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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, 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.

     

Senate District 13

Depending on where you live, you may have the below races on your ballot.

State Senator

  • Democrat
  • SD13 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.

    Janet Diaz is the Democratic candidate for the Pennsylvania State Senate seat in the 13th district. She is a longtime resident of Lancaster, Pennsylvania and spent much of her 17-year career as a Stroke Registrar Medical Analyst at Lancaster General Hospital. In the last few years she felt a calling to serve the broader community. She began to volunteer at nursing homes and became a sexual assault counselor at the YMCA. In 2017, she became the first Latina to serve on the Lancaster City Council. Since that time, she has joined the PA Dems Latino Caucus, NALEO Education Fund, the National Federation of Democratic Women, the Farmers Union, the African-American Historical Society, and the Pennsylvanian Municipal League.

    Janet is running with a broad progressive platform. She supports increasing the minimum wage; protecting the environment and stopping the expansion of fracking; expansion of health care options for Pennsylvania (with particular attention to mental health); and the regulation of firearms to combat gun violence. Diaz is an outspoken advocate for the protection of reproductive rights, and she is dedicated to protecting the rights of communities of color and the LGBTQ+ community.

    Janet Diaz is running to unseat Republican Scott Martin, who has held the seat since 2016. If she wins, she would be the first Latina to be elected State Senator in Pennsylvania. Martin has pledged to cut state worker pensions and reduce funding for public education. Martin’s voting record reflects a disregard for health and safety. In 2017, he sponsored a bill to put more guns in schools, increasing risks to students. Later that year, Martin attempted to eliminate the legal reproductive health rights of his neighbors. In the middle of a pandemic, Scott Martin 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.

    Janet Diaz is the clear progressive choice in this race.

    Janet Diaz

    SD13 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: President Obama, Everytown for Gun Safety, Lancaster Stands Up

State House

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

House District 13

State Representative

  • HD13 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.

    Richard Ruggieri is the Democratic candidate for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives seat in the 13th legislative district. Ruggieri is a U.S. Army veteran and now serves as an Assistant Vice President of IT Service Management.

    Ruggieri is a proponent of revitalizing the public education system by offering more resources and support to students, parents, teachers, and school personnel. He pledges to work for a bipartisan solution to the school funding shortage once elected that does not raise property taxes. Ruggieri is also in favor of transitioning the state to clean, renewable energy sources and creating jobs along the way. Ruggieri is also running to overturn legislation that privatizes the Chester Water Authority.

    Ruggieri is challenging Republican incumbent John Lawrence. Since taking office in 2010, Lawrence has repeatedly supported legislation that gives tax breaks to corporations and millionaires. In 2017, Lawrence voted to usurp the decision-making power of local governments by banning local regulations to reduce litter. Last year, he voted in favor of legislation that undermines the ability of underfunded school districts to receive state funds. In the middle of a pandemic, John Lawrence 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.

    Richard Ruggieri is the progressive choice in this race.

    Richard Ruggieri

    HD13 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 , Chester County Democratic Committee, Everytown for Gun Safety, Lancaster County Democrats, Fight for Reform, PA AFL-CIO, HRC, GunSenseUs, Turn PA Blue, Moms Demand Action, Chester County Young Democrats, Sierra Club, PA Democratic Party, End Citizens United, Let America Vote, Pennsylvania State Education Association

House District 37

State Representative

  • Democrat
  • John Padora is the Democratic candidate for the Pennsylvania State House seat in the 37th legislative district. Padora is a manufacturing engineer, environmental scientist, husband, and father from a working-class background.

    Padora is open about his own history of opioid addiction and incarceration, and has a strong platform to end the stigma surrounding addiction. He is committed to getting people facing addiction into treatment instead of jail, saving tax dollars along the way. Another of Padora’s top issues is environmental preservation. Padora’s economic plan includes restructuring the manufacturing industry and quickly transitioning the state to clean energy so lasting job opportunities can be expanded without burdening the environment.

    He is challenging incumbent Republican representative Mindy Fee, who has held the office since 2013. Much the opposite of Padora, Fee has a voting record that is friendly toward the fossil fuel industry and antagonistic toward people who are facing addiction. She has voted in favor of reinstating mandatory minimum sentences despite their ineffectiveness. Further, she has voted to make it more difficult for injured people to secure full workers’ compensation. In the middle of a pandemic, Mindy Fee 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.

    John Padora is the clear progressive choice in this race.

    John Padora

    John Padora is the Democratic candidate for the Pennsylvania State House seat in the 37th legislative district. Padora is a manufacturing engineer, environmental scientist, husband, and father from a working-class background.

  • Endorsed By: Working Families Party, Fight for Reform, Lancaster County Democrats, Lancaster Online, Lancaster County Young Democrats - PA, PA AFL-CIO, Manheim Central Democratic Committee, Run for Something, Turn PA Blue, Clean Money Squad PA, Let America Vote, End Citizens United, Our Revolution, Libertarian Party of Lancaster County, Ephrata Democrats, Lancaster Stands Up, Sunrise Movement Lancaster

House District 41

State Representative

  • HD41 has been identified as a key swing district. Democrats must win this seat to flip the State House and make progress for working families in Pennsylvania.

    Michele Wherley is the Democratic candidate for the Pennsylvania State House seat in the 41st legislative district. Wherely grew up in a working-class family and saw city workers and farmers struggling in a rapidly-developing landscape, which pushed her into public service.


    Wherley is focused on working families. She plans on fighting for full funding of Pennsylvania’s public schools while lowering property taxes in the process. She pledges to fight for access to affordable higher education and expand opportunities for job training. Her plans also include strengthening our economy and transitioning to clean energy, which would create lasting jobs in the process.

    Wherley is challenging Republican Brett Miller, who has held the seat since 2015. Miller voted to stop healthcare facilities from providing necessary reproductive care. He also voted to give tax breaks to the fossil fuel industry. Additionally, Miller voted to make it more difficult for people injured on the job to receive full workers’ compensation. In the middle of a pandemic, Brett Miller joined Republicans in their near unanimous vote against providing protective gear, testing, hazard pay, family leave, and preserving disaster declarations put in place to protect Pennsylvanians.

    Michele Wherley is the clear progressive choice in this race.

    Michele Wherley

    HD41 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: Represent PA, Lancaster County Democrats, Lancaster Online, Lancaster County Young Democrats - PA, PA AFL-CIO, Clean Money Squad PA, Lancaster Stands Up

House District 43

State Representative

No Recommendation

Republican Keith Greiner has been in office since 2013. He is running for the Pennsylvania State House of Representatives in the 43rd legislative district. Greiner is a Certified Public Accountant, and former Upper Leacock Township supervisor and Lancaster County Controller.

Greiner consistently votes against the interests of his constituents. Greiner claims to be an advocate for “tax fairness” for working Pennsylvanians, but has voted in favor of major tax cuts for big corporations and millionaires. His voting record neglects people living in poverty, adults with disabilities, survivors of domestic violence, and families torn apart by addiction. Greiner also voted to defund poorer school districts in favor of wealthier districts and charter schools. In the middle of a pandemic, Keith Greiner 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.

Greiner is running unopposed. There is no progressive candidate in this race.


House District 96

State Representative

  • Democrat
  • Mike Sturla is the Democratic candidate for the Pennsylvania State House seat in the 96th legislative district. After graduating with a degree in environmental design, the Lancaster County native moved home to start a construction business. In 1987, he served on the Lancaster City Council and worked on the county planning commission until he was elected to the Pennsylvania House.

    Over his years in ofice, Sturla has sponsored or cosponsored many progressive pieces of legislation, including increasing the minimum wage, promoting incentives for green energy, expanding education, protecting domestic abuse survivors from firearms violence, and expunging criminal records for misdemeanors. Sturla’s record is far from spotless; he’s also introduced bills to drug-test people applying for state aid, authorized school police to arrest students and allowed gun groups to sue localities that try to pass firearms regulations. That said, Sturla has stood up for his constituents when it mattered most. During the pandemic, Mike Sturla 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.

    Mike Sturla is running unopposed.

    Mike Sturla

    Mike Sturla is the Democratic candidate for the Pennsylvania State House seat in the 96th legislative district. After graduating with a degree in environmental design, the Lancaster County native moved home to start a construction business.

  • Endorsed By: Conservation Voters of Pennsylvania , Lancaster County Democrats, Lancaster Online

House District 97

State Representative

  • HD97 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.

    Dana Hamp Gulick is the Democratic candidate for the Pennsylvania State House seat in the 97th district. Gulick grew up in Manheim Township and attended University of Pittsburgh. Gulick pursued her early career in Hawaii, but returned to Pennsylvania with her daughter to stay with family when her husband became addicted to opioids. Gulick says she entered public service to help families like hers that are torn apart by addiction.

    Gulick’s positions reflect her progressive values. She has pledged to fight the opioid crisis with education, treatment and compassion. She also advocates reducing gun violence with background checks and red-flag laws. Gulick champions environmental conservation by aiming to eliminate fracking. Gulick states she will fight for affordable health care and help Pennsylvanians negotiate lower health care costs. She also is dedicated to an equitable education system and supporting teacher pensions.

    Gulick is running against Republican incumbent Steven Mentzer, who has held the seat since 2013. Mentzer cosponsored a bill to defund poorer public schools in favor of wealthier ones. In 2018, he sponsored a bill that forced sick Pennsylvanians to work in order to get the life-saving healthcare they needed. In the middle of a pandemic, Steven Mentzer 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.

    Dana Hamp Gulick is the clear progressive choice in this race.

    Dana Hamp Gulick

    HD97 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 , Lancaster County Democrats, Lancaster Online, Lancaster County Young Democrats - PA, Lancaster Stands Up

House District 98

State Representative

  • Bill Troutman is a Democrat candidate for the Pennsylvania State House seat in the 98th legislative district. Troutman served on the Elizabethtown Borough Council since 2017 and is involved with numerous civic organizations including both the Cub Scouts and the Girl Scouts. He is an electrician and has support from several local unions.

    Troutman’s platform is progressive. He champions a living wage, education equality, and a clean environment. On wage increases, Troutman believes that higher pay builds stronger communities and helps businesses thrive. On education, he advocates for innovation and rising standards of living for communities that support public schools. Troutman also promotes a 21st century economy supported by well-paying green jobs.

    Bill Troutman is running against Republican incumbent David Hickernell who has held the seat since 2003. Hickernell cosponsored a bill in 2012 to empower predatory payday loans that keep people in debt. He also sponsored a bill to defund public education and give taxpayer money to private schools. In 2018, Hickernell voted to exempt oil drillers from having to report oil spills that would damage the environment. In the middle of a pandemic, David Hickernell 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.

    Bill Troutman is the clear progressive choice in this race.

    Bill Troutman

    Bill Troutman is a Democrat candidate for the Pennsylvania State House seat in the 98th legislative district.

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

House District 99

State Representative

  • Democrat
  • Rick Hodge is the Democrat candidate for the Pennsylvania State House seat in the 99th district. Hodge is a 27-year-old student of government and public administration at Millersville University. He is known in the area for having organized several “poverty town halls” in recent years to discuss the impact of poverty on rural Pennsylvania.

    Hodge’s platform is progressive. He’s argued to demilitarize the police and end the school-to-prison pipeline by reallocating resources to schools and social programs. Hodge is accepting zero dollars in corporate PAC money, and has called out his opponent for ceding to the desires of his donors in the pharmaceutical and fossil fuels industries. Hodge contends that a lack of affordable housing is a major driver for inequality and must be addressed.

    Hodge is running against Republican incumbent David Zimmerman, who has held the seat since 2015. Zimmerman’s voting record is hostile of impoverished people in his district. In 2018, Zimmerman sponsored a bill to force sick Pennsylvanians to work in order to receive life saving Medicaid coverage. In 2017, he sponsored a bill to take food stamps away from his poorer constituents who were unable to work. In the middle of a pandemic, David Zimmerman 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.

    Rick Hodge is the clear progressive choice in this race.

    Rick Hodge

    Rick Hodge is the Democrat candidate for the Pennsylvania State House seat in the 99th district. Hodge is a 27-year-old student of government and public administration at Millersville University.

  • Endorsed By: Lancaster County Democrats, Lancaster Online, IBEW Local 743, Sunrise Movement Lancaster, Lancaster County Young Democrats - PA, PA AFL-CIO, Lancaster Stands Up

House District 100

State Representative

No Recommendation

Republican incumbent Bryan Cutler is running for reelection to Pennsylvania’s State House in the 100th legislative district. He has held the seat since 2007. Cutler is a career politician.

Cutler’s record demonstrates contempt for his constituents. He has consistently sponsored legislation targeted at the most vulnerable people in his district. In 2011, he cosponsored a bill that cut the General Assistance, the largest anti-poverty program in the state. In 2018, he sponsored a bill that would take away Medicaid benefits from his constituents who were too sick to work. In 2019, he voted to eliminate the General Assistance fund altogether. In the middle of a pandemic, Bryan Cutler 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.

Bryan Cutler is running unopposed. There is no progressive candidate in this race.


House District 128

State Representative

No Recommendation

Republican incumbent Mark Gillen is running for reelection to the Pennsylvania State House of Representatives in the 128th legislative district. He has held the seat since 2011. Gillen was previously a religious missionary before becoming a politician.

Gillen’s record demonstrates contempt for his constituents. In 2011, Gillen cosponsored a bill to eliminate the largest anti-poverty program in the state for impoverished citizens in his district. In 2017, he sponsored a bill to take away food stamps. In the last seven years, Gillen has sponsored or cosponsored four bills to revoke legal reproductive health rights. In the middle of a pandemic, Mark Gillen 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.

Mark Gillen is running unopposed. There is no progressive in this race.


House District 129

State Representative

  • Kelly McDonough is the Democratic candidate for the Pennsylvania State House of Representatives in the 129th district. McDonough is a government and politics teacher at Wilson High School. Her experience in civic activism includes organizing the community to raise half a million dollars for the pediatric cancer research in Pennsylvania.

    McDonough’s top priorities include raising the minimum wage, protecting public school funding and fighting for affordable health care. She also styles herself as a champion for environmental conservation, green jobs and protecting reproductive rights. McDonough advocates for paid family leave and lower prescription drug costs. She has spoken out in support of civil rights marches against racism and police brutality.

    She is running to unseat Republican incumbent Jim Cox, who has held the seat since 2007. In 2017, Cox sponsored a bill to take away food stamps from his struggling constituents. In 2018, he sponsored a bill to revoke Medicaid from people in his district who were too sick to work. Later that year, he cosponsored a bill to exempt oil companies from having to report oil spills that destroy the local environment and hurt residents. In the middle of a pandemic, Jim Cox 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.

    Kelly McDonough is the clear progressive choice in this race.

    Kelly McDonough

    Kelly McDonough is the Democratic candidate for the Pennsylvania State House of Representatives in the 129th district. McDonough is a government and politics teacher at Wilson High School.

  • Endorsed By: Lancaster County Democrats, Lancaster Online