This has been quite a week. In Philadelphia, a mishmash of candidates from both the progressive and traditional wings of the Democratic Party claimed various victories in the May 16 primary.
In the suburbs however, the primaries foreshadowed what looks like a clear tilt to the left in the upcoming elections this November.
The biggest news was the lopsided triumph of Heather Boyd over her opponents in the special election for House District 163 in Delaware County. This win assures that Democrats control the Pennsylvania House with the thinnest of majorities.
But there was other good news as well. In both the Central Bucks and Perkiomen Valley school districts – districts that have been plagued by book bans and the suppression of the LGBTQ+ student community’s rights, Democrats did quite well. In those two primaries where school board candidates from both parties can cross-file in order to appear on the ballot in both the Democratic and Republican primaries, Democrats not only won the Democratic primaries, but did quite well in the Republican primaries as well, as the following two tables illustrate.
These numbers bode well for the general election this fall, but we cannot take anything for granted. That is why I am passing the following invitation along to you for a wonderful event on Saturday, June 3 at the home of Laura and Ron Siena at 626 W. Upsal Street, beginning at 4 pm. You’ll be able to meet with the Democratic candidates running in the Central Bucks School District, and you will also hear from Lily and Mindy Freeman, a student and parent in the district about the trials and tribulations of being trans in Central Bucks at the present time.
Even if you can’t come (and we hope you will!) please consider donating — Act Blue link is below:
And — if you know folks who went to Central Bucks schools, or you think would be particularly interested, please feel free to pass this invitation on.