Job One: The Backyard Imperative
THINK GLOBALLY. ACT LOCALLY.
Local, state and federal elections form a web. Each campaign is built upon the efforts of previous and concurrent campaigns. An effective state house campaign supports a state senate campaign and, in turn, a congressional campaign. And, vice versa.
In 2018, Southeastern Pennsylvania – especially the Philadelphia suburbs – are positioned to potentially flip four Congressional seats on the road to taking back the house. New district maps up the odds but do not guarantee for success.
STATE AND LOCAL ELECTIONS
In addition, we have the potential to seriously alter the composition of the Pennsylvania state senate and house. Maybe not control in 2018, but seriously alter and set the stage for 2020.
The actions of Pennsylvania’s state government impact many things you care about. Education and it’s connection to social justice, the environment, the right to an abortion, voter access, gun control, transportation and mass transit and taxation. Currently, our Democratic governor is frustrated across the board by the Republican-controlled legislature.
The recent and impending change in the make-up and character of the U.S. Supreme Court makes our state a possible bastion of protection. It ups the stakes.
Clearly, Republican success in Pennsylvania - especially at the local, state and congressional levels, has not been because of a Republican voter registration edge. As previously noted, Democrats have an 800,000+ voter registration margin.