Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania is the quintessential battleground state — it has been a swing state in every presidential election for more than 70 years. And it is a state where deep political work must be done to reverse the stranglehold conservatives have on the government, build a durable political infrastructure, and tip the state for progressives once and for all.

Pennsylvania Legislature
Senate
Democrats
Republicans
2006
21
29
2008
21
28
2010
20
30
Today 23 27
House
Democrats
Republicans
2006 94 109
2008 102 101
2010 91 112
Today 93 110

Pennsylvania is the slowest-growing of any major state in the nation. Since few new people move in, progressives must build lasting political relationships that address people's core needs and take into account their core values. Pennsylvania is a conflicted state — voters hold conflicting views on economic and social issues in different parts of the state. In short, a "one size fits all" political strategy will not work here.

That's why Progressive Majority's long-term, state-based approach to candidate recruitment and development is so well-suited to meet this challenge. Our work to identify community leaders and activists, authentic candidates who care about what's best for people and who will lead on a local agenda, is what's needed here.

 

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Beth Alois

Pennsylvania
State Representative - District 168
2012
Challenger
http://www.bethalois168.com/index.html

Beth Alois is running for State Representative in District 168. Beth saw the vicious attacks on education and women’s health in Pennsylvania and knew that people must stand up to Republicans and that is why she decided to run for state Representative. She is currently Vice-Chairperson of the Thornbury Township Democratic Committee and the elected Minority Inspector of Elections in Thornbury Township. For 25 years, she accompanied her Foreign Service husband on his overseas assignments in South America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. She worked as the Community liaison Officer at several US Embassies.

Steve McCarter

Pennsylvania
State Representative - District 154
2012
Open Seat
http://www.stevemccarter.com

As a former teacher, Steve McCarter knows how important education is. When children receive a quality education, they are more likely to get good jobs that pay a living wage, which improves the economy in their community. The attacks on Pennsylvania’s children and schools by Republicans must be stopped and Steve is standing up to Republican’s dangerous actions. He is dedicated to the preservation and improvement of Pennsylvania schools. Steve taught high school Social Studies for 35 years in Abington and Lower Merion, was an adjunct Professor of Education at the University of Pennsylvania and is a retired Captain in the U.S. Army Reserves.

Bret Binder

Pennsylvania
State Representative, District 156
2012
Challenger
http://bretbinderforpa.com/

Bret Binder is running for State Representative in District 156. After law school, Bret clerked for the Pennsylvania Supreme Court and was dismayed to see how many laws had to be overturned as unconstitutional due to poor drafting on the part of the legislature. Bret will draft progressive and wellwritten laws that will pass judicial scrutiny as well as clean up those poorly written laws on the books. He’s also concerned about the swing towards the right and degradation of public services like public education that have been happening under Republican control.

Will Sylianteng

Pennsylvania
State Representative, District 151
2012
Challenger
http://www.vote-will.com/

Will Sylianteng is running for State Representative in District 151. Will is an intelligent, articulate young candidate and if elected would become the first Asian-American state legislator ever elected to the Pennsylvania House. During his senior year of college, Will’s family lost their home due to foreclosure. Without a home, Will relied on the kindness of his friends (and the comfort of their couches) to provide food and a roof over his head for the remainder of his college career. In order to better himself and move on with his own life, Will - with only $200 in his pocket - decided to relocate to Philadelphia to attend Temple University School of Law. Unfortunately, Will did not qualify for enough school loans to cover the costs associated with attending Temple. Undeterred, Will went to school full-time in the day and worked nights and weekends at various stores in Center City. Will is frustrated with what’s coming out of Harrisburg thanks to the Republican majority. Will has always wanted to run for office and says people make excuses for not running due to the inconvenience, but with what came out of the legislature in 2011, Will knew he couldn’t wait any longer.

David Levdansky

Pennsylvania
State Representative, District 39
2012
Challenger

David Levdansky is running for State Representative in District 39.  David served in the Pennsylvania House from 1984 to 2010.  He is the author of Pennsylvania's Motor Voter Law and is a leader on campaign finance reform.  He took on the NRA and fought for safety measures for gun safety.  Levdansky has led on environmental issues by taking a leading role in the state recycling law and hazardous sits cleaning legislation.

Larry DeMarco

Pennsylvania
State Representative, District 161
2012
Challenger
http://www.larrydemarcoforstaterep.com

Larry DeMarco is running for State Representative in District 161. Larry has earned recognition for his work defending the rights of sexual assault and campus crime victims while working with the National Crime Victim Bar Association. He has been involved in the Delaware County community since moving there in 2008, coaching his son’s athletic teams and serving on the board of the Cohmar Organization. After Governor Corbett’s draconian budget cuts, he decided to seek public office.

Liz Forrest

Pennsylvania
State Representative, District 189
2012
Challenger
http://www.voteliz2012.com

Liz Forrest is running for State Representative in District 189. A resident of Delaware Township for the past 20 years, Liz has been a leader in business. In 1995, she founded her own small business, providing organizations with tools and solutions to build a strong workforce. From 2005-2010, Liz served as Legislative Aide to former State Representative John Siptroth. She is also Pike County Committeewoman for the Pennsylvania State Democratic Committee.

Rob Teplitz

Pennsylvania
State Senate, District 15
2012
Open Seat
http://www.robteplitz.com

Rob Teplitz has spent his career fighting for families throughout the Commonwealth, protecting constituents’ hard-fought tax dollars, and making government work. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree, magna cum laude, with a major in Government, from Franklin and Marshall College and his Juris Doctor degree, cum laude, with a concentration in Public Law, from Cornell University Law School. Rob serves as both Chief Counsel and Director of the Office of Policy and Planning at the Pennsylvania Department of the Auditor General. In addition, he teaches law and history classes as an Adjunct Professor at Central Penn College.

Kelly Devine

Pennsylvania
State Representative, District 150
2012
Challenger
http://www.votedevine.com

Kelly Devine is running for State Representative, District 150. Kelly is a lifelong resident of the 150th Legislative District. Kelly is a marketing professional for Comcast. In her job, Kelly manages compliance with FCC government regulations and oversees large-scale budgets for the planning and completion of several, simultaneous projects. She previously served on the board of the Greater Philadelphia chapter of Women in Cable Telecommunications, and is still a chapter member. She is also actively involved in the Philadelphia Interactive Marketing Association and the Cable and Telecommunications Association for Marketing. Additionally, she serves as President of the Montgomery County Young Democrats.

Brian Sims

Pennsylvania
State Representative, District 182
2012
Challenger
http://www.sims4pa.com

Brian Sims is dedicated to making Philadelphia safer and more accessible. After graduating law school, Brian practiced law as a disability attorney representing disabled professionals. He also worked with the Philadelphia Bar Association, served on the National Campaign Board of the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund, and served as President of the Board of Directors for Equality Pennsylvania. Brian is the state’s first openly LGBT Member of the House.

Paul Drucker

Pennsylvania
State Representative, District 157
2012
Challenger
http://www.drucker2012.com

Paul Drucker is running for State Representative in District 157. In 2008, Paul was elected to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. As a member of the House, he served on the Aging and Older Adult Services Committee, as well as the Children and Youth, Health and Human Services and Judiciary Committees. Prior to his legislative service, Paul served on the Tredyffrin Township Board of Supervisors from 2005 to 2007.

Jason Salus

Pennsylvania
County Treasurer
2011
Open Seat
Montgomery

Jason Salus’ experience as a City Councilman in Conshohocken’s 1st Ward, Chairman of the Transportation and Parking Committee and former Director of Real Estate Development for a community non-profit makes him a strong candidate for Montgomery County Treasurer.  As a City Council member, Jason cut property taxes by 12.5% without cutting services and implemented an audit system that collected over $1 million in delinquent taxes.

Fredda Maddox

Pennsylvania
Judge
2011
Challenger
Chester County
http://www.maddoxforjudge.com/

Fredda Maddox worked hard to get where she is today. She worked as a dishwasher to pay off her student loans, became a State Trooper then worked her way up the ladder to finally become a lawyer. Maddox has shown her commitment to the community through pro bono work with the Will for Heroes program, providing free estate planning for first responders and their families and as a child advocate for abused and neglected children. Maddox's hard work and compassion will be an asset on the bench.

Michael Recchiuti

Pennsylvania
City Council
2011
Open Seat
Bethlehem
http://www.mikeforcouncil.com

Michael Recchiuti is active in the Bethlehem community, volunteering his time as a member of the Parking Authority, and as Treasurer of the Bethlehem City Democratic Committee.  He participates in his neighborhood’s Block Watch (Moravian College Block Watch) in North Bethlehem. The son of former union printer and Bethlehem School District employee, Mike learned at an early age the value of hard work and community service. It is this hard-working, middle class upbringing that helped shape his values—the same values he’s bringing to city service. 

Scott Brown

Pennsylvania
Township Commissioner - Ward 1
2011
Incumbent
Hatfield

Scott Brown is running for re-election as Ward 1 Hatfield Township Commissioner. Brown is a retired teacher and is running for the same reason he became a union leader, to make a difference. He was the first Democrat elected in his town and as a commissioner; he led the effort that made Hatfield the only municipality in Montgomery County that has same-sex benefits for public employees. While a teacher he led a teachers strike that made his local the only one in Pennsylvania with a class size provision in its collective bargaining agreement.

Kathi Cozzone

Pennsylvania
Chester County Commission
2011
Incumbent

Progressive Majority previously endorsed candidate running for re-election. 

Lamont McClure

Pennsylvania
Northampton County Council - incumbent
2011
Incumbent

Progressive Majority previously endorsed candidate running for re-election. 

William Reynolds

Pennsylvania
Bethlehem City Council
2011
Incumbent

Progressive Majority previously endorsed candidate running for re-election. 

Pam DeLissio

Pennsylvania
State House - District 194
2010
Open Seat
Parts of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania and Philadelphia County
http://www.votepam2010.com/

Pam DeLissio, a long term adult care consultant, is a candidate for Pennsylvania House of Representatives. Pam is recognized for her strong leadership skills and has volunteered in various capacities for professional associations and community organizations. Pam is running to improve the quality and accessibility of health care, protect a woman's right to choose, and achieve marriage equality. Pam won a hotly contested primary and is well-placed to be a leader in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.