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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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Contact

Phone: 267-415-1818

Email: care@haywoodforsenate.com

Website: http://www.haywoodforsenate.com

Tina Davis – PA Senate 6

Tina Davis for PA Senate 6

Currently serving as the Representative for the 141st Legislative District in Bucks County, Representative Tina Davis is an active an accomplished legislator with long roots in the community.

Dedicated to Service

Representative Davis’s service spans the partisan divide to bring common sense legislation to not only her native Bucks County but throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. She began her political career serving on the Bristol Township Council, where she made helping families and economic development her top priorities. As a councilwoman, Representative Davis implemented the only township-funded program in Bucks County to aid homeowners facing foreclosure. Upon being elected to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in 2010, Representative Davis took her experience serving on the Council to the state house where she plays a leading role on key issues, including economic development & opportunity, job creation, pay equity, property tax reform and programs assisting families & veterans.

As one of the Founders of Emerge Pennsylvania, an organization dedicated to recruiting, training, and supporting female candidates, Representative Davis has lead the charge in encouraging women to run for elected office.

Representative Tina Davis is a lifelong resident of Bucks County. She currently resides in Bristol Township with her husband Jim and is the mother of 3 children: son James, and daughters Taylor & Cameron.

 

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Mailing Address

Tina Davis for Senate
PO BOX 233
Croydon, PA 19021

Contact

Phone: (267) 399-3058

Email: info@votetinadavis.com

Website: https://www.facebook.com/VoteTinaDavis/

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

Contact

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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Mark Pinsley – PA Senate 16

Mark Pinsley for PA Senate 16

I admit it. I became active in politics because of Donald Trump and the threat he represents to our country and our planet. But my concerns didn’t start with Trump. For years now, I’ve been watching our country change. And not for the better.

I’ve seen jobs disappear, wages stagnate, family businesses crushed by mega-retailers and big box stores, husbands and wives working two jobs just to make ends meet, schools that fail to give our kids even the semblance of an education and families driven into bankruptcy by medical bills.

I could go on, but I don’t have to. You’ve seen the same things yourself.

You’ve witnessed the wealthiest become increasingly wealthy while the rest of us are stuck in place or headed in the opposite direction. You’ve seen economic power concentrated in the hands of a few very wealthy individuals, the big banks, the large corporations and Wall Street.

And you know full well that with economic power comes the power to make the rules that benefit the favored few. As a result, for the first time in our history, our lives and our fortunes are in the hands of those we did not elect. What we now have in America is, in fact, a Ruling Class.

No wonder so many people feel that the system is rigged. The truth is, they’re right.

That’s why I’m running for the State Senate. To put an end to laws that benefit only this Ruling Class and to replace them with laws that help the rest of us. For the People not the Powerful

Mailing Address

PO Box 730
Whitehall, PA 18052

Contact

Phone: 484.602.5998

Email: mark.pinsley2017@gmail.com

Website: https://www.votemarkpinsley.com/

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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Linda Fields – PA Senate 24

Linda Fields for PA Senate 24

  • ABOUT
    • 30 Year Labor Organizer, Negotiator and Mediator for District 1199C, NUHHCE, AFSCME, AFL-CIO
    • Committed Negotiator & Activist for Labor & Human Rights
    • Former Advisory Board Member for Borough Council Norristown, PA
    • 26 Year Volunteer to the Democratic Party Locally & Nationally
    • 25 Year Voter Registration Volunteer
    • 18 Year Delegate with the Philadelphia Central Labor Council
    • 14 Year Heart Health Advocate
  • POLITICAL GOALS
    • Will make life better for our Veterans
    • Will work to improve healthcare for all PA citizens and improve benefits for seniors
    • Will make employment and education development a top priority
    • Will ensure that your concerns are heard and addressed in Harrisburg
  • VALUES
    • Family comes first.
    • Integrity matters.
    • Justice should prevail.
    • Service above self.
    • Honesty is a given.
    • Humility is a gift.
    • Bipartisanship is a must.

 

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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

Judith McCormick Higgins – PA Senate 28

Judith McCormick Higgins for PA Senate 28

My name is Judith A. McCormick Higgins. I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself as a candidate for the PA Senate District 28! I am running for this office for a number of reasons. First, I spent too much time, since 2016, angry, depressed and frustrated by the current Administration, both the Federal and the state. These elected “civil servants” have totally forgotten that they work FOR the people. I was raised to believe in the power of service to our communities and have lived that belief for many years. When Scott Wagner decided to step away from this seat, I knew it was time. The second reason I am running is because this is an open seat. I researched women’s pathways to the state legislature, in hopes of being able to do more beyond the school board. I learned that incumbency and party control tend to be very large barriers for women in Pennsylvania. The seat was open, the mood of the country is more supportive of women running and I decided to leave my adjunct teaching position at Penn State York, to focus on running. Finally, I believe that I have the negotiation skills, the collaborative orientation and a strong, moral and ethical code that I believe will hold me in good stead. I am a veteran of 13 years, a wife, mother, a small business owner. I have lived in Lower Windsor Township for over 25 years, been married to my husband, Kevin, for almost 30 years and successfully raised our three sons in Eastern York School District. Our oldest, Josh, is living and working in Colorado; Sean is in the Navy, married and a father of three, while Ryan lives in Hellam. Recently married, he is racing 358 sprints and works in Manheim. I believe in this community and been actively involved for many years. As a 17-year member of the Eastern York School Board of Directors, I worked on many committees and was involved with developing educational programs to benefit our students, as well as building the Middle School, Wrightsville Elementary, and the High School. As a result of concerted efforts by the Board, we made Eastern York School District one that is in demand by parents looking for high quality, literacy-based education, with small class sizes. It is with great pride that I accepted the endorsement of the Eastern York Education Association, reflecting the respect that remains between me and this bargaining unit. In addition to the Eastern Board, I was also seated on the Lincoln Intermediate Unit 12. I served ten years as a very active member of the Board of Directors, supporting students with special needs throughout York, Adams and Franklin counties. Being involved is the way I was raised, and my family joins in. As a PTO member, I helped with the Canadochly May Fair Bake Sale. As a result of my enthusiasm, I was asked to organize and run the annual Craley Days Bake Sale when it was struggling. Critical to the fundraising efforts for the Craley Fire Company, as well as a local playground, I stepped up to help. Building relationships, working hard for over five years, the Bake Sale was able to begin to generate over $1,000 annually via pies, fudge, cakes and the goodwill of Lower Windsor residents and others. I am potentially a bit behind my primary challenger, as he announced his candidacy last October, but I believe that I have more experience, a more level head, and am willing to work collaboratively to advance the goals and objectives of Governor Wolf.

 

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Mailing Address

12 Edith Drive
Windsor, PA 17366

Contact

Phone: 717-968-6640

Email: info@judithhiggins.com

Website: http://www.HigginsPA2018.com

Emily Best – PA Senate 30

Emily Best for PA Senate 30

Emily Best was born and raised in Butler, PA, and graduated from Butler High School in 2002. She is the daughter of Don Best and Ellen Garbuny, both small business owners on Main Street in Butler. Her father’s family has lived in Western PA for generations, while her mother’s family immigrated to PA after escaping the Holocaust in Europe. Emily now lives in McConnellsburg with her longtime partner John, their son and two daughters, several cats and Milo, the chihuahua.

A lifelong learner, Emily received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh, and her master’s degree from American University in Environmental Policy.  After completing her education, Emily served her country as a Peace Corps Volunteer in West Africa.  While there, Emily decided that upon going home, she would dedicate herself to learning about agriculture in Pennsylvania.  She believed, as she still does, that our rural communities are the key to a healthy society, as the rural spaces grow the food and fuel to power our economic growth.

In 2012, Emily joined New Morning Farm in Huntingdon County as an apprentice farmer. She managed the farm’s stand at the weekly market, ran the greenhouse, and worked with the farm’s owners to understand all facets of running a successful farm in Central PA.  At this time, Emily found her voice as an advocate for farmers and rural places, and began volunteering with the National Young Farmers Coalition.  In this capacity, she organized young farmers in PA, built a website consolidating resources for young farmers, and spoke at several events, including a White House Rural Forum in State College.

After four years at New Morning Farm, Emily joined Tuscarora Organic Growers Co-Operative, where she has served as General Manager since 2015.  In this role, Emily has honed the leadership skills and problem-solving ability needed to bring change to the State Senate. She has worked towards streamlining and modernizing the functionality of the co-op to save time and money, while improving efficiency and maintaining high levels of customer satisfaction. At the Co-op, she has experienced firsthand the successes that can occur when many folks from different backgrounds and experiences come together for a common goal.

During this time, Emily has realized that those claiming to represent our region in Harrisburg are not improving lives for the better. Our current Senator and Representatives have allowed our communities to be ravaged by the opioid crisis and a lack of healthcare providers, standing by and allowing the Republican Party to play politics with the ACA and CHIP.  As your Senator in Harrisburg, Emily’s number one priority will be making our families healthy again, and fighting for a healthcare system which works for everyone. No one taking care of an elder relative, a new baby, or a family member trapped in addiction should have to fight with the insurance company to obtain the needed care.

Emily serves on the Board of Directors for FRESHFARM (Washington, DC), and the advisory board for the PA Agricultural Surplus for the Central PA Food Bank (Harrisburg). She is a committee member of the Fulton County Democratic Committee.

Pamela Gerard – PA Senate 32

Pamela Gerard for PA Senate 32

I’m a retired teacher and currently substitute for LHSD. I’m married to Gus Gerard the ABA/NBA Hall of Famer from Umiontown. I have a daughter that lives in Costa Rica exec. Dir. Of Asocicion CREAR. I am the mother of a son who lost his battle with addiction. So why am I running? I can not sit back any longer and watch this district and families being destroyed by the opioid epidemic. I have solutions. More funding for education including VOC/TECH and trade schools. Increased funding for our people through community programs, fight for strong unions and expanded healthcare. I have the drive and compassion to move District 32 forward. I am endorsed by the UMWA, PSEA, THE TEAMSTERS & AFL-CIO.

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Mailing Address

P.O.Box 595

Contact

Phone: 832-654-3810

Email: pamela.gerard@att.net

Ezra Nanes – PA Senate 34

Ezra Nanes for PA Senate 34

Ezra, a working dad and husband of a working mom, with two young children in our public school system, is running for State Senate in Pennsylvania’s 34th District. Ezra will make sure that our state government is working for all of its people the way it should. He will fight for on-time state budgets that secure public funding for education and critical programs like CHIP, Medicare and Medicaid. Ezra will work hard to bring good, family-sustaining jobs to our towns, so that working men and women have a chance to live the lives they hope for. We need good jobs in our towns so that young adults don’t have to leave the district to find opportunity.

Ezra will be a strong and bold representative for the residents of Centre, Mifflin, Juniata and Huntingdon counties.

It’s going to take a lot of hard work from all of us to get him there, and we need your passion and enthusiasm to make it happen.

Thank you! We look forward to working for you!!

Contact

Phone: 814-954-0401

Email: ezra@ezraforpa.com

Website: https://ezraforpa.com/

Bill Troutman – PA Senate 36

Bill Troutman for PA Senate 36

 

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Lindsey Williams – PA Senate 38

Lindsey Williams for PA Senate 38

 

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Tarah Probst – PA Senate 40

Tarah Probst for PA Senate 40

Mayor Tarah Probst
Hello, I’m Tarah Probst, and I’m running for Pennsylvania’s 40th Senate District representing Monroe and Northampton Counties.

3 years ago I was elected the first Female mayor of Stroudsburg, and I was recently re-elected by a wide margin.

I was born and raised in East Stroudsburg and have lived in northeast Pennsylvania all my life. I was raised by my mother, my grandmother and my aunt, along with my 3 brothers. I earned my Law degree from Widener University School of Law in 2003 and my Bachelor’s degree from King’s College in 1992. While I lived in the Wyoming Valley for some time, Stroudsburg was always home. I moved back to Stroudsburg in 2010 and we bought our home in 2013. My husband Don and I were married in 2017 and have 5 children.

I’ve spent my career in marketing, helping business owners grow and connect. My career has had me talking with people, understanding their needs and helping them. That is what I do, and I will continue to do it in government. In 2016 I left the corporate world to open a downtown restaurant to support our town and to be a part of the community I serve. I’ve learned so much and have done so much as mayor and as a business owner. I will take that experience to Harrisburg.

I entered politics when my local school board decided to close 2 elementary schools, including my son’s. Although I have always been politically minded and active, my real political activity began when I led a strong public opposition to the school closings. Despite a strong effort with credible analysis and wide public support, we lost that battle. But, that wasn’t the end of it.

We successfully campaigned for 4 incumbents and a new candidate to win the primary election on both the republican and democratic ballots. They unseated an incumbent and beat out 4 other candidates to be on both the republican and democratic ballots in the primary election with no opposition in the 2015 municipal general election. The county committee came to me in 2015 and asked me to run in a special election for Mayor of Stroudsburg. After considering it and discussing it with my family, I agreed, and in that same 2015 municipal election I was elected the first female mayor in over 200 years of Stroudsburg’s history.

Our mayor position requires few duties and could be performed essentially as a figurehead position, but I approached it as a full time job and an obligation to serve my town. As mayor, I’ve been fiscally responsible and have provided significant savings to our taxpayers. I work with our citizens and businesses every day to address their concerns and solve their issues. I have brought significant positive change and business growth to Stroudsburg, along with increased media attention. I have created social media outlets and have promoted our businesses and our many events. I’ve worked hard to make our town a better place to live, work, and visit.

In my work as mayor, I have also worked on many issues facing our greater region. I have worked with other municipalities, our county commissioners, and with our legislators in Harrisburg and Washington to address regional issues we all face.

It’s this background, experience, drive and determination, along with my proven leadership that will help me serve the people of Northampton and Monroe Counties in the 40th Senate District.

Thank you for your support.

Sincerely,
Tarah Probst

Memberships:

  • Stroud Area Regional Police Commission
  • Stroudsburg Borough Streets Committee
  • Founding Member I-80 Task Force
  • Stroudsburg Borough Codes Committee
  • Participating Community Member – Pocono Ambulatory Surgical Center Quality Control Board
  • Member of the Stroudsburg Downtown Business Association
  • Founder of Stroudsburg Borough Public Relations Committee
  • Founder of Stroudsburg Quaker Alley Community Park Project
  • Founder of Stroudsburg Concerts in the Park
  • Since I took office as mayor in January 2016, here are some of my accomplishments:
    • With the help of borough council I brought attention to several money saving options from saving money on interest for our new firetruck, which we needed and bringing the RFP process into our banking which saved us thousands for the borough.
    • With the help of borough council we are moving into the 21st century with debit or credit card parking meters. No more feeding the meter all day long, you can do it from your phone.
    • I proposed the snow removal for businesses to go right to the borough instead of a district justice. The business owners were getting unfair fines and that process has changed for the betterment of hardworking businesses.
    • I have fought against the panhandlers working with SARP and brought attention to our 1983 ordinance against harassment, disorderly conduct and others forms of preventing the nuisance. Panhandling still exists, but has been curbed tremendously with the help of SARP and public awareness of their rights.
    • I was a strong supporter of the new Rite Aid project on lower Main St. This will employ 35 people for local income tax, a great tax assistance to our borough, changing the parking code to be business friendly for other companies to take a serious look at Stroudsburg without a “sea” of asphalt for a parking lot. They are cleaning up lower Main with lights, park benches and changed the design of the building to suit Stroudsburg. We had push back from 3 other borough council members, but the constituents spoke and we listened and so proud Rite Aid is happening.
    • Myself and Erica McCabe started Concerts in the Park. What a success in 2016 and 2017. This concert event ran 10 weeks each summer. What a great way for families to listen to live music, celebrate the arts and a special thanks to Origins Gallery for their chalk art and our streets department for letting us close Monroe Street.
    • I applied to PennDOT for the “Specialty Signs” off of our exits to direct tourists to our county seat.
    • I was relentless with the county commissioners to give me at least a little piece of Quaker and 6th St. for a community park. After help from Edie Stevens, Brian Bond and Zech Strausser, among others, we were able to come to an agreement for a 35×35 beautification project to get that part of town cleaned up. Thank you commissioners!
    • We have an I-80 committee that has worked on minimizing the damages of the 80 project, working vigorously to ensure Stroudsburg’s voice is heard. I have been to Harrisburg and back on this issue and will not stop fighting it. I have given alternative ideas, which are a better solution.
    • I have been to Harrisburg in regards to getting the train back in operation for commuter options. This is the first time in 30 years it is moving up the chain of command and Congressman Cartwright is working vigorously to get this up and running.
    • Stroudsburg businesses have never looked better. Growth in our borough from Wonderland Fun Center for kids, to wineries and hard cider for adults among new restaurants and clothing stores. Keep it up and shop local!
    • I am working on grants with the help of Brian Bond for a phone app for Stroudsburg to beautification on our streets with environmental benefits.
    • I have been in the paper and on the news to fight the speeding in our borough. We are doing traffic studies and possible speed bumps in residential sections to keep our community safe. I was able to secure speed trailers to bring this awareness to drivers.
    • I am on a mission to keep our streets clean and getting press coverage reminding dog owners to be responsible for their waste clean up and reminding them that there is a $300 fine if they don’t.
    • We are working hard on our paving projects. Second St. Sarah St. are happening within the next 5 months and Ann St. will happen when the sewer line is repaired. Ann St. will not be until 2019.
    • I co-sponsored a letter to Washington D.C. trying to save Planned Parenthood. They helped over 2,000 Monroe county citizens (men and women) for cancer screenings, yearly exams and more. This is the only facility for low income citizens to get help and I will continue to fight for this.
    • Erica McCabe and I started the Stroudsburg Borough Facebook page to keep everyone aware of “happenings” in the borough. We have over 1,000 followers.

There are other accomplishments, but what I feel is the most important is that I listen to all my constituents. Being Mayor is being for the people and no matter what political party, no matter what circumstance, I try and do what is best for everyone and I am proud to have support from citizens of our town and outside of our town.

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Mailing Address

P.O. Box 1057
Stroudsburg, PA 18360

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

James Craig – PA Senate 46

James Craig for PA Senate 46

The story of Southwestern Pennsylvania is the story of my life.

My name is James Craig and I was born in South Franklin Township, the son of a union Iron-worker and a waitress. My family came to Washington County in 1787 and we have remained here ever since.

My life was pretty good in the early years until my dad was injured on the job when a steel beam fell on the truck he was in, shattering his leg. With barely any income, we became homeless for 2 years and I shuffled around between the couches of relatives and friends.

During this time, my parents both began taking prescription opioids, my dad for his injury and my mom for her chronic back pain. My home life deteriorated quickly and I realized that the only way that I was going to make it out was by getting a good education.

I worked hard in high school, found some excellent role models through my Boy Scout Troop and graduated high in my class from McGuffey High School with the help of a number of good, kind-hearted folks that I still call my “adopted mothers” to this day.

I got accepted to my dream school, the University of Pittsburgh, but couldn’t afford the tuition at first so I had to take classes at the CCAC-Washington Campus for a semester. When I finally got to Pitt, I joined the Air Force ROTC and worked 30+ hours per week to pay my way through. I graduated Cum Laude with dual degrees in History and Political Science.

The following fall I was accepted to Pitt Law on scholarship and set out to learn how to best help those in need from my community. I volunteered my legal services for a number of organizations while in law school. Having known how it feels to be homeless myself I spent a summer volunteering at Neighborhood Legal Services, defending tenants who were being wrongfully evicted themselves.

A few weeks before graduating Law School, I found out that my dad was diagnosed with terminal cancer and was only given a few months to live. He went into the hospital just after graduation. While he was in the hospital, my mother, overwhelmed with grief and addiction overdosed on prescription opioids.

The illusion of finally believing that I had escaped the cycle of poverty was shattered that day.
I took the Bar Exam a month later and passed.

Things seemed to have stabilized in my life until October 29, 2016 when I got a phone call that informed me that my big brother, Eric Pabian had overdosed on heroin laced with fentanyl. He was 44 years old and had 2 teenage boys. I was devastated and swore to do everything in my power to stop this from happening to any more families.

In January of 2017, I decided that I wanted to use my education for the purposes of helping others. I started my own law practice and small business-Close to Home Settlement Services, LLC.

My work is centered on helping those who serve our community by providing Veterans, Police Officers, Firefighters and First Responders with free services to help them purchase homes.
My wife and I moved back to Washington County to raise our family in the community that I call home and to work to improve the lives of those around us.

My life has shown that the American Dream still exists with hard-work, determination and the help of others. However, I believe strongly that the path to a better life shouldn’t be so difficult to navigate.

I believe that the government can be a tool to help people who want to help themselves and I am running for State Senate to make the American Dream just a little bit more achievable for those, like me, who are willing to put in the hard-work to succeed. With your help, I will take my story and dedication to public service to Harrisburg to work to break-up the partisan deadlock which is affecting our communities.

 

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Lois Herr – PA Senate 48

Lois Herr for PA Senate 48

Lois Herr has spent a lifetime fighting for the values we share as Democrats, defending women’s rights, and expanding opportunities for women in business and politics.

Currently, Lois serves both the Democratic Party and her community as the Chair of the Lebanon County Democratic Committee and as a member of Mt. Gretna Boro Council.

Over the years, Herr has focused on supporting progressive women candidates who are working to solve problems, improve our quality of life, and defend rights and opportunities for women. Fighting for women has been a consistent thread through Herr’s business, education, and volunteer activities.

Herr succeeded in business, education, and government, using her ability to bring people together to solve problems, managing the people who run the telephone central offices, paving the way to bring women into phone company management in the 70s, getting New Yorkers and New Englanders to agree on policies and practices, and getting developers and preservationists in Lancaster County to see the need for a rural growth strategy.

In her work with Bell Telephone Laboratories, AT&T, New York Telephone, and NYNEX, she learned to manage marketing, operations, finance, corporate planning, and publications. She spent 1974-75 in the White House Office of Management and Budget as a Presidential Interexchange Executive.

Later, Herr would own and operate a small farm in Lancaster County, restoring her 1800s home. Equally comfortable in the city or on the farm, she next proved herself in higher education back home at Elizabethtown College, where she taught marketing, served as the college’s Director of Marketing and Public Affairs, and was a Scholar-in-Residence. Herr has authored three books:  Women, Power, and AT&T: Winning Rights in the WorkplaceDear Coach: Letters Home from World War II, and Dear Woman of My Dreams. [See loisherr.com for information on her publications.]

Along the way, Herr served on corporate, civic and service organization boards, led her local Rotary Club as President, chaired the Lancaster County Planning Commission, and was on the Pennsylvania State Board of Barber Examiners.

Politically, Herr served as Executive Director of the Lancaster County Democratic Committee in 2007-08, was a delegate to the 2008 Democratic National Convention, and ran for Congress (PA-16) in 2004, 2006, and 2010.

Herr holds an MBA from Fordham University, an MA from the University of Pennsylvania, and a BA from Elizabethtown College.

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Mailing Address

Lois Herr for PA Senate
P.O. Box 497
Lebanon PA 17042

Contact

Phone: 717-371-5721

Email: susanowood@comcast.net

Website: https://loisherrforpasenate.com/

Sue Mulvey – PA Senate 50

Sue Mulvey for PA Senate 50

Born and raised in Crawford County, Sue Mulvey’s family history can be traced back to the founding of Frenchtown. She and Tom, her husband of 22 years, raised their four children in Sharon, Pennsylvania.  Hard work and education have always been a priority to Sue: she worked and raised a family through nursing school at Sharon Regional Hospital, a bachelor’s degree at Slippery Rock University, and a master’s degree at the American College of Education.  A school nurse in Meadville, Sue continues to live in Sharon.

For over 25 years, she has worked for the people in the 50th District.  While in nursing school, Sue started a coat drive to comfort the children on the Shenango Valley. She continued this work as a nurse for UPMC with her “Warmth for Winter” campaign.  Today, in addition to her work as a school nurse, Sue serves as the president of The WiNS Project: a non-profit she founded in 2013.  To date WiNS has provided over 37,000 packages of weekend nutrition to the children of the Crawford Central School District.

Sue knows the people of the 50th District need a voice in Harrisburg.  We need a fighter for better jobs, public education, and affordable access to quality, local healthcare.

Sue will fight for you!

Mailing Address

31 Vine Street
Sharon PA 16146

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