From Glenavie Norton, Chair: I know that I have said before in this space that we face a “must win” election. This has never been more true than it will be on November 6, 2012. At stake not only is the presidency but also both houses of congress and our future Supreme Court. If we lose these, our already imperiled democracy may cease to exist as a democracy and our identity–as a nation with opportunity for every citizen and equal justice for all–lie in ruins.
In Southeastern Pennsylvania, we strongly urge you to vote for the following candidates and encourage like-minded voters in your community to do the same.
#201 Barack Obama
PA Attorney General
#203 Kathleen Kane
District 1: #206 Robert Brady
District 2: #206 Chaka Fattah
District 6: #206 Manan Trivedi
District 7: #206 George Badey
District 8: #206 Kathy Boockvar
District 13: #206 Allyson Schwartz
District 1: #206 Larry Farnese
District 17: #207 Daylin Leach
PA State House of Representatives
District 26: #208 Mike Hays
District 150: #E27 Kelly Devine
District 151: #E27 Will Sylianteng
District 182: #208 Brian Sims
District 188: #208 James Roebuck
District 202: #208 Mark Cohen
Americans for Democratic Action Southeastern Pennsylvania has endorsed the following candidates in the April 24, 2012 primary election.
District 6: Manan Trivedi
District 17: #207 Daylin Leach
PA State House of Representative
District 26: Mike Hays
District 151: Will Sylianteng
District 182: Babette Josephs and Brian Sims. Both candidates in this race were endorsed.
District 188: James Roebuck
District 195: Andrew Kleeman
District 202: Mark Cohen and Numa St. Louis. Both candidates in this race were endorsed
From the Chair: In a time when we are increasingly worried about party polarization and the Republican Party’s extreme rightward swing, ADA is pleased to endorse good government candidates from both the Democratic and Republican parties.
The reign of Commissioner Marge Tartaglione is finally coming to a close after many decades. But reform will not be accomplished unless Democrat Stephanie Singer, who beat Tartaglione, replaces her as chairperson. The only way that can happen is if Republican Al Schmidt is elected instead of Republican incumbent, Joseph Duda. Otherwise incumbent Democrat Anthony Clark, a supporter of Tartaglione, will likely become Chair since Duda and Clark will vote for him. ADA has found Al Schmidt to be intelligent, thoughtful, and dedicated to ensuring that registration and voting in Philadelphia proceed in an accessible, transparent, and accountable manner. Vote Singer and Schmidt.Read more
It is with enormous sorrow that we learned today of the death of our board member, Rob Stuart. Rob became a member of our board in 2010. He quietly and generously shared his media and technology expertise, his understanding of Philadelphia politics, his intelligence, his creativity, and his dedication to advancing a democratic and liberal agenda. We will miss him immensely. Above all, we extend our heartfelt condolences to his family, who mourn the loss of his obvious and complete devotion.
Here are the candidates endorsed or recommended by the board of ADA of Southeastern Pennsylvania for the primary election on Tuesday, May 17. ADA did not consider candidates who are running unopposed in the Primary. As usual, judicial candidates are the most difficult to assess and we only consider those who contact us and respond to our questionnaire.
#102 Kathryn Boockvar
Philadelphia Common Pleas Court
#105 Diana Anhalt
#111 Christopher Mallios, Jr.
#112 Barbara McDermott
#123 Drew Aldinger
#138 Sayde Ladov
Representative Mark Cohen offers these words in remembrance of long time ADA Board Member Lenora Berson who passed away February 12, 2011.
Philadelphia has had many political and community activists over the years. We have had only one Lenora Berson. Lenora died earlier this month at the age of 83. She was an impassioned advocate who could teach a class, do social work, organize testimony and demonstrations,write speeches, lobby elected officials, initiate candidacies for public office, mastermind election campaigns, write articles and books, take photographs worthy of being shown in art galleries, promote Philadelphia’s hidden gems, and organize events to promote the city that no else had thought of.Read more
This is an absolutely critical election! The outcome means control of the US Congress, the PA Governor, the PA House and the re-districting of legislative districts. If the Republicans gain control in Washington, we can say goodbye to the reforms undertaken by President Obama and hello to the right-wing Tea Party fringe with its promises to undermine Social Security, Medicare, environmental and health care reforms, unemployment benefits, and stimulus spending, and return us to the Bush/Cheney era of no social safety net and no regulation.
At the State level, redistricting controlled by the legislature and the Governor will have a huge impact for the next decade, since districts are drawn after each census. The last time the Republicans controlled redistricting they gave us districts spanning 4 counties and gerrymandered many districts so that no real competition was possible. As we have learned the hard way, safe seats too often guarantee unsafe public policies and a diminished democratic process.Read more
This year it is important to reaffirm the progressive ideals of ADA by supporting candidates who will stand with us into the 21st Century. While Republicans take a purposefully negative and totally obstructive course that moves more and more to the far right of the anti-government tea party movement, we must elect officials who we can count on to stay with us on vital issues.
Consistency may be the hobgoblin of small minds, but we are consistent in our liberal values and we are proud of it! That is why we have endorsed Joe Sestak for Senate and Joe Hoeffel for Governor. In a far more fundamental way than the other candidates for these offices, Hoeffel and Sestak subscribe to ADA’s principles of freedom, economic security, good government, democratic planning and enlargement of fundamental liberties.Read more