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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.