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Federal

President and Vice President

  • Democrat
  • Joseph R. Biden, Jr. is the Democratic candidate for President of the United States. He was born in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Biden has a long career in public service, most notably serving as Vice President alongside President Barack Obama from 2009 to 2016. Prior to that role, Biden served six consecutive terms in the U.S. Senate from 1973 to 2009. Biden is also the recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom with distinction, which only three others have received. In 1972, two weeks after his election to his first term in the Senate, his wife and daughter were killed in a car accident. In 2013, Biden also lost his eldest son to brain cancer.

    Joe Biden speaks frequently about tragedy and loss as a way to communicate that he understands the hardships everyday Americans face, particularly when it comes to dealing with the health care system. One of his signature accomplishments was getting the Affordable Care Act passed, which helped expand health insurance for millions of Americans and guaranteed no one could be discriminated against for having a preexisting condition. Biden believes in building on the success of the Affordable Care Act - and has advocated for adding a public option, with the goal of universal coverage for all Americans, regardless of income.

    Biden also came into office as Vice President during the depths of the Great Recession. He played a key role in planning the recovery effort, which pulled the American economy back from the brink and led to more than a decade of job growth. Biden’s decades of experience on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee also informed his more recent accomplishments on the world stage, including helping the U.S. join the Paris Climate Agreement, securing the Iran Nuclear Deal, and building international alliances.

    Biden has received his fair share of criticism. He sponsored the 1994 crime bill, which is blamed for accelerating mass incarceration rates of Black and Brown Americans. Biden also supported the Hyde amendment, a provision barring the use of federal funds for abortion. In both cases, Biden’s views evolved. In the past few years, he’s repudiated the crime bill and supported legislation to end the death penalty and reverse mass incarceration. Biden has also pledged to eliminate the Hyde amendment as part of his larger platform of expanding health care to all Americans. 

    Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, Biden’s platform was already progressive. When it was clear he was going to win the primary, Biden pulled together top progressive leaders from across the political spectrum, from Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to John Kerry and Eric Holder. These committees were tasked with building a platform to address the greatest challenges of our time, including health care, criminal justice reform, and climate change.

    Biden believes economic recovery cannot occur until the pandemic is under control, which he believes requires federal support for testing, distributing protective equipment, and providing federal aid to states and the unemployed. To kickstart the economy, Biden proposes mobilizing manufacturing, infrastructure spending, clean energy projects, funding and training for caregivers and educators, and fighting systemic racism through targeted investment.

    At George Floyd’s funeral, Biden called on Congress to pass the House’s wide-ranging police reform bill, written in the wake of the ongoing, historic civil rights marches demanding racial justice all around the country. Joe Biden is also committed to passing the bill named in honor of John Lewis to enshrine the sacred right to vote. Finally, Biden supports the end of the Senate filibuster in order to pass progressive legislation and end decades of Republican obstruction to pass laws that enjoy broad support among Americans, including universal background checks for firearms.

    Joe Biden has chosen Kamala Harris as his running mate and Vice Presidential candidate. Harris is the daughter of Indian and Jamaican immigrants. Her background is in law. She served as the San Francisco District Attorney from 2004 to 2011 and Attorney General of California from 2011 to 2016. She has represented the state of California in the U.S. Senate since 2017. Harris is well known for confronting Justice Brett Kavanaugh during his Supreme Court confirmation hearings over Dr. Christine Blasey-Ford’s serious allegations of sexual assault against him. Harris’ views are progressive; especially on health care. She has co-sponsored bills and pledged to expand Medicare to cover all Americans.

    Joe Biden is running against Republican incumbent Donald J. Trump. Trump has tried repeatedly to take away the rights of immigrants, the LGBTQ+ community, women, and tribes. He’s separated families at the border and put children in cages. He’s a staunch opponent of action on climate change, and repeatedly ignored experts on the severity of the growing crisis. Trump cheered GOP legislation like the 2017 tax bill, which burdened families and rewarded the rich and supported GOP efforts to roll back the Affordable Care Act and the protections it provides for Americans with pre-existing conditions.

    Trump’s presidency has been characterized by unprecedented levels of corruption and his failure to lead during the COVID-19 pandemic, which has left tens of thousands of Americans dead and an economy in shambles. Trump even admitted on tape that he knew about the severity of the virus as early as February and deliberately withheld that information from the public. Trump is only the third president ever to be impeached by Congress. There are active criminal investigations against his businesses and his family. Openly, Trump seeks to undermine the bedrock principles of democracy by obstructing justice, attacking peaceful protesters, and using the powers of his office to prevent Americans from voting.

    Joe Biden is the progressive choice in the race for president.

    Joe Biden

    Joseph R. Biden, Jr. is the Democratic candidate for President of the United States. He was born in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Biden has a long career in public service, most notably serving as Vice President alongside President Barack Obama from 2009 to 2016.

  • Endorsed By: Bend the Arc: Jewish Action, Brady Campaign, Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, End Citizens United, Everytown for Gun Safety, Human Rights Campaign, Indivisible, Jewish Democratic Council of America, J Street, League of Conservation Voters, MoveOn, NARAL Pro-Choice America, National Wildlife Federation, Natural Resources Defense Council, Planned Parenthood, Sierra Club, Stonewall Democrats, Voto Latino, President Obama, Governor Tom Wolf, Senator Bob Casey, Rep. Brendan Boyle, Rep. Mat Cartwright, Rep. Madeleine Dean, Rep. Dwight Evans, Rep. Conor Lamb, Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon, Scranton Mayor Paige Cognetti, Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU), American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), American Federation of Teachers (AFT), American Postal Workers Union, Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers, and Grain Millers International Union (BCTGM), Cement Masons, Coalition of Black Trade Unionists (CBTU), Communications Workers of America (CWA), Cristina Tzintzún Ramirez, Labor Leader, Dolores Huerta, Labor Leader, International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE), International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF), International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers (IW), IAM International, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers (IFPTE), International Longshore and Warehouse Union 13, International Longshore and Warehouse Union 63, International Longshore and Warehouse Union 94, International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT), Longshorman Internatitonal, National Education Association, National Treasury Employees Union (NTEU), Scranton Federation of Teachers, Service Employees International Union (SEIU), Service Employees International United National Association of Government Employees, Transportation Trades Department (TTD), United Farm Workers, United Food and Commercial Workers International (UFCW), United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1776, United Steelworkers (USW), Utility Workers Union of America (UWUA)
  • Kamala Harris is the Democratic candidate for Vice President of the United States. She was born in Oakland, California to immigrant parents. Her mother was a cancer researcher from India and her father is an economist from Jamaica. Senator Harris is the first Black woman and South Asian American woman to be nominated for Vice President of the United States by a major party.

    Harris went to  public schools, attended Howard University for college, and returned to San Francisco for law school. She  began her law career in 1990 working in the Alameda County District Attorney's Office specializing in advocating for child victims of sexual assault. She then moved to the Deputy District Attorney’s office prosecuting criminal cases. 

    In 2003, she was the first woman to be elected District Attorney in San Francisco’s history. Harris fought against racial profiling as a driver of mass incarceration. She championed re-entry programs for youth offenders. As Attorney General, Harris also championed the Open Justice program, which provided public access to crime statistics, including use of force incidents by the police. She also expressed interest in redirecting police funds to social programs. Overall, prison incarceration rates in California dropped significantly during her six years as Attorney General. 

    In 2016, Kamala Harris was elected to the U.S. Senate. She captured national attention right away for her questioning of U.S. Attorney General candidate Jeff Sessions on issues related to foreign interference in the 2016 election. In 2018, Harris again captivated the nation in her questioning of Brett Kavanaugh, who was under scrutiny for sexual assault and political corruption. Her voting record in the Senate is progressive. She repeatedly co-sponsored bills to protect human rights. She also voted against the confirmation of the majority of the Trump Administration’s extreme rightwing candidates for office. Harris also spoke out passionately against Republican efforts to block evidence from being considered in President Trump’s trial and ultimately voted to impeach him. She also spoke out passionately against the 2017 GOP Tax Bill, a massive tax giveaway to the richest one percent of Americans. 

    Kamala Harris’s opponent is Vice President Mike Pence. After finishing law school, Pence jumped into politics with two unsuccessful runs for Congress. His loss in 1990 is partially attributed to his embezzlement of campaign funds, which was not illegal at the time. He then built his career as a rightwing radio and television personality in Indiana. A decade later, he finally won an election for Congress and built a record as an enemy of reproductive rights, sensible firearm regulations, social programs for impoverished Americans, and protections for LGBTQ+ citizens. He was elected governor of Indiana in 2013. He refused federal funding for pre-Kindergarten programs, which earned him significant criticism. Pence then used his office to legalize discrimination against  LGBTQ+ citizens. His bigotry and lack of leadership were so severe that Pence allowed one of the worst HIV outbreaks in the country to happen in Indiana under his watch.

    In 2016, Presidential candidate Donald Trump chose Pence as his running mate. Trump chose Pence on the recommendation of Paul Manafort, who now serves jail time for lying to the FBI about his relationship between Russian military intelligence and the Trump campaign. Even though Pence serves as President of the Senate, he’s been completely absent in desperately needed negotiations over a second round of economic relief during the pandemic. He has supported Republicans in their near unanimous vote against full extended unemployment insurance, stimulus checks, support for health care systems, protective gear and testing for frontline workers, mail-in election funding, funding for state budget shortages to prevent layoffs, and new small business loans.

    Kamala Harris is the most progressive choice in this race.

     

    Kamala Harris

    Kamala Harris is the Democratic candidate for Vice President of the United States. She was born in Oakland, California to immigrant parents. Her mother was a cancer researcher from India and her father is an economist from Jamaica.

Congress

Depending on where you live, you may have one of the below congressional districts on your ballot.

17th Congressional District

U.S. Representative

  • Democrat
  • Conor Lamb is the Democratic candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives in Pennsylvania’s 17th congressional district. Lamb won his seat via special election in 2018, after Republican former representative Jim Murphy resigned mid-term. Due to redistricting, Lamb currently represents the 18th district. Lamb is a former marine and a previous Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Justice Department's Pittsburgh headquarters.

    Lamb cosponsored the Protecting the Right to Organize Act of 2019 which, if passed, will strengthen unions and impose penalties on employers who violate labor laws. He also cosponsored the historic George Floyd Justice in Policing Act. Lamb voted in favor of the Elijah E. Cummings Lower Drug Costs Now Act, which will authorize the Department of Health and Human Services to negotiate down the prices of prescription drugs. During the pandemic, Conor Lamb voted for the HEROES act, which provides full extended unemployment insurance, stimulus checks, support for health care systems, protective gear and testing for frontline workers, mail-in election funding, funding for state budget shortages to prevent layoffs, and new small business loans. Republicans almost unanimously voted against all of these measures.

    Lamb is facing Republican challenger Sean Parnell. Parnell plans to cut off opportunities for immigrants and further militarize the police. He is in favor of keeping healthcare linked to employment rather than being on its own and is against cost-cutting measures in the health insurance industry.

    Conor Lamb is the clear progressive choice in this race.

    Conor Lamb

    Conor Lamb is the Democratic candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives in Pennsylvania’s 17th congressional district. Lamb won his seat via special election in 2018, after Republican former representative Jim Murphy resigned mid-term.

  • Endorsed By: Planned Parenthood of PA , AFL-CIO, Teamsters Local 926, End Citizens United, DCCC, Equality PAC, PA AFL-CIO, NEA Advocacy Fund, PA Conference of Teamsters, Steel City Stonewall Democrats, United Mine Workers Of America, VoteVets, Elizabeth Warren, Feminist Majority Political Action Committee, HRC, The Jewish Democratic Council Of America, Serve America PAC, Giffords: Courage to Fight Gun Violence

18th Congressional District

U.S. Representative

  • Democrat
  • Mike Doyle is the Democratic candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives in Pennsylvania’s 18th congressional district. Doyle has a 25 year career in the House, and has long championed progressive causes.

    Doyle has sponsored and cosponsored several pieces of legislation to slow the climate crisis and encourage the use of alternative energy forms, including the Climate Action Now Act of 2019. He supports Medicare-for-All and he voted in favor of authorizing the Department of Health and Human Services to negotiate down the prices of prescription drugs. Doyle recently co-sponsored a House Resolution to strengthen unions’ rights to organize. During the pandemic, Mike Doyle voted for the HEROES act, which provides full extended unemployment insurance, stimulus checks, support for health care systems, protective gear and testing for frontline workers, mail-in election funding, funding for state budget shortages to prevent layoffs, and new small business loans. Republicans almost unanimously voted against all of these measures.

    Mike Doyle is facing Republican challenger Luke Negron and Independent Don Nevills in the general election. Negron is an anti-choice candidate who believes the only reason people pursue abortion is because of an imagined social pressure. He supports Trump’s discriminatory views on immigration and calls for more strict enforcement of border control as a way to create a racial national identity. Negron also believes discrimination should be a legal practice for religious business owners.

    Don Nevills is anti-choice but makes exceptions in “extreme circumstances.” He is against federal funding for affordable healthcare clinics that provide reproductive choices. Nevills also says he is opposed to universal health care coverage for all Americans.

    Mike Doyle is the clear progressive choice in this race.

    Mike Doyle

    Mike Doyle is the Democratic candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives in Pennsylvania’s 18th congressional district. Doyle has a 25 year career in the House, and has long championed progressive causes.

  • Endorsed By: AFL-CIO, Teamsters Local 926, PA AFL-CIO, NEA Advocacy Fund, PA Conference of Teamsters, Sierra Club, Steel City Stonewall Democrats, United Mine Workers Of America, The 14th Ward Independent Democratic Club

Statewide Races

Attorney General

  • Josh Shapiro is the Democratic candidate for Pennsylvania Attorney General. Shapiro spent the first part of his career working as advisors for U.S. Senators and leaders in Congress. He worked with U.S. Senators Carl Levin and Robert Torricelli and Congressmen Peter Deutsch and Joe Hoeffel. Shapiro also served in the Pennsylvania State House from 2005 to 2011 and as Montgomery County Commissioner from 2011 to 2017. He was elected Attorney General in 2017.

    Shapiro’s top priorities are protecting seniors, veterans, and small businesses from scams, fighting the opioid epidemic and treating those suffering from addiction, and ensuring faith and integrity in the justice system. More recently, Shapiro has been focused on police misconduct and violence. He’s formed a coalition of officials to build a statewide police employee registry to ensure all citizens are protected from police brutality and racism. 

    Shapiro is facing three opponents in the general election: Heather Heidelbaugh, a Republican; Richard Weiss from the Green Party, and Daniel Wassmer, a libertarian. Heidelbaugh, who is from Missouri, sat on the Allegheny Council. She prides herself in cutting social programs. Weiss has no published campaign platform. Wassmer has no campaign presence. 

    Josh Shapiro is the clear progressive choice in this race.

     

    Josh Shapiro

    Josh Shapiro is the Democratic candidate for Pennsylvania Attorney General. Shapiro spent the first part of his career working as advisors for U.S. Senators and leaders in Congress. He worked with U.S. Senators Carl Levin and Robert Torricelli and Congressmen Peter Deutsch and Joe Hoeffel. Shapiro also served in the Pennsylvania State House from 2005 to 2011 and as Montgomery County Commissioner from 2011 to 2017. He was elected Attorney General in 2017.

    Shapiro’s top priorities are protecting seniors, veterans, and small businesses from scams, fighting the opioid epidemic and treating those suffering from addiction, and ensuring faith and integrity in the justice system. More recently, Shapiro has been focused on police misconduct and violence. He’s formed a coalition of officials to build a statewide police employee registry to ensure all citizens are protected from police brutality and racism. 

    Shapiro is facing three opponents in the general election: Heather Heidelbaugh, a Republican; Richard Weiss from the Green Party, and Daniel Wassmer, a libertarian. Heidelbaugh, who is from Missouri, sat on the Allegheny Council. She prides herself in cutting social programs. Weiss has no published campaign platform. Wassmer has no campaign presence. 

    Josh Shapiro is the clear progressive choice in this race.

     

Auditor General

  • Democrat
  • Nina Ahmad is the Democratic candidate for Pennsylvania Auditor General. Ahmad is a Bangladeshi immigrant who came to the U.S. to earn a PhD in Chemistry at the University of Pennsylvania. She married and stayed in the U.S. to raise a family and start a small business as a molecular biologist. She served with many nonprofits and advocacy groups and most recently as Deputy Mayor for Public Engagement under Mayor Kenney. If elected, she would be the first woman of color to hold the Auditor General position in Pennsylvania’s history. 

    Ahmad’s platform is advocating for transparency and promoting the public good. She positions herself as the chief fiscal watchdog, who will use facts and data to ensure responsible governance. She is outspoken in her support for minority communities and for the historic marches for civil rights that have captivated the nation this year. 

    Ahmad is facing three opponents in the general election: Timothy DeFoor, a Republican; Olivia Faison of the Green Party; and Jennifer Moore, a libertarian. DeFoor has also worked in government watchdog roles in the PA Attorney General’s office and the Dauphin County controller. He has no published platform except for allying himself closely with the police. Faison has very little campaign presence beyond a Facebook page with no information about the candidate or her views. Moore is the auditor in the Upper Province of Montgomery County. She has very little campaign presence except for an entry on a libertarian party page with vague claims of independence. 

    Nina Ahmad is the clear progressive choice in this race.

     

    Nina Ahmad

    Nina Ahmad is the Democratic candidate for Pennsylvania Auditor General. Ahmad is a Bangladeshi immigrant who came to the U.S. to earn a PhD in Chemistry at the University of Pennsylvania. She married and stayed in the U.S. to raise a family and start a small business as a molecular biologist. She served with many nonprofits and advocacy groups and most recently as Deputy Mayor for Public Engagement under Mayor Kenney. If elected, she would be the first woman of color to hold the Auditor General position in Pennsylvania’s history. 

    Ahmad’s platform is advocating for transparency and promoting the public good. She positions herself as the chief fiscal watchdog, who will use facts and data to ensure responsible governance. She is outspoken in her support for minority communities and for the historic marches for civil rights that have captivated the nation this year. 

    Ahmad is facing three opponents in the general election: Timothy DeFoor, a Republican; Olivia Faison of the Green Party; and Jennifer Moore, a libertarian. DeFoor has also worked in government watchdog roles in the PA Attorney General’s office and the Dauphin County controller. He has no published platform except for allying himself closely with the police. Faison has very little campaign presence beyond a Facebook page with no information about the candidate or her views. Moore is the auditor in the Upper Province of Montgomery County. She has very little campaign presence except for an entry on a libertarian party page with vague claims of independence. 

    Nina Ahmad is the clear progressive choice in this race.

     

Treasurer

  • Joseph Torsella is the Democratic candidate for Pennsylvania Treasurer. Torsella is from Berwick and graduated from University of Pennsylvania. He subsequently studied history at Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar. In the 1990s, Torsella served as deputy mayor for planning and policy under Mayor Ed Rendell. He also served as chair of the Pennsylvania Board of Education. From 2011 to 2014, Torsella served as the U.S. Representative to the United Nations. He has served as Pennsylvania Treasurer since 2017. 

    Torsella’s platform is a commitment to transparency and integrity, helping low and middle income families, and producing proven results for taxpayers. Torsella prides himself on making government spending as transparent as possible, and believes all citizens should be auditors. He is also committed to fighting inequality and helping families improve financial literacy. Torsella plans to create universal college savings and individual retirement accounts to help bridge the income gap. 

    Torsella is facing three opponents in the general election: Stacy Garrity, a Republican; Timothy Runkle, from the Green Party, and Joseph Soloski, a libertarian. Garrity is an accountant and former Army reservist. She is running for political office on the platform of not being a politician. Runkle has no significant, public campaign platform. Soloski is an accountant who wants to eliminate taxes for the very wealthy and large corporations. 

    Joseph Torsella is the clear progressive choice in this race.

     

    Joseph Torsella

    Joseph Torsella is the Democratic candidate for Pennsylvania Treasurer. Torsella is from Berwick and graduated from University of Pennsylvania. He subsequently studied history at Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar. In the 1990s, Torsella served as deputy mayor for planning and policy under Mayor Ed Rendell. He also served as chair of the Pennsylvania Board of Education. From 2011 to 2014, Torsella served as the U.S. Representative to the United Nations. He has served as Pennsylvania Treasurer since 2017. 

    Torsella’s platform is a commitment to transparency and integrity, helping low and middle income families, and producing proven results for taxpayers. Torsella prides himself on making government spending as transparent as possible, and believes all citizens should be auditors. He is also committed to fighting inequality and helping families improve financial literacy. Torsella plans to create universal college savings and individual retirement accounts to help bridge the income gap. 

    Torsella is facing three opponents in the general election: Stacy Garrity, a Republican; Timothy Runkle, from the Green Party, and Joseph Soloski, a libertarian. Garrity is an accountant and former Army reservist. She is running for political office on the platform of not being a politician. Runkle has no significant, public campaign platform. Soloski is an accountant who wants to eliminate taxes for the very wealthy and large corporations. 

    Joseph Torsella is the clear progressive choice in this race.

     

State Senate

Depending on where you live, you may have one of the below State Senate races on your ballot.

Senate District 37

State Senator

  • Democrat
  • SD37 has been identified as a key swing district. Democrats must keep this seat to flip the State Senate and make progress for working families in Pennsylvania.

    Pam Iovino is running for reelection to the Pennsylvania State Senate seat in the 37th senatorial district. After 23 years in the military, Iovino served as Assistant Secretary of Veterans Affairs and then as Director of Veterans Services in Allegheny County.

    Iovino recently cosponsored two bills to help curb police brutality: one bill that requires law enforcement to adopt use-of-force policies and another bill that prohibits the police from using chokeholds. Iovino also recently voted against Republican efforts to repeal the largest anti-poverty program in the state. As a former veteran herself, Iovino led the bipartisan effort to improve access to services for Pennsylvania’s 840,000 veterans. During the pandemic, she 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.

    Pam Iovino is being challenged by Republican Devlin Robinson. Robinson is a former marine. His policy positions are vague but he’s pledged to take away legal reproductive rights and prevent common sense legislation to prevent gun violence.

    Pam Iovino is the clear progressive choice in this race.

    Pam Iovino

    SD37 has been identified as a key swing district. Democrats must keep this seat to flip the State Senate and make progress for working families in Pennsylvania.

  • Endorsed By: Planned Parenthood of PA , President Obama, Everytown for Gun Safety

Senate District 43

State Senator

  • Democrat
  • Jay Costa is the Democratic candidate for he Pennsylvania State Senate in the 43rd district. Prior to taking office, he was a deputy sheriff in Allegheny County and Allegheny County Register of Wills. Now, he is a principal of a Pittsburgh law firm.

    Costa’s record demonstrates care for the health and safety of his constituents. Costa has cosponsored legislation to incrementally raise the minimum wage and establish the state’s medical cannabis program. He also cosponsored a bill to promote the development and use of alternative energy sources. Costa also voted last year against granting billions of dollars in tax breaks to manufacturers that rely on fracked natural gas. Additionally, Costa has voted against attempts to restrict Pennsylvanians’ legal right to reproductive health care. During the pandemic, Jay Costa 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.

    Jay Costa is running unopposed.

    Jay Costa

    Jay Costa is the Democratic candidate for he Pennsylvania State Senate in the 43rd district. Prior to taking office, he was a deputy sheriff in Allegheny County and Allegheny County Register of Wills. Now, he is a principal of a Pittsburgh law firm.

  • Endorsed By: Conservation Voters of Pennsylvania , Planned Parenthood of PA , Allegheny County Democratic Committee, Steel City Stonewall Democrats, Pennsylvania Young Democrats, The Young Democrats Of Allegheny County, The 14th Ward Independent Democratic Club, AFL-CIO, PA AFL-CIO, Pennsylvania State Education Association, United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, SEIU PA, United Mine Workers Of America, Clean Water Action, The Gertrude Stein Political Club, Humane PA, Moms Demand Action, Leap Forward, Teamsters Local 926, PA Conference of Teamsters

Senate District 45

State Senator

  • SD45 has been identified as a key swing district. Democrats must keep this seat to flip the State Senate and make progress for working families in Pennsylvania.

    Jim Brewster is the Democratic candidate for the Pennsylvania State Senate in District 45. Prior to taking his current office, Brewster held many leadership positions in both the public and private sectors, which included serving as a councilperson and mayor of McKeesport City.

    Brewster consistently stands up to protect his constituents. Brewster cosponsored legislation in 2017 that provided guidelines and authorization for police body camera use, a key tool to reducing police brutality. More recently, he cosponsored legislation that would require insurance coverage of tele-health visits as if they were in-person visits. Brewster has also voted to protect the legal reproductive rights of his constituents. Additionally, he voted against Republican efforts to repeal General Assistance, the largest anti-poverty program in the state. During the pandemic, Brewster 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.

    Brewster is facing Republican challenger Nicole Ziccarelli. Ziccarelli is a small business owner and comes from a family of immigrants and U.S. veterans. Ziccarelli is anti-choice and in favor of deregulating the fossil fuel industry. She also advocates for eliminating health regulations put in place to protect her neighbors from sickness and death during the pandemic.

    Jim Brewster is the clear progressive choice in this race.

    Jim Brewster

    SD45 has been identified as a key swing district. Democrats must keep this seat to flip the State Senate and make progress for working families in Pennsylvania.

  • Endorsed By: Allegheny County Democratic Committee, Pennsylvania State Troopers Association, Pennsylvania State Education Association, Steel City Stonewall Democrats, The Young Democrats Of Allegheny County, The Westmoreland County Democratic Committee, AFL-CIO, Teamsters Local 926, Firearms Owners Against Crime, Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee, Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee, National Democratic Redistricting Committee, PA AFL-CIO, PA Conference of Teamsters, United Mine Workers Of America, Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 47, Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 91, APSCUF, City of McKeesport Fire Dept.

State House

Depending on where you live, you may have one of the below State Assembly races on your ballot.

House District 16

State Representative

  • Democrat
  • Rob Matzie is the Democratic candidate for the Pennsylvania State House seat in the 16th legislative district. Matzie is a former state senate staff member, and the former mayor of Ambridge. When he has free time, he is an announcer for high school sports.

    In 2019, Matzie was named “Legislator of the Year” by the PA Pharmacists’ Association for his work to protect pharmacies that serve vulnerable Pennsylvanians from predatory prices. He co-sponsored legislation that prevents pharmacy benefit managers from forcing pharmacies from meeting the prescription needs of recipients of Medicaid. Matzie also voted against a number of bills that would repeal environmental protections and lead to higher levels of pollution. Additionally, he co-sponsored legislation that made funding for special education more fair. During the pandemic, Rob Matzie 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.

    Matzie is facing Republican challenger Rico Elmore. Elmore wants to eliminate regulations rather than empowering businesses to meet existing standards. If elected, Elmore would increase subsidies to huge out-of-state corporations and put our air and water quality at greater risk without proper protections for our communities.

    Matzie is the clear progressive choice in this race.

    Rob Matzie

    Rob Matzie is the Democratic candidate for the Pennsylvania State House seat in the 16th legislative district. Matzie is a former state senate staff member, and the former mayor of Ambridge.

  • Endorsed By: PA Conference of Teamsters, AFL-CIO, Teamsters Local 926, Allegheny County Democratic Committee, United Mine Workers Of America

House District 19

State Representative

  • Jake Wheatley is the Democratic candidate for the Pennsylvania State House seat in the 19th legislative district. Wheatley is a Pittsburgh resident and a marine. He served in the first Gulf War before returning to Pittsburgh to work in public service. He was first elected to the state legislature in 2002.

    Wheatley has a strong record of protecting reproductive rights and regulating firearms to combat the gun violence epidemic. He is the prime sponsor of legislation to legalize adult-use marijuana and tax the natural gas industry to fund infrastructure. It is worth noting that Wheatley attended anger management training after an altercation with a rival campaign worker in 2018. During the pandemic, Wheatley 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.

    Jake Wheatley is running unopposed.

    Jake Wheatley

    Jake Wheatley is the Democratic candidate for the Pennsylvania State House seat in the 19th legislative district. Wheatley is a Pittsburgh resident and a marine.

House District 20

State Representative

  • 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.

House District 21

State Representative

  • 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

House District 23

State Representative

  • 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.

House District 24

State Representative

  • 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.

  • Endorsed By: Planned Parenthood of PA , Steel City Stonewall Democrats

House District 25

State Representative

  • Brandon Markosek is the Democratic candidate for the Pennsylvania State House seat in the 25th legislative district. Brandon built his priorities around helping people most overlooked in legislative priorities, such as those suffering from the opioid epidemic, impoverished senior citizens, and children from underfunded schools.

    Markosek is a centrist figure in the Pennsylvania House. He has supported some of Governor Wolf’s agenda on education and infrastructure. During the pandemic, Brandon Markosek 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.

    Markosek is running against Republican John Ritter. He is director of the Gateway School District. His campaign website and facebook page are full of vague, biblical platitudes, rather than policy positions that could actually serve the people of the district. Ritter also holds staunch anti-choice and pro-gun positions.

    Brandon Markosek is the clear progressive choice in this race.

    Brandon Markosek

    Brandon Markosek is the Democratic candidate for the Pennsylvania State House seat in the 25th legislative district.

House District 27

State Representative

  • Dan Deasy, Jr. is the Democratic candidate for the Pennsylvania State House in the 27th legislative district. He is a lifetime resident of the city of Pittsburgh, and previously worked for the city’s Public Works Department and served four years on Pittsburgh city council.

    Rep. Deasy has a long history of community service. He’s worked to expand affordable housing, create more green spaces, and increase access to health care and education. In 2019, he voted against GOP attempts to restrict access to abortion and to put armed security guards in schools. Deasy has recently stood up in outrage to police violence against black and brown people, and has publicly demanded meaningful change. During the pandemic, Dan Deasy 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 Deasy is running unopposed.

    Dan Deasy, Jr.

    Dan Deasy, Jr. is the Democratic candidate for the Pennsylvania State House in the 27th legislative district.

  • Endorsed By: PA Conference of Teamsters

House District 28

State Representative

  • 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.

House District 30

State Representative

  • 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

House District 32

State Representative

  • Tony DeLuca, Jr. is the Democratic candidate for the Pennsylvania State House seat in the 32nd legislative district. DeLuca previously held roles as councilman and deputy mayor for the City of Verona. He’s been part of the Allegheny County political scene for decades.

    DeLuca is well known in the district and does not have a published campaign platform. He prides himself on supporting local fire departments and keeping drugs out of area schools. He voted to protect union rights in 2015. DeLuca also fought Republican efforts to take away food stamps and Medicaid from his constituents in 2018. During the pandemic, Tony DeLuca 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.

    DeLuca is running unopposed.

    Tony DeLuca, Jr.

    Tony DeLuca, Jr. is the Democratic candidate for the Pennsylvania State House seat in the 32nd legislative district. DeLuca previously held roles as councilman and deputy mayor for the City of Verona.

House District 33

State Representative

  • Frank Dermody is the Democratic candidate for the Pennsylvania State House seat in the 34th legislative district. Dermody has held this seat since 1990. Dermody grew up in coal country in Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania. His father died when he was seven and his mother worked full-time to support his family. Frank attended Columbia University and went on to get a law degree in the early 1980s. He returned to Pennsylvania to work as the assistant public defender in Harrisburg and then as the Assistant District Attorney in Allegheny County, prosecuting serious crimes. In 1994, Rep. Dermody was selected by House leaders to investigate charges against Supreme Court Justice Rolf Larsen, which led to Larsen’s impeachment and removal from office. Darmody became the legislative whip for the Democratic Party in 2009. His ethical performance led to his unanimous election as the Democratic Leader of the chamber in 2011.

    Frank Dermody has championed many pieces of progressive legislation over the years. In 2017 he co-sponsored a bill to have some criminal records expunged from people’s history to reduce discrimination. In 2009, he also co-sponsored a bill to have some juvenile records expunged. In 2007, he co-sponsored a bill to expand the use of green energy and in 2005 he also co-sponsored a bill to increase the minimum wage. During the pandemic, Frank Dermody 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.

    Frank Dermody has drawn a Republican challenger, Carrie DelRosso. DelRosso, a local public relations executive, says she is running to cut worker pensions. She has spent most of the primary season on twitter demanding the removal of health protections.

    Dermody is the clear progressive choice in this race.

    Frank Dermody

    Frank Dermody is the Democratic candidate for the Pennsylvania State House seat in the 34th legislative district. Dermody has held this seat since 1990. Dermody grew up in coal country in Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania.

House District 34

State Representative

  • 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.

House District 35

State Representative

  • 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: 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

House District 36

State Representative

  • 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

House District 38

State Representative

  • 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

House District 39

State Representative

  • HD39 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 Sara-Summer Oliphant is the Democratic candidate for he Pennsylvania House of Representatives in District 39. Oliphant is a full-time mother and has been a part-time worker in multiple trades over the years, including freelance writing. She is an active volunteer in her community; in 2020, she was named Pennsylvania Mother of the Year by American Mothers, Inc., an organization devoted to recognizing the service and sacrifice of mothers across America.

    Oliphant has observed the burden placed on the state’s foster care system by the opioid crisis, and she aims to connect foster and adoptive families with necessary mental and health care. She is committed to broadly increasing access to affordable healthcare. Her education reform plan includes investments in communities with less property tax income. Oliphant is committed to raising the minimum wage and working to end legal discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation.

    Democrat Sara-Summer Oliphant is running against Republican Mike Puskaric. He voted against what would have become Pennsylvania’s first piece of legislation protecting LGBTQ+ people from discrimination in the workforce. Puskaric also voted to repeal the largest anti-poverty program in the state. Additionally, Puskaric has voted in favor of defunding poorer school districts in favor of wealthier ones. In the middle of a pandemic, Mike Puskaric 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.

    Sara-Summer Oliphant is the clear progressive choice in this race.

    Sara-Summer Oliphant

    HD39 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: PA AFL-CIO, HRC, United Mine Workers Of America

House District 40

State Representative

  • HD40 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.

    Sharon Guidi is the Democratic candidate for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives seat in the 40th legislative district. Guidi is an experienced educator and, among many other volunteer capacities, an active volunteer for grassroots campaigns.

    Guidi prioritizes Medicare expansion and access to reproductive health services. She is also in favor of the full funding of education in Pennsylvania, so underfunded schools can flourish. Guidi has been endorsed by five different unions because of her commitment to supporting workers’ right to organize.

    Sharon Guidi is challenging Republican Natalie Mihalek, who currently holds the seat. She voted for legislation that would defund poorer school districts in favor of wealthier ones. Mihalek also voted to repeal the largest anti-poverty program in the state. In the middle of a pandemic, Natalie Mihalek 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.

    Sharon Guidi is the clear progressive choice in this race.

    Sharon Guidi

    HD40 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: AFT PA, Pennsylvania State Education Association, PA AFL-CIO, SEIU PA, Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers, Business And Professional Women / Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Federation of Democratic Women, Steel City Stonewall Democrats, Humane PA, Fight for Reform, Turn PA Blue, United Mine Workers Of America, Moms Demand Action

House District 42

State Representative

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

House District 44

State Representative

  • 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

House District 45

State Representative

  • Democrat
  • Anita Kulik is the Democratic candidate for the Pennsylvania State House seat in the 45th legislative district. She spent Kennedy Township Commissioner and has twenty-five years of legal experience. Kulik spent much of that time advocating for seniors and for survivors of domestic violence.


    Kulik voted against legislation that would have made it more difficult for underinsured people to qualify for Medicaid. She also voted to preserve General Assistance, the largest anti-poverty program in the state. Kulik, unfortunately, has also voted to undermine Pennsylvanians legal right to reproductive health care. To her credit, Kulik 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.

    Kulik is facing Republican challenger Danny DeVito this fall. DeVito has been endorsed by LIFEPAC, an anti-choice group that does not make exceptions even for cases of rape or incest. DeVito also advocates raising taxes expanding polluting industries.

    Anita Kulik is the clear progressive candidate in this race.

    Anita Kulik

    Anita Kulik is the Democratic candidate for the Pennsylvania State House seat in the 45th legislative district. She spent Kennedy Township Commissioner and has twenty-five years of legal experience.

  • Endorsed By: 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

House District 46

State Representative

  • Byron Timmins is the Democratic candidate for the Pennsylvania State House seat in the 46th legislative district. Timmins formerly served as Treasurer of the Muse Elementary Parent Faculty Association and the Recording Secretary of the Canon-McMillan Parent Council. He also volunteers as a hockey coach.

    Timmins is a strong advocate for workers’ right to organize. He supports strong unions as the foundation for a disappearing middle class he hopes to rebuild. His property tax reform plan includes transferring more state funds into investment in public education. This will allow for lowered property tax rates, meaning less burden on seniors and first-time home buyers.

    Timmins is challenging Republican incumbent representative Jason Ortitay. The two faced off in 2018, as well. Ortitay voted to defund poorer school districts in favor of wealthier ones. He also co-sponsored legislation that would hamper unions during a labor dispute. Oritay also voted to restrict access to legal reproductive health care. In the middle of a pandemic, Jason Oritay 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.

    Byron Timmins is the clear progressive choice in this race.

    Byron Timmins

    Byron Timmins is the Democratic candidate for the Pennsylvania State House seat in the 46th legislative district.

  • Endorsed By: PA AFL-CIO, PA Conference of Teamsters, HRC, United Mine Workers Of America, Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers, United Food and Commercial Workers International Union

House District 54

State Representative

No Recommendation

Republican Robert Brooks is the candidate for Pennsylvania’s State House seat in the 54th district. Brooks has held this seat since 2018. Prior to holding office he worked in corporate finance.

Brooks consistently votes against the interests of his constituents. In 2019, he co-sponsored a bill to defund poorer school districts in favor of wealthier ones and charter schools. The same year, he also sponsored a bill to take away legal reproductive rights from Pennsylvanians. In the middle of a pandemic, Robert Brooks 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.

Robert Brooks is running unopposed. There is no progressive choice in this race.


Allegheny County Ballot Measures

Question #1

VOTE YES
Vote YES to Empower Citizen Police Review Board

This fall, voters in Pittsburgh will consider a ballot question. This referendum has to do with policing, which has captured the public interest in the wake of the nationwide protests against police violence and racism.

The question is as follows:

“Shall the Pittsburgh Home Rule Charter, Article Two, Executive, be amended and supplemented by amending and adding new language to Sections 229 and 230 and adding a new Section, 231, expanding the powers of the Independent Citizen Police Review Board to allow the Board to require police officers to participate in investigations, conducting performance audits of the Police Bureau and preventing the removal of Board members except for just cause and with City Council approval?"

If passed, this measure would empower the Independent Citizen Police Review Board to require police cooperation with their investigations of police misconduct. This measure was written directly in response to the broad public perception that police are not being held accountable for violent misconduct – particularly for their continued killing of unarmed Black people. To improve efforts to hold police accountable to their sworn duty to protect and serve all communities, voters should answer yes to this question. 


 

This ballot measure is progressive.