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    Vote YES to Create Citizen's Police Oversight Commission
  • The third question is as follows:

    “Shall The Philadelphia Home Rule Charter be amended to provide for the creation of a Citizens Police Oversight Commission, and to authorize City Council to determine the composition, powers and duties of the Commission?”

     

    If passed, this ballot measure would empower the Philadelphia City Council to create a Citizens Police Oversight Commission. In general, the commission would oversee policing in the City of Philadelphia. The city council would still need to figure out exactly how citizens are appointed to the commission and what their powers and responsibilities would be. That said, this measure was written directly in response to the broad public perception that police are not being held accountable for violent misconduct – particularly for their continued killing of unarmed Black people. To improve efforts to hold police accountable to their sworn duty to protect and serve all communities, voters should answer yes to this question. 

     

    This ballot measure is progressive.

     

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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.

2nd Congressional District

U.S. Representative

  • Brendan Boyle is the Democratic candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives in Pennsylvania’s 2nd congressional district. Boyle was raised in a blue-collar family, which he says shaped his views. Prior to his time as a federal representative, Boyle spent six years in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. In that role, he supported increased funding for Pennsylvania’s public schools and gathered bipartisan support for the state’s first major transportation plan in decades.

    In 2016, Boyle co-founded the Blue Collar Caucus, which tackles wage stagnation, job insecurity, trade, offshoring and dwindling career opportunities for people in the manufacturing and building trades. He has also voted in favor of stronger background checks before the sale of firearms, which broad majorities of Americans support. Last year, he voted to authorize the Department of Health and Human Services to negotiate the prices of prescription drugs. During the pandemic, Brendan Boyle 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.

    This fall, he is facing Republican challenger David Torres. Torres does not have a single issue stance listed on his website or social media, but he is an avid supporter of President Trump. If elected, voters can expect Torres to turn his back on citizens facing hardships during the pandemic, just as congressional Republicans have.

    Brendan Boyle is the clear progressive choice in this race.

    Brendan Boyle

    Brendan Boyle is the Democratic candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives in Pennsylvania’s 2nd congressional district. Boyle was raised in a blue-collar family, which he says shaped his views.

  • Endorsed By: Planned Parenthood of PA , The American Postal Workers Union, Boilermakers 13, Bricklayers & Allied Craftworkers #1 PA-DE, CWA Local 13000, Philadelphia Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #5, IATSE Local No. 8, IBEW 98, IAHFIAW Local 14, Ironworkers Local 405, Local 690, International Union of Operating Engineers, Gas Workers Local 686, Sprinkler Fitters Local 692, Steamfitters Local 420, TWU Local 234, Unite Here, Moving Philly Forward, Pro Choice America, PA AFL-CIO, NEA Advocacy Fund, PA Conference of Teamsters, Sierra Club, United Mine Workers Of America

3rd Congressional District

U.S. Representative

  • Dwight Evans is the Democratic candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives in Pennsylvania's 3rd congressional district. Evans has been a public servant since 1980 and lives in the same North Philadelphia neighborhood where he grew up. After graduating from community college, he went to work for the Urban League and became a community activist, working to fix parts of the city long left behind. For more than 30 years, he has helped build neighborhoods, block by block. Evidence of his hard work can be seen in the rebuilding of neighborhoods along Ogontz Avenue and West Oak Lane.

    Dwight Evans was first elected State Representative in 1980. Ten years later, he made history by becoming the first Black Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee. Dwight held the post for two decades, where he remained consistently focused on helping Philadelphia receive funding for economic development. One of his proudest achievements was championing Pennsylvania’s Fresh Food Financing Initiative, which sought to end food deserts by opening nearly 100 groceries across the city. The initiative was championed by the Obama administration and used as a model for the nation, replicating it in several other states.

    Dwight Evans has a long record of progressive votes. Recently, he co-sponsored the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, a historic bill to end the era of police brutality and racism. In 2019, Evans co-sponsored the Equality Act, which prohibits discrimination based on sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity in areas such as education, employment, and housing. During the pandemic, Dwight Evans 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.

    Dwight Evans has drawn a Republican challenger, Michael Harvey. He is a longtime Philadelphia resident with a background in the military reserves. Harvey does not have a clear platform on his campaign website, but can easily be found on social media railing against liberals and warning fellow citizens of a coming dictatorship if broadly popular police reforms are enacted.

    Dwight Evans is the clear progressive choice in this race.

    Dwight Evans

    Dwight Evans is the Democratic candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives in Pennsylvania's 3rd congressional district. Evans has been a public servant since 1980 and lives in the same North Philadelphia neighborhood where he grew up.

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

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 1

State Senator

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

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

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

    He is running unopposed in the general election.

    Nikil Saval

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

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

Senate District 3

State Senator

  • Sharif Street is the Democratic candidate for the Pennsylvania State Senate seat in the 3rd senate district. Street’s roots as a community organizer led him to his career in state government. Prior to serving in the Senate, he oversaw housing, environmental, and economic development initiatives with an eye toward advocating for traditionally underserved communities.

    During his time in office, Street has continued to be an ally to the most vulnerable of Pennsylvanians. He voted against the Republican bill to eliminate the General Assistance, the largest anti-poverty program in the state. He also voted against legislation that would have made it more difficult for people who need access to affordable healthcare to enroll with Medicaid. During the pandemic, Sharif Street 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.

    Sharif Street is running unopposed.

    Sharif Street

    Sharif Street is the Democratic candidate for the Pennsylvania State Senate seat in the 3rd senate district. Street’s roots as a community organizer led him to his career in state government.

  • Endorsed By: Planned Parenthood of PA , PA AFL-CIO, PA Conference of Teamsters

Senate District 5

State Senator

  • John Sabatina, Jr. is the Democratic candidate for the Pennsylvania State Senate seat in the 5th senate district. He is a lifelong resident of Northwest Philadelphia. After completing law school, John served as an Assistant District Attorney under Lynne Abraham. In 2006, he was elected to the Pennsylvania State House representing the 174th district, where he served for nine years.

    During his time in the legislature, John built a progressive record of legislative priorities, including fighting for victims’ rights against perpetrators of sexual violence, advocating for older citizens, and urban renewal. These priorities helped launch him into the Pennsylvania State Senate in 2015. John is well known for his advocacy on behalf of victims of crimes. He championed Pennsylvania’s “Karen’s Law,” which limits the parole re-application process for sexually violent predators. This legislation is supported by numerous advocacy groups across the state. During the pandemic, John Sabatina, Jr. 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.

    John Sabatina, Jr. is running unopposed.

    John Sabatina

    John Sabatina, Jr. is the Democratic candidate for the Pennsylvania State Senate seat in the 5th senate district. He is a lifelong resident of Northwest Philadelphia. After completing law school, John served as an Assistant District Attorney under Lynne Abraham.

  • Endorsed By: PA Conference of Teamsters

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.

State House

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

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 170

State Representative

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

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

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

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

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

    Michael Doyle Jr is the better choice in this race.

    Mike Doyle

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

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 173

State Representative

  • Michael Driscoll is the Democratic candidate for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives seat in the 173rd legislative district. Prior to holding office, Driscoll served as vice president of business development for the Philadelphia Federal Credit Union and as the Deputy Secretary in the Department of General Services under then-Governor Bob Casey.

    Driscoll’s record is progressive. Driscoll sponsored a bill expanding mental health resources for schools in 2017. He also sponsored a bill protecting survivors of domestic abuse from gun violence in 2018. In 2019, he sponsored a bill helping formerly incarcerated people get professional licenses. During the pandemic, Michael Driscoll 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.

    Michael Driscoll is running unopposed.

    Michael Driscoll

    Michael Driscoll is the Democratic candidate for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives seat in the 173rd legislative district.

House District 174

State Representative

  • Democrat
  • Ed Nielson is the Democratic candidate for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in the 174th legislative district. Nielson’s background is as an electrical worker and he is a lifelong member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 98. Under the Rendell administration, Nielson served as the Deputy Secretary of Labor.

    Nielson’s voting record is mixed. In 2017, he sponsored a bill to expunge criminal records to help formerly incarcerated people avoid discrimination. In 2019, he sponsored a bill to limit the reproductive rights of Pennsylvanians. He also voted to repeal the largest anti-poverty program in the state. This year, however, he voted to require background checks for police officers. When it mattered Nielson stood up for his constituents: During the pandemic, Ed Nielson voted to provide protective gear, testing, hazard pay, family leave, and preserve disaster declarations put in place to protect Pennsylvanians, even as Republicans almost unanimously voted against all of these measures.

    Ed Nielson is running unopposed.

    Ed Nielson

    Ed Nielson is the Democratic candidate for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in the 174th legislative district. Nielson’s background is as an electrical worker and he is a lifelong member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 98.

House District 175

State Representative

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

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

    Mary Isaacson is running unopposed.

    Mary Isaacson

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

House District 177

State Representative

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

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

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

    Joe Hohenstein is the clear progressive choice in this race.

    Joe Hohenstein

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

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

House District 179

State Representative

  • Democratic incumbent Jason Dawkins is running for re-election to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in the 179th legislative district. Prior to taking office, he spent seven years as a legislative aide to Philadelphia City Councilperson Maria Quiñones-Sánchez.

    Dawkins was one of many House Democrats to vote in favor of major tax breaks for manufacturers that rely on fracked natural gas to operate. However, he also voted against loosening gas and oil drilling restrictions. Dawkins cosponsored a bill that temporarily restricts the gun ownership rights of people convicted of domestic abuse. Additionally, he voted to preserve unions’ organizing power by rejecting a partial repeal of the Labor Anti-Injunction Act of 1937.

    Jason Dawkins is running unopposed and is the progressive choice.

    Jason Dawkins

    Democratic incumbent Jason Dawkins is running for re-election to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in the 179th legislative district. Prior to taking office, he spent seven years as a legislative aide to Philadelphia City Councilperson Maria Quiñones-Sánchez.
  • Endorsed By: PA AFL-CIO, PA Conference of Teamsters

House District 180

State Representative

  • Democrat
  • Angel Cruz is the Democratic candidate for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in the 180th legislative district. Cruz had a long career in public service prior to taking office, including serving as the founding member for both El Barrio’s Progressive Coalition and PA for Puerto Rico. Cruz also served as President of the National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators.

    Cruz’s record demonstrates his interest in protecting the health and safety of his constituents. In 2006, Cruz cosponsored legislation to incrementally raise the state’s minimum wage. In 2012, he voted against Republican efforts to defund the largest anti-poverty program in the state. In 2018, he voted to stop Republicans from taking away food stamps from hungry families. Later that year, he voted against a bill that would exempt polluters from reporting oil spills. During the pandemic, Angel Cruz 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.

    Angel Cruz is running unopposed.

    Angel Cruz

    Angel Cruz is the Democratic candidate for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in the 180th legislative district.

  • Endorsed By: PA AFL-CIO

House District 181

State Representative

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

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

    Malcolm Kenyatta is running unopposed.

    Malcolm Kenyatta

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

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

House District 182

State Representative

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

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

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

    Brian Sims is the clear progressive choice in this race.

    Brian Sims

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

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

House District 184

State Representative

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

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

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

    Elizabeth Fiedler is the progressive choice in this race.

    Elizabeth Fiedler

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

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

House District 185

State Representative

  • Regina Young is the Democratic candidate for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives seat in the 185th legislative district. Young is an educator, organizer, and founder of the Empowered Community Development Corporation, which provides human services to the people of Philadelphia.

    Young’s platform is progressive. She is committed to ending the school-to-prison pipeline through equitable funding of public education. Young has also pledged to end mandatory minimum sentences and other failed policies that contribute to mass incarceration. Young sees a need for more training for skilled jobs, and has plans to promote business expansion in her community.

    Regina Young is running unopposed.

    Regina Young

    Regina Young is the Democratic candidate for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives seat in the 185th legislative district.

  • Endorsed By: Delaware County Democratic Committee, PA AFL-CIO, GunSenseUs, Clean Money Squad PA

House District 186

State Representative

  • Jordan Harris is the Democratic candidate for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives seat in the 186th legislative district. Prior to taking office, Harris already had a decorated career in public service, which includes serving as Executive Director of Philadelphia’s Youth Commission. In this position, he advised the mayor and other members of city government on issues affecting the youth and young adults in the local community.

    Harris has a mostly progressive record. He is an advocate for justice reform and co-authored Pennsylvania’s Clean Slate Law, which was written and passed with bipartisan support. He also voted against a 2019 bill that defunded poorer school districts in favor of wealthier districts and charter schools. Additionally, Harris has voted consistently to preserve Pennsylvanians' right to reproductive autonomy. Unfortunately, he also voted in favor of granting billions of dollars in tax subsidies to manufacturers that rely on fracked natural gas to operate. That said, Harris supported his constituents when it counted: During the pandemic, Jordan Harris 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.

    Jordan Harris is running unopposed.

    Jordan Harris

    Jordan Harris is the Democratic candidate for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives seat in the 186th legislative district.

  • Endorsed By: PA AFL-CIO, PA Conference of Teamsters

House District 188

State Representative

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

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

    Rick Krajewski is running unopposed.

    Rick Krajewski

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

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

House District 190

State Representative

  • Democrat
  • Amen Brown is the Democratic candidate for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives seat in the 190th legislative district. Brown founded the Overlook Beacon Community Empowerment Center, which offers programs on gun violence prevention, financial literacy, and after-school care.

    Brown’s platform is progressive. Brown pledges to fight for equal pay for women, particularly women of color. He plans to make healthcare affordable by expanding access to Medicare and Medicaid. Brown is in favor of raising the minimum wage and creating more workplace protections.

    Brown is facing Republican candidate Wanda Logan in the general election. Logan says she left the Democratic party and is running as Republican in 2020. Her campaign website is non-functional and her candidate facebook page hasn’t been updated in two years.


    Amen Brown is the clear progressive choice in this race.

    Amen Brown

    Amen Brown is the Democratic candidate for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives seat in the 190th legislative district.

  • Endorsed By: PA AFL-CIO, Run for Something, SEIU PA

House District 191

State Representative

  • Joanna McClinton is the Democratic candidate for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in the 191st legislative district. McClinton is a former assistant public defender and former chief counsel to State Senator Anthony Hardy Williams.

    McClinton’s record is progressive. She cosponsored multiple pieces of bipartisan legislation to create job opportunities for people who have been convicted of a crime in the past. She also has a consistent record of voting to preserve Pennsylvanians’ reproductive autonomy. During the pandemic, Joanna McClinton 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.

    Joanna McClinton is running unopposed.

    Joanna McClinton

    Joanna McClinton is the Democratic candidate for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in the 191st legislative district. McClinton is a former assistant public defender and former chief counsel to State Senator Anthony Hardy Williams.

  • Endorsed By: Delaware County Democratic Committee, Liberty City LGBT+ Democratic Club, Philadelphia Gay News, PA AFL-CIO, PA Conference of Teamsters, Pennsylvania National Organization for Women, PROTECT&ELECT, Represent PA

House District 192

State Representative

  • Morgan Cephas is the Democratic candidate for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives seat in the 192nd legislative district. Prior to taking office, she was deputy chief of staff to Philadelphia Councilperson Curtis Jones, where she secured funds to improve local recreation centers and schools. She continued this work as a member of the Philadelphia Youth Network and went on to serve as a board member of the African American Chamber of Commerce Foundation.

    Cephas’s record is progressive. Cephas cosponsored bipartisan legislation to create more job and career opportunities for people convicted of a crime in the past. She has voted multiple times to stop Republicans from defunding poorer school districts in favor of wealthier districts and charter schools. Cephas voted against empowering school security guards to make arrests. Cephas also voted against Republican efforts to take away food stamps and Medicaid from her poorest constituents. During the pandemic, Morgan Cephas 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.


    Morgan Cephas is running unopposed.

    Morgan Cephas

    Morgan Cephas is the Democratic candidate for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives seat in the 192nd legislative district.

  • Endorsed By: Humane PA, PA AFL-CIO, PA Conference of Teamsters, Pennsylvania National Organization for Women, Represent PA, SEIU PA

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.

House District 195

State Representative

  • Donna Bullock is the Democratic candidate for the Pennsylvania State House seat in the 195th legislative district. Her background is law and her private firm has worked with primarily nonprofits, small businesses and community groups.

    Bullock has a record that demonstrates care for his constituents, particularly the most vulnerable. In 2018, Bullock sponsored a bill to protect survivors of domestic abuse from gun violence. In 2019, she sponsored a bill to require new training for police officers to reduce violence. Bullock voted against efforts to make it more difficult to qualify for food stamps. Additionally, she voted against the repeal of General Assistance, the largest anti-poverty program in the state. During the pandemic, Donna Bullock 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.

    Donna Bullock is running unopposed.

    Donna Bullock

    Donna Bullock is the Democratic candidate for the Pennsylvania State House seat in the 195th legislative district. Her background is law and her private firm has worked with primarily nonprofits, small businesses and community groups.

House District 197

State Representative

  • Danilo Burgos is the Democratic candidate for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives seat in the 197th legislative district. Burgos is a first-generation American. He founded the Philadelphia Association of Dominican Grocery Store Owners. Brugos then worked with Philadelphia City Councilperson María Quiñones-Sánchez as her Director of Zoning and Business Development.

    Burgos’s record is progressive. In 2018, Burgos voted against Republican attempts to defund poorer school districts in favor of wealthier ones. Burgos also voted against their efforts to eliminate the General Assistance, the largest anti-poverty program in the state. In 2019, Burgos sponsored a bill to help formerly incarcerated people get professional licenses. During the pandemic, Danilo Burgos 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.

    Danilo Burgos is running unopposed.

    Danilo Burgos

    Danilo Burgos is the Democratic candidate for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives seat in the 197th legislative district. Burgos is a first-generation American. He founded the Philadelphia Association of Dominican Grocery Store Owners.

House District 198

State Representative

  • Darisha Parker is the Democratic candidate for the Pennsylvania State House seat in the 198th legislative district. Her background is in organizing and public relations. Besides being involved with many civic organizations locally, she previously served as the legislative assistant to State Representative Rosita Youngblood.

    Parker’s top priorities are government transparency, funding for public schools, stopping gun violence, reducing poverty and protecting the environment. Her platform is light on details, but she’s been using her campaign website primarily to direct neighbors to resources to help during the pandemic. On social media, she is outspoken about this year's historic civil rights marches against racism and police violence. During the pandemic, Darisha Parker cheered the Democrats’ vote 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.

    Darisha Parker is running unopposed.

    Darisha Parker

    Darisha Parker is the Democratic candidate for the Pennsylvania State House seat in the 198th legislative district. Her background is in organizing and public relations.

House District 200

State Representative

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

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

    Chris Rabb is running unopposed and is the progressive choice.

    Chris Rabb

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

House District 201

State Representative

  • Stephen Kinsey is the Democratic candidate for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives seat in the 201st legislative district. Kinsey holds advanced degrees in education and business. He entered politics as Vice Chair of the 59th Democratic Ward.

    Kinsey’s record is progressive. In 2017, Kinsey cosponsored a bill to expunge some criminal records to reduce employment discrimination. In 2019, he sponsored a bill to help people who were convicted of a crime in the past obtain professional licenses. Later that year, he also sponsored a bill that would require new training for police to reduce violence. During the pandemic, Stephen Kinsey 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.

    Stephen Kinsey is running unopposed.

    Stephen Kinsey

    Stephen Kinsey is the Democratic candidate for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives seat in the 201st legislative district. Kinsey holds advanced degrees in education and business. He entered politics as Vice Chair of the 59th Democratic Ward.

House District 202

State Representative

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

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

    Jared Solomon is running unopposed.

    Jared Solomon

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

House District 203

State Representative

  • Isabella Fitzgerald is the Democratic candidate for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives seat in the 203rd legislative district. Fitzgerald is a 40-year resident of her neighborhood and worked as a ward secretary and congressional legislative aide before taking her current office.

    Fitzgerald has a record of standing up for her constituents. She sponsored a bill to help formerly incarcerated people obtain professional licenses to reduce employment discrimination. In 2019, she also sponsored a bill to require new training for police officers to reduce violence. This year, she sponsored a bill to require background checks for police officers, as well, to screen for past misconduct. During the pandemic, Isabella Fitzgerald 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.

    Isabella Fitzgerald is running unopposed.

    Isabella Fitzgerald

    Isabella Fitzgerald is the Democratic candidate for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives seat in the 203rd legislative district.

Philadelphia County Ballot Measures

Question #1

  • VOTE YES
    Vote YES to End Unconstitutional Stop-and-Frisk
  • The first question is as follows:

    “Shall The Philadelphia Home Rule Charter be amended to call on the Police Department to eliminate the practice of unconstitutional stop and frisk, consistent with judicial precedent, meaning an officer must have reasonable suspicion that a person is engaged in criminal activity in order to stop that person, and, therefore, an officer cannot stop someone unlawfully because of their race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, religious affiliation or expression, or other protected characteristic?”

    If passed, this ballot measure would eliminate the police policy of “stop and frisk,” which was supposed to empower law enforcement to conduct random searches to reduce illegal activity. It is, however, well known for unfairly targeting Black and Brown Pennsylvanians. This policy has already been eliminated in other major cities, such as New York, because it is a proven driver of mass incarceration of people of color. To reduce racism in policing, voters should answer yes to this question.

    This ballot measure is progressive.

Question #2

  • VOTE YES
    Vote YES to Create Office of the Victim Advocate
  • The second question is as follows:

    “Shall The Philadelphia Home Rule Charter be amended to create the Office of the Victim Advocate to advocate for crime victims and to work with victim-services providers to coordinate, plan, train, educate, and investigate issues relating to crime victims?”


    If passed, this ballot measure would create the Office of the Victim Advocate. This office, created by the Philadelphia mayor with the consent of the city council, would advocate for victims of crimes – particularly victims in crimes involving gun violence. This new office would listen to victims and co-victims in order to investigate and provide recommendations to the city government to better serve them. The mayor’s office and the city council would still need to determine the costs of creating this new office. To improve the way Philadelphia treats victims of crime, voters should answer yes to this question.

    This ballot measure is progressive.

Question #3

  • VOTE YES
    Vote YES to Create Citizen's Police Oversight Commission
  • The third question is as follows:

    “Shall The Philadelphia Home Rule Charter be amended to provide for the creation of a Citizens Police Oversight Commission, and to authorize City Council to determine the composition, powers and duties of the Commission?”

     

    If passed, this ballot measure would empower the Philadelphia City Council to create a Citizens Police Oversight Commission. In general, the commission would oversee policing in the City of Philadelphia. The city council would still need to figure out exactly how citizens are appointed to the commission and what their powers and responsibilities would be. That said, this measure was written directly in response to the broad public perception that police are not being held accountable for violent misconduct – particularly for their continued killing of unarmed Black people. To improve efforts to hold police accountable to their sworn duty to protect and serve all communities, voters should answer yes to this question. 

     

    This ballot measure is progressive.

     

Question #4

  • VOTE YES
    Vote YES for Community Services Bonds
  • The fourth question is as follows: 

    “Should the City of Philadelphia borrow ONE HUNDRED THIRTYFOUR MILLION DOLLARS ($134,000,000.00) to be spent for and toward capital purposes as follows: Transit; Streets and Sanitation; Municipal Buildings; Parks, Recreation and Museums; and Economic and Community Development?”

     

    If passed, this would allocate $134 million in bonds to fund numerous services Philadelphia residents enjoy and depend on. This money would fund public buildings, street repair and sanitation, community programs, parks and recreation, and maintenance of the city transit system. All of the services are the foundation of a modern society, which values civic institutions and public spaces. It also maintains the foundation on which communities and businesses thrive. To continue to improve and support the City of Philadelphia, voters should answer yes to this question. 

     

    This ballot measure is progressive.