Joanne Jackson on Ballot in November for State Rep in 131st

Good news! It seems the Joanne Jackson garnered more than enough write-in votes on Tuesday to make it on to the ballot in November as the Democratic candidate running for state representative in District 131 against incumbent Republican Representative Justin Simmons.

We knew election night that she had over 100 write-ins in the Upper Perkiomen Valley alone (300 total in the district are needed to secure one’s place on the ballot), thanks to local democrat volunteers standing at the polls handing out write-in information for Jackson’s candidacy. According to this morning’s edition of the Morning Call;

Joanne Jackson, a former Allentown School Board director, received 571 write-in votes for the Democratic nomination in Pennsylvania’s 131st District, an unofficial tally Friday of Lehigh County machine ballots showed.

Republican Simmons had the second most write-in votes on the Lehigh Democratic ballot with 52. Simmons easily defeated Bill Coyle on the Republican ballot.

Small portions of the state House seat spill into Northampton and Montgomery counties.

While the vote count has yet to be certified officially, there is every reason to believe that Democratic primary voters got the job done.

Joanne Jackson has already reached out to thank the people in the Upper Perkiomen Valley who supported her, and has expressed interest in attending future UPDC meetings and events in the months leading up to the election.


PA Primary Election Results

Here are the winning candidates in the April 26, 2016 Primary Election in Pennsylvania

President of the United States: Hillary Clinton
(Bernie Sanders did win many of the towns and townships in the Upper Perkiomen Valley, although not Montgomery County or the state)

U.S. Senate:  Katie McGinty  

Representative in Congress (6):  Mike Parrish 

Representative in Congress (8): Steve Santarsiero

Attorney General: Josh Shapiro   

PA House District 147: Rachel Hendricks

We are still waiting for confirmation that Joanne Jackson received enough write-in votes to appear on the ballot in November for State Representative for District 131.

50.22 % (130,474) of registered Democrats in Montgomery County turned out to vote in yesterday’s primary election.

42.15% (109,106) of registered Republicans in Montgomery County turned out to vote in yesterday’s primary election.

Thanks to everyone who volunteered over the course of the primary election and at the polls on Tuesday. After a brief rest, we’ll get started on preparing for the fall election.

Thanks to everyone who turned out to vote – see you in November!

Primary Election Information

Tomorrow, Tuesday, April 26, 2016 is the Pennsylvania Primary Election. Only registered democrats may vote in the Democratic Primary Election. Polls are open from 7 a.m. – 8 p.m. If you are line to vote before 8 p.m., you must be allowed to vote even if you don’t get to the voting booth until after 8 p.m. due to delays and long lines.

Check your registration.

Check your polling place.

Democratic Candidates for PA Primary Election.

Delegates will be listed on the ballot. Delegates to the Democratic National Committee are committed to candidates and that commitment is listed on the ballot (so read the fine print when you are voting, so that you vote for the delegates who are supporting your choice for the Democratic Party nominee for President).

See sample ballot for your town or township here (select voting district in left column on page).

WARNING – Justin Simmons and Dan Coyle are BOTH Republicans, attempting to get on the Democratic ticket for PA State Representative in District 131 via write-ins. Justin Simmons is the current Republican incumbent in the PA State House. Joanne Jackson is the only Democrat running for State Representative in District 131. 

Please write in Joanne Jackson, for State Representative on election day, Tuesday, April 26th. Upper Perk voters in PA House District 131 live in; East Greenville, Pennsburg, Red Hill, Hereford, UH1, UH2, and UH3

Volunteers are always welcome, and needed, on election day. Please contact Elaine Hannock if you are able and willing to spend an hour, or several hours, at the local polls on election day.

Rallies for Clinton and Sanders in Philadelphia Tonight!

Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders will be in Philadelphia tonight, Monday, April 25, 2016. They are each holding Get Out The Vote rallies open to the public, as well as participating in individual town halls with MSNBC at the National Constitution Center (which will be taped this afternoon and broadcast this evening at 8 p.m. and 9 p.m.).

Hillary Clinton’s rally is in Philadelphia City Hall Courtyard, 1401 John F Kennedy, Blvd., Philadelphia from 7:15 p.m. – 8:15 p.m.; doors open at 5:15 p.m. Online RSVP for free ticket.  There is also an event open to the public on Tuesday, April 26th – election night – at the Philadelphia Convention Center; Hillary for Pennsylvania Primary Night Event beginning at 8:30 p.m. Sign up for your ticket online (suggested but not required).

Bernie Sanders’ rally, A Future to Believe in GOTV Rally in Philadelphia is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. at Drexel University, Daskalakis Athletic Center, 3301 Market Street, Philadelphia. Doors open at 6 p.m.

Join Bernie Sanders for a rally in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania featuring Kendrick Sampson and Susan Sarandon.

This event is free and open to the public. Tickets are not required, but RSVPs are strongly encouraged. Admission is first come, first served.

JUST FYI – The Republican frontrunner Donald Trump will be at West Chester University, 700 S High Street West Chester, PA, for a 4 p.m. rally on Monday.

Joanne Jackson for State Representative, 131st District

Democrat Joanne Jackson drove down from her Center Valley home to Red Hill to introduce herself to local democrats at last Tuesday’s Upper Perkiomen Democratic Club meeting. With only Republicans running for the state representative’s seat in the 131st District (currently held by Republican Justin Simmons), she has decided to enter the race as a write-in candidate on the Democratic ticket.

Joanne Jackson is a retired school teacher originally from Allentown, and served on the Allentown School Board for several terms. Several members of the club, and the Area 2 Democratic Committee leader, had an opportunity to talk with her during the UPDC meeting, and hear about her strong support and knowledge of the issues, especially on public education and the environment.


Her campaign literature states;

A passionate and committed human rights advocate, Joanne Jackson grew up in a Democratic family. Her uncle was a two time Mayor of Allentown, her father was a District Magistrate, and her mother a State Committee woman and President of the Lehigh Valley Democratic Women’s Club.

Joanne has been involved in education as a teacher, mentor, advocate, national speaker, and activist for the past 45 years. A former ASD school board member, Joanne is transparent, fiscally responsible, forthright, and fights the good fight.

Please write in Joanne Jackson, for State Representative on election day, Tuesday, April 26th. Upper Perk voters in PA House District 131 live in; East Greenville, Pennsburg, Red Hill, Hereford, UH1, UH2, and UH3

Ignore this spring snowfall and come down to Green Lane!

Despite the flurries (granted, pretty intense looking flurries), the roads are still clear and tonight’s event at Green Lane Fire Firehouse, benefiting the Area 2 Upper Perk Democratic Committee (therefore benefiting local GOTV efforts and candidates), is still on.

Tickets for this Saturday evening’s event can be bought at the door. Dinner, ranging from vegetarian to pulled pork,  is included in the $25 ticket ($40 per couple). There will also be a cash bar, that benefits the Green Lane Fire Company.
The J.B. Kline Band will be performing until 11 p.m.  Doors open at 6:30 p.m. at 214 Main Street, Green Lane (parking lot is behind the firehouse) tonight, Saturday, April 9, 2016.

PA Primary Ballot 2016 Candidates

More than the U.S. presidency is at stake this year. There are also congressional seats, state attorney general, and state house and senate seats up for election this year.

Here are the candidates Democrats will get to choose from in this year’s primary election on Tuesday, April 26, 2016. All candidates are listed in alphabetical order – the club is not endorsing any candidate over another during the primary season.

President of the United States: Hillary Clinton  /  Bernie Sanders

U.S. Senate: John Fetterman  /  Katie McGinty  /  Joe Sestak

Representative in Congress (6):   Mike Parrish  /  (Lindi Li withdrew from the race on April 6th)

Representative in Congress (8): Shaughnessy Naughton  /  Steve Santarsiero

Attorney General: John Morganelli  /  Josh Shapiro   /  Stephen A. Zappala, Jr.

PA House District 131: WRITE IN – Joanne Jackson (she is the only Democrat running a write-in campaign for this job; the other two are Republicans)

PA House District 147: Rachel Hendricks

Congressional District 6 – East Greenville, Pennsburg, Red Hill, Hereford, and UH3 are in 6th Congressional District.

Congressional District 8 – Marlborough, Green Lane, UH1 and UH2 are in the 8th Congressional District.

PA House District 131 – East Greenville, Pennsburg, Red Hill, Hereford, UH1, UH2, and UH3

PA House District 147 – Green Lane, Marlborough

PA Senate District 24 – East Greenville, Pennsburg, Red Hill, Hereford, UH1, UH2, and UH3

Find your state legislator (and district) by entering your address or viewing the map here.

Presidential PA Primary News

Former president Bill Clinton will be in Philadelphia tomorrow at a public rally for Hillary Clinton for President. Event is scheduled to take place from 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

When: Thursday April 7, doors open at 11:15 AM
Where: Dorothy Emanuel Recreation Center, 8500 Pickering Ave., Philadelphia, PA
Join President Bill Clinton for an organizing event where you’ll hear why Hillary is the only candidate to do all parts of the job in the White House and how she will raise incomes and break barriers that stand in the way of commonwealth families.

**Doors open 11:15am** Sign up to attend this free event.

Bernie Sanders this week opened a campaign office in Bethlehem (Lehigh Valley) – a storefront at 50 East Broad Street.

Hillary Clinton is opening an office this Saturday, April 9th, at 12 E. Butler Pike, Suite 119, Ambler, PA.

Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton both held public campaign events in Philadelphia on Wednesday, April 6, 2016 – sorry I didn’t hear about the events early enough to post them on this blog.