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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.

10th Congressional District

U.S. Representative

  • Eugene DePasquale is the Democratic candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives in Pennsylvania's 10th congressional district. After attending law school, DePasquale worked at a nonprofit helping young people with mental and physical disabilities. He has been serving as Pennsylvania’s Auditor General since 2017, and he was the state’s first public official to post all of their expenses online.

    DePasquale’s platform shows a commitment to the health and well-being of his constituents. He supports automatic enrollment in Medicaid for people who cannot afford private insurance and a public option to push down private insurance rates. He advocates for a $15 minimum wage and for tax credits that promote the use of clean energy. DePasquale’s goal is to have “a 100% clean energy economy” as quickly as possible. His plans for revitalizing the economy also include investment in infrastructure from highways and public transit to upgraded energy grids and broadband.

    Eugene DePasquale is challenging Republican incumbent Scott Perry. Perry is a member of the divisive and far-right House Freedom Caucus. He voted against lowering the costs of prescription drugs and raising the minimum wage. He also voted against legislation that would require the Trump administration to adhere to previously agreed-upon environmental regulations and protections under the Paris Climate Agreement. Additionally, Perry voted in favor of legislation that would prohibit the consideration of the social costs of carbon emissions in any environmental decision making process. In the middle of a pandemic, Scott Perry 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.

    Eugene DePasquale is the clear progressive choice in this race.

    Eugene DePasquale

    Eugene DePasquale is the Democratic candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives in Pennsylvania's 10th congressional district. After attending law school, DePasquale worked at a nonprofit helping young people with mental and physical disabilities.

  • Endorsed By: CASA in Action , Planned Parenthood of PA , United Steelworkers, BAC Local 5 PA, IBEW Local 229, United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, LCV, Democratic Jewish Outreach Pennsylvania, Blue Dog PAC, Pro Choice America, New Democrat Coalition Action Fund, Dauphin County Democratic Committee, NEA Advocacy Fund, Equality PAC, Moms Demand Action, Everytown for Gun Safety, Emgage PAC, PA AFL-CIO, SEIU PA, President Obama, PA Conference of Teamsters, UAW, International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace, and Agricultural Implement Workers of America, The Jewish Democratic Council Of America, Progressive Turnout Project, Teamsters Local 776, AFSCME Council 13, Giffords: Courage to Fight Gun Violence, Capital Region Stands Up, Swing From Home

11th Congressional District

U.S. Representative

  • arah Hammond is the Democratic candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives in Pennsylvania’s 11th congressional district. In 2018 she ran for the Pennsylvania State House, and the state Senate in 2019. She continues to run with the motto: “Failure is not an option.”

    Sarah Hammond’s platform is progressive. She pledges to fight systemic racism and demand criminal justice reform. She champions union workers as the drivers of Pennsylvania’s middle class. She’s also a defender of reproductive and LGBTQ+ rights. Like many young people, Hammond understands the urgency of the climate crisis and supports Green New Deal policies. She’s also vowed to combat the opioid crisis and push for the expansion of health care for all citizens.

    Sarah Hammond is running against Lloyd Smucker, who has held the seat since 2018. Smucker was previously a representative in the U.S. House in Pennsylvania's old 16th district and a state senator for five years. In 2011, Smucker cosponsored a bill to expand fracking in Pennsylvania. The same year, he cosponsored a bill to defund public education and siphon money into private schools. In Congress, he voted to remove healthcare protections for people with pre-existing conditions but made sure that did not apply to members of Congress. In the middle of a pandemic, Lloyd Smucker 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.

    Sarah Hammond is the clear progressive choice in this race.

    Sarah Hammond

    arah Hammond is the Democratic candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives in Pennsylvania’s 11th congressional district. In 2018 she ran for the Pennsylvania State House, and the state Senate in 2019. She continues to run with the motto: “Failure is not an option.”

  • Endorsed By: Lancaster Stands Up, Lancaster County Young Democrats - PA

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 Senate

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

Senate District 31

State Senator

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

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

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

    Shanna Danielson is challenging Republican Mike Reagan. When he was in the State House, Reagan cosponsored a bill to roll back rights for unions to organize. In 2017, Reagan sponsored a bill to take away aid from the unemployed. In 2019, he sponsored a bill to put more guns in schools. In the middle of a pandemic, Mike Reagan 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.

    Shanna Danielson is the clear progressive choice in this race.

    Shanna Danielson

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

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

Senate District 33

State Senator

  • Rich Sterner is the Democratic candidate for the Pennsylvania State Senate seat in the 33rd senatorial district. Sterner is a former teacher, principal, and vice president of the Bermudian Springs School District board.

    Sterner’s platform is progressive. In office, Sterner plans to focus on job creation and protecting the environment by supporting the development of renewable energy sources. He will fight to protect insurance coverage for Pennsylvanians with pre-existing conditions and to reduce prescription drug costs. Sterner plans to reform public education by eliminating standardized testing and providing equitable funding for public schools. He supports continuing to allocate state funds to charter schools, but proposes holding them more accountable.

    Rich Sterner is challenging Republican incumbent Doug Mastriano, who has held the seat since 2019. Mastriano voted to give billions of dollars in tax subsidies to manufacturers that rely on fossil fuels. He also voted to repeal General Assistance, the largest anti-poverty program in the state. In the middle of a pandemic, Doug Mastriano 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.

    Rich Sterner is the clear progressive choice in this race.

    Rich Sterner

    Rich Sterner is the Democratic candidate for the Pennsylvania State Senate seat in the 33rd senatorial district. Sterner is a former teacher, principal, and vice president of the Bermudian Springs School District board.

  • Endorsed By: Adams County Democratic Committee, Franklin County Democratic Committee, Hanover for Progress, Moms Demand Action, Turn PA Blue, PA AFL-CIO, UAW, International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace, and Agricultural Implement Workers of America

State House

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

House District 47

State Representative

  • Democrat
  • Fred Owens is the Democratic candidate for the Pennsylvania State House seat in the 47th legislative district. Owens is a retired educator and researcher with experience in local government as a member of the Hellam Township Planning Commission.

    Owens’s platform is progressive. He calls attention to inequality as a source of many of the challenges faced by everyday Pennsylvanians. Owens prioritizes making big corporations pay their fair share in taxes and improving infrastructure. This includes restoring the state’s roads and bridges to better connect rural areas. Owens also plans on holding big corporations accountable for their role in the pollution of Pennsylvania’s air and water.

    Owens is facing Republican Keith Gillespie. Owens ran a write-in campaign in the 2020 primary after learning that Gillespie would not be facing a challenger. Gillespie has voted to give substantial tax cuts to the fossil fuel industry and loosened restrictions on oil and gas drilling in the state. He voted against the most comprehensive transportation plan the state had seen in 20 years. In the middle of a pandemic, Keith Gillespie 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.

    Fred Owens is the clear progressive choice in this race.

    Fred Owens

    Fred Owens is the Democratic candidate for the Pennsylvania State House seat in the 47th legislative district.

House District 92

State Representative

  • Democrat
  • Doug Ross is the Democratic candidate for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives seat in the 92nd legislative district. Ross has a degree in Education from Penn State and is an entrepreneur and a small business owner. He spent 14 years as a stay-at-home dad to his three daughters. He’s served in numerous civic organizations including as president of the local library and business association.

    Ross pledges to increase the minimum wage and ensure fair business regulations. He believes the government should interfere in the lives of citizens as little as possible, but has a responsibility to keep everyone safe. Ross recently reacted in disdain of Republicans pushing for premature reopening during the pandemic.

    Ross is running against Republican incumbent Dawn Keefer. She cosponsored a bill to repeal the General Assistance, the largest anti-poverty program in the state. In 2018, Keefer also cosponsored a bill that would exempt oil drilling companies from having to report oil spills. In the middle of a pandemic, Dawn Keefer 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.

    Doug Ross is the clear progressive choice in this race.

    Doug Ross

    Doug Ross is the Democratic candidate for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives seat in the 92nd legislative district. Ross has a degree in Education from Penn State and is an entrepreneur and a small business owner.

House District 93

State Representative

No Recommendation

Republican Mike Jones is the incumbent in Pennsylvania’s 93rd legislative district. He’s held his seat in the House since 2018 and is running unopposed in his bid for re-election. His background is in engineering consulting.

Jones’s record demonstrates contempt for his constituents. He cosponsored a bill to eliminate the General Assistance, the largest anti-poverty program in the state. In 2019, he voted to defund poorer school districts in favor of wealthier ones. In the middle of a pandemic, Mike Jones 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.

Mike Jones is running unopposed. There is no progressive candidate in this race.


House District 94

State Representative

No Recommendation

Republican Stanley Saylor is the incumbent in the Pennsylvania State House’s 94th legislative district. He’s held this seat since 1993. Saylor is a career politician.

Saylor’s record demonstrates contempt and disregard for his constituents. In 2019, Saylor cosponsored a bill to eliminate the General Assistance, the largest anti-poverty program in the state. In 2018, he voted to exempt oil drillers from reporting oil spills that poison local water supplies. In 2017, he sponsored a bill to take away food assistance from needy families. In 2013, he cosponsored a bill to take health care coverage away from women. Saylor also complained that too many people were getting help during the pandemic. In the middle of a pandemic, Stanley Saylor 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.

Stanley Saylor is running unopposed. There is no progressive candidate in this race.


House District 95

State Representative

  • Carol Hill-Evans is the Democratic candidate for the Pennsylvania State House seat in the 95th legislative district. She has held the seat since 2016. Hill-Evans is a well-known figure in York City. A native of the area, Hill-Evans served nine years on the York City Council as both vice president and president.

    Hill-Evans’s platform is progressive. She advocates raising the minimum wage, equitable education funding, economic development of under-served communities, and providing more resources for veterans and emergency responders. Hill-Evans recently co sponsored a bill that requires background checks for police officers. She also sponsored a bill to disarm people convicted of domestic abuse and voted to keep guns out of Pennsylvania schools. Hill-Evans is rated highly by reproductive rights and environmental conservation groups. During the pandemic, Carol Hill-Evans 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.

    This year Hill-Evans is facing Republican challenger Kacey French. French’s positions are strange, as they are the opposite of most GOP candidates in the state. She supported Black Lives Matter protests and calls to hold police accountable. She went as far as appropriating various BLM protests and Juneteenth celebrations for her own campaign. That said, French has few clearly stated policy positions, and it remains to be seen if any Republican in the party of Trump has a future holding the positions she has.

    Carol Evans-Hill is the clear progressive choice in this race.

    Carol Hill-Evans

    Carol Hill-Evans is the Democratic candidate for the Pennsylvania State House seat in the 95th legislative district. She has held the seat since 2016. Hill-Evans is a well-known figure in York City.

House District 169

State Representative

No Recommendation

Republican incumbent Kate Klunk is running for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives seat in the 169th district. Klunk is a former lawyer who worked in the White House under George W. Bush’s economic team.

In 2017, Klunk sponsored a bill to take away food stamps from struggling Pennsylvanians. In 2018, she sponsored a bill that would take away Medicaid from citizens who were too sick to work. She’s voted several times to take away legal reproductive rights. In the middle of a pandemic, Kate Klunk 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.

Klunk is running unopposed.


House District 196

State Representative

No Recommendation

Republican Seth Grove is running for re-election to the Pennsylvania State House in the 196th legislative district. Grove has an affinity for the military but was unable to serve himself due to health problems and instead went to college for public administration.

In 2018, Grove voted to take away food stamps from unemployed Pennsylvanians. The same year, Grove voted to revoke Medicaid from people who were too sick to work. In 2019, he voted to repeal General Assistance, the largest anti-poverty program in the state. In the middle of a pandemic, Seth Grove 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.

Seth Grove is running unopposed. There is no progressive in this race.