I am pretty sure that you have no idea that there is a special election taking place in PA House District 140 on February 14. Why do I believe that? Because this past Sunday, I, and a number of other volunteers were knocking on doors in the district, and most of the residents had no idea that there was a special election coming up. That is a real problem, because, as things stand now, the makeup of the Pennsylvania house of Representatives is 101-101. That's because John Galloway, the longtime legislator from that district, resigned from the chamber in December to assume the position of county judge that he had won in November's election.
Is this seat important? Heck, yeah! A Republican winning this seat would topple the Democratic majority in the house, and both chambers would turn MAGA red. And since Shapiro has been much more accommodating to Republicans than Gov. Wolf, we can expect education funding in the state's neediest districts, social service funding, and the environment to suffer the most.
For those of you who can make it, there are opportunities to help Democrat Jim Prokopiak win the seat in February. Jim has been a supervisor in Falls Township, and is currently on the Pennsbury School Board. He has weathered the many Moms for Liberty attacks lodged against him and other Democrats on the board. His platform is clearly pro-choice, pro-labor, and pro-Democracy.
If you can spare a few hours between now and February 13 to help Jim's campaign, here is how to do it.
For the weekends of January 13/14 and 20/21, Sharon Strauss firstname.lastname@example.org will be organizing the carpools. She will be organizing carpools from High Point Allen Lane on those Sundays, leaving at 11 am.
For the remainder of the campaign, Laura Siena will organize the carpools so please be in touch with Laura (email@example.com) with any questions.
And, if you are available to canvass on weekday afternoons, George Stern firstname.lastname@example.org is going to be in touch with the campaign about that - so please be in touch with him.
Promote the Vote is organizing phone banks. You can sign up here.
You can also make a contribution here.