Gov Race Heating Up

One man in, one man out.  For six months I’ve been surmising that Pittsburgh’s Jack Wagner would jump into the Governor’s race.  This he did by beginning to circulate nominating petitions.  Since the state is extremely parochial when voting in Democratic primaries the fact there was no candidate from the west left that door wide open for a Wagner to jump into.  Meanwhile Max Myers, the radical Pentecostal preacher, left the race because he cannot raise any money.

New polls show Tom Wolf running away with the vote.  The election remains almost three months away and anything can happen but his blitz of media ads has established himself as the man to beat.  The Wolf TV ads are tremendously well done and are defining him positively in the minds of voters.  One poll has him at 40% and the other at 36%.  Those are enough to win in a large field.

I spoke with John Hanger at the recent Democratic State Committee meeting and he said he was remaining in the race despite low poll numbers and lagging fund raising because he felt he could get 15% of the vote and win with that.  These polls show him to be a non-factor.  Heck, they should Rob McCord and Allyson Schwartz to be non-factors.

Yesterday Planned Parenthood Pennsylvania PAC endorsed Congresswoman Schwartz.  McCord has many major labor endorsements.  Regardless Wolf is running away with this race.  We’ll see how firm those numbers are when the other two major players get on TV.  Wolf has the money to outspend his rivals however.  Schwartz is burning through money paying staff.

Tom Wolf has been my number one choice since he announced (I also like Rob McCord).  At the Pennsylvania Progressive Summit a year ago I was one of only two participants who voted for him in the straw poll.  I suspect he’ll have a lot more support there tomorrow evening when the candidates debate.  I’ll be there.

News & Notes February 27, 2014

My throat surgery is scheduled for March 19th.  Health issues are taxing much of time of late.

State House Speaker Sam Smith has announced his retirement.

Highmark has announced it will insure same sex couples in Pennsylvania.  With yesterday’s ruling establishing Texas’ ban on same sex marriage unconstitutional it joins the growing list of states legalizing LGBT marriages.  Last year’s Windsor ruling by SCOTUS is the basis for every state’s bans to fall consecutively.  Pennsylvania is in line.  It’s merely a matter of time.

I applaud Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer who vetoed that state’s bill legalizing religious bigotry.

Chickie’s and Pete’s is yet the latest business to be found guilty of wage theft.  This was a major case costing the chain $6.8 million in wages and tips it stole from employees.

On the charter school front two articles criticize the latest conservative education fad.  The first concerns a Temple U professor whose study shows they turn huge profits while sending our tax dollars out of state.  One of my chief criticisms of charter schools is how many of them (besides underperforming) have lower overhead but drain the same amount of funds from public school districts as brick and mortar schools.  This other Newsworks article is also interesting reading.  An excerpt:

As a group, Philadelphia’s charter schools do only a bit better at educating kids than traditional schools, while draining about $7,000 per child from what’s available to teach kids in traditional schools. Only 29 percent of Philly charters made the federal standard for annual progress. This, even though they mostly work with kids who are in a better home situation than a lot of the children whom the traditional schools serve.

What did Pennsylvania do wrong? it set up laughably weak oversight that indulged poor performance while inviting inside dealing and shady operators. It made no effort to sort good charters (and there are quite a few of those) from bad. It set up an inane funding system that pits charters against their home districts.

Arizona’s Religious Bigotry Bill

The Arizona legislature has passed a bill and sent it to Gov. Jan Brewer legalizing religious bigotry.  Kansas has already enacted such legislation and Rep. Gordon Denlinger of Lancaster County has introduced a similar bill in Harrisburg.  Religious zealots are angry that they can no longer openly discriminate against people they don’t like without legal ramifications so they’re touting their right to religious freedom so they can legally discriminate against folks like me.  Unfortunately what they don’t understand is that their rights when when they begin to infringe upon mine.

This is a slippery slope and the new law would apply to many others, including those who passed the bill.  There’s nothing in it which is specific so when a majority of Arizonans are comprised of Native Americans, Hispanics and LGBT people these very angry white men could see themselves becoming the victims of their own law.  That would be karmic.

Who is to say, for example, that my or another’s atheistic beliefs motivate us to bomb or burn churches and other religious institutions?  That would be perfectly legal under this law.  Under this law people wanting to use peyote could do so without fear of arrest.  Of course the real reason for this legislation is so business owners won’t have to cater to gay and lesbian couples wanting to get married and buy wedding cakes, photographs, receptions and what not for their nuptials.  Why would they think I’d support a homophobic businessman anyway?

However once you enter into a public domain with your enterprise you are required to accept any legitimate customer who happens by.  As of today though many states still allow businesses to discriminate against LGBT customers.  This includes Pennsylvania.  I could be refused service in any restaurant in the Commonwealth.  Of course I don’t eat where I’m not welcome anyway (Chick Fil-A).

The Arizona law will be bad for business and bad for the state.  We’re planning a summer trip to the Grand Canyon while staying in Santa Fe this August.  I won’t go if this law is signed by Gov. Brewer.  Businesses openly discriminating will discover it is bad for business.  Hopefully Arizona’s economy will stutter and regress if the Governor signs this bill.  Three state Senators who voted for the legislation are now opposing it after discovering it will harm the state’s businesses.  Where was their due diligence before they voted?  I think their personal bigotry got in the way of their brains operating.  This seems to be the Arizona way.

Blog Update

I’ve been dealing with several health issues for the past few months.  I apologize for not keeping the blog as updated as in the past but these are taxing my time.  I was diagnosed with Type II Diabetes in early December and am now on an intensive exercise/nutrition program.  The good news there is I’ve lost 15 pounds and I’m hitting the gym almost every afternoon.

The bad news is in my throat where it appears I have tonsil cancer.  I see that doctor again on Tuesday.  The worst case scenario there is having to undergo a tonsillectomy.  That’s no picnic at my age but it certainly is better than what other cancers require.  I might be laid up for a few weeks after that.

As for long term plans I’m considering ending the blog later this year following the Gubernatorial election.  This May will be ten years of doing this and that seems enough.  Perhaps I’ll dive back in for the 2016 presidential race but that would depend on the circumstances.  I do plan on keeping the blog up and active and if anyone is interested in taking it over as the primary editor/writer please contact me.

Communicating the Atomic Fart

by Walter Brasch

     My son’s best friend bought an iPhone shortly after they were first released in 2007.

     Not long after my son’s friend got his Apple iPhone, he got an app-the Atomic fart. It appealed to his-and millions’ of others’-junior high school sense of humor, although by the time they could digitally play a series of farts, they were long past puberty.

     The First Fart was a simple recreation. There were several upgrades, each of which added numerous possibilities. The current app has 30 possibilities, including a whoopee cushion fart, a fireworks fart, a drum solo fart, and the “1812 Overture Fart.” It was only less annoying than dogs barking “Jingle Bells” at Christmas time.

     For the complete prankster, high-tech programmers have given fun-seekers an app that has a time delay; anyone can secretly place the iPhone near an unsuspecting nebbish, quickly move to the other side of the room, and then wait.

     Far Apps has now sold more than 10 million Atomic Farts, most going for 99 cents. The return-on-investment for the iPhone is even better. Within seven years of the phone’s release, Apple would sell more than 250 million units, about one-fourth of all smart phones sold worldwide.

     The first iPhones sold for $499-$599. The fifth generation iPhone lists for $600-$650. Production costs-all are made in China by workers paid less than $2 an hour-are about $12-30 a unit, according to business analyst and former Nokia executive Horace Dediu.

     Loaded with programs and third-party apps, smart phones aren’t just a phone, but an instant way to send and receive text messages, get email, connect to facebook, Linked-in, Instagram, and dozens of other ways to “communicate” without ever having to look at the other person. It can also tell you where in the world you are, how to get to any part of the world, and even turn on the lights and coffee pot in your home from half a world away. It can’t yet bring you the coffee, however.

Millions of smart phone owners can take pictures or short videos. Those who yawned through their friends’ slide shows of vacation trips can now yawn through hundreds of selfies, photos of bar scene escapades, and their friend’s two-year-old nephew, all  stored on a phone.

     With smart phones hermetically sealed to their ears and their senses otherwise occupied, millions of people can now walk into doors, walls, and ponds while concentrating on staying in touch.

     People with smart phones tend to think of everyone else having instant communication. A business associate of mine was upset when I didn’t immediately return his email. That’s because the email went to my desk computer and not to a smart phone, which I don’t have.

     I do have a cell phone. It has an external antenna. When I took it into the Verizon store a few months ago to have it fixed, the 20-something techs gathered around to admire something they considered to be ancient archeology.

     I can’t text. I don’t have access to the Internet or Facebook to out find out what some distant acquaintance is having for lunch. I can just make phone calls. (I never leave it “on,” so calling me on the phone is useless.) I get 30 minutes a month and unlimited time on evenings and weekends. I seldom use up the 30 minutes. That’s because I have a phone at home and at work. I don’t need to be babbling incoherently while walking or driving. Nor do I, unlike most Americans who pay more than $100 a month for iPhone service, think I’m not important enough to wait for a never-to-be-received call from the President who needs instant advice on a world situation-or some buddy who texts me, “R U there? Wanna do something?”

     A year or so ago, a friend said she admired how productive I was. That happens because I don’t have a smart phone-and no need to check every quarter hour how my paltry stock portfolio is doing, or if Angry Birds are upset with me.

     Yes, I don’t have an iPhone. And I don’t have an Atomic Fart. There’s no need for artificial farts in my life.

     [Dr. Brasch’s latest book is Fracking Pennsylvania, an in-depth look at the science and social issues surrounding fracking.]

 

President Raises Wages For Federal Contractors

Let’s begin by getting one thing straight:  a President issues Executive Orders in order to run the government.  This is his job as President under the Constitution.  There is nothing treasonous, illegal or impeachable about the practice.  In fact Barack Obama has issued far fewer Executive Orders than any President in recent times.

That said the President yesterday issued an Executive Order raising the minimum wage for workers under federal contracts.  It is now $10.10/hour instead of $7.25.  Raising the minimum wage does NOT cost jobs.  This frequent Republican objection has absolutely no basis in fact.  In fact by providing more income for low income workers the higher wages stimulate the economy creating more jobs.  When consumers, especially on the low end of the scale, have more money they tend to spend all of it.  The largest factor in our slow economy has the been the inability of consumers to spend because wages have been stagnant for thirty years unless you’re a CEO.

Where was all this wage rage when corporate executives and Wall Street banksters were increasing their incomes hundred folds?  It doesn’t seem to have cost us any CEO jobs.

From the White House:

Details of the Executive Order  

Ø  The Executive Order will raise the minimum wage to $10.10 effective for new contracts beginning January 1, 2015.   The higher wage will apply to new contracts and replacements for expiring contracts.  Boosting wages will lower turnover and absenteeism, and increase morale and productivity overall. Raising wages for those at the bottom will improve the quality and efficiency of services provided to the government.

Ø  Benefits hundreds of thousands of hardworking Americans. There are hundreds of thousands of people working under contracts with the federal government to provide services or construction who are currently making less than $10.10 an hour.  Some examples of the hardworking people who would see their wages go up under this Executive Order include nursing assistants providing care to our veterans at nursing homes, concessions workers in National Parks, people serving food to our troops, and individuals with disabilities working to maintain the grounds on military bases.

Ø  Includes an increase in the tipped minimum wage.  This executive order also includes provisions to make sure that tipped workers earn at least $10.10 overall, through a combination of tips and an employer contribution.  Employers are currently required to pay a minimum base wage of $2.13 per hour, a base that has remained unchanged for over twenty years, and if a worker’s tips do not add up to the minimum wage, the employer must make up the difference. Under the Executive Order, employers are required to ensure that tipped workers earn at least $10.10 an hour.  The Executive Order requires that employers pay a minimum base wage of $4.90 for new contracts and replacements for expiring contracts put out for bid after January 1, 2015.  That amount increases by 95 cents per year until it reaches 70 percent of the regular minimum wage, and if a worker’s tips do not add up to at least $10.10, the employer will be required to pay the difference.  

Ø  Covers individuals with disabilities.  Under current law, workers whose productivity is affected because of their disabilities may be paid less than the wage paid to others doing the same job under certain specialized certificate programs. Under this Executive Order, all individuals working under service or concessions contracts with the federal government will be covered by the same $10.10 per hour minimum wage protections.  

Ø  Improves value for the federal government and taxpayers.  One study showed that when Maryland passed its living wage law for companies contracting with the state, there was an increase in the number of contractors bidding and higher competition can help ensure better quality. The increase will take effect for new contracts and replacements for expiring contracts put out for bid after the effective date of the order, so contractors will have time to prepare and price their bids accordingly.

Continuing to Work With Congress, States and Localities to Help All Workers

The President is using his executive authority to lead by example, and will continue to work with Congress to raise the minimum wage for all Americans by passing the Harkin-Miller bill. The bill would raise the Federal minimum wage for working Americans in stages to $10.10 and index it to inflation thereafter, while also raising the minimum wage for tipped workers for the first time in over 20 years.  The President will also continue to support and encourage state, local and private sector efforts to increase wages and help more working families.  

§  Businesses like Costco have supported past increases to the minimum wage because it helps build a strong workforce and profitability over the long run. Low wages are also bad for business, as paying low wages lowers employee morale, encourages low productivity, and leads to frequent employee turnover-all of which impose costs.

§  Across the country, Americans are saying it’s time to raise the minimum wage. The President believes that it’s time for action, and people across the country agree. Since the President called for an increase in the minimum wage in last year’s State of the Union, five states have passed laws increasing their minimum wage. And many businesses, from small businesses to large corporations, see higher wages as the right way to boost productivity and reduce turnover and therefore boost their profitability.

§  Raising the minimum wage is good for government, good for business and workers and key to a stronger economy.  A range of economic studies show that modestly raising the minimum wage increases earnings and reduces poverty without jeopardizing employment.  Higher wages can also boost productivity, increase morale, reduce costs and improve efficiency.  

§  Raising the minimum wage will make sure no family of four with a full-time worker has to raise their children in poverty. It has been seven years since Congress last acted to increase the minimum wage and, adjusted for inflation, today the real value of minimum wage is roughly the same as what it was in the 1950s, despite the fact that the typical American family’s income has doubled since then. And right now a full-time minimum wage worker makes $14,500 a year, which leaves too many families struggling to make ends meet. Even after accounting for programs like the Earned Income Tax Credit, a family of four supported by a minimum wage worker still ends up living below the poverty line.

§  Indexing the minimum wage to inflation would help lower-income workers keep up in the future. Since it was first established in 1938, the minimum wage has been increased 22 times, but was eroded substantially over several prolonged periods between increases because of inflation. Indexing would prevent a repeat of the 34 percent decline in the real value of the minimum wage from 1978 to 1989 and the 19 percent decline in real value from 1998 to 2006, as well as the 40 percent decline in the real value of the base wage for tipped workers since it was last raised in 1991. Last year alone, workers earning the minimum wage basically got the equivalent of a $200 pay cut because the minimum wage stayed the same while the cost of living went up.  Democrats and Republicans agree that indexing the minimum wage to inflation would ensure that working families can keep up with expenses. Unfortunately, those families will continue suffer if Congress continues to not act.

§  Helping parents make ends meet. Around 60 percent of workers who would benefit from a higher minimum wage are women.  Less than 20 percent are teenagers.  Also, those workers who would benefit from an increase in the minimum wage brought home 46 percent of their household’s total wage and salary income in 2011.  Raising the minimum wage directly helps parents make ends meet and support their families.

 

ObamaCare Is Succeeding

Enrollment figures for the Affordable Care Act are up 53% this year as over 3.3 million Americans have enrolled and are now covered.  Another 9 million have been enrolled in Medicaid expansions under ObamaCare.  The Department of Health and Human Services announced the following statistics:

Key findings from today’s report include:

·        Nearly 3.3 million (3,299,500) people selected Marketplace plans from Oct. 1, 2013, through Feb. 1, 2014, including 1.4 million in the State Based Marketplaces and 1.9 million in the Federally-facilitated Marketplace.

·        Of the almost 3.3 million:

o   55 percent are female and 45 percent are male;

o   31 percent are age 34 and under;

o   25 percent are between the ages of 18 and 34;

o   62 percent selected a Silver plan, while 19 percent selected a Bronze plan; and

o   82 percent selected a plan and are eligible to receive Financial Assistance, up from 79 percent during the Oct. 1 through Dec 28, 2013 reporting period.

 

Ostrowski to Challenge Barletta

Dauphin County attorney Andrew Ostrowski announced he is running for Congress in PA-11 against incumbent Lou Barletta.  This District was held by Democrat Paul Kanjorski for many years.  Barletta is the former Mayor of Hazleton who gained national infamy for his bigotry against immigrants.

Harrisburg, PA –  Andrew “Andy” Ostrowski (D) has announced his candidacy for the United States Congress in the Pennsylvania 11th District.

           Ostrowski is a graduate of Millersville University and the Widener University School of Law where he graduated magna cum laude. After graduation, Mr. Ostrowski entered private law practice. Today, he has over 20 years of experience, primarily in the civil rights field, and has worked on a wide range of cases protecting the rights of American citizens. In 2010, he established the Pennsylvania Civil Rights Law Network (PCRLN), which is an organization devoted to providing equal access to justice for all.

           “I established this organization as the cornerstone for the development of a nationwide advocacy system, dedicated to upholding the United States Constitution in our courts. This network has provided support for victims of judicial misconduct and court deficiencies all over the country that have violated their civil rights.”

           Mr. Ostrowski has pursued cases involving race discrimination, sex discrimination, and whistle blowing against government misconduct. In the past, Mr. Ostrowski has handled cases against Penn State University, warning of the culture of secrecy that originated with then-president Graham Spanier.

           Mr. Ostrowski said that his top priorities in Congress would be job creation and judicial and government reform.

“I want to make sure that every Pennsylvanian has the opportunity to pursue their dreams, whether that means raising a family, opening their own business, or working for one of the many great employers in Pennsylvania in a free and open system where their rights are fully protected”

           Mr. Ostrowski is a resident of Dauphin County.

Keystone Progress: Corbett Killed Four People Today

Gov. Corbett has thus far refused to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act or ObamaCare.  Because of that Pennsylvanians are dying, every day, because they lack access to health care.  Add to that the 200,000 state residents he’s kicked off other health care programs like Adult Basic in his three years in office and we have ourselves a crisis.  Keystone Progress is focusing on this with its headline that “Tom Corbett Killed Four People Today.”  He may as well have done it with his own hands since it happened by his own hand signing legislation cutting people off from health care and by NOT signing legislation expanding Medicaid.

Nationwide 6 million Americans have gained coverage under Medicaid expansions in the 25 states taking advantage of the opportunity.  25 states, all with Republican Governors, have refused to expand the health care program and this failure, permitted by the Supreme Court, is costing lives and making ObamaCare less effective.

Tomorrow Tom Corbett will kill four more Pennsylvanians.

Trivedi Announces Third Run For PA-06

Manan Trivedi, the last two times the Democratic nominee for Congress in Pennsylvania’s Sixth District, announced this morning he will seek the seat for the third time.  Normally candidates for major office only get two tries at the apple before voters tag them as perennial losers.  Manan will attempt to negate that stereotype.  Since no other actual Democrat is running he has a great shot of winning the primary against an elephant in a donkey suit.

His statement this morning:

Manan Trivedi Launches Bid for Open Pennsylvania 6th  Congressional District

Committed to Pennsylvania’s Working Families – Building a Stronger Middle-Class

BIRDSBORO Pa – Launching a new campaign for the now open 6th congressional seat in Pennsylvania, Manan Trivedi spoke of his commitment and career to public service. As an a Iraq War veteran, primary care physician and father, Trivedi presented an agenda designed to create economic opportunity in Pennsylvania.

“This election is an opportunity for the people of the 6th District to say no to political gridlock, and yes to ideas that strengthen and grow the middle-class. As a father, doctor in the community and Iraq War veteran, I’m tired of politicians who help themselves instead of the people they’re paid to represent. As Congressman, I’ll only answer to Pennsylvanians, not political insiders — and work with local businesses to create jobs; provide strong support for public education so we prepare students to compete in a global economy; make sure we keep our commitment to our veterans and protect Medicare and Social Security for senior citizens.”

In addition to launching his new campaign, Trivedi also rolled out a list of supporters from across the region:

Wendell Young IV, President UFCW Local 1776 – “I was very pleased to hear that Dr. Manan Trivedi has decided to run for Congress representing the 6th Congressional District. Manan, a Primary Care doctor and Iraq War Veteran understands what it takes to put our nation on a path that provides jobs and other opportunities to our members and their children. Over the last eight years, Manan has been there for the people of the Sixth Congressional District and our members have returned that dedication by overwhelmingly supporting him in his last two campaigns.”

Kate Michelman, President Emerita, NARAL Pro-Choice America – “Today in Congress, women’s health and economic security are at risk because of those whose anti-choice ideology threaten a woman’s wellbeing. I know and support Manan because he is committed to defending and protecting the right of every woman to reproductive freedom and choice.  He understands that by ensuring the rights and health of women, you strengthen families and enable better control of their economic security.”

State Senator Andy Dinniman – “I’m supporting Manan Trivedi for Congress. His work ethic and experience in healthcare and the military will serve as strong assets for the people of the 6th District.”

Jake Long, Chairman of the Committee for Political Education and

Dennis Bomberger, Business Agent, BCTGM (Chocolate Workers Local 464) – “Manan grew up the son of two factory workers so he has a deep understanding and connection to the everyday lives of the working women and men of the BCTGM. We know we can always count on Manan to stand-up for our workers and their families. He will be an unwavering ally to them in Congress.”

State Representative Mark Painter – “I’ve known Manan Trivedi for years, and I’ve seen that he not only speaks the truth, but sticks to his beliefs and is willing to fight for what’s right. He has already served his country with honor, and is ready to serve us again in Washington. I am looking forward to working with him when he becomes our Congressman.”

Kathi Cozzone, Chester County Commissioner – “Chester County would benefit greatly from having Manan Trivedi in Congress. I have a great deal of respect for Manan and his service in the Navy, as a doctor in our community and as a wonderful father and husband. His well-rounded experience will suit him well as a public servant.”

John Hellman, Chester County Central Labor Council Delegate, IBEW Local 654 – “Our Pennsylvania working families work hard each and every day to make our commonwealth economically fair and strong. They deserve to have a congressman who will put forth the same amount of effort and in Manan Trivedi, we can be reassured they will.”

Monica Kline, PA Democratic State Committee, Lebanon County – “When Lebanon County was included in the new 6th district, I quickly got to know Manan Trivedi. His character and experience immediately stood out as a qualities that everyone from Lebanon County can respect: Hard work, Iraq War veteran, physician and caring for his young family. Just as I endorse Manan I encourage others to get behind him so that we can all work together to make a positive change in our county.”

Mayor Michael J. Speck, Phoenixville – “My endorsement for Congress is going to Manan Trivedi because I know he will be a strong partner for our borough. Manan understands how to bring people together to get things done and that’s precisely what Phoenixville needs to move forward.”

Cornell Wilson, Vice Chair, City of Lebanon Democrats and Lebanon City School Board Member – “I’m endorsing Manan Trivedi to be our next congressman because his unselfish service to our community and country is exactly what we need more of from our public officials.”

Stephanie Markstein, Chairperson of the West Chester Borough Democratic Committee – “West Chester needs Manan Trivedi in Congress. I fully support him because I know he will stand up for the entire community and will work to create an even stronger place to raise our families.”

Micah Mahjoubian, LGBT Rights Activist – “I support for Manan Trivedi because he believes in basic fairness and opportunity for all Americans.  He is outraged that in much of our country it is perfectly legal to fire someone or deny them housing just because they’re gay.  We need Manan in Washington to finally pass anti-discrimination legislation that protects members of the LGBT community.”

Frank Burstein, Chairman of the Limerick Township Democratic Committee – “Manan Trivedi represents what is best about Pennsylvania and our Democratic Party values. Our working families will be well served in Congress having Manan there advocating on behalf of their best interests and it’s why I am placing my support behind him.”

Manan Trivedi also received support from the following:

Dr. Harlan Kutscher, Berks County Democrats, Committeeman, Exeter

Chris Tarsa, Lebanon County Democrats, Chairman

Lani Frank, Democratic State Committeewoman, Chester County

Brad Kirsch, Chairman of the Pennsylvania State Democratic Committee Senior Caucus

Diane O’Dwyer,  Chester County Democrats, Leader Zone 25

Dave McLimans, Chester County Democrats, Leader Zone 4, Chester County Labor Council President

Stephanie Beemer McLimans, Chester County Democrats, Assistant Leader Zone 4, PA Democratic State Committeewoman

Bret Binder, Chester County Committeeman, West Chester

Bob Roggio, former Candidate PA-6

Bill Tricoski, Berks County Committeeman, Bechtelsville

Cindy Tricoski, Berks County Committeewoman, Bechtelsville

Mark Banfield, West Pikeland, Chester County Democratic Committeeperson

Diane Welsh,  Chester County Democrats, Assistant Leader Zone 25

Adam Swope –  Chester County Democrats, Leader Zone 11

Bernice Hines Corbit- Berks County Democratic Committeewoman, Exeter

Sue Shaak, Berks County Democratic Committeewoman, St. Lawrence

Laura Henkle-Sauer, Berks County Democratic Committeewoman, St. Lawrence