Democratic Candidates Forum in Harleysville this Thursday, Oct 11, 2018

Lt Governor candidate John Fetterman and Congressional candidate Madeleine Dean will be delivering the keynote speeches at Thursday’s Candidate Forum in Harleysville, PA. Maria Collett, Linda Fields, Steve Malagari, and Josh Camson (PA state senate and state representative candidates) will be present and interviewed by WHYY journalist Tracey Matisak.

This free, public event will begin at 7 p.m. on Thursday, October 11, 2018, at Peter Becker Community Chapel, 800 Maple Avenue, Harleysville, PA. Indivisible Hope, Turn PA Blue, and Indian Valley Democrats are sponsoring this non-ticketed event.

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Campaign and Voter Registration Volunteers Needed!

Local democrats will be canvassing and dropping off door hangers for Linda Fields (the Democratic candidate running against Bob Mensch for PA State Senate) this week and weekend here in the Upper Perk Valley. If you would be interested in helping out the campaign for a few hours, please contact Colleen Dunlap at cdunlap20@gmail.com who is organizing this weekend’s effort on the campaign’s behalf.

And in nearby Lehigh Valley, on this last weekend before PA Voter Registration closes for the November 2018 election, the Future Coalition is organizing voter registration drives;
“We’ll be at together at street fairs, festivals, and farmers markets with clipboards, T-shirts, signs, a giant inflatable T-rex, a boombox and costumes (BYOC a.k.a. bring your own costume). We’re in this together! With you, we can make sure hundreds of young people can vote in this year’s once-in-a-lifetime midterm elections.”
Check out the details and signup to volunteer this weekend at https://fcregistrationweekend.splashthat.com/
 
If you know of any other campaign volunteer efforts locally, or are organizing any efforts, please let us know and we’ll happily help spread the word (and hopefully get you some volunteers!)

Breaking News on Congressional Race in 4th District PA

State Representative Mary Jo Daley has dropped out of the 4th District Congressional Democratic primary race. She has asked her supporters to turn and support State Representative Madeleine Dean for United States Congress.

Other candidates in the democratic primary for this seat (which represents the entire Upper Perkiomen Valley), are Shira Goodman and, late entry to the race, Joe Hoeffel. (The Joe Hoeffel campaign does not have a website at this time.)

The Pennsylvania Primary election is on Tuesday, May 15, 2018. Polls are open from 7 a.m. – 8 p.m. In order to vote in the primary, one must be registered with a political party; Pennsylvania hold closed primaries which means that only registered democrats can vote in the democratic primary. Any registered voter can vote for any candidate of any party in the November election.

District 4 Congressional Candidates (and FAQs)

new pa map
 JARED WHALEN
The new congressional map released Monday by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.

Thanks to the new map, all of Upper Perkiomen Valley School District is in the same congressional district – District 4! The Pennsylvania primary election is Tuesday, May 15, 2018. Three individuals have announced they are running in the Democratic primary for our newly drawn congressional district; (Pa State Representative) Mary Jo Daley, (Pa. State Representative) Madeline Dean, and  Shira Goodman (yes, all women!).

On Tuesday, April 3, 2018, you can meet and talk with these 3 congressional candidates, along with our area’s democratic candidates for PA State House; Andy Lee and Josh Camson, and PA State Senate, Linda Fields. The Upper Perk Area 2 meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Upper Perkiomen Middle School, 510 Jefferson Street, East Greenville, PA and is open to the public.

 

A few FAQs

  • Pennsylvania has 18 congressional districts.
  • Each congressional district elects one Representative in the U.S. House of Representatives.
  • The U.S. House of Representatives has 435 voting representatives.
  • Each congressional district has roughly 710,000 people in it (as of the 2010 census).
  • Ideally, each district is composed of communities, cities/suburbs/rural areas with shared interests (not voter registration).

Upper Perk School Board Candidate Events

The public is invited to a “Kickoff Event” in support of John Gehman (write-in candidate), Judy Maginnis, Will Pike, and Jon Warren, on Wednesday evening, September 13, 2017. The event begins at 6 p.m. at Butter Valley Golf Course, 3243 Gehman Road, Barto, PA. Gehman, Maginnis, Pike, and Warren are running as a team in this November’s election for the Upper Perkiomen School Board; all four support the building of a new middle school in the Upper Perkiomen school district.

A “Meet the Candidates Night” sponsored by the PTFS (Parents and Teachers for Students) is scheduled for next Wednesday, September 20, 2017 beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Education Center, 2229 E. Buck Road, Pennsburg, PA. This event is open to the public. All Upper Perkiomen School Board candidates have been invited to participate; Gehman, McGinnis, Pike, and Warren all plan to attend.

Upper Perk School Board Election!

Quite often the school board election is decided in the primary, not in November – especially since school board candidates tend to crossfile (run on both the Democratic and the Republican ticket). The Pennsylvania Primary Election this year is on Tuesday, May 16, 2017; polls are open from 7 a.m. – 8 p.m. Whether or not a new middle school should, and will, be built in the Upper Perkiomen Valley school district is the main issue in this year’s school board election.

Here is the list of candidates for Upper Perkiomen School District that will appear on the Democratic Primary ballot (listed in the order they will appear on the ballot) and their stated position on building a new middle school :

(voters may vote for 4 candidates for the 4 open seats)

  • Will Pike – FOR
  • Melanie Cunningham – AGAINST
  • Stephen Cunningham – AGAINST
  • Jessica Giuricich – FOR
  • John L Gehman – UNDECIDED (has gone back and forth on the issue)
  • Judy Maginnis – FOR
  • Kerry Drake – AGAINST
  • Jon Warren – FOR
  • Jame Glackin – AGAINST

Philadelphia Campaign Grand Finale Event!

What better place to be than in front of Independence Hall in Philadelphia on the eve of this election? The gates open at 4 p.m. on Monday, November 7th (I’m guessing folks may start lining up tonight, if not sooner) for the scheduled 7:30 campaign rally  with Hillary Clinton, who will be joined by President Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, President Bill Clinton and Chelsea Clinton, The Clintons and Obamas will also be joined at the event by Jon Bon Jovi, who will perform.

The event entrance will be at Corner of 4th Street and Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA.

Tickets are not required, but they would appreciate it if folks would RSVP, if only to get an idea of the number of folks for which they need to prepare.