More About Pennsylvania
There’s so much happening this year, here’s what else you need to know about your adopted state (er, commonwealth):
Pennsylvania State Senate
In order to take control of the PA State Senate, we need to flip 4 districts from red to blue and protect the seats currently held by Democratic incumbents. Here are some of the races to watch (and you can sign up to volunteer for them here):
Janet Diaz: (SD-13 Lancaster County)
Janet has devoted her life to community and public service. She is also the first Latina woman to run for Senate in PA! Janet has worked for the past 18 years in the healthcare field. Janet already made history as the first Latnia to serve on the Lancaster City Council where she also serves as Chairwoman of the City Council Personnel Committee and as a member of the Public Works and Finance committees. Janet is extremely active in her community and volunteers as Sunday school teacher at her local church, a local nursing home, and as a sexual assault counselor at the YMCA.
George Scott (SD-15 Dauphin County)
George has dedicated his life to upholding the values of integrity, service, and compassion as a retired U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel, who now serves his community as a pastor. George lives in Harrisburg with his wife Donna, who is a small business owner, and has two college-aged children. He is a reformer and an independent voice who will stand up to special interests and fight for regular working families in Harrisburg.
Shanna Danielson (SD 31 Cumberland/York)
As a mom and a long-time public school teacher, Shanna Danielson is a fierce advocate for equitably funded public schools. Shanna is also an anti-gun violence advocate who has stood up to Republicans on the steps of the state capitol. Shanna is running because it’s time Pennsylvania had a leader that put working families ahead of profit. She will fight to ensure all Pennsylvanians have the right to clean air and safe drinking water, healthcare, and a government that works for them.
John Kane (SD 9 Chester/Delco)
After more than four decades working as a local plumber, John Kane is stepping up and running to flip a longtime Republican-held district. John has spent his life fighting for working people – affordable health care, well-paying jobs, a brighter future for our children – and is ready to continue that work in the state Senate. John represents Plumbers Local 690 union as a business manager. He is a recent cancer survivor, ready to safeguard affordable health care for all Pennsylvanians and has pledged unwavering support for a woman’s right to choose and pay equity.
Julie Slomski (SD 49 Erie)
Julie Slomski believes in a strong sense of community, and she has carried that ideal throughout her career. As chief of staff in the state House and Northwest Regional Director in Governor Wolf’s administration, Julie has helped drive policy and investments that benefited the people of Erie County – and now she’s ready to usher that expertise to the state Senate. Granddaughter of factory workers, raised in a home that valued hard work and humility Worked with local officials to secure $14 million in annual funding for the Erie school district Committed to fighting for affordable health care, more opportunities for seniors, and protecting workers in a changing economy.
Pam Iovino (SD 39 Allegheny/Washington)
Navy veteran Pam Iovino has dedicated her life to public service as a longtime advocate for her fellow veterans and their families. Pam won a major special election victory by flipping this Trump-won seat from red to blue, and she’s running again to continue serving the people in her community. Pam spent over two decades serving her country in the United States Navy, as well as the Department of Veterans Affairs and as Director of Veterans Affairs for Allegheny County She is committed to securing high-quality education and protections for pre-existing conditions.
James Brewster (SD-45 Allegheny/Westmoreland)
Lifelong district resident and public advocate Jim Brewster has made the interests of his community his number one priority throughout his tenure in public office. He’s earned the support and trust of his constituents and is eager to continue fighting for them in the legislature. Jim served as McKeesport City Council president for seven years and mayor for six years. He is very Invested in his community, bringing more than $25 million to his district for local development and infrastructure projects in 2019 and also has been honored as a “Friend of Youth” for founding a Toys for Tots program and starting a youth basketball program at the Salvation Army.