What’s at Stake in the November Election

The Republicans in Harrisburg want to turn PA into “PENNSYL-TEXAS.”

Our State Judiciary is on the ballot this November. ALL Democrats need to come out and VOTE for OUR STATEWIDE JUDICIAL CANDIDATES: Maria McLaughlin, Timika Lane, Lori Dumas, and David Spurgeon.

We need Democratic judges on our Appellate Courts who believe in democracy and voting rights and fair elections. We need a fair and independent judiciary to protect us from the Trumpublicans in our GOP-Controlled State Legislature. (To learn about our PA Judiciary, check this video link.)

In the GENERAL Election in November, we UNITE to support ALL the DEMOCRATIC primary winners.

Below are the offices & questions on the ballot this November….To learn about the Democratic candidates, scroll down.

Pennsylvania Supreme Court (Highest Appellate Court)

1 Open Seat – Vote for 1 – Democratic Nominee – Running against a Republican

Maria McLaughlin

Maria McLaughlin

Democrat for Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

8th Ward Neighbor!!

Pennsylvania Superior Court (Intermediate Appellate Level)

1 Open Seat – Vote for 1 – Democratic Nominee – Running against a Republican

Timika Lane

Democrat for Pennsylvania Superior Court

Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court (Intermediate Appellate Level)

2 Open Seats – Democratic Nominees – Vote for BOTH – Running against 2 Republicans

Lori A. Dumas

Democrat for Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court

8th Ward Neighbor!!

David Spurgeon

David Spurgeon

Democrat for Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court

Court of Common Pleas – Democratic Nominees – Running Unopposed

8 Open Seats – Vote for all 8

Craig Levin

Democrat for Court of Common Pleas

8th Ward Neighbor!!

Wendy Barish

Wendi Barish

Democrat for Court of Common Pleas

Cateria McCabe

Democrat for Court of Common Pleas

Nick Kamau

Democrat for Court of Common Pleas

Daniel Sulman

Dan Sulman

Democrat for Court of Common Pleas

Betsy Wahl

Democrat for Court of Common Pleas

Michele Hangley

Michele Hangley

Democrat for Court of Common Pleas

Chris Hall

Democrat for Court of Common Pleas

Municipal Court – Democratic Nominees – Running Unopposed

3 Open Seats – Vote for all 3 candidates

George Twardy

Democrat for Municipal Court

Greg Girdy

Greg Yorgey-Girdy

Democrat for Municipal Court

Michael Lambert

Michael Lambert

Democrat for Municipal Court

Philadelphia District Attorney – Democratic Nominee – Running against a Republican

Vote for 1

Larry Krasner

Larry Krasner

Democrat for District Attorney of Philadelphia

City Controller – Running Unopposed

Vote for One

Rebecca Rhynhart

Democrat for City Controller

8th Ward Neighbor!!

Judicial Retention Questions (Yes or No)

SUPERIOR COURT – VOTE NO for both Judge Bender and Judge Bowes (both are Republicans)

COMMONWEALTH COURT – VOTE NO for both Judge Covey and Judge Jubelirer (both are Republicans)

PHILADELPHIA COURT OF COMMON PLEAS & MUNICIPAL COURT – VOTE YES for ALL JUDGES LISTED

BALLOT QUESTIONS –

Philadelphia City Government Ballot Questions

VOTE ON ALL 4 – (explainers from the Philadelphia Citizen).

Question 1: Proposed Charter Change 1 (Bill No. 210206)

Related to cannabis for non-medical purposes.

Shall the Philadelphia Home Rule Charter be amended to call upon the Pennsylvania General Assembly and the Governor to pass legislation that would decriminalize, regulate, and tax the use, and sale to adults aged 21 years or older, of cannabis for non-medical purposes?

PLAIN LANGUAGE EXPLAINER: If you vote “Yes” on this ballot question, it means you want to add a statement to the City’s Charter that urges the Pennsylvania legislature and governor to adopt laws to allow Pennsylvanians aged 21 years and older access to marijuana outside the state-licensed medical marijuana program. The statement would say that the use and sale of marijuana by adults for non-medical purposes should no longer be a crime and should be subject to regulation and tax by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. This would not have any legal effect on state law, but it would communicate that our City believes this change in law should be made.

OUR POSITION: Vote YES


Question 2: Proposed Charter Change 2 (Bill No. 200075)

Related to creation of a Department of Fleet Services creaVOT

Shall the Philadelphia Home Rule Charter be amended to establish and define the functions of a Department of Fleet Services, headed by a Commissioner, to manage all City-owned motor vehicles and City programs concerning alternative vehicle fuel initiatives?

PLAIN LANGUAGE EXPLAINER:

The City’s Home Rule Charter is like the City’s constitution; it sets up the rules for City government. The City Charter currently establishes responsibility for the City’s purchase, maintenance and allocation of City vehicles among the Department of Public Property, the Procurement Department and a Board made up of the Mayor, the Finance Director and the Managing Director. For several decades, most of these responsibilities already have been delegated by Executive Order to an Office of Fleet Management. This would codify this delegation by adding it to the Home Rule Charter and making it an official Department.

OUR POSITION: VOTE YES


Question 3: Proposed Charter Change 3 (Bill No. 201501)

Related to civil service hiring practices – – –

Shall the Philadelphia Home Rule Charter be amended to revise provisions related to the civil service system, to allow the Personnel Director to determine the number of people on an eligible list from which a hiring or promotion decision may be made, and to determine the number of times a person may be passed over and remain eligible on such a list, all based on the position and the needs of the civil service program?

PLAIN LANGUAGE EXPLAINER

To apply for most City jobs, an applicant is required to take part in a civil service assessment (test) for a particular type of job. Applicants are then ranked based on the scores they receive. Currently, when a department head wishes to fill an open position for a job type, the department head can pick only from the two top scoring applicants. This has been called the “rule of two.” The applicant not picked from among the top two remains on the scoring list for future consideration for the same type of job, but cannot be scheduled for an interview with the same department more than twice.

If you vote “Yes” on this ballot question, that means you approve of the following two changes to this process.

First, instead of requiring the department head to choose between the top two applicants on a list, the City’s Personnel Director would be allowed to decide how many applicants the department head may choose from, based on the type of job and the needs of the City’s civil service system. This would provide more flexibility and allow the department head to consider more than two candidates.

Second, instead of establishing a specific number for how often an applicant can be considered by a department, the Personnel Director would be allowed to decide how many times an applicant can be interviewed by a specific department, based on the type of job and the needs of the civil service system. This would allow promising candidates to remain eligible for consideration for future employment in that department.

The intention behind this bill is to improve city hiring practices by permitting a wider pool of candidates and skillsets to be considered by department heads. Read a background of the bill here.

OUR POSITION: VOTE YES.




Question 4: Proposed Charter Change 4 (Bill No. 210507)

Related to establishment of a Housing Trust Fund – – –

Shall the Philadelphia Home Rule Charter be amended to provide for a mandatory annual appropriation for the Housing Trust Fund?

PLAIN LANGUAGE EXPLAINER

Under the City Charter, City Council must adopt a budget for the City every year. Council decides in the budget how much money each City department may spend in the upcoming year. Council also decides some of the general purposes the money can be spent on, such as hiring employees or purchasing equipment.

This ballot question asks whether you want to change the Charter to require Council to set aside a certain amount of money in the budget every year for various housing programs. This would include building affordable housing; making it easier for disabled people to live in or visit affordable housing; and reducing homelessness.

If this ballot question is approved, Council would be required to set aside for these programs an amount equal to one half of a percent (0.5%) of the City’s “General Fund appropriations.” General Fund appropriations includes most of the money designated for general City operations, paid for mostly by taxes that have no other restrictions on how the money is spent. If this proposal had been in place this year, Council would have been required to set aside approximately 25 million dollars for the housing programs, in addition to money required by other existing laws to be spent on such programs.

This minimum amount would not be allowed to be used for any other purpose unless there was an emergency need to use it elsewhere.P

OUR POSITION: VOTE YES.

ELECTION UPDATES!

VOTE IN ALL THE RACES — ALL elections matter – including primaries — and ALL races up and down the ballot are very important! Many down ballot candidates will be key to deciding policies and issues that will impact your daily life.

GENERAL ELECTION (November) – no more “straight party ” button on the voting machines. This means, when you are using a voting machine, you will need to push every button for each Democrat you wish to vote for.