“ChangePA was the game-changer for my campaign.” 

— Rep. Joe Webster

Hear Lisa Borowski, Democratic candidate for House District 168, Delaware County, thank ChangePA for its support.

ChangePA

TIME FOR CHANGE

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Hear Rep. Jennifer O’Mara explain how she flipped a traditionally GOP seat and what we need to do to win a Democratic majority in the Pennsylvania State House.

“ChangePA’s support gave me the financial boost I needed—to spend my time at the doors, listening and speaking with people, instead of having to ask for money.” 

— Rep. Melissa Shusterman

Thanks to You, ChangePA Met the
PA Alliance $50,000 Challenge Grant!

 
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Who We Are

Time for Change

We are a Political Action Committee dedicated to flipping the Pennsylvania House from Republican to Democrat.

Our goal for the 2022 elections is to help elect and retain enough Democratic state representatives to sustain the veto of a new Democratic governor.

ChangePA is actively raising money today because we believe early money is critical.

 

ChangePA conducts year round efforts to find and support strong candidates in Republican-held districts that have the potential to be flipped. Using a rigorous candidate selection process, ChangePA is able to contribute where funds will make the biggest difference and at the time the candidates most need help.​ We have no paid staff, so every dollar we raise above expenses goes to candidates.​

ChangePA focuses on State House races because they receive less public attention and less funding than elections to the U.S. Congress—so ChangePA’s contributions have a big impact.

Throw Pennsylvania Republicans Out of Office

As Pennsylvanians, our job in defending American democracy against the radical Republican agenda starts in our backyard:

  • Republicans have controlled the Pennsylvania Senate for the last thirty years, the State House for twenty-six of those thirty years, and both houses for the last ten years.

  • Pennsylvania ranks near the bottom on multiple social and economic indicators ranging from education funding and clean water to infrastructure and public health.

  • Pennsylvania Republican legislators are enthusiastic soldiers in a national assault on truth and democratic values.

  • Pennsylvania Republicans rigged the system with gerrymandered districts and continue efforts to unfairly limit access to voting.

Republican control of the Pennsylvania legislature has meant:

  • Women’s health care is under attack.

  • We cannot pass responsible gun control.

  • We cannot change our inequitable taxing system.

  • We are the only state that doesn’t tax fracking.

  • We underfund public education.

  • We are hostile to the environment.

  • Gerrymandering is a way of life.

It’s time for change.

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Hon. Mark Bernstein (Ret.)

Laslo Boyd, Ph.D.

Anne Hagele

Kim Oxholm

Hon. Flora Wolf (Ret.)

“ChangePA helped us to level the playing field. Thank you, thank you, thank you from the bottom of my heart!”

 

— Rep. Danielle Friel Otten

Donations by check should be made out to ChangePA and mailed to

ChangePA, 3006 Foxx Lane, Philadelphia, PA 19144.

 
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Candidates

We are pleased to announce our first round of candidate funding for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives for the 2022 General Election. Through a rigorous evaluation process conducted by our Selection Committee and ratified by our Steering Committee, we have identified districts that, by the data, appear to be competitive and good candidates who fit their districts and have strong strategies for winning. Following the conclusion reached in our post-2020 Election Report, this first distribution comes much earlier than in previous elections. Our intent is to be able to do two additional rounds of candidate funding. Here are the candidates receiving ChangePA donations:

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Lisa Borowski, HD 168, Delaware County

  • She has been a Commissioner in Radnor for four years

  • Previously on the School Board

  • The House Democratic Campaign Committee calls this a "Red to Blue" district (their highest recommendation)

  • Attorney General Josh Shapiro won 56% of the vote in this district the last time he ran

  • President Biden won 61% of the vote in this district in 2020

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Paul Friel, HD 26, Chester/Delaware Counties

  • Second time running

  • President of local school board

  • “Red to Blue” district

  • Shapiro 53%

  • Biden 56%

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Christopher Pielli, HD 156, Chester County.  

  • Democratic State Committee member

  • West Goshen Township Supervisor

  • First Democrat elected as Chester County Recorder of Deeds

  • The incumbent Democrat has retired so this is a district we need to hold

  • Shapiro 57%

  • Biden 61%

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Tarah Probst, HD 189, Monroe and Pike Counties

  • Three term Mayor of Stroudsburg

  • “Red to Blue” district

  • Shapiro 56%

  • Biden 61%

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Catherine Spahr, HD 160, Chester/Delaware Counties

  • Works for Delaware County Planning Department

  • “Red to Blue” district

  • Shapiro 49%

  • Biden 53%

And, of course, each of the incumbents who we have supported in previous elections:

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Nancy Guenst, HD 152, Montgomery County

Liz Hanbidge, HD 61, Montgomery County

Jennifer O’Mara, HD 165, Delaware County

Danielle Friel Otten, HD 155, Chester County

Melissa Shusterman, HD 157, Chester County

Joe Webster, HD 150, Montgomery County

Hear Paul Friel, Democratic candidate for House District 26, Chester/Delaware Counties, thank ChangePA for its support.

Hear Cathy Spahr, Democratic candidate for House District 160, Chester/Delaware Counties, thank ChangePA for its support.

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Events & News

ChangePA House Parties

Raise Over $120,000!

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ChangePA has been thrilled to host numerous successful House Parties over the last year! With your help, we raised more than $120,000 for our mission to help Democratic candidates win State House seats!

We were honored to have four State Representatives and one candidate for the State House as our guests. Each gave us a unique window into their knowledge and experiences.

Deb Ciamacca talked about the lessons of 2020 and what she will be doing differently in 2021 and 2022 to build a winning campaign. Rep. Joe Webster talked about Republican plans to restrict voting in Pennsylvania and how to turn out the vote for Democrats. Rep. Jennifer O’Mara described her success campaigning in a tough district and her experiences as a Democratic legislator in Harrisburg. Rep. Matt Bradford outlined the process for redistricting based on the new Census numbers and explained his optimism for building a Democratic majority in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. Rep. Danielle Friel Otten talked about weaknesses in the Republican armor and recent advances that Democrats have made.

Thank you so much to these wonderful guests and to all of our House Party co-hosts, who brought so many fine people together united in a common cause—to change the Pennsylvania State House for the better. Please continue to donate—and spread the word!

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For this report, 3 leaders of ChangePA and the PA Blue Victory Fund interviewed 30 individuals involved in the 2020 elections, including 14 Democratic challengers and 5 incumbents.

State Representative Matt Bradford called the report, “about as thoughtful and high-level summary of what went on as I read from some of the best political strategists who would pretend to give advice to us as legislative leaders.” Here are some of the report’s highlights.

 

The election was dominated by the presence of Donald Trump at the top of the Republican ticket. Although all the candidates we interviewed achieved higher vote totals in their districts than ever beforerecord high Republican voter turnout, combined with gerrymandered districts, created a perfect storm for Democratic candidates for the Pennsylvania State House. Meanwhile, polling was generally way off the mark

 

Lessons for 2022 

 

  • Campaigning needs to start well before the year of the election.

  • Candidate messaging needs to incorporate on-the-ground and personal knowledge of the district.  

  • Early money is critical. Rather than holding most funds until the last months, candidates need resources early to define themselves to voters and to respond to attack ads. 

 

Next Steps for ChangePA

The mission of ChangePA remains unchanged: 

 

  • Win a Democratic State House majority

  • Commit to a year-round, cycle-to-cycle, two-year effort within target districts. 

  • Build and sustain citizen focus on Pennsylvania state government

  • Expand fundraising to include efforts that support election infrastructure, messaging, and strategy

 

Read the full report here.

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Ezra Klein Says That Steve Bannon Is Onto Something

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 May 13, 2021 — 66.8% of eligible voters cast ballots in 2020, up from 60.1% in 2016 and the highest turnout rate since 1900. The boost was especially large among groups who have voted at lower rates. That suggests the 2020 election not only inspired high turnout overall, but also drew broader participation.

The Trump G.O.P.’s Plot Against Liz Cheney — and Our Democracy

May 11, 2021 — The GOP has declared that Trump’s ability to energize its base is so irreplaceable that it justifies accepting his Big Lie about the 2020 election and leveraging that lie to impose voter-suppression laws and changes in the rules of who can certify elections in order to lock in minority control for Republicans if need be. 

 
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Blog

by Laslo Boyd, Ph.D.

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August 11, 2022

Navigating the News

As a way of protecting their mental health, a number of friends have cut down on reading the news—but totally tuning out politics is not a good thing.

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July 1, 2022

A Judicial Coup…Barreling Down on Us

The impact on our democracy of the recent series of shocking Supreme Court decisions should be hard to digest. Contemplating where this radical court seems determined to take us puts us in uncharted territory.

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May 30, 2022

What Else Is There to Say?

Some people react to a horrific school shooting by saying they have no words to describe their feelings. In fact, however, all of us have familiar words, words we have said over and over again. It’s not words we are lacking; it is actions.