2017 Voter’s Guide

KEY:

Endorsed: Candidate endorsed by Planned Parenthood PA Advocates & PAC
Supports: Candidate supports access to safe, legal abortion or to family planning and reproductive health services
Opposes: Candidate opposes access to safe, legal abortion or to family planning and reproductive health services
No Questionnaire: Candidate did not return our questionnaire
(NQ): Candidate did not return our questionnaire, but position has been identified through media reports, public statements, or legislative record
Unknown: Candidate has conflicting endorsements and/or public position statements
*: Indicates that the municipal race has many candidates running and due to that high number, we have only listed those candidates which have received PPPA-PAC endorsement


STATEWIDE BALLOT CANDIDATES

SUPREME COURT

The Supreme Court is a statewide, 7 seat court. Voters may vote for one candidate who will serve a ten-year term. The Supreme Court handles direct and discretionary appeals from lower courts.

Party Name Position on
Reproductive Health
Dem Dwayne Woodruff Supports
Rep Sallie Mundy Opposes (NQ)


Additionally, voters may vote on retention for the following candidates:

Party Name Position on
Reproductive Health
Dem Debra Todd Supports

COMMONWEALTH COURT

The Commonwealth Court is a statewide, 9 seat court. Voters may vote for two candidates who will serve a ten-year term. Commonwealth Court handles issues related to governmental bodies and agencies, including serving as the trial court for lawsuits in which the state is a party

Party Name Position on
Reproductive Health
Dem Ellen Ceisler Supports
Dem Irene M. Clark Supports
Rep Christine Fizzano Cannon NQ
Rep Paul Lalley Opposes (NQ)

SUPERIOR COURT

The Superior Court is a statewide, 15 seat court. Voters may vote for four candidates who will serve a ten-year term. Superior Court handles civil and criminal appeals from lower courts.

Party Name Position on
Reproductive Health
Dem Debbie Kunselman Supports
Dem Maria McLaughlin Supports
Dem Geoff Moulton Supports
Dem Carolyn H. Nichols Supports
Rep Emil Giordano Opposes (NQ)
Rep Wade A. Kagarise Opposes (NQ)
Rep Mary Murray Opposes (NQ)
Rep Craig Stedman Opposes (NQ)


LOCAL BALLOT CANDIDATES

We are extremely excited to announce our 2017 endorsement slate. Unfortunately, we are unable to make endorsements in every race across the Commonwealth. Dependent upon staff, board, and volunteer capacity, we were able to make some endorsements which can be found listed alphabetically by city or county below. It is our hope that as the resistance continues to grow, so too does our capacity to get involved in more local races in future elections. Thank you for your understanding.

ALLEGHENY COUNTY COUNCIL*

District Party Name Position on
Reproductive Health
3 Dem Anita Prizio Supports

ALLEGHENY COURT OF COMMON PLEAS*

Party Name Position on
Reproductive Health
Dem David Lee Spurgeon Supports
Dem Patrick Connelly Supports

ALLENTOWN SCHOOL BOARD

Party Name Position on
Reproductive Health
Dem Lisa Conover Supports
Rep Robert Walker Supports
D/R Sara Jane Brace Supports
Dem Cheryl Johnson Supports
Dem Phoebe Harris NQ

DELAWARE COUNTY COUNCIL*

Party Name Position on
Reproductive Health
Dem Kevin Madden Supports
Dem Brian Zidek Supports

ERIE SCHOOL BOARD*

Party Name Position on 
Reproductive Health
Dem Tyler Titus Supports

LEHIGH COUNTY COMMISSIONER*

District Party Name Position on
Reproductive Health
3 Dem Amy Zanelli Supports
3 Rep Robert Smith NQ

LEHIGH COUNTY EXECUTIVE

Party Name Position on
Reproductive Health
Dem Phillips Armstrong Supports
Rep Brad Osborne NQ

MEDIA SCHOOL BOARD

Party Name Position on
Reproductive Helath
Dem Kristin Seale Supports

PITTSBURGH CITY COUNCIL*

District Party Name Position on 
Reproductive Health
8 Dem Daniel Gilman Supports

PITTSBURGH MAYOR

Party Name Position on 
Reproductive Health
D Bill Peduto Supports

READING SCHOOL BOARD

Party Name Position on 
Reproductive Health
D/R Robin Costenbader-Jacobson Supports
Dem Patricia Wright Supports
D/R Ann Sheehan Supports
Dem Eddie Moran Opposes (NQ)
Rep Noahleen Betts NQ

UPPER DARBY SCHOOL BOARD*

Party Name Position on
Reproductive Health
Dem Neil Desnoyers Supports

YORK MAYOR

Party Name Position on 
Reproductive Health
Dem Kim Bracey Supports
Rep Michael Helfrich NQ
Lib Dave Moser Unknown