2020 Candidates

Endorsed Primary Candidates

Vote June 2, 2020

Lindsey Drew

Office: State Representative—106th Legislative District

Lindsay Drew began a career in banking as an administrative assistant to commercial lenders and through self-study and determination was promoted to become a business banking commercial lender where she became a regional sales leader.  After the loss of her sister to a vehicle accident in 2008 and having her son in 2010, she felt a calling to change career paths to one where she was able to give back to the community and advocate for others instead of remaining in a corporate environment.  Since 2011, she has been self-employed and running a business offering marketing services to small businesses and non-profit organizations.

Lindsay has been actively and extensively involved in community service and advocacy for over a decade, and as a lifelong Democrat, the values she cherishes and holds dear have always been intricately woven into all she does.  She was elected as a School Board Director for the Derry Twp School District in 2017 in a special election over an incumbent Republican and was re-elected for a 4-year term in 2019, receiving the highest number of votes in both the primary and general elections. 

Lindsay’s priorities in office  as a state representative include: Protecting Women’s Rights, Expanding access to mental health services, Education funding, Increasing the minimum wage, and Firearm safety.

Lindsay is the proud mom of 4th grader who attends Hershey Elementary School in Derry Township School District.

Brittney Rodas

Office: State Representative - 105th Legislative District

Brittney's desire to serve stems deeply from her upbringing. Born and raised in Pennsylvania, she is the daughter of her late father, a Vietnam veteran and former steelworker, and was raised by a single mother. Brittney is familiar with the struggles that many families face throughout her community, inspiring her to ensure a brighter future for her children.

Brittney's primary focus will be on securing fair paying jobs for all skill levels, quality education and providing adequate resources for healthcare and mental health services. Much of Brittney's life was impacted by her family and friends’ battles with alcoholism and substance abuse, making it a top priority for her as a legislator. Brittney currently resides in West Hanover Township with her husband Bryan and their two children Olivia and Aiden.

Patty Smith

Office: State Representative - 104th Legislative District

Patty has worked extensively in local and state government and in the nonprofit sector. As a government watchdog, she fights corruption and waste on the state and local levels and has worked across the aisle successfully. In 2018, she was elected as Committeewoman for Susquehanna Township Ward 8 and came within 1,200 votes of winning her first run for State Representative in the 104th in a heavily gerrymandered district against a long-term incumbent. Patty is a champion for PA workers, education, equality, women’s choice, mental health, health care, the environment and animal welfare.

Hon. Patty Kim (Incumbent)

Office: State Representative—103rd Legislative District

State Representative Patty Kim 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 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.


Leading her caucus’ charge to provide a livable wage for all Pennsylvanians, in 2017 Kim introduced bill to increase the minimum wage to $15.00 per hour. Twice before she introduced minimum wage bills.  She continues her fight for a minimum wage increase to restore the middle class by lifting thousands of Pennsylvanians out of poverty.

 

Patty represents the 103rd legislative district, which includes Harrisburg, Highspire, Paxtang, Steelton and parts of Swatara Township.

William N. Troutman

Office: State Representative - 98th Legislative District

Bill Troutman is a lifelong Elizabethtown resident and a proud member of IBEW Local 743. Bill is running to represent the people of Pennsylvania's 98th District. Bill will support working families by fighting for higher wages, accessible and affordable health care, safe workplaces, as well as policies that support small business and family farms.

George Scott

Office: PA State Senate – 15th District

George Scott has spent his life serving others.  He was raised on a family farm in south central Pennsylvania and attended public school.  After graduating from Georgetown University with a degree in International Politics, George entered the U.S. Army and served on active duty for 20 years in both peace and war. He deployed for Operations Just Cause, Desert Shield, Desert Storm, and Enduring Freedom. After commanding a battalion of 1,800 soldiers, he retired as a lieutenant colonel.

In 2009, George returned home, attended the United Lutheran Seminary in Gettysburg, earned a Master of Divinity degree, and began serving as a pastor. He took an unpaid leave of absence from ministry in 2018 in order to run as a Democratic candidate for Congress in PA’s 10th Congressional District.  After winning a four-way race in the primary, George went on to earn 48.7% of the vote in the general election. 

George’s long career in public service has taken him from coast to coast in the US and from the Far East to the Middle East.  Yet, throughout it all, George’s home has always been south-central Pennsylvania.  He and his wife Donna, a small business owner, reside in Harrisburg.  George is also the proud father of two children. 

Hon. Eugene DePasquale

Office: United States Congress – 10th District

Eugene has always been tirelessly dedicated to public service and fighting for working people, senior citizens and our most vulnerable.  He grew up in a typical working-class family.  He was no stranger to waiting on tables and washing dishes in the family restaurant, and worked among honest, hard-working people, who all “deserved a level-playing field”.   

 

Like many families, his family had to face enormous challenges.  He is no stranger to the concept of pre-existing health conditions and medical bills.  Eugene understands that illness and the cost of illness can affect anyone, and affordable health care and prescription costs are very important issues for him.

 

He earned the trust of people he represented because he proved to be a person you can depend on for help.  As a state legislator, Eugene became “PA’s first public official to publicly post all of his expenses on-line.  He returned unused office expenses to taxpayers and called on Harrisburg leaders to do the same.” 

 

As an effective auditor general, he advocated for the protection of children, he demanded the processing of untested rape kits and was transparent about nursing home abuse.  Eugene did not allow other political insiders or special interests to intimidate him.  His main concern and focus was the support people needed and that kept him encouraged.

Eugene is ready “punch back” and take the “fight to Congress.” 

Hon. Joe Torsella

Office: PA Treasurer (Incumbent)

As the treasurer of Pennsylvania, Torsella oversees an office of 360 employees, which protects nearly $100 billion in state assets. The Pennsylvania treasurer or his designee serves on approximately 20 boards on Treasury’s behalf and chairs the Board of Finance & Revenue. He administers the unclaimed property program, manages the state’s 529 College and Career Savings Program and safeguards the financial health of the state.


Previously, from 2011-2014 Torsella served as the U.S. Representative to the United Nations, for budget and management reform. He was the architect and chief public spokesperson for the Obama Administration plans for reform of the $36 billion United Nations system. Between 2011 and 2014, Torsella advocated for United Nations budget restraint and achieved an unprecedented level of transparency, including webcasting of UN meetings and publication of United Nations audits. He lives in Flourtown with his wife Carolyn, and they are proud parents to four children.


Torsella has spent his career as a voice for smart policy, fiscal responsibility and public integrity on issues that will shape the future of Pennsylvania. From Philadelphia’s City Hall to the National Constitution Center to the halls of the United Nations, his work is a reflection of his background in public service and leadership, which has earned him a reputation as a voice of purpose, honor and vision

Tracie Fountain, C.P.A.

Office: Pennsylvania Auditor General

Tracie Fountain is a Certified Public Accountant and a graduate of Drexel University. Tracie served in the Pennsylvania Auditor General’s office for over 29 years. Serving in the administrations of four auditor generals, including Auditor General Eugene DePasquale. She has learned to apply the power of the pen to protect Pennsylvanians and their families.

 

Currently, the Auditor’s office conducts over 5,000 audits per year, while operating with the smallest Auditor General’s staff in history – the office demands someone with Tracie’s wealth of knowledge and experience.

 

Tracie is running for Auditor General because she wants to continue the work of her past predecessors and to bring new and fresh ideas to the office from a field supervisor’s and Bureau Director’s perspective. 

 

Tracie’s leadership, through the release of transparent audit reports and established open lines of communications with Pennsylvania citizens, will ensure that Pennsylvania taxpayer funds are efficiently and effectively used for their intended purposes and that funded programs are achieving their established objectives. 

Hon. Josh Shapiro, Esq (Incumbent)

Office: PA Attorney General

As a State Representative, Josh wrote and passed some of the toughest ethics laws in state history. Philadelphia Magazine wrote that Josh was “a blast of oxygen in the smoke-choked back rooms of quid-pro-quo Harrisburg,” and his work earned him a national reputation as a bipartisan consensus builder.

Then, as Chairman of the Montgomery County Commissioners, he led a fiscal and ethical turnaround, took early steps to combat the heroin epidemic, helped the first LGBT couples in Pennsylvania marry and fired Wall Street money managers to save retirees millions. His work on behalf of victims and for criminal justice reform as the Chairman of the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency earned him the trust of law enforcement leaders from both parties.

As Attorney General, Josh has restored integrity to the office and is standing up for the rule of law and safeguarding Pennsylvanians’ rights — no matter what they look like, who they love, or who they pray or don’t pray to.

He has taken on child sexual abuse in the Catholic Church, identifying 301 predator priests and thousands of victims and spurring investigation across the United States. He has twice secured national injunctions protecting women’s access to no-cost contraception as required by the Affordable Care Act. He is fighting our country’s opioid epidemic on every front– including leading a multistate investigation into pharmaceutical manufacturers and distributors.

Josh Shapiro earned his law degree at night from Georgetown University, and is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar. Josh was raised in Montgomery County, where he met his high school sweetheart, Lori, and where they are raising their four young children.

Hon. Joe Biden

Office: President of the United States

Joe Biden briefly worked as an attorney before turning to politics. He became the fifth-youngest U.S. senator in history as well as Delaware's longest-serving senator. His 2008 Joe became the Vice President running mate of Democratic nominee Barack Obama. After they won, Biden went on to serve two terms as the 47th vice president of the United States. In 2017, at the close of his administration, Obama presented Biden with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Two years later Biden launched his campaign for U.S. president in 2020.

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