Bob Casey (incumbent)
Bob Casey was raised to believe that “all public service is a trust, given in faith and accepted in honor,” and he has brought that to every office he has held, including Pennsylvania Auditor General, State Treasurer, and U.S. Senator. In Harrisburg, Casey focused on making government more accountable and responsive to the needs of Pennsylvanians.
In 2006, he became the first Pennsylvania Democrat elected to a full Senate term since 1962. Since then, he has worked to create family-sustaining jobs and foster financial security for Pennsylvania families; to protect our children and invest in their futures; to ensure safety at home and respect for America abroad; to promote honesty and accountability in government; to preserve the dignity of the vulnerable of all ages; and to advocate for his constituents and help them solve problems they face. He is a voice for those who are threatened by congressional Republicans’ recent attempts to give tax cuts to the ultra-rich and to undermine Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. See his many other important legislative priorities here.
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Tom Wolf (incumbent)
Besides having more than quintupled the size of his family business, the Wolf Organization, a distributor of lumber and other building products, Governor Wolf has a long record of public service. As Secretary of Revenue in Governor Rendell’s cabinet, he instituted reforms that grew and strengthened the state lottery and laid the foundation for millions of dollars in additional benefits for seniors. He has chaired York County United Way, the York County Community Foundation, and the York College Board of Trustees. He has also been active in the York Jewish Community Center, the Memorial Hospital of York, and WITF, a regional public television system. In 2014, he carried Chester County by approximately 5,600 votes on his way to being elected Governor by the very substantial margin of almost 10%. In office, Wolf has fought to change Harrisburg. He has prohibited administration employees from accepting gifts from lobbyists, reformed legal contracting to end pay-to-play, restored the $1 billion cut to education made in the previous administration, expanded Medicaid, given more than 50,000 seniors the opportunity to age in their homes, and made Pennsylvania a national leader in fighting the opioid and heroin epidemic.
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John Fetterman grew up in York, PA, and attended Albright College, where he played on the football team. In the Big Brothers Big Sisters program, mentoring a boy whose parents died of AIDS motivated him to join AmeriCorps, serving in Pittsburgh’s historic Hill District. He earned a master’s in Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, then started a GED program in Braddock, PA. In 2005, encouraged by his students, Fetterman ran successfully for mayor. As mayor, he has applied a hands-on approach to rebuild his community and attract new residents and jobs. In 2016, he ran for U.S. Senate to champion all struggling towns. He earned 20% of the vote in a four-way primary, emerging as a progressive voice for working people on issues like inequality, racial justice, and ending the failed war on drugs.
US HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, DISTRICT 6
Chrissy Houlahan earned her engineering degree from Stanford University with an ROTC scholarship and received her M.S. in Technology and Policy from MIT. She served three years active duty as a captain in the US Air Force, and 13 years in the Reserves. She was founding COO of B-Lab (a nonprofit that promotes B Corporations and good business practices) and President and COO/CFO for Springboard Collaborative (a Philadelphia-based nonprofit focused on improving early childhood literacy in underserved communities country-wide).
PA SENATE, DISTRICT 26 (Easttown and Willistown in Chester County, and the rest in DelCo)
Tim Kearney is an architect, adjunct professor, and mayor of Swarthmore, PA. He is a longtime resident of the 26th district where he raised his public-school-educated kids with his wife and small business partner, Claudia Cueto. Kearney has been working as a community leader and problem solver on issues that affect every Pennsylvanian. A lifelong progressive Democrat, he believes that all children in Pennsylvania, no matter their zip code, deserves a first-class public education. As State Senator, he’ll make sure that out-of-state corporations and special interests pay their fair share, and will stand up to Republicans who keep balancing the state budget on the backs of Pennsylvania’s working and middle class. Mayor Kearney’s outrage over Republican legislators’ eagerness to sacrifice Pennsylvania’s magnificent natural resources in service to industry greed also drives his campaign. He will fight special interests to make sure every Pennsylvanian has clean water to drink and clean air to breathe.
PA HOUSE, DISTRICT 167 (Charlestown, East Whiteland, Easttown, Malvern, West Pikeland, West Whiteland, and Willistown)
Kristine Howard spent most of the past decade working for progressive candidates and serving as a Democratic committee person from Malvern while balancing the responsibilities of work and single-mother parenting. She was raised in a New Jersey family that valued service and education. After working her way through the University of Pennsylvania and Rugers law school at in Camden, NJ, she married and spent five years in New Mexico, where she ran a small legal and social services organization while her family grew. After returning to Pennsylvania, she focused on raising her three boys and four girls while working for Philadelphia Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts and acting as an advocate for children in foster care. She now works for Chester County investigating child abuse cases. Her experiences as a social worker, mother, and political activist came together in her decision to run for State Representative.