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Christine Tartaglione – PA Senate 2

Christine Tartaglione for PA Senate 2

Senator Christine M. Tartaglione was born September 21, 1960, in Philadelphia. She is the daughter of the late Eugene and Margaret Tartaglione. The Senator is a lifetime Philadelphia resident. She attended St. Martin of Tours, St. Basil Academy and Peirce Junior College where she graduated Maxima Cum Laude.

She answered the call to public service at an early age by serving as an assistant to Philadelphia City Councilwoman Joan Krajewski from 1986-1989. She later worked as a Senior Executive Assistant to State Treasurer Catherine Baker Knoll from 1989-1992. Her commitment to working families led to the position of Business Representative for the United Food and Commercial Workers Union, Local 1776 in 1992.

Legislative Accomplishments

In 1994, Senator Tartaglione became only the fifth woman in state history to win election to the State Senate and in 2010 she became the first woman elected to Senate Democratic Leadership when she was chosen Caucus Secretary. Now in her fifth term, she is Democratic Chair of the Labor and Industry Committee, and serves on the Law and Justice, Democratic Policy and Rules committees.

Senator Tartaglione authored Pennsylvania’s landmark 2006 minimum wage increase and was instrumental in the establishment of the state Office for People with Disabilities. Widely known as the Senate’s leading advocate for workers and their families, she has written and ushered through the legislature laws protecting health-care employees from the dangerous practice of mandatory overtime, preventing attacks on public transit workers and establishing the “Pennsylvania Center for Health Careers.”

In the 2009-10 legislative session, the Senator’s bill to provide a focused direction for the development of strategies to address the Commonwealth’s short-term and long-term health care workforce challenges to ensure the quality and adequate supply of that workforce was enacted.

During the 2011-12 legislative session, the Senator’s legislation that increased funding for the Pennsylvania State Police was enacted enabling them to increase their dwindling compliment. Two other pieces of legislation — extending benefits for individuals receiving unemployment compensation and providing a shared work option in lieu of terminating positions — were amended into another proposal that was signed into law.

Continuing her focus on issues important to senior citizens, children and working families, Senator Tartaglione has proudly supported legislation that provides for:

  • providing family sustaining jobs
  • mental health and retardation programs
  • stability of workers’ jobs
  • law enforcement and emergency personnel
  • equality in education
  • affordable long-term care
  • improved access to health care
  • quality childcare

Senator Tartaglione has served as a member of Pennsylvania’s Public Television Network Commission, Intra-Governmental Council on Long Term Care, Task Force for the Protection of Older Pennsylvanians, Joint Select Committee to Investigate the Financial Integrity and Stability of the State Workmen’s Insurance Fund, Children’s Trust Fund Board, and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.

As a member of both the Joint Select Committee on Election Issues and the Governor’s Task Force on Voting Modernization, the Senator has been at the forefront of efforts to reform Pennsylvania’s voting system. She is also a member of the Firefighters and Emergency Services and the Port Legislative caucuses, the Delaware River Basin Commission, the Accessibility Advisory Board, the State Unemployment Compensation Advisory Council, and the Training America’s Teachers Commission.

Community Service and Awards

Locally, Senator Tartaglione has served as a member of various boards and committees such as the Magee Rehabilitation Hospital, Temple University Health System Episcopal Hospital, PATH (People Acting to Help), Empowerment Zone Board, Impact Services Corporation, the President’s Advisory Council of the American Street Corridor Business Association, the PenJerDel “Rebuild the Delaware Valley” Steering Committee and the Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis, Inc.

Senator Tartaglione was elected Vice-Chair of the Pennsylvania Democratic State Party in June 1995 and served as Chair from June 1998 to June 2002 where she continued to advance the Democratic agenda in the state. As Chair, she led the Pennsylvania Delegation at the 2000 Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles and served as President of the 54th Electoral College in December of 2000.

She has been awarded the prestigious “John F. Kennedy Memorial Award” by the Kennedy Foundation for her tireless support of Mental Health/Mental Disability Programs. In 2012, she was named Legislator of the Year by Pennsylvania Industries for the Blind and Handicapped (PIBH). Both the Retired Police, Firemen and Prison Guard Association of Philadelphia and Philadelphia Area Project on Occupational Safety and Health (PHILAPOSH) named her “Woman of the Year,” and she was awarded the Firefighters Friend Award by the Philadelphia Firefighters Union Local No. 22.

The Philadelphia lawmaker is the recipient of the “Jo Cooper Foundation for Family Unity” award from Congregation Beth Solomon Synagogue and Community Center, the First Annual “Profile In Courage” award from the Women Making a Difference, Inc., the “Rosa Parks” award presented by the Honorable Louise Bishop, the “Tuttleman Award for Excellence in Healthcare,” the “Magee Leadership” award, the United Food and Commercial Workers Minority Coalition’s “Legislator of the Year Award,” the Philadelphia Veterans Multi-Service and Education Center and Organized Labor Supports America’s Veteran’s “2005 Public Service Award,” the Service Employees International Union’s “Thomas F. Zuber Award for Patient Safety,” the “John O’Donnell Friend of Frankford Boys Club Award,” the “Columbus Civic Association Achievement Award,” the “Working Woman of the Year Award” by the Coalition of Labor Union Women, and the “Achievement Award” from the Concerned Black Leaders of Lower Tioga-Hunting Park. She has also been recognized for her outstanding and continuing support by the 2nd Police District Advisory Council and the Juniata Boys and Girls Club.

She is cited in the “Italian Americans of the Twentieth Century” and is a member of the Ecumenical Hospitaller Order of St. John Knights of Malta for her work as a political and community leader.

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Art Haywood – PA Senate 4

Art Haywood for PA Senate 4th

Art Haywood was raised by his mother, a public-school teacher who instilled in him the value of hard work and education. He attended public schools and graduated from Morehouse College, the London School of Economics as a Marshall Scholar, and the University of Michigan Law School.

His legal work includes saving families from home foreclosure, assisting nonprofit organizations to create affordable housing, representing organizations focused on community revitalization through the improvement of education, affordable housing and business development.

Inspired by Barack Obama’s 2008 Presidential campaign, Art served as a canvassing coordinator in Montgomery County and decided to run for Township Commissioner in Cheltenham. He won and served as President of the Board of Commissioners, he started ‘Sustainable Cheltenham ‘ and enacted a nondiscrimination ordinance based on gender identity or sexual orientation. After five years, he became State Senator for the 4th district.

During his first term as a State Senator, Art held what is now the annual Gun Violence Awareness Day in the capitol, offered reading camps for over 400 children, supported the affordable housing legislation that was passed in HBG, helped reduce homelessness through expansion of the Pennsylvania Housing Affordability and Rehabilitation Enhancement Act, increased support for independent investigations of police killings, advocated for raising the minimum wage, and got a permanent Trailblazers exhibit of  famous African Americans in the Capitol.

Since taking office, Art and his staff have served thousands of neighbors through constituent services at district offices and community outreach. Art resides in Wyncote with his wife of 27 years, Julie and has three adult children, all college graduates.

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Phone: 267-415-1818

Email: care@haywoodforsenate.com

Website: http://www.haywoodforsenate.com

Anthony Williams – PA Senate 8

Anthony Williams for PA Senate 8


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Steve Santarsiero – PA Senate 10

Steve Santarsiero for PA Senate 10

Steve Santarsiero considers public service a calling. After witnessing the September 11th attacks from the window of his law office in Newark, New Jersey, he decided to seek a new career in teaching as a way to serve the community. After a couple years of night classes at Holy Family University, Steve received his state certification and was hired as a social studies teacher at Bensalem High School. At BHS he worked hard to give the next generation a strong foundation in history and civics to help them succeed and participate fully as citizens of our country.

At about that same time, Steve became a leader in a grassroots movement to stop a big box shopping mall in Lower Makefield. That experience led him to run for township supervisor. He was elected in 2003. As a supervisor he worked with both Republicans and Democrats alike. He led efforts to make government more open and transparent, to solve traffic problems, and to preserve open space and the environment.

In 2008, Steve ran for the State House in the Yardley-Newtown area of Bucks County. He won the race, becoming the first Democrat to hold the seat. In Harrisburg he was a reformer, writing the bill that would ultimately get adopted as new House rules on keeping politics and government service separate; refusing perks like per diems and a state car; and not collecting his pay during prolonged budget impasses in 2009 and 2015-16. Steve was also a leader on education, infrastructure investment, environmental protection, women’s health issues and gun violence prevention.

Back home in Bucks County, Steve led the effort to get PECO to improve the resiliency of its electric grid, vastly reducing the number of power outages in the area. He also worked to bring jobs into his district and successfully lobbied the New Jersey Legislature to grandfather current employees when it passed a new law requiring all public sector workers in the Garden State to live in New Jersey, thereby saving the jobs of thousands of Bucks residents who worked across the Delaware.

Steve left the House at the end of his fourth term in late 2016.

In 2017, Attorney General Josh Shapiro appointed Steve the first Chief Deputy Attorney General for Environmental Protection in Pennsylvania. In that role, Steve oversaw the prosecution of environmental crimes and led Pennsylvania’s efforts to fight the Trump Administration over proposed rollbacks of important environmental protections.

Steve left the Attorney General’s office in January 2018 to run for the PA Senate here in the 10th District. He is currently a partner in a private law practice in Bucks County.

Steve and his wife Ronni have lived in the same house in Lower Makefield for over 22 years. They have three children, Nancy (20), Billy (18) and Johnny (14). The newest member of their family is Theo, a Golden Retriever puppy, who plans to be active on the campaign trail this year.

Steve coached youth baseball for 10 years in the Pennsbury Athletic Association. He is the chair of One Bucks, a grassroots group of clergy and lay people dedicated to speaking out against acts of hate. Steve is a member of the Board of the Pennsbury Scholarship Foundation and he and Ronni are active in their synagogue, Congregation Kol Emet in Lower Makefield.

Steve is a graduate of Tufts University where he received his B.A. He received his J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and his M.Ed. from Holy Family University.

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Mailing Address

Steve Santarsiero for Pennsylvania Senate
P.O. Box 671
Newtown, PA 18940


Phone: (215) 369-5003

Email: steve@steveforpasenate.com

Website: https://www.steveforpasenate.com

Maria Collett – PA Senate 12

Maria Collett for PA Senate 12

“I have been a lifelong advocate for those in need: I worked as an attorney fighting on behalf of children victimized by abuse and neglect before transitioning to a career in nursing. Working in the areas of pediatric home health, trauma and long-term care, I provided comfort and have been the voice for people in their most vulnerable moments.

“As Senator for the 12th District of Pennsylvania (serving parts of Montgomery and Bucks counties), I will continue to dedicate myself to the needs of the community. I want to bring fresh ideas to Harrisburg, where smart decisions and thoughtful discourse can lead Pennsylvania to the forefront of progressive change.”


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John Yudichak – PA Senate 14

John Yudichak for PA Senate 14


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Lisa Boscola – PA Senate 18

Lisa Boscola for PA Senate 18


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John Blake – PA Senate 22

John Blake for PA Senate 22


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Tim Kearney – PA Senate 26

Tim Kearney for PA Senate 26

Pennsylvania’s legislature has long been beholden to the wealthy and to corporate special interests at the expense of everyday working families and vulnerable people of the Commonwealth. It’s time to reclaim Harrisburg for the people, not the powerful, and that’s why Tim Kearney is running for state Senate in the 26th District.

Tim is a long-time community leader in Swarthmore, Delaware County. He chaired the Borough Planning Commission for 7 years, and is currently serving his second term as Mayor. Thanks to Tim, Swarthmore is a leader in environmental protection and sustainability practices, fair and equitable policing practices, and LGBTQ equality.

Tim is an accomplished public servant, a husband, a father, an architect, and a small business owner. He is an everyday Pennsylvanian, with strong relationships in his community, so he knows the issues that affect people in this district and across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Tim believes that every child deserves a quality public education. He knows that early childhood education is the best economic and community investment the Commonwealth can make. Tim is an advocate for reform of Pennsylvania’s politicized and unfair education funding system, which has been called the most inequitable in the nation by The Washington Post.

As Mayor, Tim knows that budgets must reflect the values of residents and communities, not lobbyists and special interests. As the 26th District’s senator, Tim will fight to ensure that Pennsylvania budgets support programs and investments that help the most people right here in the Commonwealth—instead of enriching the wealthy and out-of-state corporations that do not hire local residents.

Tim knows that Pennsylvania’s natural resources are important to the tourism and agriculture industries, as well as to the public’s health. Tim will fight to ensure that state rules and regulations abide by Pennsylvania’s Environmental Rights Amendment, which the General Assembly has violated for too long. Tim will always put the public health and welfare before corporate profits, and he has been a vocal advocate to hold the gas industry accountable for environmental disasters and damage associated with fracking and pipelines.

A partner with his wife in their architecture business as well as in their home, Tim is a strong champion of women’s rights, including the right to equal opportunities in education and the workplace, the right to equal pay and anti-discrimination practices such as hiring based on salary history, and the right to affordable health care and family planning decisions.

Tim is a member of:
American Institute of Architects
Mayors for Peace
Mayors Against Illegal Guns
Climate Mayors
Mayors for Solar Energy
Mayors Against LGBT Discrimination
We Are Still In – Climate Action
Mayors for Solar Power


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Mailing Address

Friends of Tim Kearney
PO Box 505
Swarthmore, PA 19081

Pam Iovino – PA Senate 37

Pam Iovino for PA Senate 37

I was raised in a suburb of Pittsburgh, the youngest of three. Our household was lower-middle socio-economically, however, my parents never let me lose sight of the idea that if I tried my best and I got a good education, I could be anything I wanted to be. This idea lead me to graduation from Gettysburg College, then pursuing a commission in the U.S. Navy — graduating with distinction from Officer Candidate School, and eventually to earning a Masters degree from the Naval War College.

My 23 year career in the United States Navy, culminating in promotion to Captain, grounded me in a career of public service. After tours as a Missile Maintenance Officer, Manpower analyst, Network Warfare program manager, Commanding Officer assignments, and Congressional Liaison I retired from the Navy. My retirement was to assume the Senate-confirmed Presidential appointment as Assistant Secretary at the Department of Veterans Affairs.

As Assistant Secretary, I was the Department’s lead advocate on Capitol Hill for our nation’s 25 million veterans and their families, protecting and improving their benefits. Most recently I served as the Director of Veterans Services for Allegheny County.

A career in public service, at the federal and local level, make me uniquely qualified to serve in Harrisburg. My life and my career have been dedicated to these pursuits and I am ready to work for people across our district. I’m tested — I was a Captain in the Navy, and I was confirmed by our friends across the aisle to be Assistant Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs. I am ready to hit the ground running on day one as your State Senator. I will bring dignity, independence, and our shared values to Harrisburg because I believe deeply that this is what our families deserve.

Mailing Address

PO Box 14532
Pittsburgh PA 15234


Email: info@pamforpa.com

Website: https://pamforpa.com/

Lindsey Williams – PA Senate 38

Lindsey Williams for PA Senate 38


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Wayne Fontana – PA Senate 42

Wayne Fontana for PA Senate 42


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Katie Muth – PA Senate 44

Katie Muth for PA Senate 44

Katie Muth is a dynamic leader ready to take on Harrisburg and make effective change for the citizens of Pennsylvania. Born and raised in Western PA, Katie comes from a family founded on hard work, perseverance, and service to others. She drives change by creating opportunities and providing resources to those who seek to be active in their communities.

Shortly after the 2016 Presidential election, Katie met with local community members to organize a grassroots effort that gives a voice to those who want positive social change. Indivisible Mid Montco was born from that effort and serves as a channel to drive change. Katie is now the Chair of this group that has blossomed to include hundreds of members throughout the county. Their energy and passion have greatly contributed to Katie’s inspiration to run for State Senate.

Katie is ready to bring logic, compassion, and reason to Harrisburg, ensuring that an evidence-based approach is used to tackle problems in healthcare, education, and the economy. She will fight to ensure that freedom, balance, & progress are centered during the decision-making process for all legislation.

Katie is committed to creating protections for women and families including equal pay, affordable child care, livable wage and paid family leave. She believes that if federal protections cannot be implemented, state legislators should be working tirelessly to ensure these freedoms are available to everyone.

Pennsylvania can be a place where everyone has opportunities to succeed, a place where equality advances prosperity, and a place where no one is left out or left behind. Katie is running for State Senate to ensure Pennsylvanians have access to that opportunity. Her dedication to service, advocacy for positive social change, and protection of our freedom is why she will BE THE CHANGE that State Senate District 44 needs and that Pennsylvania deserves.

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Mailing Address

Be the Change PA
P.O. Box 254
Royersford PA 19468

Susan Boser – PA Senate 41

Susan Boser for PA Senate 41

I care deeply about the rural way of life, where families know and support each other, the communities are safe and friendly, and the landscape is clean and beautiful. Economic changes are threatening this way of life leaving empty storefronts in our towns, and our children moving away to find jobs that pay a living wage. My top priorities are to provide solutions to problems that threaten this way of life.

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