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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, 1st Congressional District

U.S. Representative

  • Christina Finello is the Democratic candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives in Pennsylvania’s 1st congressional district. Finello has spent her career advocating for veterans through the Philadelphia Veterans Court. She also serves as the Deputy Director of the Bucks County Department of Housing and Human Services. Finello is also on the board member of Alpha Bravo Canine, an organization that connects injured veterans with service dogs.

    Finello’s platform reflects her commitment to improving life for all Pennsylvanians, regardless of background. Finello plans to drive down the cost of healthcare by creating a public option to compete with for-profit health insurance companies. She is an advocate for human rights, including LGBTQ+ rights to housing, employment, marriage, and adoption. Finello is also firm on Americans’ right to reproductive autonomy and the human rights of undocumented immigrants seeking a clear path to citizenship. Finello plans to make higher education an option for all including lowering student loan interest rates, and providing free community college.

    Christina Finello is challenging incumbent Republican U.S. Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick, who was elected in 2016. Fitzpatrick voted in favor of a 2017 bill that created permanent corporate tax cuts and made working people more vulnerable to rising health insurance costs. He claims to be an advocate for reproductive health, but has consistently voted to obstruct legal access to reproductive care. He did, however, vote in favor of legislation prohibiting discrimination based on sex, gender identity, and sexual orientation. Unfortunately, this vote doesn’t matter much in a pandemic. Brian Fitzpatrick joined 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.

    Libertarian Steve Scheetz is also in the running in this race. Scheetz offers no concrete policy stances on his website or social media. He advocates for less government regulation and oversight in general.

    Christina Finello is the clear progressive choice in this race.

    Christina Finello

    Christina Finello is the Democratic candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives in Pennsylvania’s 1st congressional district. Finello has spent her career advocating for veterans through the Philadelphia Veterans Court.

  • Endorsed By: Planned Parenthood of PA , End Citizens United, Emily's List, Pro Choice America, Let America Vote, Democratic Jewish Outreach Pennsylvania, Montgomery County Democratic Committee, Bucks County Democratic Committee, American Federation of State, North Penn Democrats, President Obama, Pennsylvania National Organization for Women, DCCC, Orange Wave for Gun Safety, New Democrat Coalition Action Fund, Elizabeth Warren, 145th Assembly District Democratic Committee, The Jewish Democratic Council Of America

Statewide Races

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.

     

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.

     

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 House

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

House District 18

State Representative

  • 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

House District 29

State Representative

  • 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.

House District 31

State Representative

  • 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.

House District 140

State Representative

  • John Galloway is the Democratic candidate for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in the 140th legislative district. Prior to taking office, he was a Pennsbury School Board member, a member of the local Democratic committee and a Catholic Youth Organization basketball coach for 10 years.

    In 2008, Galloway voted to extend state subsidized health care coverage to uninsured Pennsylvanians. He has cosponsored bills that promote alternate energy as an option and that provide fairer funding for special education. Unfortunately, Galloway has a mixed record on reproductive rights. Still, Galloway has supported his constituents when it counts: During the pandemic, Galloway 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.

    Galloway is facing Republican candidate Jeanine McGee. McGee attacks Galloway for not going far enough to restrict reproductive rights. She plans to help pass the Heartbeat Bill, an anti-choice piece of legislation, which was ruled unconstitutional in 2015. McGee also calls for deregulation of industry to bring in more business from and development by out-of-state companies. She worships Donald Trump.

    John Galloway is the clear progressive choice in this race.

    John Galloway

    John Galloway is the Democratic candidate for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in the 140th legislative district.

  • Endorsed By: PA AFL-CIO, Bucks County Democratic Committee, PA Conference of Teamsters

House District 141

State Representative

  • Democrat
  • Tina Davis is the Democratic candidate for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives seat in the 141st legislative district. Davis co-owns a small trucking business with her husband. Prior to taking office, she volunteered with the local Girl Scouts, the American Cancer Society and as a children’s basketball coach.

    Davis’s record mostly reflects the values of her working constituents. Davis voted against legislation that made it legal for employers to file restraining orders against the employees involved in a labor dispute. Unfortunately, Davis also co-sponsored legislation that favors charter schools over public education. However, in 2019 Davis also co-sponsored groundbreaking legislation which will prohibit “gag clauses” that keep pharmacists from explaining the expected costs of pharmaceuticals to patients and helping them choose their most affordable options.

    Davis is facing Republican challenger Kelley Bellerby-Allen in her bid for reelection. Bellerby-Allen has used her campaign’s social media to call for the reelection of President Trump and to spread disinformation about the COVID-19 pandemic. In the middle of a pandemic, Bellerby-Allen 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.

    Tina Davis is the clear progressive choice in this race.

    Tina Davis

    Tina Davis is the Democratic candidate for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives seat in the 141st legislative district. Davis co-owns a small trucking business with her husband.

  • Endorsed By: Planned Parenthood of PA , AFT PA, International Union of Bricklayers & Allied Craftworkers, Communications Workers of America, IBEW Local Union 126, IAHFIAW Local 14, Keystone Progress, Liberty City LGBT+ Democratic Club, Philadelphia Gay News, NFT - Neshaminy Federation of Teachers, PASNAP, Local 690, Bucks County Democratic Committee, PA AFL-CIO, PA Conference of Teamsters, Pennsylvania National Organization for Women, Represent PA, Sheet Metal Workers Local 19, Teamsters Joint Council (likely local 53), TWU Local 234, Turn PA Blue, UAW, Sierra Club

House District 142

State Representative

  • HD142 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.

    Lauren Lareau is the Democratic candidate for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives seat in the 142nd legislative district. Lareau is a former cancer information specialist for the National Cancer Institute and now owns a small tutoring company.

    Laureu’s platform is progressive. She is in favor of demilitarizing the police and ending qualified immunity, which allows police to avoid accountability for misconduct. Laureu is also in favor of expanding Medicare and Medicaid. She supports a moratorium on new fracking wells and plans to implement a shale tax, which will be used to invest in renewable energy.

    Lauren Lareau is facing Republican incumbent Frank Farry. He’s held the seat since 2009. Farry voted to reinstate mandatory minimum sentences, contributing to mass incarceration. He also voted against environmental protections multiple times, including a vote against the implementation of a natural gas severance tax. In the middle of a pandemic, Frank Farry 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.

    Lauren Lareau is the clear progressive choice in this race.

    Lauren Lareau

    HD142 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: Bucks County Democratic Committee, HRC, Represent PA, Run for Something, Turn PA Blue

House District 143

State Representative

  • 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

House District 144

State Representative

  • 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

House District 145

State Representative

  • Robyn Colajezzi is the Democratic candidate for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives seat in the 145th legislative district. Colajezzi has had a 28-year career in marketing and is a volunteer auxiliary police officer with the Quakertown Police Department.

    Colajezzi’s platform is progressive. She pledges to fight for caps on the price of prescription medications, specifically a $100 cap on insulin. She is also in favor of increasing the minimum wage and lowering taxes for small businesses. Colajezzi sees a need for more state funds to public schools and for lower property taxes.

    Colajezzi is challenging Republican incumbent Craig Staats. He’s held the seat since 2015. Staats voted to make it more difficult to qualify for Medicaid and SNAP benefits. He also voted against union rights and cosponsored legislation to defund public education. In the middle of a pandemic, Craig Staats 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.

    Robyn Colajezzi is the clear progressive choice in this race.

    Robyn Colajezzi

    Robyn Colajezzi is the Democratic candidate for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives seat in the 145th legislative district.

  • Endorsed By: Bucks County Democratic Committee, Northern Bucks Democratic Committee, Bucks County Democratic Committee, PA AFL-CIO, HRC, Clean Money Squad PA, AFSCME Council 88, Teamsters Local 384, United Food and Commercial Workers International Union

House District 178

State Representative

  • 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