Lancaster Democrats Voter Guide

2022 Primary Election – Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Voter Registration Deadline
May 2, 2022

Vote by Mail Request Deadline
May 10, 2022

Primary Election
May 17, 2022

2022 Primary Endorsed Candidates

Izzy Smith-Wade-El

PA HD-49

Mark Temons

PA HD-98

Joshua Caltagirone

PA HD-99

Website:  www.alexkhalilforussenate.com

Facebook page:  www.facebook.com/groups/574634266826714

Twitter page:  https://twitter.com/Alex4USSenate

Instagram page:  https://www.instagram.com/khalilforsenate/

Alex Khalil is a Councilor on Jenkintown Borough Council, 2nd Vice President of Montgomery County Borough’s Association, a member of the Jenkintown Education Foundation, Jenkintown Advisory Committee, and the PA DOH Health Equity and nCOVID19: Rural Healthcare Task Force.  She is an IT Specialist and former small business owner (7-11 on Stenton and Ogontz). She still has a solo practice in New Jersey specializing in small businesses and has provided pro bono advocacy for special education and guardianships for the parents of children with disabilities. Alex is a former adjunct at Gwynedd Mercy College where she taught Business courses and focused on teaching students about entrepreneurship and starting a businesses. She was born in Hackensack, NJ and raised in Queens, NY and Glassboro, NJ.  Alex received her BS in Electrical Engineering Technology at Temple University, her MS Library and Information Science at Drexel University, and her JD at Temple.

Website:  www.conorlamb.com

Facebook page:  www.facebook.com/ConorLambPA/

Twitter page:  https://twitter.com/conorlambpa

Instagram page:  www.instagram.com/conorlamb_pa/

U.S. Representative Conor Lamb has represented Pennsylvania’s 17th District in Congress since 2018.  In Congress, Conor serves as the Vice Chair of the Veterans’ Affairs Committee. He also serves on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, and the Science, Space and Technology Committee.  Conor joined the Marine Corps after law school in 2009, and served on active duty until 2013.  From 2014-2017, Conor served as a federal prosecutor in the Obama administration. He prosecuted violent crime, including heroin and fentanyl dealers who killed people with their drugs. He also worked to help those suffering from addiction by steering them toward rehabilitation and offering lower sentences for non-violent offenders and veterans. Conor went to Pittsburgh Central Catholic High School, and went to college and law school at the University of Pennsylvania. He currently lives in Mt. Lebanon with his wife, Hayley, and their son, Matthew.

Website:  www.malcolmkenyatta.com

Facebook page:  www.facebook.com/malcolmforpa

Twitter page:  https://twitter.com/malcolmkenyatta

Instagram page:  https://www.instagram.com/malcolmforpa/

Representative Malcolm Kenyatta is the first openly LGBTQ+ person of color and one of the youngest members elected to the PA General Assembly.  He currently serves as Vice-Chair of the Philadelphia Delegation, as a member of the Governor’s Task Force on Suicide Prevention, and on a host of committee leadership positions.  In 2016 and in 2020, he was elected as Delegate to the Democratic Convention.  In 2020, Malcolm was one of twenty Electoral College votes cast for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris in Harrisburg.  Malcolm has served/serves as a community activist and junior block captain, a former board member of Smith Playground, and a leader of the Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives at the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce. Malcolm lives in the same neighborhood he grew up in North Philadelphia with his partner, Dr. Matt.

Website:  www.johnfetterman.com

Facebook page:  www.facebook.com/JohnFettermanPA/

Twitter page:  https://twitter.com/johnfetterman

Instagram page:  www.instagram.com/johnfetterman/

John Fetterman is the Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania.  He is the chair of Pennsylvania’s Board of Pardons, where John leads the fight to give second chances to non-violent longtime inmates and free those who have been wrongfully convicted.  John previously served as Mayor of Braddock, PA after coming to Braddock to start a GED program. In Braddock, John worked to rebuild his community, creating jobs, getting youth engaged, and bringing creative urban policy solutions.  He had previously served with Big Brothers/Big Sisters and with AmeriCorps, where he helped set up the first computer labs and taught GED classes to young mothers and fathers in Pittsburgh’s historic Hill District. He attended Albright College and earned his Masters in Public Policy from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.  John is a native of York, PA who still resides in Braddock (rather than the Lt. Governor’s Mansion) with his wife Gisele and three children.

Website:  www.hollisterforcongress.com

Facebook page:  www. www.facebook.com/BobHollisterForCongress

Twitter page:  https://twitter.com/Hollister4PA

Instagram page:  www.instagram.com/HollisterForCongress

Dr. Robert Hollister, recently retired school superintendent, was born and raised in Lancaster County.  Bob served as the Superintendent of the Eastern Lancaster County School District (ELANCO) for the past 13 years and the previous 3 years as the Assistant Superintendent.  After graduating from Lancaster Catholic High School and Millersville University, Bob began his career in education as an Industrial Arts/Technology Education teacher.  He then went on to serve as an Assistant Principal, Principal and Director of Pupil Services prior to joining the ELANCO team. His advanced degrees are from Villanova University and Lehigh University.As a life-long public servant, Bob views running for Congress as a natural continuation of public service which will use his knowledge, experience, and skills effectively to represent ALL citizens of Congressional District 11.  Bob and his wife Jennifer, are raising two daughters. They live in the East Lampeter Township in Conestoga Valley.

Website:  www.joshshapiro.org

Facebook page:  www.facebook.com/JoshShapiroPA

Twitter page:  https://twitter.com/joshshapiropa

Instagram page:  www.instagram.com/joshshapiropa/

Josh Shapiro is currently the Attorney General for Pennsylvania, serving since 2017.  During his time as Attorney General, Josh has among many issues, exposed the Catholic Church’s cover-up of child sexual abuse, held more than 90 public officials of both parties accountable for breaking the law, protected the right to vote and defended Pennsylvania’s election result.  Josh graduated from the University of Rochester and went to law school at night while working in government during the day.  Josh previously served as or State Representative, during which he helped write and pass some of the toughest ethics laws in state history.   He later served as Chair of the Board of Commissioners in Montgomery County.  Josh is a Pennsylvania native who now resides in Montgomery County with their four children.

Website:  www.shapirodavis.org

Facebook page:  www.facebook.com/AustinDavisPA

Twitter page:  https://twitter.com/AustinDavisPA

Austin Davis is currently a State Representative in the 35th District in Allegheny County, serving since 2018.  He serves as serves as chair of the Allegheny County House Democratic Delegation and vice chair of the House Democratic Policy Committee, as well as serving on the House Appropriations Committee, House Consumer Affairs Committee, House Insurance Committee, and House Transportation Committee.  Austin is also a member of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus, Climate Caucus, and PA SAFE Caucus.  While in high school, Austin founded and served as chairman of the Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council under McKeesport Mayor Jim Brewster.  Beginning in 2012, Austin joined Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald’s team, spearheading the office’s vision and transition teams in the early days of the administration and serving as Fitzgerald’s representative on the Jail Oversight Board; the Kane Foundation; the Minority, Women, and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Advisory Board; and the Shuman Detention Center Advisory Board.  He now serves   Austin is a native of the Mon Valley outside Pittsburgh and graduated with a political science degree from the University of Pittsburgh.

Facebook page:  www.facebook.com/docforsenate

Twitter page:  https://twitter.com/docforsenate

Instagram page:  www.instagram.com/docforsenate48/

Calvin “Doc” Clements is a retired 35-year veterinarian from South Londonderry Township, Lebanon County who is running for the 48thState Senate District, which now includes the northeastern portion of Lancaster County.    He was a veterinary practitioner and corporate practice owner who was the founding CEO and established practices in Schuylkill, Lebanon, Dauphin, and Cumberland Counties.    An upstate New York native, his family had to rely on welfare and government food after an automobile accident prevented his father from being able to work on his farm and second job again.    Doc was later set to enter Naval ROTC, but a work related accident and injuries disqualified his application, thus he used student loans and work to acquire his education and eventual degree in veterinary medicine.  He has children and grandchildren in Pennsylvania.

Website:  www.izzyforlancaster.com

Facebook page:  www.facebook.com/izzyforlancaster

Twitter page:  https://twitter.com/IzzyforLancaster

Instagram page:  www.instagram.com/IzzyforLancaster/

Izzy Smith-Wade-El is the President of the council of the City of Lancaster, having just won reelection to his second term. Today, he serves as a program specialist at LanCoMyHome, where he coordinates services and support for Lancaster County’s housing insecure community. Izzy is running to represent Pennsylvania’s brand-new House District 49 in Harrisburg so that all of Lancaster’s working families have a friend in the fight.

Mike Sturla

Website:  www.votemikesturla.com

Facebook page:  www.facebook.com/VoteSturla

Twitter page:  https://twitter.com/VoteSturla/

Instagram page:  www.instagram.com/VoteSturla

Representative Mike Sturla is the current State Represenative for the 96th District, having served since 1991.  Mike currently serves as the Democratic Chairman of the House Urban Affairs Committee. He has established himself as a tireless advocate for critical issues like education, healthcare, and the environment.  Mike was an original sponsor of the ‘Cover All Kids’ legislation to ensure every child has access to quality healthcare. The program was a runaway success and served as the nationwide model for what is now CHIP.  Outside of the State House, Mike is active in the community, holding a “Back to School” event this year to distribute school supplies.  He is a graduate of Garden Spot High School and the University of Kansas, where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Design.  A Lancaster native, Mike and his wife Tracy reside in Lancaster City.  He has a son, daughter, two step-daughters, and three grandchildren (with a fourth on the way).

Dana Hamp Gulick

Website:  www.dana4pa.com

Facebook page:  www.facebook.com/Dana4PA

Twitter page:  https://twitter.com/Dana4PA/

Instagram page:  www.instagram.com/Dana4PA

Dana Hamp Gulick is a working single mother of a teenager, caregiver for her aging mother, and board member for critical services organizations in Lancaster city. Dana has experienced significant hardship in her life and would bring her experiences of struggle and coming back to thrive to Harrisburg. She is a strong advocate for families in our community and would work to ensure every family is safe, healthy, and thriving.

Website:  www.temonsforpa.com

Facebook page:  www.facebook.com/TemonsforPA

Instagram page:  www.instagram.com/temonsforpa

Mark is a tradesman, a community organizer, a parent, and former small business owner. Mark has lived in Lancaster County for nearly 10 years, all of them in the 98th house district. Mark was raised in Lock Haven, PA. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Niagara University. Mark has spent several years organizing around issues like labor, prison reform, foreign policy, and racial justice. Mark currently works in construction design, designing home improvement projects for wheelchair accessibility.

My life experience gives him a unique perspective and a strong desire to give back to my community. My early years were rough, as my parents struggled with addictions while they were raising me and my four siblings. I spent part of my youth in foster homes and shelters.  It was often local government programs that ensured I had enough to eat.  I left school early to go to work to help support myself and my family, but returned to receive my high school diploma through the GED program. I have and still am deeply involved with my community and my church. As a teen I served as a volunteer firefighter and was proactive in outreach programs that help people get the resources they need to help them overcome life’s challenges.

I want to listen to people in the 99th District and help pave the way toward a brighter future by focusing on economic growth. I want to work on lowering or eliminating property taxes in ways that do not hurt the already struggling middle class and those who already find themselves in economic distress. I want to ensure the growth and protection of our agricultural community. In Harrisburg, I will be a strong advocate for any legislation defending the right to have affordable food and healthcare. I understand the struggles that families face and want to go to Harrisburg to represent everyone in the 99th District and work to solve problems and bring growth and prosperity to our area.

Tom O’Brien

Tom O’Brien is running for his third term on State Committee.  He has also served as a Manheim Township School Director and a Manheim Township Commissioner.  Tom is a retired executive who specialized in global Business and resourcing.

Robert Misciagna

Robert is a former Columbia Borough School Board Director and current Columbia Borough resident. Robert had run for office twice, knocking on the doors of countless voters. He is currently enrolled at Millersville University and will graduate in December with a degree in Government, Policy, and Law.

Kristy Moore

Kristy is a public school teacher and life-long Democrat who has lived in Lancaster since 2017. After becoming a volunteer for the Jess King for Congress campaign, she became a precinct Committee Person, and currently serves as the District Leader of the Elizabethtown Democratic Committee. She also ran for school board twice, and her most recent race was featured both in The New York Times and on CNN. She continues to serve her community through her involvement in Common Sense, a non-partisan grassroots organization whose mission is to ensure that a quality public school education is accessible to all. Kristy is also a member of the Executive Board of the PSEA – Southern Region. She currently lives in Elizabethtown with her husband and their two children.

Tene Darby

Greetings to my fellow Lancaster City & County residents.

Tene Darby, your proud lifelong City resident.

I consider myself a humanitarian activist & advocate for residential issues.

I’m willing to have a seat at the table to get the concerns resolved for residents.

In 2021 I became the first Black & first Latina to Chair the Lancaster city Democrat Committee.  Along with being the chair, I represent my precinct of 7-5 on the city committee as well. I serve on the Board for Lancaster Lebanon Habitat for Humanity & their family service committee, City’s Neighborhood Leaders Group, an advisor for Combined Sewer Overflow Control plan for Conestoga River, & I am Lancaster County Community Foundation Project Activate SE Design team.  A founder of SouthEast Times, I also write the column Political 360.  I am the main staff member that maintains our SE Times Facebook page.  I serve as a commissioner on the city of Lancaster’s Civil Service Commission. I take great pride in serving my community. My motto is to be the change you want to see!

Janet Diaz

Janet Diaz was raised in Lancaster County. Growing up, Janet and her family faced many hardships and barriers. Her mother struggled to find work, affordable housing, and affordable childcare. Janet experienced homelessness and poverty. She overcame those obstacles to establish a successful 19-year career in healthcare where she currently works as a medical analyst at Lancaster General Health.

In 2017, Janet was elected to the Lancaster City Council and made history as the first Latina to be elected to City Council. She chairs the Personnel Committee and is a member of the Public Works and Finance Committees. During her term, she is proud of drafting legislation to support small business, protect the environment, and celebrate the diverse communities of Lancaster.

Janet took action by running for PA Democratic State Committee position in 2018, while becoming the very first endorsed Latina to win the number one slot in Lancaster County. Janet also was appointed by Chair Nancy Mills as the party Corresponds Secretary, first Latina in Lancaster County to ever hold this officer position. Diaz is currently a member of the PA Dems Latino Caucus, NALEO Education Fund, the NATIONAL FEDERATION OF DEMOCRATIC WOMEN, Farmers Union and the Pennsylvanian Municipal League.

Carol Gifford

Carol Gifford is a lifelong Democrat and native Lancastrian. She has worked at all levels of the party – from volunteer to committeeperson, from precinct to district leader (in Montgomery County), from poll watcher to candidate to elected school board member (in Illinois), and most recently, served as a member of the Manheim Township Board of Commissioners.

She is a graduate of J.P. McCaskey High School, Penn State University and Syracuse University. Carol and her husband have four children and two grandchildren. She lives in Manheim Township.

Carol is communications professional who works in marketing for a Lancaster non-profit. She wants to serve on the Democratic State Committee to help better articulate the party’s message and organize and elect Democrats to all levels of government.

Adam Hosey

Adam is a former high school humanities teacher and the chief equity officer at YWCA Lancaster. His work is focused on creating more inclusive organizational cultures and communities through dialogue and policy change.

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