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

— Rep. Joe Webster

The thin new Democratic majority in the Pennsylvania House already means:

  • There will be no constitutional amendment to ban abortion

  • There will be no constitutional amendment to gerrymander the judiciary

  • Rep. Joanna McClinton is the first black woman to be elected Speaker of the House

  • Votes on issues like gun control, voting rights, fair funding for schools, taxing fracking, and protecting the environment can no longer be bottled up in committee  

ChangePA

TIME FOR CHANGE

Hear Rep. Jennifer O’Mara explain how she flipped a traditionally GOP seat.

“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

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WHO WE ARE
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Who We Are

Time for Change

We are a Political Action Committee dedicated to expanding the Democratic majority in the Pennsylvania State House.

ChangePA actively raises money year round because we believe early money is critical. 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 find and support strong candidates in Republican-held districts that have the potential to be flipped. 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.

Great Job ChangePA!

We flipped the House! Now let’s expand our majority!

We didn’t do it alone, but 16 Democratic legislators have been elected with your help through ChangePA. 

In 2022, Democrats ended 12 years of Republican power and achieved a one-seat majority in the State House. Eight ChangePA-supported challengers were elected along with all seven of the incumbents ChangePA supported.

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“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 also supported the successful candidate in the special election held in May 2023 that preserved the Democratic State House majority.

Here is a map of the legislators your contributions helped to elect to change the Pennsylvania State House.

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Now more than ever we need to continue our previous efforts to ensure support of our new Governor, Democrat Josh Shapiro. The election of 2024 is just around the corner!

 

Thank you for your support! You made the difference!!! 

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

ChangePA, 3006 Foxx Lane, Philadelphia, PA 19144.

Hon. Mark Bernstein (Ret.)

Laslo Boyd, Ph.D.

Deb Ciamacca

Anne Hagele

Margaret Harris

Peshe Kuriloff

Kim Oxholm

Dan Wofford

Hon. Flora Wolf (Ret.)

Candidates
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Candidates

Eight of the challengers ChangePA supported in the 2022 elections were victorious, as were all seven of the ChangePA-supported incumbents.

Through a rigorous evaluation process conducted by our Selection Committee and ratified by our Steering Committee, we identified districts that, by the data, appeared to be competitive and good candidates who fit their districts and had strong strategies for winning.

Following the conclusion reached in our post-2020 Election Report, these distributions came much earlier than in previous elections. We started contributing to candidates in June 2022 by supporting five challengers and the six incumbents we supported in previous elections. We thereafter contributed to an additional six candidates for the 2022 election, for a total of 17

We raised over $300,000 for this cycle, and our contributions made a big impact in each race. 

ChangePA also supported Heather Boyd, the successful candidate in the May 2023 special election that preserved the one-seat majority Democrats hold in the Pennsylvania House.

Here are the candidates who received new donations from ChangePA and won:

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Lisa Borowski, HD 168, Delaware County

  • She was a Commissioner in Radnor for four years

  • Previously on the School Board

  • The House Democratic Campaign Committee called 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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Tim Brennan, HD 29, Bucks County

  • Doylestown Borough Council member

  • Represents injured workers as specialist in workers’ compensation law

  • “Red to Blue” district

  • Shapiro 55%

  • Biden 58%

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Johanny Cepeda-Freytiz, HD 129, Berks County

  • President of Reading City Council

  • Entrepreneur running Mi Casa Su Casa Café in multiple locations

  • “Red to Blue” district

  • Shapiro 62%

  • Biden 60%

Melissa Cerrato, HD 151, Montgomery County

  • District Director under State Representative Liz Hanbidge

  • “Red to Blue” district

  • Shapiro 62%

  • Biden 62%

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Paul Friel, HD 26, Chester and Delaware Counties

  • Second time running

  • President of local school board

  • “Red to Blue” district

  • Shapiro 53%

  • Biden 56%

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Joe Hohenstein, HD 177, Philadelphia County

  • Incumbent first elected in 2018

  • Immigration attorney who developed first immigration law clinic at Temple law school

  • 15 years service on board of Frankford Friends School

  • Shapiro 65%

  • Biden 64%

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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 retired so this was a district we needed 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%

Paul Takac, HD 82, Centre County

  • Member of College Township Council

  • Vice-Chair of both the Spring Creek Watershed Commission and the Public Safety Committee of the Centre Region Council of Government

  • No incumbent

  • Shapiro 51%

  • Biden 52%

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Heather Boyd, HD 163, Delaware County

  • Former chief of staff to Rep. Leanne Krueger (HD-161), who spearheads election efforts for the House Democratic Campaign Committee.

  • District Director and Senior Advisor for Congresswoman Mary Gay Scanlon. 

  • The incumbent Democrat resigned so this was a district we needed to hold.

And, of course, each of the incumbents we helped to flip Republican seats in previous elections:

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Nancy Guenst, HD 152, Montgomery County

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Liz Hanbidge, HD 61, Montgomery County

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Jennifer O’Mara, HD 165, Delaware County

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Danielle Friel Otten, HD 155, Chester County

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Melissa Shusterman, HD 157, Chester County

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Joe Webster, HD 150, Montgomery County

Want to learn more about what we’re doing at ChangePA? Subscribe to our email updates!
EVENTS & NEWS
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Events & News

Latest News

For the First Time in Pa., a Black Woman Becomes Speaker of the House of Representatives

February 28, 2023 — Philadelphia Democratic Rep. Joanna McClinton was elected on Tuesday as speaker of Pennsylvania’s House of Representatives, becoming the first Black woman in state history to hold that post.

Pennsylvania Democrats Take Back State House Control With Three Special Election Wins

February 7, 2023 — With Tuesday’s wins, the Democratic Party now is in a stronger position to block GOP-led initiatives, including a potential anti-abortion ballot measure

Pa. Democrats Unveil $3.75B Education Spending Blueprint Ahead of Budget Season

January 31, 2023 — Ahead of the upcoming budget season, legislative Democrats have formally launched a push for the most significant funding allocation for Pennsylvania schools in state history.

The Pennsylvania Legislature Is Getting a Major Infusion of New Blood This January

December 29, 2022 — One of the biggest classes of first-time lawmakers in recent memory will be sworn in to the Pennsylvania legislature

Friends and loyal supporters of ChangePA, Democrats have a majority in the Pennsylvania House thanks to you!

Please join us to celebrate on Sunday, June 11th, from 5 to 7 p.m.

Fleisher Art Memorial

719 Catherine Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147

Come and meet newly elected 
House Speaker Joanna McClinton and the head of the House Democratic Campaign Committee Rep. Leanne Krueger, along with a host of state representatives you helped to elect:

Heather Boyd
Tim Brennan
Missy Cerrato
Paul Friel
Danielle Friel Otten
Nancy Guenst
Liz Hanbidge
Jenn O’Mara
Tarah Probst
Joe Webster

RSVP
by June 3rd to Kim Oxholm at kimoxholm@gmail.com.

We flipped the House! Now let's expand our majority!

This event is free. If you would like to contribute to ChangePA's ongoing effort to expand the Democratic majority in the state legislature, you can donate here!

BLOG
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Blog

by Laslo Boyd, Ph.D.

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January 30, 2023

A Tale of Two New Governors

Wes Moore and Josh Shapiro have been sworn in with high expectations. It's worth putting their strengths and challenges into perspective now.

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November 1, 2022

Sore Losers, Delusional Malcontents, and Other Republicans

How we, as a country, handle the upheaval that is likely to result from this election will be a major test of our collective commitment to democracy.

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October 29, 2022

Republican Celebrity Senate Candidates

Republican Party Senate nominees in three elections bring as their only significant credential their celebrity status from fields other than politics.

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