PA House Races

Liz Hanbidge – House District 61
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Information about the 61st
Bio: Lawyer by day. Advocate for life. As a business owner and child advocate, Liz is a proven fighter for families and children. Shortly after law school, she left corporate law to start her own practice in Montgomery County serving families, small businesses and non-profits, and began devoting significant pro bono time to fighting for families and children in our community. Liz spends a majority of her professional time to being a child advocate and court appointed guardian for children in the Montgomery County working with the Montgomery Child Advocacy Project (MCAP). She works with police, the Office of Children and Youth, parents, as well as judges and lawyers to help protect families and children. …more

Jennifer O’Mara – House District 165
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Bio:   Jennifer was raised in Delaware County and comes from a working class background. She is a certified to teach social studies in Pennsylvania and currently works at the University of Pennsylvania in Development. In her spare time, she serves on the Board of Directors for Pennsylvania Association of Student Councils, a statewide leadership development program for high school students.

Jennifer is a passionate advocate for education, our veterans, and promoting the safety and welfare of her community. Please message the page or email us if you’d like to get in touch with the candidate.

Sara Johnson Rothman – House District 151
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Bio:  After graduating early from the University of Nebraska with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History, Sara moved to Philadelphia to attend Temple University – Beasley School of Law. Although she applied to several law schools across the country, Sara’s love for American history drew her to Pennsylvania, the birthplace of American democracy. At Temple Law, she honed trial advocacy skills that led her to the Bucks County District Attorney’s Office (“DAO”). After completing an internship in 2004 and subsequently graduating Temple Law the following year, Sara joined the Bucks DAO as an Assistant District Attorney.

Josh Camson – House District 147
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Bio:  As a criminal defense lawyer and children’s advocate, Josh fights every day for those that need help. The son and grandson of small business owners, and now a small business owner himself, Josh understands the importance of hard work. He believes that serving as State Representative should be just that: hard work.
Josh wants to fight for every person in his district to make sure government is working for them, and not just those at the top. Read more about Josh’s campaign or find out more about Josh.

Sara Campbell Szymanski – House District 150
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Bio: A graduate of Ursinus College’s prestigious Biology program, Sara returned to HD-150 to raise her family. Though her career in science was ended early by a chronic health condition, she continues working to make a difference in her community. She intends to channel her background in analytical thinking and her passion for creating a better world into action in Harrisburg. She believes that we cannot make progress on healthcare, education, or any of the issues we care about if our voices are not being heard due extreme gerrymandering and corruption, and intends to fight to give the voters of her district back their voices in government by enacting legislation that will protect our sacred democracy.   …more

Melissa Shusterman – House District 157
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Bio:  Melissa is a fourth generation Phoenixville resident, a Conestoga graduate and an entrepreneur who started her own digital video business while she was a single Mother. Shusterman is running on ‘common sense before politics’ and believes it is more important then ever that regular citizens, not career politicians get involved in state politics and champion the programs being reduced and eliminated by the Federal Government. Melissa believes in an immediate bipartisan collaboration to balance the state budget to reduce state debt. Melissa promises to conserve our beautiful open space, eliminate the keystone tests, and insure that our senior citizens have healthcare.

Joe Ciresi – House District 146
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Bio:  Joe, Pam and their 17-year-old son, Danny, live in Limerick Township where they purchased a home in 2001. He was elected in 2003 to the Spring-Ford Area School Board, where he has served for 10-plus years, including three years as president and three years as vice president.
For the last 14 years, Joe has worked as the Director of Sales and Promotions at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, a world-class arts center in Philadelphia. In this role, he works with Fortune 500 companies — executing multi-million dollar productions and building corporate partnerships.  ….more

Philip Block – House District 168
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Bio:  Philip is a resident of Chester Heights, where he serves as a Borough councilman. He is passionate about the environment, equal rights for all, sensible gun control and fair and equal educational opportunities. Making a difference in his community, he serves as a vice-chair for the Mid-County Democratic Committee. As a scientist with a doctorate in chemistry, Philip has spent the last twenty years developing and implementing technologies to treat contaminated soil and groundwater, air pollution and treating wastewater and drinking water, combining his love of science and the environment. As a proud husband and father of two great children, Philip will bring his passion to the State Legislature, fighting to protect our legacy to our descendants and providing a voice for the 168th District and all Pennsylvanians.

Frank Pryor – House District 74
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Bio:  Frank Pryor is a polished and dynamic professional with a track record of success in Higher Education, Government, Health Care Administration, Business Management, and Political Campaigns.
He has been a faculty member in the Political Science Department at Villanova University since 1997. He has taught a range of courses that include Public Policy, State & Local Government, and Political Economy.  His teaching excellence has been recognized as a past recipient of the Pi Sigma Alpha Political Science Professor of the Year Award. His published research examines the relationship between faith-based organizations and electoral politics. …more

Daryl Boling – House District 152
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Bio: After nearly 20 years of providing financial leadership to arts organizations, including several years managing our beloved Bucks County Playhouse, I believe that these experiences have taught me how to bring skilled individuals together to align often disparate ideas and converge those energies toward a common good. In the not-for-profit sector, talent and resources are always at a premium, so the art of collaboration is critical to thriving and paramount for growth. I now want to bring that experience of community building and cooperation to the State House in Harrisburg, …more

Mike Zabel – House District 163
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Bio: Mike is a lifelong resident of Delaware County. He grew up in Havertown and since 2005, he has lived in Drexel Hill, where he and his wife Lauren are raising their two young children. Mike is a proud graduate of St. Joe’s Prep, College of the Holy Cross, Indiana University (master’s degree), and Temple University Beasley School of Law.
For seven years, Mike taught Latin and ancient Greek at the middle school, high school, and college levels. After graduating law school, Mike became a civil attorney and then a prosecutor, serving as an assistant district attorney in Philadelphia. Today, Mike continues as an attorney in private practice. He also sits on the board of the charitable organization SJP … Man for Others, Inc.
Mike is running for office because he believes in the power of public service to improve lives and to help and protect people who need it. Mike is also running because our government has gone crazy, and it’s time to fix it.

Doug Killough – House District 53
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Bio: Dedicated to serving his community, Doug has spent his life making a positive impact in the lives others. First, and foremost, Doug is an educator. He has spent the past 26 years as a public school teacher in Delaware County, where he serves as his education association’s president. After joining the Army Reserves at the age of 17, Doug served two deployments to Bosnia (2001) and Kuwait (2004), during the Iraq War. Following a 20 year career, Doug retired from the Army Reserves in 2006 as a Master Sergeant. In his community, Doug has served on the Franconia Township Parks and Recreation Board for the past 18 years, and as a Committee Person for the Indian Valley Democratic Committee.
Doug now wants to work to improve the lives of working families by strengthening public education, promoting social justice, and facilitating universal healthcare coverage in Pennsylvania.

Doug Metcalfe – House District 128
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Bio:  Doug Metcalfe is life-long activist and advocate.  He grew up on a 40-acre farm where he learned the values hard work, commitment to family and supporting your community.  Doug was the first in his family to earn a college degree. Following graduate school Mr. Metcalfe had a distinguished career as a healthcare executive working for leading regional and world class healthcare organizations.  While working as a Healthcare Executive, Mr. Metcalfe also volunteer with many community service and non-profit organizations.  Later in his career he transitioned into the nonprofit world when an opportunity opened through a favorite volunteer position.  Doug fell in love with Berks County and is excited to raise his family here.  Living here reminds him of his childhood roots.  The family values, community involvement and natural environment are the perfect place to raise a family.  Doug is an elected School Director on the Twin Valley School District School Board and chairs the Board’s Advocacy Committee.  Doug resides in Robeson Township with his husband, Brian, and their two daughters.  Read more about Doug’s campaign or find out more about Doug.

Danielle Friel Otten – House District 155
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Bio:  Danielle Friel Otten is a mother, entrepreneur, and community leader who has called Chester County home for over two decades. Born and raised in Philadelphia, she first moved Chester County to attend college at West Chester University. She quickly fell in love with the rolling countryside, small town boroughs, and the comfort of a strong community-focused life. Danielle has spent the majority of her professional career in marketing and hospitality. Over the past two years, much of Danielle’s time and energy has also turned towards leading a community based coalition for public safety, private property rights, and environmental preservation in Exton, PA, where she resides with her husband and two young children. …more

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