November 8, 2022 is the General Election
2022 Democratic Candidates
UNITED STATES SENATOR
John doesn’t look like a typical politician, and more importantly, he doesn’t act like one. He supported legalizing marijuana before it was popular, officiated a same-sex marriage before it was legal, and pushed for single-payer healthcare long before it was mainstream. The issues John is running on now are the same issues he’s been working on for the last two decades.
Together, John and Gisele have fought for causes they believe in, from immigration reform to LGBTQ+ rights. When Pennsylvania lawmakers continued to push outdated discriminatory policies banning marriage equality, John stood up and officiated one of the first same-sex marriages in the commonwealth. And when they wanted to build a four-lane interstate highway through Braddock, a town that’s more than 80% Black and already suffered historically high asthma rates, John was the only elected official in Western Pennsylvania who opposed it on the grounds that it was environmental racism.
REPRESENTATIVE IN CONGRESS, PA-10
Shamaine A. Daniels is a three-term Councilwoman for the City of Harrisburg where she reduced red tape and lowered fees for opening small businesses, doubled penalties for slumlords, and invested in youth programming. She has also been an educator and attorney for well over a decade. About half of her legal career was spent defending workers’ rights and civil rights and the second half of her legal career has been spent helping American citizens and immigrants navigate our complex immigration system. She has consistently served the most vulnerable populations in our Commonwealth: Victims of domestic violence and sexual assault abandoned and neglected children, workers, seniors, and individuals with disabilities. Daniels migrated to the United States from Venezuela in her teens and received her B.A. in Political Science/International Relations and Sociology from West Chester University of Pennsylvania and her J.D. and M.A. in Women’s Studies from the University of Cincinnati and its College of Law.
OR Checks can be made to Daniels for Congress and mailed to 2018 N. 3rd St, Harrisburg, Pa 17102
Governor of Pennsylvania
Throughout his career as a public servant, Josh Shapiro has taken on the status quo, brought people together to solve tough problems, and delivered results for the people of Pennsylvania. Since 2017, he has served as the People’s Attorney General, working every day to stand up to powerful institutions and protect Pennsylvanians’ rights. Now, Josh is running to be Pennsylvania’s next Governor — to move our Commonwealth forward and tackle our biggest challenges.
Josh grew up in Pennsylvania, watching his parents serve their community — his father was a pediatrician, and his mother was an educator. Their example inspired Josh to enter into public service, and from a young age, Josh recognized that standing up for others was how he wanted to spend his career.
Josh Shapiro knows Pennsylvanians need a Governor who will take on the biggest fights and solve our most pressing problems. As long as Josh is serving our Commonwealth, he will continue to defend Pennsylvanians and deliver results.
Josh and his wife, Lori, live in Montgomery County with their three school-age sons, and their eldest daughter attends the University of Pittsburgh.
ENDORSED BY PA DEMS
LT. GOVERNOR OF PENNSYLVANIA
Austin knew from an early age that he wanted to dedicate his life and career to public service. Throughout his career, he has fought for economic equality, worked to lift people out of poverty and secure fair funding for education, and has been committed to bettering the lives of people in western Pennsylvania.
Rep. Austin Davis took the oath of office to serve the people of the Mon Valley on February 5, 2018. When he was sworn in, Austin became the first African American to serve as state representative for the 35th Legislative District in Allegheny County, and he became one of only four African American lawmakers to represent a majority-white district.
Currently, Austin serves as chair of the Allegheny County House Democratic Delegation and vice-chair of the House Democratic Policy Committee, as well as serving on the House Appropriations Committee, House Consumer Affairs Committee, House Insurance Committee, and House Transportation Committee. Austin is also a member of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus, Climate Caucus, and PA SAFE Caucus.
Austin currently resides in McKeesport with his wife, Blayre Holmes Davis.
ENDORSED BY PA DEMS
SENATOR IN THE PA GENERAL ASSEMBLY
CUMBERLAND, DAUPHIN, and PERRY Counties. Part of CUMBERLAND County consisting of the TOWNSHIPS of Cooke, Dickinson, East Pennsboro, Hampden, Hopewell, Lower Frankford, Lower Mifflin, Middlesex, Monroe, North Middleton, North Newton, Penn, Shippensburg, Silver Spring, South Middleton, South Newton, Southampton, Upper Frankford, Upper Mifflin and West Pennsboro and the BOROUGHS of Camp Hill, Carlisle, Mount Holly Springs, Newburg, Newville, Shippensburg (Cumberland County Portion) and Wormleysburg; Part of DAUPHIN County consisting of the TOWNSHIPS of Halifax, Jackson, Jefferson, Lykens, Mifflin, Reed, Rush, Upper Paxton, Washington, Wayne, Wiconisco and Williams and the BOROUGHS of Berrysburg, Elizabethville, Gratz, Halifax, Lykens, Millersburg, Pillow and Williamstown and All of PERRY County.
A 50-plus year resident of East Pennsboro Township, Cumberland County, Massey has an extensive military and educational background coupled with many years of community public service. He is the lone Democrat to seek the open state Senate seat in the newly created 34th District that covers almost all of Cumberland County, all of Perry County, and northern Dauphin County.
Retired from the U.S. Army (Major) after 22 years, and the Pennsylvania Department of Education, Massey holds a Masters’ degree in Business Administration (MBA) from Shippensburg University and is a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College in Ft. Leavenworth. Kansas. Having grown up on a poultry farm in Georgia, Massey earned his undergraduate degree (BBA) from the University of Georgia and has served as President of the University of Georgia Central PA Alumni and Friends Club for 35 years.
Massey is a regular churchgoer where he attends Camp Hill United Methodist Church and participates in a men’s prayer group and attends and helps to teach Bible studies. He has prepared meals for Family Promise helps feed the homeless and is a volunteer at area food banks, the Salvation Army, and has chaired fundraisers for the Harrisburg Humane Society through “Dawgs Helping Dogs.” Jim believes in protecting our environment and through his own initiative takes used bicycles to Harrisburg for recycling. Last year alone, Jim collected over 35 bikes for recycling.
Jim is a member of his neighborhood volunteer fire company (West Creek Hills) and the American Legion Post 751 of Enola.
This is Jim’s second attempt at state elective office. He ran for the state House of Representatives from the 87th District of Cumberland County in 2016.
REPRESENTATIVE IN THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY
Part of CUMBERLAND County consisting of the TOWNSHIPS of Lower Allen (PART, Precinct 02), Monroe, Silver
Spring, South Middleton (PART, Precincts 01, 02, 06, 07, 08, and 09) and Upper Allen and the BOROUGH of Mount Holly Springs.
Kristal Markle, is a single mom, small business owner, and leadership development expert with years of experience in PA government.
An accident 5 years ago left Kristal with a traumatic brain injury impacting many of her cognitive abilities like reading and writing. Markle, once employed by the Commonwealth as the Training Officer for the Department of Public Welfare, found herself and her children dependent on government services. Now years later, having recovered from those injuries, Kristal brings a unique perspective on the important role government can play in people’s lives when it is most needed.
Kristal has nearly two decades of experience in the field of servant leadership. She has used her background to build a successful small business coaching executives, developing leaders, and inspiring courage in others. “I lead with love and service. The people I serve are the most important and I am merely a conduit for their success.”
Kristal lives in Upper Allen Township with her 2 daughters and dog. She received her BA from Bloomsburg University and went on to receive her Master’s in Strategic Leadership from Messiah University. Kristal is the President of Bossy Girl Leadership.
Part of CUMBERLAND County consisting of the TOWNSHIPS of Hampden and Lower Allen (PART, Precincts 01, 03, 04, 05, and 06) and the BOROUGHS of Mechanicsburg, New Cumberland and Shiremanstown.
Sara Agerton lives in Mechanicsburg, PA where she raises her teenage daughter with her husband. She currently serves her community as an elected official on the borough council. She is employed as a healthcare administrator in the field of hospice. Her career in Social Work has allowed her many opportunities to serve families and children throughout the state of Pennsylvania. She is a believer of giving back to her community and finds herself serving in many capacities to make her community better.
After graduation from IUP with a BA in Criminology she realized that her talents were better placed in Social Work. She went on to receive her Masters in Social Work while working full time and starting her family. It was during this time she worked with children in group homes, foster care and adoption. She has worked in guardianship and now in hospice. This career path has allowed her to work with all aspects of the family. She has been able to navigate systems to assist those in need and advocate for them.
She has also found herself volunteering and believes in being active in the community. She has been a girl scout leader, a girls on the run coach, a facilitator for Alzheimer’s support groups, and guardian, and now serves on the fundraising committee for Sadler HealthCare Expansion to the West Shore. When an opportunity arises, her values push her to be there serving her neighbors.
Over her elected experience she has been able to be a voice for her constituents. She has served as chair of Outreach and Communication, Parks and Property, and currently chairing the Personnel Committee for Mechanicsburg Borough Council. She has the opportunity to serve as a liaison for HARB and for the Downtown Mechanicsburg Partnership. She is active in supporting small businesses and helping promote services throughout the pandemic. She also takes an active role in promoting outdoor recreation and supports the Greenway Trolley Project.
She continually finds herself in a role of advocacy. Promoting the ideals that we must look out for each other not leave those behind. Issues that are important to her are accessible and affordable healthcare. This should not be a barrier to individuals and we need to look at the barriers preventing those from receiving preventable healthcare and specialty services including mental health services and addiction care. She believes that education for our children needs to be at the forefront. Without quality access to education and funding for our public education systems, our children suffer. Infrastructure is also top of mind as we look at crumbling roads and bridges. Government inaction is costing us more by delaying a comprehensive plan.
If elected Sara understands her role in helping move forward policies that will help everyone in the 88th and promote our path forward. This area is part of one of the fastest-growing areas in PA and the time is now to have a new voice.
Part of CUMBERLAND County consisting of the TOWNSHIP of East Pennsboro and the BOROUGHS of Camp Hill, Lemoyne and Wormleysburg and Part of DAUPHIN County consisting of the CITY of Harrisburg (PART, Wards 01 [PART, Division 01], 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08, 09 [PART, Division 01], 10, 11, 12, 14 and 15).
State Representative Patty Kim, a former news anchor, reporter, and Harrisburg City Councilwoman was first elected to the state House of Representatives in 2012. During her first term, Kim was a leader in government reform and transparency. She returned her cost of living increase (COLA) and introduced a bill to eliminate the yearly pay increases. She is also one of the only members of the House to post all of her expenses on her legislative website for public review.
Rep. Kim’s priorities in the General Assembly include taking a solution-based approach to statewide issues, working in cooperation and collaboration with colleagues, and utilizing her record of service to support initiatives that stand to better the lives of the citizens she represents.
Part of CUMBERLAND County consisting of the TOWNSHIPS of Hopewell, Lower Frankford, Lower Mifflin, Middlesex, North Middleton, North Newton, South Middleton (PART, Precincts 03, 04, and 05), Upper Frankford, Upper Mifflin, and West Pennsboro and the BOROUGHS of Carlisle, Newburg, and Newville.
Alan Howe is a retired US Air Force Senior Master Sergeant with 24 years of service including two decades overseas in Asia, Europe, and the Persian Gulf. After serving his country, Alan completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Middle East Displacement Studies at George Mason University, graduating summa cum laude in 2012. Howe ran for Congress in 2017-18 first in the 11th District and then in the 10th District after the PA Supreme Court redistricting in 2018.
He is an activist, conservationist, fly angler, hunter, and dedicated anti-racist. He has been a full-time resident of Carlisle since the end of 2014 and is a reliable volunteer for environmental causes. Howe has been defending democracy since 1981.
Howe looks forward to showing voters an important distinction between the major political parties. “Republicans only promise. Democrats deliver. Democrats will make Pennsylvania better.”
PA DEMOCRATIC STATE COMMITTEE MEMBER
The Pennsylvania Democratic State Committee (PADSC) is the governing body of the Pennsylvania Democratic Party. Founded in 1792, the PADSC is charged with steering the direction of your party and organizing for Democrats across the ballot!
PADSC members, who are elected to four-year terms, meet in full three times each year. PADSC members elect party leadership, hold nominating conventions, pass and promote a party platform, and help lead organizing efforts all across the commonwealth.
PADSC members are elected during the Primary. The following were elected:
MEN STATE COMMITTEE MEMBERS
Thomas E. Fink
Tom is a recently semi-retired psychologist who also is the current co-chair of the Camp Hill Democrats. As a life-long Democrat and now a resident of Cumberland County, I have worked in my community to promote democratic and humanistic values. I have multiple non-political interests, but because of the threats to democracy we recently have experienced as a state and nation I feel compelled to become involved in the political effort to save our democracy. Support me and I will work actively to create a more proactive and effective State Committee.
I will support and advocate for a more proactive approach to educating the voting public about what is occurring, as well as supporting our candidates and elected officials, and communicating with and empowering our local Democratic organizations. I also want to see a more serious effort on the part of PA State Democrats to aggressively confront the pressing existential crisis of our planet, global warming.
Attorney Quinlan has lived in Cumberland County since 1997. He made his life here with his wife Marsha and two sons, Jimmy and Michael.
He has a lengthy history of public service including 9 years of prosecution for the York County DA’s Office and the Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs. A lifelong Democrat, in 2004, he ran for State Senate against Pat Vance. In 2018, he ran for the State House of Representatives against Greg Rothman. In 2019, he ran for District Attorney here in Cumberland County against Skip Ebert and again for State Representative in 2020.
He has proudly served on State Committee on an interim basis and looks forward to continuing to serve his party and community in that capacity going forward.
WOMEN STATE COMMITTEE MEMBERS
Jacqueline Smith-Bennett is a lifelong Democrat who lives in Camp Hill (East Pennsboro Township). In her political life, she has served Cumberland County as East Pennsboro Township elected precinct captain and since 2002 she has served on the PA Democratic Party State Committee as Cumberland County’s elected representative.
She is a respected and established leader in the PDP having co-founded its Black Caucus. In 2016 she was appointed Pa Democratic Party Secretary and served under two State Party Chairmen. For three consecutive terms, she has held the position of South Central Regional Caucus Treasure and is currently engaged in establishing a scholarship for future democratic party leaders. She is a member of several constituency caucuses and is a regular panelist on the Annual PDP Women’s Caucus Candidates Forum.
Jacqueline is an experienced emcee, an ordained minister, the Owner of GREAT Celebrations: Ceremony Specialist, a member of Messiah Lutheran Church, and is married to Jerry Bennett a connoisseur of Jazz and ally for racial and social justice.
I am a Candidate for the office of Democrat State Committee Member to support the Party and represent the Members. I am proud that I have been a State Committee Member since 1984. I serve on the ByLaw Committee, which I Chaired for 2 terms, and have been a member since being elected. My most memorable and rewarding contributions to the ByLaws are the formation of Statewide Caucuses, the addition of National Committee Members to the State Committee, and most recently the addition of High School Democrats to the Nomination Recommendation Committee. I conceived the idea of Constituency Caucuses and helped to start them. One of the most rewarding things I did was serve for 2 terms as Senior Advisor to the Statewide Young Democrats. In addition to being a Member of The South Central Caucus, I belong to many Constituency Caucuses. I twice Chaired the State Affirmative Action Committee and attended the 1988 National Convention in Atlanta at the request of the State Chair.
I have been honored to speak at various County Dinners, representing State Chairs. I am serving my 3rd term as a Member of The State Executive Board to which I was elected by our Senatorial District State Committee Members. I am a Member of The PFDW as were my Mother and Grandmother. In the past, I was a member of The Cumberland County YD’s, President of the Lemoyne Democrat Club, a PCP in Mechanicsburg 4th Ward, and Co-Area Leader in Mechanicsburg. I have managed campaigns and worked on campaigns from Town Council to Presidential.
I live in Mechanicsburg and have 3 beautiful nieces and 3 handsome nephews.
Democratic Precinct Committee Person
Precinct Committee Persons were elected during the May Primary. Click here for a list of Democratic Precinct Committee Persons elected in your voting precinct. If there is no one listed in your voting precinct, there is a vacancy. Want to defeat Republicans in November? Step up to be a volunteer in your precinct!
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The Precinct Committee Person (PCP) is the most important grassroots level volunteer in the Democratic party structure. Each precinct can elect 2 precinct committee persons. Cumberland County has 118 precincts.
A Precinct Committee Person is an elected official of the Democratic Party. They actively work with the Democratic Party to win elections at the local, state, and national levels. The job of a Democratic committee person is extremely important because they represent the Democratic party in their neighborhood or precinct. The Precinct Committee Persons’ main job is to communicate with voters throughout the year, work to get Democrats elected and promote the principles of the Democratic Party.
Every precinct in Cumberland County is permitted to have 2 PCPs and we still have openings across the county for PCP positions. PCPs can be appointed by the CCDC chair after the CCDC reorganization on June 4. These positions are VITAL to getting our Democratic candidates across the finish line in November. Interested in being part of the team that defeats Republicans in November? Contact us HERE and CCDC will be in touch about details.
- Must be a registered Democrat
- Must reside in the precinct in which elected