MCDC Endorsements for State Positions

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 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, and work with us to elect representatives who will pass legislation to address the gun violence epidemic locally and nationally
- join, 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



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:
Please RSVP, Share, and tell your neighbors!

Call for Volunteers on Township Boards and Commissions

Horsham Democrats elected two candidates to the Horsham Township Council, and they'll be sworn in at the January 2nd Council meeting.

Now let's back them up by getting some volunteers on the various Township Boards and Commissions. There are 11 of these committees, and currently six of them have openings:

  • Horsham Planning Commission - 4 Year Term
  • Horsham Water & Sewer Commission - 5 Year Term
  • Park & Recreation Board - 5 Year Term
  • Police Pension Advisory Committee - 4 Year Term
  • Industrial & Commercial Develop Authority - 5 Year Term
  • Zoning Hearing Board - 3-Year Term

A list of all 11 committees; purpose and duties; current members; links to agendas and minutes; and when they meet can be seen on the Township website:

The way for Democrats to gain a say in Horsham is to be CIVICALLY ENGAGED!

You can engage by submitting an application to serve on a committee. Please send a brief letter to the township office describing your interest, and include your resume (if applicable): Horsham Township, 1025 Horsham Road, Horsham, PA 19044 by December 31st. All valid applications must be considered, and appointments will be made at a January Council meeting. Applications are also put on file, and drawn from if and when something opens up at a later date.

Please contact us if you have any questions about serving,


Peggy Leiby, 215-643-4397
Patrick Costello, 215-768-1597

Latest on Election Results

The following unofficial Election results are available on the website. 
Please note these are still not 'official' as there is one court case open.  
We will update again when the results are finally made official and final.



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Based on these tables, we congratulate Jennifer, Veronica, and Bill on their new roles in the Hatboro-Horsham School Board and on Horsham Town Council.

Please click here to RSVP for the swearing in ceremony for Jennifer Wilson on Monday December 4 at 7PM.

We wil soon post an invite for the swearing ceremony for Veronica and Bill.

Finally, we are looking for volunteers for the next election cycle, so please visit out volunteer page and let us know how you may be able to help as the 2018 election season begins.

Thanks so much for you support. Your actions do make a difference! 

Unofficial Election Results - 2017

here are the UNOFFICIAL results, as posted this morning at

For Hatboro-Horsham School Board, Jennifer Wilson was elected!

For Horsham Town Council, Veronica Hill-Milbourne and Bill Gallagher are #2 and #3 and will be elected in a tight race if the vote tally is confirmed:


 Thanks to everyone who worked on the campaign, and who came out and voted on a rainy and cold day. Your efforts DO make a difference! 

At-large vs. District Municipal Elections

With Horsham Township almost evenly split between Republicans and Democrats (with a few independents), shouldn’t the council and school board representation also be a mixture, rather than a Republican monopoly? Lacking regular, vigorous newspaper coverage of these meetings, or televised meetings that residents could watch from home, the best way to ensure transparency in our local government is to make it bipartisan. Be sure to vote on Nov. 7 and elect Veronica Hill-Milbourne and Bill Gallagher to township council, and Jennifer Wilson to Hatboro-Horsham School Board.

Horsham Township’s five council members are elected at-large, meaning that each council member represents the entire township, rather than one of the township’s four voting districts. It’s a small-scale version of having senators (who represent an entire state) instead of members of the House of Representatives (who represent smaller geographic areas within the state). Is this system better or worse than electing a council member from each district?

According to Benjamin Knoll, a political science professor at Centre College in Danville, Ky., about 40% of U.S. municipalities, typically larger urban areas, use district elections, and this format usually is better for representing racial and ethnic minorities, who may be clustered geographically  in a few voting districts. (Voters also may be clustered along party lines.)

 At-large elections are more common in affluent, racially homogenous municipalities. Both systems have their pros and cons: With a district system, council members would be more geographically representative of the township (an at-large system raises the possibility of all council members living in the same neighborhood). However, voters would only be able to vote for the council member from their district. In an at-large system, voters can vote on all council candidates, and the candidate pool is larger. Council members elected by district are accountable to their district; those elected by an at-large system are accountable to the entire township.

Make your voice heard and vote on Tuesday. 



Help out on November 7th

On Election Day, November 7, 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.

If you can work as a greeter on Nov 7, please call the Horsham Democratic Committee at 267-477-3006.  

Crossfiling, or Why the Straight Democratic Ballot in November Will Have Republicans on It

If you don’t know about crossfiling, don’t feel bad. They didn’t teach this in high school history. But it explains why the Democratic ballot in this fall’s general election will have some Republicans on it (more on what to do about that later.)

What is crossfiling?

Under state law, only candidates for judgeships, district justice posts and school board seats can file nominating petitions to appear on the ballot for both the Democratic and Republican parties, according to the Pottstown Mercury. These positions are considered not political. Or at least, they weren’t in 1937 when the law was passed.

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