The 8th Ward Democratic Committee makes endorsements through an open, rigorous, and democratic process. Committee People gather to meet with candidates who seek our endorsement, we debate and deliberate as a caucus together, and then we vote on who the Ward will officially endorse. We also vote on official Ward recommendations for important Ballot Questions. We then work together as a team to inform our voters about the candidates we have endorsed and unite our voter outreach and GOTV efforts to help our endorsed candidates win their races.

What’s at Stake in the May 18 Primary

See our 8th Ward Endorsement Ballot here!!

◼ The Judiciary at all levels (Supreme Court, Superior & Commonwealth Courts, Common Pleas & Municipal Court). To learn about our endorsed candidates, scroll down. To learn about our PA Judiciary, check this video link.

◼ Philadelphia District Attorney & Philadelphia City Controller – our endorsed candidates are below.

◼ Ballot Questions about our State Constitution – our positions are below; for more background, see this video link.

Pennsylvania Supreme Court (Highest Appellate Court)

1 Open Seat – Vote for 1

Maria McLaughlin

Maria McLaughlin – Button #1

Endorsed for Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

8th Ward Neighbor!!

Pennsylvania Superior Court (Intermediate Appellate Level)

1 Open Seat – Vote for 1

Timika Lane – Button #3

Endorsed for Superior Court

Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court (Intermediate Appellate Level)

2 Open Seats – Vote for 2

David Spurgeon

David Spurgeon – Button #5

Endorsed for Commonwealth Court

Lori A. Dumas – Button #6

Endorsed for Commonwealth Court

8th Ward Neighbor!!

Court of Common Pleas

8 Open Seats – Vote for 8

Wendy Barish

Wendi Barish – Button #11

Endorsed for Court of Common Pleas

Craig Levin – Button #12

Endorsed for Court of Common Pleas

8th Ward Neighbor!!

Cateria McCabe – Button #13

Endorsed for Court of Common Pleas

Nick Kamau – Button #14

Endorsed for Court of Common Pleas

Daniel Sulman

Dan Sulman – Button #15

Endorsed for Court of Common Pleas

Betsy Wahl – Button #18

Endorsed for Court of Common Pleas

Michele Hangley

Michele Hangley – Button #19

Endorsed for Court of Common Pleas

Mark Moore

Mark Moore – Button #23

Endorsed for Court of Common Pleas

Municipal Court

3 Open Seats – Vote for these endorsed candidates

George Twardy – Button #27

Endorsed for Municipal Court

Greg Girdy

Greg Yorgey-Girdy – Button #28

Endorsed for Municipal Court

Philadelphia District Attorney

Vote for 1

Larry Krasner

Larry Krasner – Button #30

Endorsed for District Attorney of Philadelphia

City Controller

Vote for One

Rebecca Rhynhart – Button #31

Endorsed for City Controller

8th Ward Neighbor!!

Ballot Questions that Could Change our PA Constitution

VOTE ON ALL 3 – for full details, visit the PA Dept. of State at this link.

Ballot Question #1 – VOTE NO!!!

RELATING TO TERMINATION OR EXTENSION OF DISASTER EMERGENCY DECLARATIONS

Shall the Pennsylvania Constitution be amended to provide an exception to the customary legislative procedure requiring legislative acts to be presented to the Governor for approval or veto where by concurrent resolution, the General Assembly votes to terminate or extend, in whole or in part, a disaster emergency declaration issued by the Governor?

OUR POSITION: The 8th Ward urges you to VOTE NO, to stop the Republicans from taking away the Governor’s lawful veto power in times of disaster or emergency. VETO power is a crucially important “check and balance” in a functioning democracy — which must have 3 separate and co-equal branches of government. This measure would severely limit the Governor — and any future governor — of the ability to keep us safe from disasters. When disasters strike, we do not have time to wait for 253 politicians in Harrisburg to have endless political debates. We need our Governor to act quickly and decisively, for all of us. Disasters are NOT political and should NOT be subject to a political process and grandstanding. This amendment is a cynical power grab by the Republican-controlled legislature to dominate the executive branch of our state government. VOTE NO.


Ballot Question #2 – VOTE NO!!! VOT

DISASTER EMERGENCY DECLARATION AND MANAGEMENT

Shall the Pennsylvania Constitution be amended by adding a new section providing that no declaration of emergency shall last longer than 21 days without the approval of the General Assembly, and requiring the General Assembly to pass laws governing the management of any public emergency?

OUR POSITION: The 8th Ward urges you to vote NO, to stop Republicans from stripping the Governor’s lawful emergency power to manage disasters. The Governor has sole authority to issue and manage all disaster / emergency declarations, to take swift action to keep us safe. Our democracy requires 3 separate and co-equal branches of government — 1 of which is an EXECUTIVE (Governor), who is elected statewide by ALL the people. If passed, this Republican measure would strip the Governor — and any future governor — of the ability to keep our Commonwealth safe from disasters. Disasters have no time limit when they hit, and it’s impossible to predict how a disaster will affect any one community. This measure would subject disaster emergency declarations to the political winds, and risks undoing the progress made on protecting against COVID-19 or any other future crisis. VOTE NO.


Ballot Question #3 – VOTE YES!!! – – –

PROHIBITION AGAINST DENIAL OR ABRIDGEMENT OF EQUALITY OF RIGHTS BECAUSE OF RACE OR ETHNICITY

Shall the Pennsylvania Constitution be amended by adding a new section providing that equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged because of an individual’s race or ethnicity?

OUR POSITION. The 8th Ward urges you to vote YES, to make sure that racial and ethnic equality is enshrined in our state constitution. This equal right to be free from racial or ethnic discrimination will exist independent from any such rights under the United States Constitution or corresponding federal law. This means that if current federal protections against racial or ethnic discrimination were to be abolished, Pennsylvanians would still be protected against such discrimination by our Pennsylvania Constitution, under state law. This amendment applies to all Pennsylvania state, county, and local governmental entities and guarantees equality of rights based on race/ethnicity under the law. If approved, the General Assembly may pass new laws to implement the amendment, but it may not pass a law inconsistent with it. This amendment would be an important victory for equality and justice in Pennsylvania — AND we must keep fighting for FULL equality in Pennsylvania, as there is STILL no statewide anti-discrimination law to protect LGBTQ people in our Commonwealth. VOTE YES.


Ballot Question #4 – VOTE YES!!! – – –

Making Municipal Fire and Emergency Medical Services Companies eligible for loans

Do you favor expanding eligibility for state loans to Municipal Fire Departments and Medical Services companies that provide services through paid personnel? This expands the current eligibility that is limited to all volunteer fire companies and all volunteer ambulance services.

OUR POSITION. The 8th Ward urges you to vote YES on this measure. Under current provisions only all volunteer ambulance services and all volunteer fire companies are eligible for certain state loans to modernize equipment, rescue vehicles, communications equipment and protective equipment to improve the quality of services they provide. While many municipalities are served by all volunteer fire and ambulance companies, some municipalities use some paid personnel to provide these vital services. We believe that these companies have similar needs to all volunteer companies and would benefit from these loans to improve the quality of emergency services they provide. VOTE YES.



Ballot Question #5 – VOTE YES!!! – – –

Expanding the Board of License Inspection Review

Shall The Philadelphia Home Rule Charter be amended to provide for an expanded Board of License Inspection Review that can hear and decide cases in three-member panels?

OUR POSITION. The 8th Ward urges you to vote YES on this measure. Under current the current Home Rule Charter, the Board of License Inspection Review consists of 6 members. A majority of 4 members is needed at a minimum to hear reviews. This board is currently operating with a large back log. This measure will do two things to help alleviate this backlog. First, it would expand the Board from 6 members to 9. Second, it would stipulate that Reviews can be heard by a 3 member panel as opposed to the current requirement of a majority (4 out of 6 current board members). This will help alleviate the back log the Board is currently operating under. This would be a boon for business owners, especially small business owners, at a time when they really need it. 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.