Democratic Choices in Horsham for the Primary Election on May 15, 2018

The Primary Election is fast coming upon us. This Primary Election has been marked by a certain amount of confusion created by the redistricting process. Redistricting resulted in an unfamiliar new set of Congressional District boundaries. Not only are these boundaries new, but in some cases they split precincts between two different Districts, meaning that neighbors may be presented with different choices at the polls.

This blog post is intended to provide some clarity as to the voting districts, where they are, and the choices that are presented in each district. A summary of the choices is contained in this graphic; for a better understanding of the districts and the candidates, please scroll down to the text below for more detail and links to information.

 

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Be a Greeter at the Polls on May 15th

On Primary Election Day, May 15th, help out by working as a greeter at the polls.

Greeters hand out sample ballots and assist voters in identifying which Democratic Candidates to vote for. 

Being a greeter is an important role, and it makes an important difference even if you only do it for only an hour. 

If you can work as a greeter on May 15th, please email us at volunteers@horshamdems.org, or call the Horsham Democratic Committee at 215-643-4397.  

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Sara Fundraiser Shows Support by Democratic PA House Leadership

Sara’s bid to represent the 151st House District is receiving tremendous support from not only local leaders, but also the Democratic PA House Leadership.

Dozens of supporters turned out for a fundraiser for Sara’s campaign hosted by Montgomery County Commissioners Val Arkoosh and Ken Lawrence and State Representatives Tim Briggs and Matt Bradford at Operating Engineers Local 542 in Fort Washington, PA.

(left to right) Rep. Mike Carroll, Commissioner Ken Lawrence, Commissioner Val Arkoosh, Sara Johnson Rothman, Patrick Costello, PA House Minority Leader Rep. Frank Dermody, and Rep. Dan Frankel.

Other State Representatives present, but not pictured: Rep. Madeleine Dean and Rep. Margo Davidson.


Sara Rothman Johnson has been Endorsed by the Sister District Project

A quick 'CONGRATULATIONS!' to Sara Rothman Johnson, who has been endorsed by the Sister District Project.

https://www.sisterdistrict.com/2018/sara-rothman-pennsylvania/


Quick Results from Endorsement Meeting for Congressional Districts

MCDC had their endorsement meeting last night for candidates for U.S. Congress.

Horsham is split between the newly created Districts 1 and 4. District 4, which is the majority of both Horsham and Montgomery County, did not endorse a single candidate and so multiple candidates from District 4, including Shira Goodman, will be on the Primary ballot in May.

District 1, which includes portions of Horsham as well as Bucks County, endorsed Rachel Reddick. You can find out more about Rachel by visiting her candidate page at http://www.horshamdems.org/rachel_reddick_for_congress.


Special Message from Chairperson Lorne Hammond

Dear Dems, Friends, and Supporters,

It is with mixed emotions that I write to inform you of my resignation as Chairman of the Horsham Democratic Committee.

This decision comes after much consideration and reflection. Over the past seven years I have knock a lot of doors, made a lot of friends, and I’ve had the privilege of leading the Horsham Dems to our first ever Horsham Council wins and our first School Board Director win in 40 years. Unfortunately, my work schedule and family commitments have become such that I cannot continue to volunteer the time necessary to do my job as Chairman with the thoroughness I would like.

Fortunately, I will still be engaged with Montgomery County Democratic Committee as Chairman of Diversity & Inclusion outreach. Additionally, I will continue to serve and support the committee.

Thank you for the opportunity serve with you and serve as Chairman of the Horsham Democratic Committee.

Regards,

 

Lorne G. Hammond


MCDC Endorsements for State Positions

MONTGOMERY COUNTY DEMOCRATS ENDORSE 2018 CANDIDATES
Party presents its strongest-ever slate for May 15 Primary Election
 
Summary: candidates endorsed for Horsham:
151st District (Horsham Township, Lower Gwynedd Township, Montgomery Township, Upper Dublin Township) -- Sara Johnson Rothman. A mother of two, Sara is vice president of the Upper Dublin School Board and has served as a Special Victims Deputy District Attorney.
12th District (parts of Montgomery County and Bucks County) -- Maria Collett... The mother of a 5-year-old, Maria worked as an attorney fighting for the needs of children victimized by abuse and neglect before transitioning to a career in nursing.
 
PLYMOUTH MEETING, Pa. -- Anticipating a great opportunity for party gains in 2018, the Montgomery County Democratic Committee on Thursday night endorsed a distinguished slate of candidates for the May 15 primary election.
County Democratic Chairman Joe Foster, speaking to hundreds of Democratic committee members, candidates and volunteers inside the packed auditorium of Colonial Elementary School, Plymouth Meeting, said that Republican irresponsibility and irrationality in both Washington and Harrisburg make this an election that is crucial for the future of American democracy.
"This is the year that the Democratic Party is going to step forward," Foster said. "We are going to have the opportunity to inform voters what is important to us. I believe in the Democratic Party because I know we are right. We are right on student debt. We are right on the right to equal pay. We are right on ensuring that everyone has access to healthcare. We are right on a fair and just tax system."
The Pennsylvania Democratic State Committee met last weekend and endorsed Gov. Tom Wolf and U.S. Senator Bob Casey for re-election. Montco Democrats made endorsements for State Senate, State House, and representatives to the Democratic State Committee.
Any effort to make endorsements in the five Congressional districts that currently include parts of Montgomery County was complicated by uncertainty over district boundaries for the 2018 election. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has ordered the redrawing of congressional districts to eliminate the politically-motivated gerrymandering that a Republican-controlled Legislature foisted on Pennsylvania after the 2010 Census. Foster said the party would meet again at a later date for U.S. House endorsements.
The party, which heard from several well-qualified and strong Democrats running for lieutenant governor, chose not to make an endorsement for that office. The committee voted for an open primary.
Foster said the party's State Senate and State House candidates represent the strongest slate that Democrats have ever had in Montgomery County.
The Montgomery County Democratic Committee endorsements are as follows:
Pennsylvania Senate:
4th District (parts of Montgomery County and Philadelphia) -- Sen. Art Haywood, incumbent
12th District (parts of Montgomery County and Bucks County) -- Maria Collett... The mother of a 5-year-old, Maria worked as an attorney fighting for the needs of children victimized by abuse and neglect before transitioning to a career in nursing.
24th District (parts of Montgomery County, Bucks County and Berks County) -- Linda Fields... For 27 years, Linda has worked as a national organizer/ business agent with the National Union of Hospital and Healthcare Employees, District 1199C. She is a mother and grandmother.
44th District (parts of Montgomery County, Chester County and Berks County) -- Katie Muth... Shortly after the 2016 presidential election, Katie met with local community members to organize a grassroots effort, Indivisible Mid Montco, that advocates for positive social change. She is chair of the group She is an adjunct professor in the Department of Kinesiology at a local university.
Pennsylvania House of Representatives:
26th District (Pottstown, parts of Chester County) -- Pam Hacker... A member of IBEW Local 98N, Pam is in her 33rd year as a construction electrician. She has two sons and a daughter.
61st District (North Wales, Upper Gwynedd Township, Lower Gwynedd Township, Whitpain Township, Towamencin Township) -- Liz Hanbidge... An attorney, Liz spends the majority of her professional time as a child advocate and court appointed guardian for children, working with the Montgomery Child Advocacy Project.
70th District (Norristown, East Norriton Township, Plymouth Township, Worcester Township) --Rep. Matt Bradford, incumbent
131st District (East Greenville, Pennsburg, Red Hill and Upper Hanover Township, and parts of Lehigh and Northampton counties) -- Andy Lee
-- Andy has built successful businesses; he has three children.
146th District (Pottstown, Royersford, Trappe, Lower Pottsgrove Township, Limerick Township, Perkiomen Township) -- Joe Ciresi... The director of sales and promotion for the Kimmel Performing Arts Center, Joe was on the Spring-Ford Area School Board for 12 years and has been board president of Petra Community Housing. He has a son in college.
147th District (Green Lane, Douglass Township, New Hanover Township, Upper Pottsgrove Township, West Pottsgrove Township, Upper Frederick Township, Lower Frederick Township, Marlborough Township, Upper Salford Township, Lower Salford Township) --Josh Camson... A small business owner and trial attorney, Josh dedicates a significant portion of his law practice to indigent criminal defense, representing those who cannot afford legal services.
148th District (Ambler, Conshohocken, Lower Merion Township, Narberth, Plymouth Township, Whitemarsh, Whitpain Township) --
Rep. Mary Jo Daley, incumbent
149th District (Bridgeport, West Conshohocken, Upper Merion Township, Lower Merion Township) -- Rep. Tim Briggs, incumbent
150th District (Collegeville, Skippack Township, Upper Providence Township, Lower Providence Township, West Norriton Township) --
Joe Webster. A senior executive, Joe is a retired Air Force colonel with a doctorate in public policy. He has three "mostly grown" children.
151st District (Horsham Township, Lower Gwynedd Township, Montgomery Township, Upper Dublin Township) -- Sara Johnson Rothman. A mother of two, Sara is vice president of the Upper Dublin School Board and has served as a Special Victims Deputy District Attorney.
152nd District (Bryn Athyn, Hatboro, Upper Moreland Township, Lower Moreland Township, Upper Dublin Township, and part of Philadelphia) -- Daryl Boling. A father of three, Daryl has worked for more than 20 years to provide financial leadership for arts organizations and for several years managed the Bucks County Playhouse.
153rd District (Abington Township, Upper Dublin Township) -- Rep. Madeleine Dean, incumbent
154th District (Jenkintown, Cheltenham Township, Springfield Township) -- Rep. Steve McCarter, incumbent
157th District (Upper Providence Township, parts of Chester County) -- Melissa Shusterman. A business owner who raised her son as a single-mother, Melissa is founder of the Women's Caucus of the Chester County Democratic Committee.
166th District (Lower Merion, parts of Delaware County) -- Rep. Greg Vitali, incumbent
172nd District (Rockledge, parts of Philadelphia) -- Rep. Kevin Boyle, incumbent
194th District (Lower Merion Township, parts of Philadelphia) -- Rep. Pam DeLissio, incumbent
 
Montgomery County Democratic Committee
21 East Airy Street
Norristown, PA 19401
Contact Julie Kollar, Executive Director, at juliek@mcdems.org or 610-272-2000

What can I do about Gun Violence?

While canvassing today many people asked what they can do to help after the latest school shooting in Florida.

If you are concerned about this, here is what you can do today:
- register to vote
- help others, especially young people, to register to vote
- register to volunteer at HorshamDems.org, and work with us to elect representatives who will pass legislation to address the gun violence epidemic locally and nationally
- join http://www.ceasefirepa.org, an organization dedicated to addressing gun violence here in Pennsylvania.

Here is a video of Emma Gonzalez, a survivor of the recent Florida school shooting.
if you find her message inspiring, please join us and act.


A Special Night of Sharing and Organizing

Poster for Organizing Night for Women and Allies

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Be a Part of History in Horsham on Tuesday

On Tuesday night Veronica Hill-Milbourne will be sworn in as the first African American woman elected to Horsham council.

This is the key point of a Fox 29 news story aired on December 27th. It is history being made, and you can be a part of it.

The Fox story also pointed out that Veronica Hill-Milbourne and Bill Gallagher, who will also be sworn in on January 2nd, are the first Democratic candidates elected to Horsham council since 1974.

Join the Horsham Democratic Committee and the Horsham community on Tuesday January 2nd at 7PM at the Horsham Township building on Horsham road. Be a witness to the swearing in ceremony of Veronica Hill-Milbourne and Bill Gallagher, and show that they have the support of the entire Horsham community at this historic event. 

You can RSVP here: http://www.horshamdems.org/swearing_in_ceremony_for_veronica_hill_milbourne_and_bill_gallagher
Please RSVP, Share, and tell your neighbors!


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