides fairer funding for special education. Briggs was the prime sponsor of one of the state’s “Zero Waste PA” bills, which alleviates environmental problems created by disposables and single-use plastics. Briggs also voted against major tax subsidies for manufacturers that rely on fracked natural gas to operate. During the pandemic, Tim Briggs voted to provide protective gear, testing, hazard pay, family leave, and preserve disaster declarations put in place to protect Pennsylvanians, even as Republicans almost unanimously voted against all of these measures.

    Tim Briggs is running unopposed.

    Tim Briggs

    Tim Briggs is the Democratic candidate in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives seat in the 149th district. Prior to taking office, he was an advisor to then-Congressperson Joe Hoeffel and Senator Connie Williams.

  • Endorsed By: Conservation Voters of Pennsylvania , Planned Parenthood of PA , PA AFL-CIO, PA Conference of Teamsters, Sierra Club, Montgomery County Democratic Committee

State Representative, District 150

  • Democrat
  • Joe Webster is the Democratic candidate for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives seat in the 150th district. Prior to taking office, Webster worked at the Pentagon for 20 years on special projects as a member of the Air Force. He has also taught as a professor of National Security Strategy at the Air University in Montgomery, Ala.

    Webster’s record is progressive. He voted against giving billions of dollars in tax subsidies to manufacturers that rely on fracked natural gas to operate. He also cosponsored legislation to provide more job training and opportunities to people that were previously incarcerated. Webster voted against legislation that would defund poorer school districts in favor of wealthier districts and charter schools.

    Webster is facing Republican challenger Beth Ann Bittner Mazza in the general election. Bittner Mazza’s priorities include supporting education and seniors, but she does not offer specific plans to accomplish these goals. In the middle of a pandemic, Bittner Mazza cheered Republicans in their near unanimous vote against providing protective gear, testing, hazard pay, family leave, and preserving disaster declarations put in place to protect Pennsylvanians.

    Joe Webster is the clear progressive choice in this race.

    Joe Webster

    Joe Webster is the Democratic candidate for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives seat in the 150th district.

  • Endorsed By: Conservation Voters of Pennsylvania , Planned Parenthood of PA , PA AFL-CIO, Sierra Club, VoteVets, Clean Money Squad PA, Montgomery County Democratic Committee, Moms Demand Action, Leap Forward, The Progressive Change Campaign Committee, EveryDistrict, Flippable, SEIU PA, Philly For Change, PSNA, Philadelphia Neighborhood Networks, Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, Americans for Democratic Action

State Representative, District 151

  • HD 151 has been identified as a key swing district. Democrats must win this seat to flip the State House and make progress for working families in Pennsylvania.

    Jonathan Kassa is the Democratic candidate for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in the 151st district. Kassa is a former senior executive director of juvenile justice, social service and education at a multi-state nonprofit. Currently, he is director on the North Penn School District Board and has spent the last decade leading national initiatives to increase campus safety.

    Kassa’s priority is funding schools and providing tax relief for seniors. Kassa has experience implementing similar policies at the local level. He is also in favor of expanding Medicaid, capping prescription drug costs, prohibiting hidden fees and protecting people with pre-existing conditions. Kassa advocates for reproductive autonomy, legal protections for LGBTQ+ Pennsylvanians and for policing reforms that will help end systemic racism.

    Kassa is challenging Republican incumbent Todd Stephens. Stephens has held the seat since 2011. Stephens has voted in favor of a number of pieces of legislation that defund poorer public school districts in favor of wealthier districts and charter schools. He has also voted to make it more difficult to qualify for Medicaid. Stephens has also repeatedly voted to obstruct the legal reproductive rights of Pennsylvanians. In the middle of a pandemic, Stephens joined Republicans in their near unanimous vote against providing protective gear, testing, hazard pay, family leave, and preserving disaster declarations put in place to protect Pennsylvanians.

    Jonathan Kassa is the clear progressive choice in this race.

    Jonathan Kassa

    HD 151 has been identified as a key swing district. Democrats must win this seat to flip the State House and make progress for working families in Pennsylvania.

  • Endorsed By: Conservation Voters of Pennsylvania , President Obama, Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee, National Democratic Redistricting Committee, EveryDistrict, Turn PA Blue, Sister District Project, Future Now, Swing Left, PROTECT&ELECT, Moms Demand Action, North Penn Neighbors for Progress, Montgomery County Democratic Committee, Horsham Democratic Committee, North Penn Democrats, Upper Dublin Democratic Committee, Orange Ribbons for Jaime, ChangePA, Kennedy Democrats, GunSenseUs, PA AFL-CIO, HRC

State Representative, District 152

  • HD152 has been identified as a key swing district. Democrats must win this seat to flip the State House and make progress for working families in Pennsylvania.

    Nancy Guenst is the Democratic candidate for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives seat in the 152nd district. Guenst is the mayor of Hatboro as well as a former council member. She is also a veteran and small business owner.

    Guenst’s platform is progressive. She is focused on protecting the environment and disability advocacy. In office, she also plans to fight for a sustainable school funding model that provides equitable opportunities to all children across the state. Guenst also envisions a future where all Pennsylvanians have health insurance with the expansion of Medicaid and Medicare.

    Guenst and Republican Karen Houck are facing off for this seat. The current representative is Republican Thomas Murt, who has held the seat since 2007 and will be retiring at the end of the term. Houck prioritizes increased funding for public schools. Her solution to the lack of affordable healthcare is to encourage more “flexibility” of choice between costly private plans. She offers very few policy proposals to actually help Pennsylvanians.

    Nancy Guenst is the clear progressive choice in this race.

    Nancy Guenst

    HD152 has been identified as a key swing district. Democrats must win this seat to flip the State House and make progress for working families in Pennsylvania.

  • Endorsed By: Conservation Voters of Pennsylvania , Planned Parenthood of PA , National Democratic Redistricting Committee, President Obama, News Politics, End Citizens United, Pennsylvania National Organization for Women, Moms Demand Action, EveryDistrict, APSCUF, PA Conference of Teamsters, Moving Philly Forward, The Q Trust, American Federation of State, Represent PA, Liberty City LGBT+ Democratic Club, Philadelphia Gay News, PROTECT&ELECT, Emily's List, Sister District Project, Working Families Party, Future Now, 63rd Ward Democrats, Americans for Democratic Action, Fight for Reform, Everytown for Gun Safety, Montgomery County Democratic Committee, Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee, Kennedy Democrats, PA AFL-CIO, HRC, Swing Left, Turn PA Blue, Upper Dublin Democratic Committee, SEIU PA, Sierra Club, United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, MontcoDFA

State Representative, District 153

  • Democrat
  • Ben Sanchez is the Democratic candidate for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives seat in the 153rd legislative district. Prior to taking office, Sanchez spent time as a public accountant, an attorney, an adjunct professor of law at Drexel University and an Abington Township Commissioner.

    During his first term in office, Sanchez voted against legislation that would move resources from underfunded school districts into wealthier districts and charter schools. He also voted to preserve Pennsylvanians' right to reproductive autonomy. Sanchez voted against major tax subsidies for manufacturers that rely on fossil fuel to operate. During the pandemic, Ben Sanchez voted to provide protective gear, testing, hazard pay, family leave, and preserve disaster declarations put in place to protect Pennsylvanians, even as Republicans almost unanimously voted against all of these measures.

    Ben Sanchez is running unopposed.

    Ben Sanchez

    Ben Sanchez is the Democratic candidate for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives seat in the 153rd legislative district.

  • Endorsed By: Conservation Voters of Pennsylvania , Planned Parenthood of PA , SEIU PA, PA AFL-CIO, Upper Dublin Democratic Committee, Clean Money Squad PA, Montgomery County Democratic Committee, CeaseFirePA, Humane PA, Pennsylvania Association of Realtors, PA Democratic Party, Abington-Rockledge Democratic Committee

State Representative, District 154

  • Napoleon Nelson is the Democratic candidate for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives seat in the 154th district. Nelson has held various elected offices in Cheltenham. He also has 16 years of experience as a finance professional and founded Market Literacy Project, which helps students develop financial literacy skills.

    Nelson’s platform is progressive. His top priority is fully and equitably funding education and providing property tax relief for Pennsylvanians. Nelson also pledges to end tax breaks for large businesses and have out-of-state corporations pay local taxes. He supports the right to reproductive autonomy as well as the civil rights of LGBTQ+ Pennsylvanians. During the pandemic, Napoleon Nelson voted to provide protective gear, testing, hazard pay, family leave, and preserve disaster declarations put in place to protect Pennsylvanians, even as Republicans almost unanimously voted against all of these measures.

    Nelson is facing off against Republican Kathleen Bowers. The seat is open with Steve McCarter retiring at the end of the term. Bowers' only publicly available issue stance is on changing child support laws in Pennsylvania. Bowers ran in 2018, but still hasn’t offered details about how she would serve her community.

    Napoleon Nelson is the clear progressive choice in this race.

    Napoleon Nelson

    Napoleon Nelson is the Democratic candidate for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives seat in the 154th district. Nelson has held various elected offices in Cheltenham.

  • Endorsed By: Conservation Voters of Pennsylvania , PA AFL-CIO, Montgomery County Democratic Committee

State Representative, District 155

  • HD155 has been identified as a key swing district. Democrats must keep this seat to flip the State House and make progress for working families in Pennsylvania.

    Danielle Friel Otten is the Democratic candidate for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives seat in the 155th district. She’s held the seat since 2019. Prior to taking office, Otten spent the majority of her career in marketing and hospitality. She is well known for her work in environmental conservation as a founder of the Del-Chesco United for Pipeline Safety advocacy group.

    Otten’s voting record is progressive. She voted against granting billions of dollars in tax subsidies to manufacturers that rely on fossil fuels to operate. She also voted against legislation that would have defunded poorer school districts in favor of wealthier districts and charter schools. Additionally, Otten voted against the repeal of General Assistance for struggling Pennsylvanians, the largest anti-poverty program in the state. This year, Otten voted to provide protective gear, testing, hazard pay, family leave, and preserve disaster declarations put in place to protect Pennsylvanians, even as Republicans almost unanimously voted against all of these measures.

    Otten is facing Republican challenger Michael Taylor in the general election. Taylor is against environmental protections and blames India and China for pollution while ignoring local sources that sicken Pennsylvanians. He is in favor of reopening schools for the 2020-2021 despite the current state of the pandemic.

    Danielle Friel Otten is the clear progressive choice in this race.

    Danielle Friel Otten

    HD155 has been identified as a key swing district. Democrats must keep this seat to flip the State House and make progress for working families in Pennsylvania.

  • Endorsed By: Conservation Voters of Pennsylvania , Planned Parenthood of PA , Moms Demand Action, Pennsylvania State Education Association, Sierra Club, Chester County Democratic Committee, Clean Water Action, Represent PA, ChangePA, Del-Chesco United for Pipeline Safety, Food & Water Watch, SEIU PA, Working Families Party, Emily's List, Pennsylvania Stands Up, Chester County Stands Up, Humane PA, HRC

State Representative, District 156

  • HD156 has been identified as a key swing district. Democrats must keep this seat to flip the State House and make progress for working families in Pennsylvania.

    Dianne Herrin is the Democratic candidate for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives seat in the 156th district. Herrin is currently the mayor of West Chester. Prior to holding office, she was Vice President of Practical Energy Solutions and worked as an energy efficiency consultant.

    Herrin prioritizes fighting for fair and equitable school funding. She pledges to support legislation that creates accountability for charter schools. Herrin also calls attention to the need for affordable healthcare for all people in Pennsylvania. Herrin plans to advocate for small business owners through health insurance reform and by tackling high taxes and transparency in government.

    Herrin is facing Republican candidate Len Iacono in the general election for this open seat. Iacono is a former board member of two local anti-choice organizations. He says he will prioritize education, but offers no plans to tackle the difficult funding problems. In the middle of a pandemic, Len Iacono cheered Republicans in their near unanimous vote against providing protective gear, testing, hazard pay, family leave, and preserving disaster declarations put in place to protect Pennsylvanians.

    Dianne Herrin is the clear progressive choice in this race.

    Dianne Herrin

    HD156 has been identified as a key swing district. Democrats must keep this seat to flip the State House and make progress for working families in Pennsylvania.

  • Endorsed By: Conservation Voters of Pennsylvania , Planned Parenthood of PA , United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, Chester County Democratic Committee, Moms Demand Action, Chester County Young Democrats, Emily's List, PA AFL-CIO, Pennsylvania National Organization for Women, GunSenseUs, Sierra Club

State Representative, District 157

  • Melissa Shusterman is the Democratic candidate for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in the 157th district. Shusterman started and maintained her own small business while raising her child on her own.

    Shusterman’s voting record shows she stands up for her constituents. She has been unwavering in her support of Pennsylvanians reproductive autonomy. During her first term in office, Shusterman voted to empower school police to make arrests but voted against arming them. She cosponsored legislation to provide more work and career opportunities to people who were convicted of a crime in the past. During the pandemic, Melissa Shusterman voted to provide protective gear, testing, hazard pay, family leave, and preserve disaster declarations put in place to protect Pennsylvanians, even as Republicans almost unanimously voted against all of these measures.

    Melissa Shusterman is running unopposed.

    Melissa Shusterman

    Melissa Shusterman is the Democratic candidate for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in the 157th district. Shusterman started and maintained her own small business while raising her child on her own.

  • Endorsed By: Conservation Voters of Pennsylvania , Planned Parenthood of PA , Chester County Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 11, Pennsylvania State Education Association, National Organization for Women, PA AFL-CIO, Sierra Club, AFSCME Council 88, Clean Water Action, Sister District Project, AFT PA, Equality Pennsylvania, Represent PA, Americans for Democratic Action, #VOTEPROCHOICE, Moms Demand Action, Montgomery County Democratic Women's Leadership Initiative, Leap Forward, Food & Water Watch, Chester County Democratic Committee, PROTECT&ELECT, Montgomery County Democratic Committee, United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, Business And Professional Women / Pennsylvania, NASW, Emily's List, The Progressive Change Campaign Committee, Pennsylvania National Organization for Women, GunSenseUs, Clean Money Squad PA

State Representative, District 158

  • HD158 has been identified as a key swing district. Democrats must keep this seat to flip the State House and make progress for working families in Pennsylvania.

    Democratic representative Christina Sappey is running for reelection to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in the 158th district. She worked in the fashion industry for many years and then had a 14-year career as a legislative aide to various Democrats in the State House in Harrisburg.

    Sappey’s top priorities are protecting the environment, fighting for affordable health care, fully and fairly funding education, and fighting against discrimination. In 2019, she voted against attempts to take away assistance for her disabled constituents. She also voted against Republican efforts to put more guns in schools. Sappey also voted to stop legislation that would take money out of poorer school districts to fund wealthier ones. She’s voted several times to protect her constituents' reproductive rights. Most recently, she voted against legislation that would make it harder to curb greenhouse emissions. During the pandemic, Christina Sappey voted to provide protective gear, testing, hazard pay, family leave, and preserve disaster declarations put in place to protect Pennsylvanians, even as Republicans almost unanimously voted against all of these measures.

    Sappey’s opponent is Republican Eric Roe, who used to hold the seat in the 158th district prior to 2018. In 2017, he voted to repeal the largest anti-poverty program in the state. The following year he voted to make it more difficult to qualify for SNAP benefits. He has voted for and sponsored bills that would take away the legal reproductive rights of Pennsylvanians.

    Christina Sappey is the clear progressive choice in this race.

    Christina Sappey

    HD158 has been identified as a key swing district. Democrats must keep this seat to flip the State House and make progress for working families in Pennsylvania.

State Representative, District 160

  • HD160 has been identified as a key swing district. Democrats must win this seat to flip the State House and make progress for working families in Pennsylvania.

    Anton Andrew is the Democratic candidate for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives seat in the 160th legislative district. Andrew’s background is in law and he currently works as Cheyney University’s social equity officer. He has a history of activism with numerous organizations fighting racial violence, ending gerrymandering, passing gun safety legislation, protecting drinking water, and championing equal rights and gender equality.

    Andrew’s platform is progressive. His top priorities are protecting reproductive rights, passing gun safety legislation, and guaranteeing clean air and water for Pennsylvanians. He says he’s fighting for the American Dream, which depends on enforcing equal rights within our society.

    Anton Andrew and Republican Craig Williams are competing for this open seat. Williams is a retired Marine. His policy positions are vague. On social media, Williams has cheered Republicans in their near unanimous vote against providing protective gear, testing, hazard pay, family leave, and preserving disaster declarations put in place to protect Pennsylvanians.

    Anton Andrew is the clear progressive choice in this race.

    Anton Andrew

    HD160 has been identified as a key swing district. Democrats must win this seat to flip the State House and make progress for working families in Pennsylvania.

State Representative, District 161

  • Democratic representative Leanne Krueger is running for reelection to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in the 161st legislative district. Prior to holding office, she served as the executive director of the Sustainable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia. Krueger is the first woman to represent the district.

    Krueger’s record is progressive. In 2017, Krueger cosponsored a bill to get prior minor criminal records expunged to reduce discrimination against formerly incarcerated citizens. In 2018, she sponsored a bill to protect survivors of domestic abuse from gun violence. In the past two years, she’s voted multiple times to block GOP efforts to eliminate legal reproductive rights. During the pandemic, Leanne Krueger voted to provide protective gear, testing, hazard pay, family leave, and preserve disaster declarations put in place to protect Pennsylvanians, even as Republicans almost unanimously voted against all of these measures.

    Krueger has drawn a Republican challenger, Ralph Shicatano. Shicatano demands that schools be reopened for the 2020-2021 school year, despite the risks to students. He is a vocal Trump supporter and has expressed his extreme dislike of the Black Lives Matter movement and efforts to prevent police violence.

    Leanne Krueger is the clear progressive choice in this race.

    Leanne Krueger

    Democratic representative Leanne Krueger is running for reelection to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in the 161st legislative district.

State Representative, District 165

  • HD165 has been identified as a key swing district. Democrats must keep this seat to flip the State House and make progress for working families in Pennsylvania.

    Democratic representative Jennifer O’Mara is running for reelection to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives seat in the 165th district. O’Mara’s professional background is in education. She went into public service to honor her father, who died tragically by gun suicide, and support the unions that her family depended upon in times of crisis.

    O’Mara’s voting record is progressive. She has voted multiple times to protect the legal reproductive rights of Pennsylvanians. In 2019, she voted against efforts to defund public education in poorer districts in favor of wealthier ones. More recently, she’s used her platform to support this year’s historic civil rights protests against racism and police brutality. During the pandemic, O’mara voted to provide protective gear, testing, hazard pay, family leave, and preserve disaster declarations put in place to protect Pennsylvanians, even as Republicans almost unanimously voted against all of these measures.

    O’Mara’s opponent is Republican Robert Smythe. Smythe is a firefighter. His policy positions are primarily vague pledges to lower taxes. He has rejected calls to curb the epidemic of police violence against Black Americans.

    Jennifer O’Mara is the clear progressive choice in this race.

    Jennifer O’Mara

    HD165 has been identified as a key swing district. Democrats must keep this seat to flip the State House and make progress for working families in Pennsylvania.

State Representative, District 166

  • Democrat
  • Greg Vitali is the Democratic candidate for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in the 166th legislative district. Vitali was the first Pennsylvanian legislator to introduce the idea of a severance tax on natural gas and has received numerous awards from conservation and climate change groups throughout his career.

    Vitali has continued his record as a champion for the health and safety of his constituents in office. He sponsored a bill for a clean energy program in Pennsylvania in 2007. He has also cosponsored bills for alternative energy incentives. During the pandemic, Greg Vitali voted to provide protective gear, testing, hazard pay, family leave, and preserve disaster declarations put in place to protect Pennsylvanians, even as Republicans almost unanimously voted against all of these measures.

    Vitali’s opponent is Republican is Christine Boyle. Boyle claims to have environmental conservation as part of her platform, but her platform is not publicly available. Christine Boyle claims to support this year’s historic civil rights marches against racism but refuses to speak out against police misconduct.

    Greg Vitali is the clear progressive choice in this race.

    Greg Vitali

    Greg Vitali is the Democratic candidate for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in the 166th legislative district.

State Representative, District 167

  • HD167 has been identified as a key swing district. Democrats must keep this seat to flip the State House and make progress for working families in Pennsylvania.

    Democratic representative Kristine Howard is running for reelection to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives seat in the 167th district. Before her time in office, Howard spent her career running a non-profit law firm, advocating for child welfare and fighting child abuse.

    Howard’s voting record is progressive. In 2019, she sponsored a bill that establishes new training requirements for police officers. This year, she cosponsored a bill that requires background checks for the police. Howard also voted against Republican efforts to defund poorer public school districts in favor of wealthier ones and charter schools. Additionally, Howard demonstrated her commitment to protecting reproductive health by voting twice against efforts to take away those rights. During the pandemic, Howard voted to provide protective gear, testing, hazard pay, family leave, and preserve disaster declarations put in place to protect Pennsylvanians, even as Republicans almost unanimously voted against all of these measures.

    Howard has drawn a Republican opponent, Wendy Leland. Leland is a former member of the National Guard with no policy positions posted on her campaign website. On her social media, she has posted harmful misinformation about the spread of COVID-19.

    Kristine Howard is the clear progressive choice in this race.

    Kristine Howard

    HD167 has been identified as a key swing district. Democrats must keep this seat to flip the State House and make progress for working families in Pennsylvania.

State Representative, District 170

  • Democrat
  • HD170 has been identified as a key swing district. Democrats must win this seat to flip the State House and make progress for working families in Pennsylvania.

    Michael Doyle, Jr. is the Democratic candidate for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives seat in the 170th legislative district. He is a self-described candidate in recovery from addiction.

    Doyle’s platform is progressive. He pledges to support equitable and full funding for schools, health care as a human right, access to good paying jobs, and a minimum wage of $15 per hour. He advocates for replacing some police officers with health care workers.

    Doyle is running against Republican incumbent Martina White. In April of 2016, White verbally accosted a group of LatinX immigrant-rights advocates in her office. In 2018, White voted to take away Medicaid from her neighbors who were too sick to work. Later that year, she voted to exempt oil companies from having to report oil spills. In 2019, White voted to take money out of poorer school districts in favor of wealthier ones. In the middle of a pandemic, White joined Republicans in their near unanimous vote against providing protective gear, testing, hazard pay, family leave, and preserving disaster declarations put in place to protect Pennsylvanians.

    In late October of 2020, past racist and anti-semitic Facebook posts written by Michael Doyle were released to the public. Those comments can be read here.

    Michael Doyle Jr is the better choice in this race.

    Mike Doyle

    HD170 has been identified as a key swing district. Democrats must win this seat to flip the State House and make progress for working families in Pennsylvania.

State Representative, District 171

  • Democrat
  • Peter Buck is the Democratic candidate for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives seat in the 171st legislative district. Buck is the chairman of the Ferguson Township Board of Supervisors. He holds a Ph.D. and has a background in education which also led him to being an award-winning educator at Penn State.

    Buck’s platform is progressive. A self-described outdoorsman, Buck also champions environmental causes. His priorities are increasing the minimum wage, protecting unions, equitable funding for public schools, supporting Pennsylvania farmers, and ensuring access to quality health care. Buck has been outspoken in his support of this year’s historic civil rights marches against racism and police violence.

    Buck is running against Republican incumbent Kerry Benninghoff. In 2017, Benninghoff sponsored a bill to take away food stamps from his most vulnerable neighbors. In 2019, he cosponsored another bill to repeal the largest anti-poverty program in the state. Later that year, he also cosponsored a bill to defund poorer school districts in favor of wealthier ones. In the middle of a pandemic, Kerry Benninghoff joined Republicans in their near unanimous vote against providing protective gear, testing, hazard pay, family leave, and preserving disaster declarations put in place to protect Pennsylvanians.


    Peter Buck is the clear progressive choice in this race.

    Peter Buck

    Peter Buck is the Democratic candidate for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives seat in the 171st legislative district. Buck is the chairman of the Ferguson Township Board of Supervisors. He holds a Ph.D.

State Representative, District 175

  • Mary Isaacson is the Democratic candidate for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in the 175th legislative district. Her background is in real estate law and she served nine years as a member of the Democratic State Committee before being elected to office.

    In 2019, Isaacson sponsored a bill for new training requirements for police officers to prevent violence. In 2020, she cosponsored a bill that would also require background checks for police officers to screen for previous violent offenses. She voted against arming school security guards and against giving them the authority to make arrests. During the pandemic, Mary Isaacson voted to provide protective gear, testing, hazard pay, family leave, and preserve disaster declarations put in place to protect Pennsylvanians, even as Republicans almost unanimously voted against all of these measures.

    Mary Isaacson is running unopposed.

    Mary Isaacson

    Mary Isaacson is the Democratic candidate for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in the 175th legislative district. Her background is in real estate law and she served nine years as a member of the Democratic State Committee before being elected to office.

State Representative, District 176

  • HD176 has been identified as a key swing district. Democrats must win this seat to flip the State House and make progress for working families in Pennsylvania.

    Claudette Williams is the Democratic candidate for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in the 176th legislative district. Williams is a veteran, as well as the former Mount Pocono Council President and Pocono Mountain Regional Police Commissioner.

    Williams’s platform is progressive. In office, Williams plans to implement a natural gas severance tax to reduce property taxes and provide an alternative source of school funding. She supports raising the minimum wage. Williams is also a proponent of environmental protections and of affordable healthcare for all Pennsylvanians.

    Williams is challenging incumbent Republican Jack Rader. Rader has voted multiple times to defund poorer school districts in favor of wealthier districts and charter schools. In 2018, he voted to loosen gas and oil drilling restrictions. The following year, he voted to give billions of dollars in tax subsidies to manufacturers that rely on fracked natural gas. Rader cosponsored legislation to weaken union rights. In the middle of a pandemic, Rader joined Republicans in their near unanimous vote against providing protective gear, testing, hazard pay, family leave, and preserving disaster declarations put in place to protect Pennsylvanians.

    Claudette Williams is the clear progressive choice in this race.

    Claudette Williams

    HD176 has been identified as a key swing district. Democrats must win this seat to flip the State House and make progress for working families in Pennsylvania.

  • Endorsed By: Conservation Voters of Pennsylvania , Planned Parenthood of PA , President Obama, Progressive Women of NEPA, Represent PA, Future Now, MCDC, Second Generation, Democracy for America, The Progressive Change Campaign Committee, NOPE (Neighbors Organizing for Power and Equality) Neighbors, National Democratic Redistricting Committee, Kennedy Democrats, VoteVets, End Citizens United, EveryDistrict, Working Families Party, Emily's List, ChangePA, Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee, Everytown for Gun Safety, Fight for Reform, Clean Money Squad PA, Monroe County Democratic Party, PA AFL-CIO, HRC, Turn PA Blue, Where It's Needed, PA Democratic Party, Let America Vote, AFSCME Council 13, Moms Demand Action, APSCUF

State Representative, District 177

  • Joe Hohenstein is the Democratic candidate for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives seat in the 177th legislative district. Hohenstein was a small business owner, attorney and local school board chair prior to taking office. He was part of the legal team that successfully sued President Trump to reunite a Syrian family who was separated due to the travel ban of 2017.

    Hohenstein’s platform is progressive. He voted against defunding poorer school districts in favor of wealthier districts and charter schools. He also voted consistently to protect the legal reproductive rights. When Republicans tried to eliminate the General Assistance, the largest anti-poverty program in the state, Hohenstein voted to stop them. During the pandemic, Joe Hohenstein voted to provide protective gear, testing, hazard pay, family leave, and preserve disaster declarations put in place to protect Pennsylvanians, even as Republicans almost unanimously voted against all of these measures.

    Hohenstein is facing Republican challenger John Nungesser. Nungesser cares little about police brutality and frames the historic civil rights marches against racism a “war on the police.” Nungesser worships Donald Trump.

    Joe Hohenstein is the clear progressive choice in this race.

    Joe Hohenstein

    Joe Hohenstein is the Democratic candidate for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives seat in the 177th legislative district. Hohenstein was a small business owner, attorney and local school board chair prior to taking office.

  • Endorsed By: Conservation Voters of Pennsylvania , Planned Parenthood of PA , SEIU PA, Working Families Party, Temple Association of University Professionals, American Federation of State, Pennsylvania State Education Association, Philly For Change, Liberty City LGBT+ Democratic Club, Philadelphia Gay News, PA AFL-CIO, HRC, PA Conference of Teamsters, PROTECT&ELECT, Sierra Club, United Food and Commercial Workers International Union

State Representative, District 178

  • HD178 has been identified as a key swing district. Democrats must win this seat to flip the State House and make progress for working families in Pennsylvania.

    Democratic candidate Ann Marie Mitchell is running for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives seat in the 178th legislative district. Mitchell has over 25 years of experience as a business attorney and has been an active volunteer in her community since age 14.

    Mitchell’s platform is progressive. Mitchell pledges to make healthcare more affordable through negotiation with insurance and pharmaceutical companies. Her environmental plans are to increase accessibility to green recreation spaces while keeping well-maintained conservation areas and wilderness. Mitchell has also pledged to fight for equal protections for the LGBTQ+ community.

    Mitchell is challenging Republican incumbent Wendi Thomas. Thomas voted to defund poorer school districts in favor of wealthier districts and charter schools. She also voted to put armed guards in schools across the state. Thomas also voted to repeal General Assistance, the largest anti-poverty program in the state. In the middle of a pandemic, Wendi Thomas joined Republicans in their near unanimous vote against providing protective gear, testing, hazard pay, family leave, and preserving disaster declarations put in place to protect Pennsylvanians.

    Ann Marie Mitchell is the clear progressive choice in this race.

    Ann Marie Mitchell

    HD178 has been identified as a key swing district. Democrats must win this seat to flip the State House and make progress for working families in Pennsylvania.

  • Endorsed By: Conservation Voters of Pennsylvania , Planned Parenthood of PA , President Obama, Represent PA, Pennsylvania National Organization for Women, Orange Wave for Gun Safety, Moms Demand Action, End Citizens United, Let America Vote, Kennedy Democrats, National Democratic Redistricting Committee, Emily's List, PROTECT&ELECT, Bucks County Democratic Committee, ChangePA, Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee, Fight for Reform, Local 690, Transport Workers Union Of America, HRC, Sierra Club, Swing Left, American Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO, TWU Local 234, International Union of Operating Engineers, SEIU PA, Turn PA Blue, Where It's Needed, Swing From Home

State Representative, District 181

  • Malcolm Kenyatta is the Democratic candidate for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in the 181st legislative district. Kenyatta is the first openly-LGBTQ+ person of color to serve in the General Assembly. He is a member of many nonprofit organizations, including the Philadelphia chapter of the National Organizations for Women’s Education Fund and Equality PA. His professional experience includes leadership on Diversity & Inclusion Initiatives for the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia.

    Kenyatta’s record is progressive. In 2019, Kenyatta cosponsored a bill to help formerly incarcerated people find jobs. He also voted against giving major tax breaks to manufacturers that rely on fossil fuel to operate. Earlier this year, Kenyatta proposed an amendment that would have become the state’s first law protecting workers on the basis of gender identity and sexual and romantic orientation. During the pandemic, Malcolm Kenyatta voted to provide protective gear, testing, hazard pay, family leave, and preserve disaster declarations put in place to protect Pennsylvanians, even as Republicans almost unanimously voted against all of these measures.

    Malcolm Kenyatta is running unopposed.

    Malcolm Kenyatta

    Malcolm Kenyatta is the Democratic candidate for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in the 181st legislative district. Kenyatta is the first openly-LGBTQ+ person of color to serve in the General Assembly.

  • Endorsed By: Conservation Voters of Pennsylvania , Planned Parenthood of PA , 5th Square, AFSCME District Council 33, American Federation of State, AFSCME 88, APSCUF, The Progressive Change Campaign Committee, Clean Water Action, Indivisible Project, Laborers District Council, Victory Fund, Liberty City LGBT+ Democratic Club, Philadelphia Gay News, Philadelphia Neighborhood Networks, PA AFL-CIO, Pennsylvania National Organization for Women, SEIU PA, Philadelphia Federation of Teachers Committee to Support Public Education, Philly Set Go, Run for Something, Sierra Club, United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, Win the Era, Working Families Party, PA Conference of Teamsters, HRC, GunSenseUs

State Representative, District 182

  • Democrat
  • Brian Sims is the Democratic candidate for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives seat in the 182nd legislative district. Sims was the first openly-LGBTQ+ member of the General Assembly. Prior to taking office, he was staff counsel for policy and planning at the Philadelphia Bar Association. Additionally, he worked for the Equality Pennsylvania and Gay and Lesbian Lawyers of Philadelphia.

    Sims made the news earlier this year when he publicly criticized his Republican colleagues for exposing him, his family, and his colleagues to COVID-19, and then attempting to hide it. As for his record, Sims voted numerous times to preserve environmental protections and voted against tax breaks for manufacturers that rely on fracked natural gas. This year, Sims also cosponsored legislation to promote transparency in drug pricing and allow pharmacists to work with patients to find affordable options. During the pandemic, Brian Simms voted to provide protective gear, testing, hazard pay, family leave, and preserve disaster declarations put in place to protect Pennsylvanians, even as Republicans almost unanimously voted against all of these measures.

    Sims is being challenged by Republican Drew Murray. Murray is against Philadelphia’s Sanctuary City Policy. He says he’ll improve education but has no real plan to do so. Murray is also against efforts to fight the opioid crisis.

    Brian Sims is the clear progressive choice in this race.

    Brian Sims

    Brian Sims is the Democratic candidate for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives seat in the 182nd legislative district. Sims was the first openly-LGBTQ+ member of the General Assembly.

  • Endorsed By: Conservation Voters of Pennsylvania , Humane PA, Liberty City LGBT+ Democratic Club, Philadelphia Gay News, PA AFL-CIO, PA Conference of Teamsters, Pennsylvania National Organization for Women, Philadelphia Neighborhood Networks, HRC, Second Ward Democrats, SEIU PA, Victory Fund

State Representative, District 184

  • Elizabeth Fiedler is the Democratic candidate for the running for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in the 184th legislative district. Prior to taking office, she spent a decade as a reporter at a public radio station where she covered community affairs and politics.

    Fiedler’s record is progressive. She has consistently advocated for affordable healthcare through expansion of Medicare and Medicaid. She also prioritizes public education, and has voted against legislation that defunded poorer school districts in favor of wealthier districts and charter schools. Additionally, Fiedler voted against granting billions of dollars in tax breaks to manufacturers that rely on fracked natural gas. During the pandemic, Elizabeth Fiedler voted to provide protective gear, testing, hazard pay, family leave, and preserve disaster declarations put in place to protect Pennsylvanians, even as Republicans almost unanimously voted against all of these measures.

    Fiedler is facing Republican challenger Lou Menna. Menna has no policy statements publicly available. Menna uses his social media pages primarily to attack Fiedler, not to offer her constituents any real help in the middle of an economic and health crisis.

    Elizabeth Fiedler is the progressive choice in this race.

    Elizabeth Fiedler

    Elizabeth Fiedler is the Democratic candidate for the running for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in the 184th legislative district.

  • Endorsed By: Conservation Voters of Pennsylvania , Planned Parenthood of PA , PA AFL-CIO, Philadelphia Federation of Teachers, AFT Local 3, AFL-CIO, IATSE Local No. 8, UNITE HERE Philly, SEIU PA, Food and Water Action, ILA Local 1291, Local 3012 BMWED Teamsters, Teamsters Local 830, United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, Represent PA, Public Arts Commission, Emily's List, Free the Ballot, Philly DSA, Philadelphia Neighborhood Networks, Americans for Democratic Action, Philly First Ward Democrats, 5th Square, Our Revolution, Lilac, Pennsylvania National Organization for Women, Working Families Party, Reclaim Philadelphia, Liberty City LGBT+ Democratic Club, Sierra Club, Philadelphia Gay News, PA Conference of Teamsters, National Democratic Redistricting Committee

State Representative, District 188

  • Rick Krajewski is the Democratic candidate for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives seat in the 188th legislative district. Rick is an organizer with Reclaim Philadelphia and played an integral role in the election of progressive Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner.

    Krajewski’s platform is progressive. He pledges to work for accessible, affordable healthcare that prioritizes the needs of people over profits. He supports a Green New Deal for Pennsylvania to combat the “triple crisis of economic inequality, ecological devastation and climate change, and public disinvestment.” Krajewski also believes housing is a human right. During the pandemic, Rick Krajewski cheered the vote of Democrats in the Pennsylvania State House to provide protective gear, testing, hazard pay, family leave, and preserve disaster declarations put in place to protect Pennsylvanians, even as Republicans almost unanimously voted against all of these measures.

    Rick Krajewski is running unopposed.

    Rick Krajewski

    Rick Krajewski is the Democratic candidate for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives seat in the 188th legislative district.

  • Endorsed By: Conservation Voters of Pennsylvania , Democratic Socialists of America, Free the Ballot, University Of Pennsylvania Democrats, Working Families Party, Penn for Bernie, Americans for Democratic Action, People's Action, Faculty and Staff Federation of CCP, Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employes, Liberty City LGBT+ Democratic Club, Philadelphia Gay News, 350PHL, Philly DSA, Philly Set Go, Pennsylvania National Organization for Women, CPD Action, Lilac, Data for Progress, One PA, Philadelphia Neighborhood Networks, Reclaim Philadelphia, TWU Local 234, Springfield Huddle, Food and Water Action, Fossil Free Penn, Our Revolution, Sunrise Movement, American Federation of State, PA AFL-CIO, Philly SocFem, Clean Money Squad PA, Run for Something

State Representative, District 189

  • HD189 has been identified as a key swing district. Democrats must win this seat to flip the State House and make progress for working families in Pennsylvania.

    Democratic candidate Adam Rodriguez is running for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in the 189th legislative district. Rodriguez is a former union carpenter and teamster who has spent the last 25 years working as a graphic artist and designer in New York.

    Rodriguez’s platform is progressive. He is committed to advocating for workers by raising the minimum wage and preserving collective bargaining rights. He’s pledged to sponsor legislation for a single payer healthcare system. Rodriguez has plans for making higher education and job training affordable for the working class.

    Rodriguez is challenging Republican Rosemary Brown, who currently holds the seat. She voted to make it more difficult for Pennsylvanians to qualify for Medicaid. Brown has also cosponsored legislation loosening restrictions for development near streams. Additionally, Brown voted in favor of granting billions of dollars in tax subsidies to manufacturers that rely on fracked natural gas. In the middle of a pandemic, Rosemary Brown joined Republicans in their near unanimous vote against providing protective gear, testing, hazard pay, family leave, and preserving disaster declarations put in place to protect Pennsylvanians.

    Adam Rodriguez is the clear progressive choice in this race.

    Adam Rodriguez

    HD189 has been identified as a key swing district. Democrats must win this seat to flip the State House and make progress for working families in Pennsylvania.

  • Endorsed By: Conservation Voters of Pennsylvania , AFSCME Council 13, Working Families Party, Turn PA Blue, PA AFL-CIO, UAW, The International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, Iron Ship Builders, Blacksmiths, Forgers and Helpers, AFL-CIO/CLC, EveryDistrict, Flippable, The Progressive Change Campaign Committee, Everytown for Gun Safety, Kennedy Democrats, HRC, Clean Money Squad PA

State Representative, District 194

  • Pam DeLissio is the Democratic candidate for the Pennsylvania State House seat in the 194th legislative district. Her background is in health care, specifically advocating for the vulnerable and elderly.

    DeLissio has a consistent record of protecting her constituents, particularly the most vulnerable. In 2018, DeLissio voted against efforts to make it more difficult to qualify for food stamps. Later that year, she also voted to protect access to Medicaid for Pennsylvanians who were too sick to work. In 2019, she voted to stop the elimination of General Assistance, the largest anti-poverty program in the state. During the pandemic, Pam DeLissio voted to provide protective gear, testing, hazard pay, family leave, and preserve disaster declarations put in place to protect Pennsylvanians, even as Republicans almost unanimously voted against all of these measures.

    DeLissio is facing Republican candidate Lisa Riley. Riley is a lawyer. Her policy platform is vague, but on her campaign website she attacks poorer school districts and argues they should be defunded. On her social media, she praises the police despite the recent nationwide movement against brutality and racism.

    Pam DeLissio is the clear progressive choice in this race.

    Pam DeLissio

    Pam DeLissio is the Democratic candidate for the Pennsylvania State House seat in the 194th legislative district. Her background is in health care, specifically advocating for the vulnerable and elderly.

State Representative, District 200

  • Democrat
  • Chris Rabb is the Democratic candidate for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives seat in the 200th legislative district. His background is as a teacher and writer. Rabb taught business at Temple University for several years before entering politics as a legislative staffer in the U.S. Senate.

    Rabb’s record is progressive. In 2018, Rabb sponsored a bill to protect survivors of domestic abuse from gun violence. Rabb also voted to preserve access to Medicaid for Pennsylvanians who are too sick to work. In 2019, Rabb voted against the repeal of General Assistance, the largest anti-poverty program in the state. During the pandemic, Chris Rabb voted to provide protective gear, testing, hazard pay, family leave, and preserve disaster declarations put in place to protect Pennsylvanians, even as Republicans almost unanimously voted against all of these measures.

    Chris Rabb is running unopposed and is the progressive choice.

    Chris Rabb

    Chris Rabb is the Democratic candidate for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives seat in the 200th legislative district. His background is as a teacher and writer.

State Representative, District 202

  • Jared Solomon is the Democratic candidate for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives seat in the 202nd legislative district. Solomon’s background is in education law, antitrust, election reform and human rights. He’s also in the Army reserves as a JAG officer.

    Solomon’s record is progressive. In 2017, Solomon cosponsored a bill to expunge some criminal records to reduce employment discrimination. Later that year, he also sponsored a bill to get more mental health resources into colleges and universities. In 2018, he sponsored a bill to protect survivors of domestic abuse from gun violence. Most recently, he voted to require background checks for police officers to screen for histories of misconduct and violence. During the pandemic, Jared Solomon voted to provide protective gear, testing, hazard pay, family leave, and preserve disaster declarations put in place to protect Pennsylvanians, even as Republicans almost unanimously voted against all of these measures.

    Jared Solomon is running unopposed.

    Jared Solomon

    Jared Solomon is the Democratic candidate for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives seat in the 202nd legislative district. Solomon’s background is in education law, antitrust, election reform and human rights. He’s also in the Army reserves as a JAG officer.

State Senate

State Senator, District 1

  • Democrat
  • Nikil Saval is a community organizer with over a decade of experience fighting for working people. He organized homeowners and won back 1,000 jobs that were cut in the public school system. Saval co-founded Reclaim Philadelphia, which fights for progressive change within the Democratic Party. For his work, Saval has been endorsed by over 30 different progressive organizations, unions, candidates, and politicians.

    Saval’s top issues include investing in affordable housing and securing renters’ rights, creating a single-payer healthcare program, and a Green New Deal for Pennsylvania. Saval offers comprehensive plans to tackle nearly every issue on the progressive docket.

    Nikil Saval defeated incumbent Sen. Lawrence Farnese, Jr. in the 2020 primary election.

    He is running unopposed in the general election.

    Nikil Saval

    Nikil Saval is a community organizer with over a decade of experience fighting for working people. He organized homeowners and won back 1,000 jobs that were cut in the public school system. Saval co-founded Reclaim Philadelphia, which fights for progressive change within the Democratic Party.

  • Endorsed By: Conservation Voters of Pennsylvania , Planned Parenthood of PA , PA AFL-CIO, Philly DSA, Sunrise Movement, Reclaim Philadelphia, Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employes, Unite Here, Democratic Socialists of America, People's Action, Our Revolution, One PA, Faculty and Staff Federation of CCP, Pennsylvania Stands Up, Data for Progress, IBEW 98, Philadelphia Neighborhood Networks, 350PHL, Guardian Civic League, Temple Association of University Professionals, Philly SocFem, Philly First Ward Democrats, Second Ward Democrats, Food and Water Action, Lilac, Second Generation, UNITE HERE Philly

State Senator, District 7

  • Vincent Hughes is the Democratic candidate for the Pennsylvania State Senate seat in the 7th senate district. Hughes grew up in Philadelphia. As a young man, he worked in libraries and got his early political experience advocating on behalf of workers in the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees Union. In 1986, he was elected to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. From 1991 to 1994, he was chairman of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus.

    In his time as a state senator, Hughes has expanded healthcare for low-income workers, raised the minimum wage, defended the right to vote, fought for increased funding for public education, and helped rebuild the state’s distressed communities. As Democratic Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Sen. Hughes holds a major role in developing Pennsylvania’s annual budget of nearly $34 billion, guiding the state’s spending priorities.

    Senator Hughes is well-known for championing the right to vote. He is co-chairman of the National Commission for Voter Justice, an organization that reveals numerous voter suppression tactics being utilized in communities throughout the nation. Senator Hughes is also well-known for fighting for affordable education. He championed the Pennsylvania Promise initiative, a statewide effort to provide free college for state residents. Finally, the senator has been recognized both locally and nationally for his work on HIV/AIDS, as well as his efforts to raise awareness on the challenges of mental health in the Black community. During the pandemic, Vincent Hughes voted to provide protective gear, testing, hazard pay, family leave, and preserve disaster declarations put in place to protect Pennsylvanians, even as Republicans almost unanimously voted against all of these measures.

    Vincent Hughes is running unopposed.

    Vincent Hughes

    Vincent Hughes is the Democratic candidate for the Pennsylvania State Senate seat in the 7th senate district. Hughes grew up in Philadelphia.

State Senator, District 13

  • Democrat
  • SD13 has been identified as a key swing district. Democrats must win this seat to flip the State Senate and make progress for working families in Pennsylvania.

    Janet Diaz is the Democratic candidate for the Pennsylvania State Senate seat in the 13th district. She is a longtime resident of Lancaster, Pennsylvania and spent much of her 17-year career as a Stroke Registrar Medical Analyst at Lancaster General Hospital. In the last few years she felt a calling to serve the broader community. She began to volunteer at nursing homes and became a sexual assault counselor at the YMCA. In 2017, she became the first Latina to serve on the Lancaster City Council. Since that time, she has joined the PA Dems Latino Caucus, NALEO Education Fund, the National Federation of Democratic Women, the Farmers Union, the African-American Historical Society, and the Pennsylvanian Municipal League.

    Janet is running with a broad progressive platform. She supports increasing the minimum wage; protecting the environment and stopping the expansion of fracking; expansion of health care options for Pennsylvania (with particular attention to mental health); and the regulation of firearms to combat gun violence. Diaz is an outspoken advocate for the protection of reproductive rights, and she is dedicated to protecting the rights of communities of color and the LGBTQ+ community.

    Janet Diaz is running to unseat Republican Scott Martin, who has held the seat since 2016. If she wins, she would be the first Latina to be elected State Senator in Pennsylvania. Martin has pledged to cut state worker pensions and reduce funding for public education. Martin’s voting record reflects a disregard for health and safety. In 2017, he sponsored a bill to put more guns in schools, increasing risks to students. Later that year, Martin attempted to eliminate the legal reproductive health rights of his neighbors. In the middle of a pandemic, Scott Martin joined Republicans in their near unanimous vote against providing protective gear, testing, hazard pay, family leave, and preserving disaster declarations put in place to protect Pennsylvanians.

    Janet Diaz is the clear progressive choice in this race.

    Janet Diaz

    SD13 has been identified as a key swing district. Democrats must win this seat to flip the State Senate and make progress for working families in Pennsylvania.

  • Endorsed By: Conservation Voters of Pennsylvania , President Obama, Everytown for Gun Safety, Lancaster Stands Up

State Senator, District 15

  • SD15 has been identified as a key swing district. Democrats must win this seat to flip the State Senate and make progress for working families in Pennsylvania.

    George Scott is running for the State Senate seat in Pennsylvania’s 15th district. He was raised on a family farm in south-central Pennsylvania. He is a Lieutenant Colonel in the Army and has a decorated military career that spans more than two decades.

    George Scott has dedicated himself to a life of service and living his progressive values. After his military career, he returned to Pennsylvania to earn a master’s degree in divinity and became a pastor in Liverpool. He is an outspoken advocate for racial and LGBTQ+ justice. When he is not working on food drives to help those hardest hit by the pandemic, he spends his time putting up solar panels on government buildings.

    George Scott narrowly lost a campaign for the U.S. House of Representatives coming short less than 8,000 votes out of almost 300,000 votes cast. In that race, Scott introduced himself to voters with a progressive platform of expanding funding for education, preserving and expanding health care coverage, and protecting disadvantaged groups of people from discrimination. In 2020, George Scott also added electoral fairness to his priorities, advocating for caps and transparency for campaign contributions, term limits, and same-day registration.

    George Scott’s opponent is John DiSanto, a Republican incumbent who has held the seat since 2016. DiSanto’s voting record demonstrates a disregard for the health and safety of his constituents. In 2017, he voted to eliminate aid for Pennsylvanians living poverty. In 2019, he voted to bring more guns into Pennsylvania schools. Later that year, he voted to take away Medicare from his neighbors who were too sick to work. In the middle of a pandemic, DiSanto joined Republicans in their near unanimous vote against providing protective gear, testing, hazard pay, family leave, and preserving disaster declarations put in place to protect Pennsylvanians.

    George Scott is the clear progressive choice in this race.

    George Scott

    SD15 has been identified as a key swing district. Democrats must win this seat to flip the State Senate and make progress for working families in Pennsylvania.

State Senator, District 17

  • Amanda Cappelletti is the Democratic candidate for the Pennsylvania State Senate seat in the 17th senate district. Cappelletti is currently serving as Vice Chair of the East Norriton Board of Supervisors. She was previously a fellow for the ACLU of Pennsylvania, an advocate at the Office of Child Development and Early Learning and a policy specialist at the Department of Human Services.

    Cappelletti’s platform is progressive. She pledges to make healthcare affordable, equitably fund education, and protect the environment. She also offers plans on less-visible progressive issues as well. This includes ending the wage gap, implementing workplace accommodations for new mothers and raising the minimum wage.

    Cappelletti’s opponent is Republican Ellen Fisher. Fisher has no policy stances publicly available. In the middle of a pandemic, Fisher cheered Republicans in their near unanimous vote against providing protective gear, testing, hazard pay, family leave, and preserving disaster declarations put in place to protect Pennsylvanians.

    Amanda Cappelletti is the clear progressive choice in this race.

    Amanda Cappelletti

    Amanda Cappelletti is the Democratic candidate for the Pennsylvania State Senate seat in the 17th senate district. Cappelletti is currently serving as Vice Chair of the East Norriton Board of Supervisors.

  • Endorsed By: Conservation Voters of Pennsylvania , Planned Parenthood of PA , SEIU PA, Represent PA, People For the American Way, Pennsylvania State Education Association, Run for Something, Delaware County Democratic Committee, Working Families Party, Emily's List, Delco Stands Up, Humane PA, PA Conference of Teamsters, Pennsylvania National Organization for Women, Turn PA Blue, Tom Wolf, Montgomery County Democratic Committee

State Senator, District 19

  • Carolyn Comitta is the Democratic candidate for the Pennsylvania State Senate seat in the 19th district. Comitta has been in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives since 2016. Prior to serving in public office, Comitta was a teacher and two term mayor of West Chester.

    Comitta’s demonstrates a commitment to her constituents health, safety, and prosperity. Comitta voted against loosening oil and gas drilling restrictions and voted against granting billions of dollars in tax subsidies to manufacturers that rely on fracked natural gas. She voted against the reinstatement of mandatory minimum sentences. Comitta also voted to enforce background checks on aspiring police officers. During the pandemic, Carolyn Comitta voted to provide protective gear, testing, hazard pay, family leave, and preserve disaster declarations put in place to protect Pennsylvanians, even as Republicans almost unanimously voted against all of these measures.

    Comitta is facing Republican candidate Kevin Runey this fall. If elected, Runey plans to remove regulations that protect consumers and employees. He says schools need proper funding but does not offer a plan on how to get said funding. He is passionate about increasing funding for local EMS and fire companies but also has no plan for how to pay for it.

    Carolyn Comitta is the clear progressive choice in this race.

    Carolyn Comitta

    Carolyn Comitta is the Democratic candidate for the Pennsylvania State Senate seat in the 19th district. Comitta has been in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives since 2016. Prior to serving in public office, Comitta was a teacher and two term mayor of West Chester.

  • Endorsed By: Conservation Voters of Pennsylvania , Planned Parenthood of PA , Moms Demand Action, PASNAP, EASRCC, United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, Leap Forward, Emily's List, Chester County Democratic Committee, Pennsylvania Professional Fire Fighters Association, SEIU PA, APSCUF, Tom Wolf, Pennsylvania State Education Association, Chester County Young Democrats, Represent PA, Everytown for Gun Safety, Humane PA, National Democratic Redistricting Committee, PA AFL-CIO, PA Conference of Teamsters, GunSenseUs, Clean Money Squad PA, Emgage PAC

State Senator, District 31

  • SD31 has been identified as a key swing district. Democrats must win this seat to flip the State Senate and make progress for working families in Pennsylvania.

    Shanna Danielson is the Democratic candidate for the Pennsylvania State Senate seat in the 31st district. Danielson has spent most of her time in small Pennsylvania towns. A former elementary school teacher, Danielson says she entered politics after years of witnessing cuts to education in Pennsylvania.

    Danielson’s top priorities are education, gun violence prevention, healthcare and 
    government accountability. She is fighting for fair and equitable school funding. Danielson also says she will address student debt and promote affordable child care. She also advocates for universal firearm background checks and increased mental health resources. Additionally, Danielson believes healthcare is a right for all Pennsylvanians and will take a stand to protect the reproductive health of her constituents.

    Shanna Danielson is challenging Republican Mike Reagan. When he was in the State Hou