On Tuesday, May 15th, Pennsylvanians went to the polls across the Commonwealth to take part in primary and special elections. The State Federation of labor unions congratulates the winners across the Commonwealth, most especially those endorsed by the Executive Council of the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO.
In addition to choosing the candidates for consideration in November’s General Election, Pennsylvania voters had special elections in House Districts 48 and 178. Labor’s endorsed candidate, Helen Tai flipped the 178th house district special election to replace former Representative Petri.
The following Pennsylvania AFL-CIO endorsed candidates won their primary elections on Tuesday, May 15: Governor Tom Wolf, U.S. Senator Bob Casey Jr., Brendan F. Boyle (CD-2), Dwight Evans (CD-3), Madeleine Dean (CD-4), Conor Lamb (CD-17) and Michael F. Doyle Jr (CD-18). For State Senate district 38 AFT member Lindsey Williams will be the Democratic candidate in November. Jake Wheatley (HD-19), Adam J. Ravenstahl (HD-20) Ed Gainey (HD-24), Anthony M. Deluca (HD-32), Michael H. O’Brien (HD-176), Jason T. Dawkins (HD-179), Malcolm Kenyatta (HD-181), James R. Roebuck (HD-188), Rosita C. Youngblood (HD-198), and Chris Rabb (HD-200) successfully on their primaries and will stand in the general election in November.
This election marked the first use of Pennsylvania’s newly re-drawn congressional map. The map drawn by the state legislature in 2012 was judged by the state Supreme Court, and in popular opinion around the country, to be horribly gerrymandered in favor of one party. As a result, for the first time in several years, come November Pennsylvanians will have a say in choosing their Representative in the United States Congress.
Tuesday was just the first step to electing representatives locally, statewide and federally who will fight for working people and will protect our rights on the job. Now, the labor movement is resolved to work even harder to support those candidates who share our values and our vision for economic fairness. The Executive Council will issue its endorsements for the General Election after its scheduled June 14th meeting.