2020 PRIMARY RECOMMENDATIONS

The Primary Election will take place Tuesday, June 2nd.  A primary election is used to narrow the field of candidates and it sets the stage for the general election on Tuesday, November 3rd.

For the Primary, Humane PA only issues recommendations in contested party races (meaning that more than one candidate per party is running in the primary).primary 2020
Humane PA members want to know who to vote for, so we give candidates in contested primary races the opportunity to complete a survey questionnaire on legislative issues of interest to our members to be considered for a primary election recommendation, but this is not and does not guarantee an endorsement in the general election. A good voting record from an incumbent will generally guarantee them a recommendation. General election endorsements will be posted in the fall. Candidates – please note – check back in the fall to verify whether or not you are endorsed in the general election.

NOTE: Only districts with more than one candidate per party (contested primaries) are listed below. Competitive primary races with no recommendation are listed as either ” Contested race – no survey” or “No recommendation” (please see “Methodology” below for clarification); and in the case of two new candidates with no previous voting record, but perfect surveys, there may be a double recommendation.
Please click here to find your state legislative district. Only odd numbered Senate Districts are up for election in the 2020 election.

Please click here to learn more about Humane PA’s methodology for endorsing political candidates.

CANDIDATES FOR PENNSYLVANIA STATE SENATE:

Senate District 1: Democratic Recommendation Larry Farnese Jr.
Senate District 9: Democratic Recommendation: John Kane
Senate District 13: Democratic Recommendation: Janet Diaz
Senate District 15: Contested Democratic Primary: No survey responses
Senate District 17: Democratic Recommendation: Daylin Leach
Senate District 19: Democratic Recommendation: Carolyn Comitta
Senate District 25: Contested Republican Primary: No survey responses
Senate District 31; Democratic Recommendation: Rick Coplen
Senate District 37: NO RECOMMENDATION
Senate District 43:  Democratic Recommendation: Jay Costa
Senate District 49: Contested Democratic Primary: Julie Slomski

CANDIDATES FOR PENNSYLVANIA HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES:

House District 3: Note: there is a contested Republican write-in campaign in this district-  Humane PA Recommends  writing in Ryan Bizzarro
House District 8 :  Contested Republican Primary: No survey responses
House District 11: Republican Recommendation: Marci Mustello
House District 12: Contested Republican Primary: No survey responses
House District 19:  Democratic Recommendation: Jake Wheatley Jr.
House District 20: Democratic  Recommendation: Adam Ravensthal
House District 22: Democratic Recommendation: Peter Schweyer
House District 26:  Double Democratic Recommendation:  Paul Friel  and Frank Gillen
House District 28: Contested Republican Primary: No survey responses
House District 29: Contested Republican Primary: No survey responses
House District 30: Democratic Recommendation: Marco Attisano
House District 32 Democratic Recommendation: Anthony DeLuca
House District 34: Contested Democratic Primary: No survey responses
House District 36: Democratic Recommendation: Jessica Benham
House District 39: Contested Republican Primary: No survey responses
House District 41: Contested Republican Primary: No survey responses
House District 44: Republican Recommendation: Valerie Gaydos
House District 45: Republican Primary Recommendation: Malek Francis
House District 49: Contested Republican Primary: No survey responses
House District 66: Contested Republican Primary: No survey responses
House District 72: Contested Republican Primary: No survey responses
House District 75: Contested Republican Primary: No survey responses
House District 84: Contested Republican Primary: No survey responses
House District 86: Contested Republican Primary: No survey responses
House District 87: Triple Democratic Recommendation: Nicole Miller, Heather MacDonald and Sean Quinlan.
House District 103: Democratic Recommendation: Patty Kim
House District 104: NO RECOMMENDATION
House District 106: Republican Recommendation: Thomas Mehaffie
House District 123: Republican Recommendation: John Leshko
House District 125: Contested Republican Primary: No survey responses
House District 127: Contested Republican/Democratic Primary: No survey responses
House District 131:  NO RECOMMENDATION
House District 138: Contested Republican Primary: No survey responses
House District 147: Contested Republican Primary: No survey responses
House District 154: Contested Democratic Primary: No survey responses
House District 155: Contested Democratic Primary:Danielle Otten
House District 159: Democratic Recommendation: Brian Kirkland
House District 160:  Democratic Recommendation: Catherine Spahr
House District 166: Democratic Recommendation: Greg Vitali
House District 167:  Democratic Recommendation: Kristine Howard
House District 168: Democratic Recommendation: Deb Ciamacca
House District 175: Democratic Recommendation: Mary Isaacson
House District 182: Democratic Recommendation: Brian Sims
House District 185: Democratic Recommendation: Maria Donatucci
House District 188: Democratic Recommendation: James Roebuck Jr.
House District 190: Contested Democratic Primary: No survey responses
House District 192: Democratic Recommendation: Morgan Cephas
House District 198: Contested Democratic Primary: No survey responses

Methodology:

Recommendation: Candidate has either a strong voting record, history of leadership or strong survey and commitment to the humane treatment of animals.
No recommendation: Either a negative survey or past negative voting record on anti-cruelty bills or Humane PA has no position on this race.
Criteria: Voting record, incumbency, history of leadership, improved record, survey results, viability. For more details about Humane PA’s methodology – check: Announcing Humane PA’s 2020 Endorsements.

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