Support Democratic Candidate Joanne Jackson, and then join us for the Vice Presidential Debate Watch Party!

Joanne Jackson is the Democratic candidate for State Representative in the 131st District (this district includes Upper Hanover, East Greenville, Pennsburg, and Red Hill), and she has been a frequent visitor to the Upper Perk Valley, and to the UPDC meetings and activities. We are happy and proud to be supporting her campaign and so we are dedicating this Tuesday night’s Debate Watch Party to helping her get elected to the PA State House this November.

On the evening of the Vice-Presidential Debate, Tuesday, October 4th, we will be phone banking for Joanne Jackson, who will be joining us that evening in East Greenville. The phone banking starts at 7 p.m. and will continue until 8:30 p.m. (when we’ll be breaking out the main refreshments and getting settled to watch the debate) The debate begins at 9 p.m. All democrats, and democratic supporters, are invited to join us at 124 Washington Street, East Greenville for all or part of the evening, whether it is to make phone calls or to watch the debate with like-minded folks.

And if Tuesday doesn’t fit into your schedule, Joanne Jackson is hosting phone banks every Monday night from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. at 4195 Estates Drive, Center Valley, PA, working to get out the vote and win the election against the incumbent Republican in the 131st.

Joanne is also planning a Weekend of Action, October 15 and 16th, 2016.Volunteers are needed to make phone calls, and for door to door canvassing, from noon – 4 p.m. each afternoon. If you can give even an hour of your time, it would be a great  help! Contact Kelly


Presidential Debates

We are only a few days away from the first Presidential Debate of 2016, scheduled for this Monday, September 26, 2016. The first, and only, Vice-Presidential Debate is on Tuesday, October 4th. Sunday, October 9th will be the next Presidential Debate (town hall format, with questions from the audience, as well as the moderator). The final Presidential Debate of this election season is scheduled for Wednesday, October 19, 2016.

UPDC is hosting Debate Watch Parties each night in East Greenville. Before each debate, from 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., we will be making phone calls to Get Out the Vote for our candidates, using call lists and scripts from the Clinton campaign (on presidential debate nights) and using call lists and script from Joanne Jackson for State Representative on the evening of the vice-presidential debate (October 4th). The debates all begin at 9 p.m. Join us at 124 Washington Street, East Greenville for all or part of the evening, whether it is to make phone calls or to watch the debate with like-minded democrats.

And if you prefer to stay home, or have other obligations that keep you from joining us, here’s what you need to know to watch the debates:

Live Streaming – All the major news networks will offer a free live stream as will YouTube and Twitter. Live stream links will be posted the day of the debate.

TV Channels – Each debate will be broadcast live on C-SPAN, ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC, as well as all cable news channels including CNN, Fox News and MSNBC among others.

Full Videos – Click the “Watch Full Video Link” below on each debate to watch the entire debate video.

Time – The debates will air from 9pm to 10:30pm ET (8pm – 9:30pm CT, 7pm – 8:30pm MT, 6pm – 7:30pm PT)

Local Volunteer Opportunities!

With just a little over 50 days left until Election Day, volunteers are needed now more than ever.  The UPDC has a few campaign activities planned, as has the Democratic Party’s PA Victory Fund, Upper Perk Area 2 Democrats, and local candidates. Check below to see some of what is happening in September, and how and where you can help.

Here is what has been organized by the PA Victory Fund Field Organizer for our area:

Volunteer Recruitment Phone Calls from our Lansdale Office
Our Lansdale office is open every day until 9 pm
14 E. Sixth Street
Lansdale PA 19446
Saturday September 17th
Voter Registration Drive
2 hour shifts available at locations in Upper Perkiomen and Indian Valley 9/17
(our most effective outreach)  In the Upper Perkiomen Valley 9/17
Contact Patrick Eddis, Field Organizer for your area to talk or to sign up to help
And the Upper Perkiomen Area 2 Democrats annual Fall Picnic is this Sunday (did you know that some outstanding local musicians, who just happen to be strong Democrats, will be providing some of the entertainment?)
Sunday September 18th
The Upper Perkiomen Area 2 Democrats Ox Roast
at Macoby Run Golf Course Pavillion from 12 pm – 4 pm  9/18
Meet local and state candidates for office, as well as elected Democratic County Officials at the Ox Roast, an old-fashioned barbecue with food, beverages and entertainment included in the price of the ticket:  $30 Contact Elaine Hannock for more information and/or tickets; 610-805-5399 OR – there will be a limited number of tickets available at the gate. Macoby Run Golf Course Pavilion, 5275 McLean Station Road, Green Lane, PA 
Joanne Jackson, Democratic Candidate for State Representative in the 131st District (this district includes Upper Hanover, East Greenville, Pennsburg, and Red Hill), hosts phone banks for her campaign every Monday evening, beginning at 6 p.m – 4195 Estates Dr, Center Valley, PA. If you can spare an hour or two thisMonday evening (and/or any other Monday evening in the next few weeks) your help would be greatly appreciated – you’ll get a script, a page or two of names and phone numbers, and, I am told, some tasty refreshments! UPDC will be hosting a phone banking session for Joanne Jackson in East Greenville (124 Washington Street) on Tuesday, October 4th, from 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., before the Vice Presidential Debate Watch Party; come early to make some phone calls and then stay for the Debate!
And don’t forget to mark your calendar for Monday, September 26th – the first Presidential Debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump!. The UPDC is hosting a Debate Watch Party in East Greenville (124 Washington Street) that night. The debate starts at 9 p.m., but we’ll be starting the evening off with phone banking for Hillary Clinton from 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.; bring your cell phone to make calls. The PA Victory Campaign will be providing the script, names and phone numbers, and a few cellphones for those who don’t have, or prefer not to use, their own phone.

Community Day in East Greenville on Saturday

Once again, the Upper Perkiomen Democratic Club will have tables with voter registration forms and absentee ballot request forms at East Greenville Community Day – this year on Saturday, September 10, 2016, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

We will be giving out “Stronger Together” helium balloons, UPDC pens, Clinton stickers, candidate information, signs, and maybe a few other goodies. And some Democratic candidates are expected to drop in, and walk around Main Street – so be on the lookout and wish them well!

Stop by, say hello, and pick up some swag – we’d love to see you!



Saturday’s “Labor Day Celebration” and Candidate Fundraiser!


On Saturday, September 3, 2016, Democrat Joanne Jackson, who has been stopping by UPDC meetings and Upper Perk events on a regular basis since announcing her candidacy for PA State Representative, is planning what sounds like a fun and festive “Labor Day Celebration” in Emmaus at the beautiful and historic Farmhouse at Buena Vista, 3501 Main Road, Emmaus, Pa.

Live music will be provided by the James Supra Blues Band and the food is courtesy of Bad Bones BBQ. The event is scheduled for Saturday, September 3rd between the hours of 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Tickets are $50. RSVP Kelly Bauer 610-217-3751 or email

Remember, local and state elections matter, and make as much, if not more, of an impact on our day to day lives!

Because Harrisburg Matters, Too!

Because what happens in Harrisburg is often as important as what happens in Washington, D.C., among elected officials, we need your help to elect Democrats to the PA State House. Joanne Jackson is running for State Representative in the 131st District (this district includes Upper Hanover, East Greenville, Pennsburg, and Red Hill). Rachel Hendricks is running for State Representative in the 147th District (this district includes Marlborough Township and Green Lane).

Rachel Hendricks’ campaign is knocking on doors and canvassing in Lower Salford this weekend. The following information was sent out by the campaign. If you are able and interested in volunteering, this weekend, August 6th and 7th, you can show up at the parking lot at Hennings Market, 290 Main Street, Harleysville and/or email Rachel –

We will be meeting in the Henning’s parking lot (Harleysville, in the back towards the bank) at 10 am on Saturday and canvassing until around 3.
We will be meeting in the same place on Sunday at 11 am.
If you want to volunteer, but can’t meet at those times, I can send a volunteer to meet you when you are available. I can also email you PDF lists that you can walk on your own (I will need the completed lists back ASAP for entry though) Even an hour of knocking would be a big help to the campaign!
You can save yourself some cooking and support Joanne Jackson by going out to dinner on Wednesday, August 17th, 2017 at Louie’s Restaurant in Allentown.
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Joanne Jackson Summer Campaign Events

Democratic candidate for 131st District PA State House, Joanne Jackson is hosting two summer fundraiser events for her campaign.

A Campaign Kickoff event is scheduled for Thursday evening, June 30th, 2016. RSVP to Kelly Bauer at Suggested donation is $20 (although I am sure no one would object to a larger donation, if you are so inclined!)


Another event is scheduled for Labor Day weekend, Saturday, September 3rd. There will be music by the James Supra Blues Band and food by the Smoking’ Bull Shack from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. at the Farmhouse at Buena Vista, 3501 Main Street, Emmaus, PA. Tickets for this event are $50 – make checks out to Friends of Joanne Jackson. RSVP to Kelly Bauer at

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.