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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.

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

4th Congressional District

U.S. Representative

  • Madeleine Dean is the Democratic candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives in Pennsylvania's 4th congressional district. Dean grew up in Glenside and got her start arguing politics around the dinner table with her five brothers and older sister. After college, she went to law school and practiced law in Philadelphia. Eventually, she opened a small three-woman law practice. While she was raising her three kids, she switched careers and began teaching English at LaSalle University.

    In 2012, Rep. Dean launched her career in public service and won a special election to the Pennsylvania State House. During her six years in Harrisburg, she fought for public education, healthcare, environmental protection, equal rights, criminal justice reform, and against the opioid crisis. After the Sandy Hook shooting, Dean founded and served as co-chair of the PA-SAFE caucus dedicated to ending gun violence. In 2018, she set her sights higher and ran for Congress in one of the most pivotal years in its history. During the pandemic, Madeleine Dean 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.

    Dean currently sits on the House Judiciary Committee, which oversaw the historic impeachment hearings for President Donald Trump. She also sits on the House Financial Services Committee, is the Vice Chair of the Bipartisan Women’s Caucus and a founding member of the Bipartisan PFAS Taskforce, focused on addressing drinking water contamination in our communities and across the country.

    Dean currently faces off against a Republican Kathy Barnette and an Independent candidate Joe Tarshish, both political newcomers. Barnette has leaned into the combative "America First" Trumpism while Tarshish hopes to capitalize on voter antipathy toward both parties.

    Madeleine Dean is the clear progressive choice in this race.

    Madeleine Dean

    Madeleine Dean is the Democratic candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives in Pennsylvania's 4th congressional district. Dean grew up in Glenside and got her start arguing politics around the dinner table with her five brothers and older sister.

5th Congressional District

U.S. Representative

  • Mary Gay Scanlon is the Democratic candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives in Pennsylvania's 5th congressional district. She is a former lawyer and school board member in her community. Her work in Pennsylvania schools included supplying better nutrition for students, increasing sustainability, and securing more opportunities for underprivileged kids. Her work as an attorney has saved lives: she did pro bono work for Daniel Dougherty’s case, a 15-year effort that saved an innocent man from death row. She also secured asylum for Hawa Salih, a women’s rights activist from Darfur who was a target for torture and execution.

    Scanlon’s record shows concern for the well-being of her constituents. She continually underscores that and increasing number of Americans can’t afford their bills. As recently as 2019, she voted in favor of legislation that would allow the Department of Health and Human Services to negotiate the prices of prescription drugs. She supports an increase in the federal minimum wage, in a gradual way that supports small businesses. During the pandemic, Mary Gay Scanlon 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.

    Rep. Scanlon is facing Dasha Pruett, a Republican who has been endorsed by the Trump/Pence 2020 campaign. An immigrant from the USSR, Pruett accuses Rep. Scanlon of promoting the same socialism that Pruett’s own family emigrated to escape. Given her support from the Trump campaign, Pruett’s core issue stances are largely unsurprising. Pruett believes in defunding poorer school districts in favor of wealthier ones. Pruett holds her potential constituents in contempt and, once elected, advocates violating their legal reproductive rights.

    Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon is the clear progressive choice in this race.

    Mary Gay Scanlon

    Mary Gay Scanlon is the Democratic candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives in Pennsylvania's 5th congressional district. She is a former lawyer and school board member in her community.

  • Endorsed By: Planned Parenthood of PA , Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, Delaware County Democratic Committee, Emgage PAC, Equality PAC, LCV, PA AFL-CIO, NEA Advocacy Fund, PA Conference of Teamsters, Pennsylvania National Organization for Women, Sierra Club, United Mine Workers Of America, American Federation of State, Democratic Jewish Outreach Pennsylvania, Everytown for Gun Safety, Feminist Majority Political Action Committee, J Street, JAC PAC, The Jewish Democratic Council Of America, Moms Demand Action, NWPC, Progressive Turnout Project, SEIU 668, 20/20 Vision, Montgomery County Democratic Committee

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 7

State Senator

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

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

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

    Vincent Hughes is running unopposed.

    Vincent Hughes

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

Senate District 17

State Senator

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

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

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

    Amanda Cappelletti is the clear progressive choice in this race.

    Amanda Cappelletti

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

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

State House

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

House District 26

State Representative

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

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

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

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

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

    Paul Friel, Jr.

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

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

House District 53

State Representative

  • HD53 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.

    Steven Malagari is the Democratic candidate for the Pennsylvania State House seat in the 53rd legislative district. He was born and raised in Lansdale and went on to become one of the youngest members on the Lansdale Borough Council. He was elected to the Pennsylvania State legislature in 2018.

    Malagari styles himself as a champion of working people. His positions include support for infrastructure improvements and job creation, supporting environmental protection and green energy, access to quality public education, improving public health care options, standing up for workers’ rights, and protecting LGBTQ+ citizens from discrimination. In office, Malagari voted to prevent the GOP from taking away reproductive rights from his constituents. During the pandemic, he 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.

    Miles Arnott is Steven Malagari’s Republican opponent. Arnott has joined other Republican politicians in encouraging people to go against the recommendations of health experts on social media. Arnott’s platform is troublingly vague; he clearly prioritizes cutting taxes, especially for schools. He also supports defunding public education for poorer parts of the district.

    Steven Malagari is the clear progressive choice in this race.

    Steven Malagari

    HD53 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.

House District 61

State Representative

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

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

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

    Liz Hanbidge is the clear progressive choice in this race.

    Liz Hanbidge

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

House District 70

State Representative

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

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

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

    Matt Bradford is the clear progressive choice in this race.

    Matt Bradford

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

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

House District 131

State Representative

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

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

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

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

    Kevin Branco is the clear progressive choice in this race.

    Kevin Branco

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

House District 146

State Representative

  • HD146 has been identified as a key swing district. Democrats must keep this seat to flip the State House and make progress for working families in Pennsylvania.

    Democratic representative Joseph Ciresi is running for re-election to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in the state’s 146th district. Prior to taking office, Ciresi was a member of the Spring-Ford Area School Board for over 12 years. He helped reduce the district’s debt by over $125 million and moved Spring-Ford into Pennsylvania’s top 2% of school districts.

    Ciresi’s voting record is progressive. He has a consistent record of voting to preserve Pennsylvanians’ reproductive autonomy. Ciresi also voted against the repeal of General Assistance, the largest anti-poverty program in the state. He also voted against major tax cuts for manufacturers that rely on fracked natural gas to operate. During the pandemic, Ciresi 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.

    Ciresi is facing Republican challenger Thomas Neafcy. Neafcy wants to defund public education by creating more charter schools. He says he wants to lower healthcare costs and create jobs, but he doesn’t offer any plans to accomplish these goals.

    Joseph Ciresi is the clear progressive choice for District 146.

    Joseph Ciresi

    HD146 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: Planned Parenthood of PA , Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee, PA AFL-CIO, PA Conference of Teamsters, HRC, Sierra Club, Montgomery County Democratic Committee

House District 147

State Representative

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

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

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

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

    Jill Dennin is the clear progressive choice in this race.

    Jill Dennin

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

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

House District 148

State Representative

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

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

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

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

    Mary Jo Daley

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

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

House District 149

State Representative

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

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

    Tim Briggs is running unopposed.

    Tim Briggs

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

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

House District 150

State Representative

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

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

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

    Joe Webster is the clear progressive choice in this race.

    Joe Webster

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

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

House District 151

State Representative

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

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

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

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

    Jonathan Kassa is the clear progressive choice in this race.

    Jonathan Kassa

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

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

House District 152

State Representative

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

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

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

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

    Nancy Guenst is the clear progressive choice in this race.

    Nancy Guenst

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

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

House District 153

State Representative

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

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

    Ben Sanchez is running unopposed.

    Ben Sanchez

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

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

House District 154

State Representative

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

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

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

    Napoleon Nelson is the clear progressive choice in this race.

    Napoleon Nelson

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

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

House District 157

State Representative

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

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

    Melissa Shusterman is running unopposed.

    Melissa Shusterman

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

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

House District 166

State Representative

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

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

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

    Greg Vitali is the clear progressive choice in this race.

    Greg Vitali

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

House District 172

State Representative

  • Democrat
  • Kevin Boyle is the Democratic candidate running for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives seat in the 172nd legislative district. Boyle’s background is in education and his graduate research was used to formulate Pennsylvania education policy. Prior to holding office, Boyle worked with Philadelphia City Council members to work on legislation protecting survivors of domestic violence and expanding paid family leave.

    Boyle’s record is progressive. In 2019, Boyle sponsored a bill to help formerly incarcerated people get professional licenses. This year, he cosponsored legislation to require background checks for police officers. Boyle has also voted to stop Republicans from taking away food stamps and Medicaid from his most vulnerable constituents. During the pandemic, Kevin Boyle 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.

    Boyle has drawn a Republican challenger, Aaron Bashir. He is well known for claiming religion alone cured his cancer. He does not have any detailed policy proposals to help his neighbors beyond vague slogans. Bashir uses his social media to promote Trump’s divisive rhetoric and mock the majority of Americans appalled by police brutality.

    Kevin Boyle is the clear progressive choice in this race.

    Kevin Boyle

    Kevin Boyle is the Democratic candidate running for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives seat in the 172nd legislative district. Boyle’s background is in education and his graduate research was used to formulate Pennsylvania education policy.

House District 194

State Representative

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

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

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

    Pam DeLissio is the clear progressive choice in this race.

    Pam DeLissio

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