The 2018 election presents us with a rare opportunity to make historic gains and take a critical step towards winning a Democratic majority in the State Senate, after decades of Republican control in the chamber.
With the Republicans defending seven seats won by Hillary Clinton two years ago, and our incumbents facing no serious opposition, our slate of candidates is poised to win across the Commonwealth and create real change in Harrisburg.
Senator Tartaglione has dedicated her time in office to focus on helping workers and their families. She was instrumental in the passage of the 2006 minimum wage increase. She has also worked to help individuals receiving unemployment compensation and fought for better addressment of the healthcare issues facing our workforce. Senator Tartaglione wants to continue to fight for workers by continuing her role as Senator for the 2nd District.
Senator Art Haywood is a strong advocate for greater educational opportunities, fair wages, the encouragement of entrepreneurship and securing retirement opportunities. Since taking office he has been an advocate for the community through his constituent services at district offices and his community outreach, particularly with his government problem solving assistance. Senator Haywood is an advocate for the everyday people and looks forward to continuing his role as Senator for the 4th District.
Senator Williams believes in common sense governance, advocating for the best ideas regardless if they originate on the other side of the aisle. He believes in a moral obligation to serve his diverse community whether they come from small towns or the city of Philadelphia and citizens from the many ethnic, religious, and cultural backgrounds. Senator Williams will continue his advocacy serving as Senator for the 8th District.
Senator Yudichak is an effective and independent advocate for the people of Pennsylvania. He has fought for Pennsylvania across numerous issues including environmental issues, helping senior citizens, and community service. His greatest work though, comes from his support for the communities of the 14th Senatorial District where he has fought against gang violence, fought for better education, and fought for the creation of more local businesses.
Senator Boscola works tirelessly to improve the lives of Lehigh Valley residents. She has advocated that property tax reform be at the forefront of debate and that the state do more to promote economic development to provide jobs to the Lehigh Valley and the Commonwealth. She will continue her progress towards job growth as the Senator for the 18th District.
Senator John Blake proudly serves the residents of the 22nd District. Senator Blake has fought for greater capital investment that will create family-sustaining jobs and develop innovative technologies here in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. He looks forward to continuing his role as Senator for the 22nd and fulfilling the trust his constituents have placed on him to render informed judgement and good public service on their behalf.
Senator Wayne Fontana is a relentless fighter for working families, children and local communities. As the Senator for the 42nd District he has worked to bring new jobs and revitalization to the many struggling industrial communities in his district. In addition he has advocated causes aimed at helping at-risk children. Senator Wayne Fontana is running to continue his battle for the 42nd District.
Tina David has been working hard for the people of Bucks County-- serving as a council member and now serving as State Representative for the 141st District. In her various capacities she has advocated for continued economic development, job creation, pay equity, property tax reform, and for programs assisting families and veterans. Now, she wants to take the fight to the next level and continue to fight for the working members of Buck County as the Senator for the 6th District.
Steve Santarsiero considers public service a calling. After witnessing the September 11th attacks, Steve left his law practice to seek a new career in teaching. Steve has worked hard for his community, from Bensalem High School to the state House of Representatives to the Attorney General’s office. Now Steve is ready to serve Bucks County in the Senate.
Maria Collett has spent her whole life advocating for the vulnerable; first, as an attorney fighting on behalf of children victimized by abuse, then as a nurse and educator. Maria has been a voice for people in their most vulnerable moments, while working to train the next generation of helpers. Maria is running to take that advocacy to the next level, and make sure that those most in need have a voice in Harrisburg.
Mark Pinsley is a progressive activist and lifelong Pennsylvania who is ready to take our fight for change to Harrisburg. He believes in an economy that works for everyone, lowering healthcare costs for working Pennsylvanians, and putting in a real commitment to education, clean energy, workers rights, and equal pay. A small business owner who knows what it means to invest in a community, Mark is running to ensure that lawmakers in Harrisburg protect working families and the middle class.
Linda Fields wants to be a champion for working members of the 24th Senatorial District. With over thirty years of labor experience under her belt, Linda want to advocate to make employment and education development a top priority. She also believe in improving healthcare for Pennsylvanians and making life better our Veterans. Linda Fields will make sure people’s concerns are heard and addressed in Harrisburg.
Tim Kearney has long been a community leader in Delaware County, both as a public servant and a small business owner. In his two terms as Mayor Tim has made Swarthmore into a leader in environmental sustainability practices, fair and equitable policing practices, and LGBTQ equality. Tim is running to serve the working families of Pennsylvania, not the wealthy and the corporate special interests.
Judith Higgins is a veteran, a small business owner, an educator, and a human resources administrator. She beat cancer as a new mother, thanks to Medicaid, and will fight for access to affordable healthcare. A champion for public education, she served as a School Board Director for Eastern York School District for 17 years, and believes deeply in creating opportunities for all students.
Emily Best is tired of politicians who don’t understand how hard Pennsylvanians must work just to get by. Emily found her voice as an advocate for farmers and rural places, volunteering with the National Young Farmers Coalition before becoming manager of a farmers’ cooperative. Emily is running to fight for our healthcare, our jobs, and our families, and to make sure no one’s vote is taken for granted.
Pam Gerard knows what it means to build and maintain a business. She is a retired teacher and small business owner from Uniontown. She and her husband are the managers and proprietors of Gus’s Pub. Pam is eager to hit the ground running on education issues and pro-small business policies to help empower the citizens of southwest Pennsylvania.
Ezra Nanes was raised to believe that we have a responsibility to care for those around us. Raising a family in Centre County, Ezra knows how lucky he and his wife are to have good jobs, good schools, and access to good healthcare. The chance to believe in a better future, though, shouldn’t be a matter of luck - which is why Ezra will work to raise up his fellow citizens in Central PA and across the state.
Bill Troutman knows what a union job means for someone working to raise a family. Laid off from his manufacturing job as a young man, he has been an electrician and IBEW member for over 25 years. A union officer and Scout leader, Bill recently became the first Democrat in 40 years to be elected to the Elizabethtown Borough Council. He is fighting to ensure that each Pennsylvanian’s work is valued and rewarded.
Lindsey Williams knows first hand that it takes courage to stand up for working families. She fought for the right to unionize in her workplace - and when she was fired, she refused to settle. She joined the Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers to organize on behalf of educators and working families. Lindsey has the experience and perseverance to take that fight to Harrisburg - and win.
The first female mayor of Stroudsburg, Tarah Probst has been fighting for the residents of her community. A dedicated and proven fighter for public education, fiscal responsibility, and business development, Tarah has already demonstrated that she knows how to work with and in the community, and she has the experience necessary to create results. Now she wants to take that battle to the Senate to represent the 40th Senatorial District and the people of Northampton and Monroe counties.
Katie Muth is a dynamic leader ready to take on Harrisburg and make effective change for the citizens of Pennsylvania. She 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. A physical therapist by trade, Katie likes her work to be hands-on - which is why she is running to be the change for the 44th Senatorial District.
James Craig has worked hard to overcome adversity throughout his life-- having had two family members lose their lives to addiction. He wants to work hard to serve his community, having already started his own law practice that provides Veterans, Police Officers, Firefighters and First Responders with free service to help them purchase homes. James is running because he believes that government can be a tool to help people who want to help themselves.
Lois Herr has succeeded in business, education, and government by using her ability to bring people together to solve problems. Lois left the corporate world in favor of agriculture, running a farm while teaching business at Elizabethtown College. Lois 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.
Hard work and education have always been a priority to Sue: she worked and raised a family while at nursing school at Sharon Regional Hospital. Sue serves her community as a school nurse in Meadville and through the non-profit she founded to help ensure that children can have nutritious meals at home, even if they can’t afford them. Sue will fight for our right to quality jobs, quality schools, and quality healthcare.