Who We Are
Time for Change
We are a Political Action Committee dedicated to flipping the Pennsylvania House from Republican to Democrat.
If we can flip nine more House seats in 2020 and defend the ones we already have, Democrats will be the majority. A new Democratic majority would result in more funding for our schools, support for women’s health, protection of the environment, responsible gun laws, and an end to hyper-partisan gerrymandering.
ChangePA’s goal for 2020 is to raise $350,000 and to provide 10 candidates with $35,000 each—10 for 2020! Currently, we are identifying seats to flip as well as seats that need to be protected.
Republican control of the state legislature has meant:
We are the only state that doesn’t tax fracking!
We cannot change our inequitable taxing system!
We underfund public education!
We cannot pass responsible gun control!
Women’s health care is under attack!
We are hostile to the environment!
Gerrymandering is a way of life!
It’s time for change. Pennsylvania Republicans need to be thrown out of office.
We Make the Difference in Competitive Elections
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—tipping close races in our favor.
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.
Spotlighted Republican Districts
We have identified 15 Republican-held districts in Southeast Pennsylvania where, based on previous election results, Democrats have the best opportunity to win seats in 2020. This list could be modified as we get closer to the election. For a larger version of the map, click here.
Using the same rigorous process that we employed in 2018 with great success, we will determine which Democrats to support with our funding in 2020 based on the district data, the strength of the incumbent, and the quality of the Democratic campaign.
“ChangePA helped us to level the playing field. Thank you, thank you, thank you from the bottom of my heart!”
— Rep. Danielle Friel Otten
We Have A Track Record of Success
ChangePA started in January 2017 as a series of brunch discussions among friends. From those modest beginnings, ChangePA raised and distributed more than $210,000 for the 2018 election.
On Election Day, 5 out of 6 Democrats supported by ChangePA won their elections to unseat Pennsylvania House Republicans.
ChangePA ended the 2018 elections with over 450 individual donors who contributed online, by check, and at 14 house parties. Many people, recognizing the high stakes in the election, donated more than they ever had before to political candidates. We will need everyone to make a similar extra effort if we are to achieve our goals in 2020 and gain Democratic control of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. 10 for 2020!
Hon. Mark Bernstein (Ret.)
Laslo Boyd, Ph.D.
Michael Churchill, Esq.
S. David Fineman, Esq.
Tom Gilhool, Esq.
Barbara Gold, M.D.
Steven Gold, Esq.
Tobey Oxholm, Esq.
Hon. Flora Wolf (Ret.)
Shelly Yanoff, Esq.
Hon. Mark Bernstein (Ret.)
Laslo Boyd, Ph.D.
Hon. Flora Wolf (Ret.)
“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
Donations by check should be made out to ChangePA and mailed to
Anne Hagele, 3006 Foxx Lane, Philadelphia, PA 19144
ChangePA’s rigorous selection process included inviting every donor to a mini-convention where we chose our candidates to support. All of the chosen candidates were progressive Democratic candidates who were running in competitive Republican-held districts. We avoided contests where one party was the clear favorite, so our contributions made a real difference in tough races. 5 of our 6 chosen candidates are now sitting as State Representatives in Harrisburg.
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Events & News
Glenn Barnes & Ruth Shaber
PA Blue Victory Fund
Judy & Ken Weinstein
Jon & Amy Ostroff
Anne Hagele & Ken Kolodziej
David & Ilene Winikur
Sheryl & Allen Bar
Linda & Mark Bernstein
Laslo Boyd & Flora Wolf
Jennifer Clarke & Alan Barstow
Bob & Nancy Elfant
Evelyn Eskin & Dave Major
Tom and Gillian Gilhool
John & Susan Hansen-Flaschen
Eve & Ken Klothen
Stephanie & Michael Naidoff
Kim & Tobey Oxholm
Hon. Mary Gay Scanlon
Patty & Steve Segal
David & Betsy Wice
Phoebe Wood & Stephen Seplow
ChangePA Invites You to an Evening with U.S. Senators Bob Casey (PA) & Chris Coons (DE)
Sunday, December 15th, 2019
6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
the Residences at the Ritz-Carlton
1414 S. Penn Square, 2nd Floor
(Entrance to the Residences is across
from the SW corner of City Hall)
We are honored that Senators Casey & Coons are helping ChangePA to turn the Pennsylvania House from Republican to Democratic control.
To take control of the Pennsylvania House, Democrats need to flip just nine seats.
To attend, please RSVP with a donation of $100 or more.
Sponsors are invited to a pre-reception with Senators Casey & Coons before the public session.
$5,000 Majority Leader
$2,500 Majority Whip
$1,000 Committee Chair
Donations by check should be made out to ChangePA and mailed to Anne Hagele, 3006 Foxx Lane, Philadelphia, PA 19144.
Please RSVP to join us on December 15.
Party at the Fleisher!
Thank you for making the ChangePA “Thank you, Donors, and 2020 Kickoff Party” a huge success!!!
The beautiful Fleisher Art Memorial was packed with people who have the shared goal of winning a Democratic majority. Four of the candidates ChangePA supported in 2018 (Liz Hanbidge, Jennifer O’Mara, Danielle Otten, and Joe Webster) spoke about why your backing was key to their success—and how they are making progress in Harrisburg.
And one of the Democratic stars of the legislature, Leanne Krueger, newly appointed chair of the House Democratic Campaign Committee, told us about why electing more Democrats to the House in 2020 is so critical.
Thank you again! 10 for 2020 in the 2020 House races!!!
Franklin Institute Fundraiser
On April 1, 2019, ChangePA co-sponsored a fundraiser with the PA Blue Victory Fund and Turn PA Blue. Each with our own focus, we are working collaboratively to win Democratic control of the Pennsylvania legislature in 2020. Everyone agreed that the event was a big success, with nearly 200 in attendance and great food and lively conversation.
The highlight was a panel of newly elected legislators talking about what convinced them to run for office in 2018 and discussing the challenges that they have faced since arriving in Harrisburg. Their comments were inspiring—and underscored why it’s so important to send them more like-minded colleagues.
ChangePA is holding house parties to raise contributions for the 2020 House races.
Because of your efforts, we are almost halfway to our $350,000 goal for winning a Democratic majority in 2020!
Every donor will be invited to a mini-convention where we will choose our candidates to support. 10 for 2020!
ChangePA works with other political groups with similar objectives. We share election information, discuss campaign strategy, and utilize resources (such as volunteer placement efforts) that ChangePA does not maintain. Each group does its own fundraising.