2016 Election Endorsement Recommendations

President Hillary Clinton #101
Vice Pres. Tim Kaine
U.S. Senate Katie McGinty # 102

PA Statewide Offices
Attorney General
Josh Shapiro #103
Auditor General Eugene Pasquale #104
State Treasurer Joe Torsella#105

U.S. Congress #106
District 2 Dwight Evans #106
District 7 Mary Ellen Balchunis #106
District 8 Steve Santarsiero #106

PA State Senate #107
District 1 Lawrence Farnese #107
District 9 Martin Molloy #107
District 16 Nancy Dean #107
District 17 Daylin Leach #108

PA State Representative #108
District 61 Robert Wilkerson #108
District 146 Joe Ciresi #108
District 161 Leanne Krueger-Braneky #108
District 177 Joe Hohenstein #108
District 182 Brian Sims
District 183 Phillip Armstrong #108
District 200 Chris Rabb #108
District 202 Jared Solomon #108
District 188 James Roebuck #108

Ballot Question: Mandatory Judicial Retirement Age (Statewide)
Shall the Pennsylvania Constitution be amended to require that justices of the Supreme Court, judges, and magisterial district judges be retired on the last day of the calendar year in which they attain the age of 75?

Vote NO. Please note: this would be a change from the current retirement age of 70.

Ballot Question: City Bond (Philadelphia Only)
Should the City of Philadelphia borrow ONE HUNDRED EIGHT-FOUR MILLION THREE HUNDRED THREE THOUSAND DOLLARS ($184,303,000.00) to be spent for and toward capital purposes as follows: Transit; Streets and Sanitation; Municipal Buildings; Parks, Recreation and Museums; and Economic and Community Development?

Vote YES.

ADA of Southeastern PA gives Hillary Clinton our wholehearted and unreserved support for President. As President Obama said at the Democratic Convention, she is more qualified than he or Bill Clinton ever were. Her experience as First Lady, Senator, and Secretary of State gives her a deep understanding of both domestic and foreign issues.

As qualified and smart as she surely is, she will be as stymied as President Obama

has been if we do not elect a Democratic Senate. Electing Katie McGinty is key to Democratsgetting back control of the Senate and thus allowing Hillary to appoint new members to the Supreme Court.

The next president will no doubt have the opportunity to nominate several new justices who then must be confirmed by Senate Democrats if we are to secure women’s rights, voter rights, Obama care, preservation of the environment, regulation of business and a chance to overturn Citizens United. We cannot overemphasize the critical importance the Supreme Court will have on our future and that of our children and grandchildren.

Help get out the vote for the progressive slate of candidates ADA has endorsed at all levels of government.

Hillary Clinton:

Katie McGinty
Phone: 215-253-6220 (Philadelphia)
Email: [email protected]
Volunteer Requests: [email protected]

For Hillary and Katie:
Neighborhood Networks and Move On (Philadelphia and suburbs)

Philadelphia Federation of Teachers
http://www.pftvotes.org/  http://www.pftvotes.org/ 

2016 Pennsylvania Primary Endorsements & Recommendations

The National Board of Americans for Democratic Action, the nation’s most experienced liberal advocacy group, has announced that ADA has voted overwhelmingly to endorse for
Democratic nomination for President of the United States: Senator Bernie Sanders

Monday, April 4th, the Board of Americans for Democratic Action, Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter, made its endorsements in the April 26th Pennsylvania Democratic Primary. ADA did not endorse in races in which the Democratic candidate has no primary opposition. ADA is a nonpartisan organization and sometimes endorses in Republican primary elections, however, there are no Republican primary elections in which ADA has an interest. You may view all questionnaires submitted by candidates here.

Pennsylvania Attorney General: Josh Shapiro

U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania: Joe Sestak

U.S. Congress, 2nd Pennsylvania District: Dwight Evans

U.S. Congress, 7th Pennsylvania District: Mary Ellen Balchunis

Pennsylvania State Senate, 1st District: Lawrence Farnese

Pennsylvania State House of Representatives, 182nd District: Brian Sims

Pennsylvania State House of Representatives, 183rd District: Phillips Armstrong, Sr.

Pennsylvania State House of Representatives, 190th District: Movita Johnson-Harrell

Pennsylvania State House of Representatives, 200th District: Christopher Rabb

Pennsylvania State House of Representatives, 202th District: Jared Solomon

Ballot Question Recommendations

On postcards mailed to our members, we apologize for omitting the statewide ballot question to amend the mandatory judicial retirement age.

Statewide Ballot

On the Proposed Constitutional Amendment, Amending the Mandatory Judicial Retirement Age

ADA recommends a “NO” vote

On the Proposed Pennsylvania Constitutional Amendment, Abolition of the Philadelphia Traffic Court

ADA recommends a “YES” vote

Philadelphia Ballot

Philadelphia Question#3: On the Proposed Charter Change Question, “Shall the Philadelphia Home Rule Charter be amended to provide for the creation, appointment, powers and duties of an independent Commission on African American Males, which would study and recommend responses to challenges facing African-American males in Philadelphia?
ADA recommends a “NO” vote


Candidate Recommendations for November 3, 2015 General Election

Your vote for all three Democratic Supreme Court candidates is vital for school funding, voter rights, redistricting, prison/sentencing reform, & other issues critical to the future of PA.

Supreme Court:
#101 David Wecht
#102 Kevin Dougherty
#103 Christine Donohue

PA Superior Court:
#104 Alice Dubrow

PA Commonwealth Court:
#105 Michael Wojcik

Common Pleas Court Phila:
#106 Kenneth Powell
#107 Kai Scott
#109 Abbe Fletman
#112 Rainy Papademetriou
#115 Chris Mallios

# 121 Jim Kenney

City Council At-Large:
#126 Derek Green
#129 William Greenlee
#130 Helen Gym
#426 Kristen Combs
#826 Andrew Stober

7th District City Council:
#131 Maria Quinones-Sanchez

Retention Election:
ADA urges a “No” vote on Judge Dawn Segal.

Ballot Question #1:
ADA strongly supports LGBT rights, but believes this is a legislative/administrative action that does not belong in the Charter.

Ballot Question #2:
Vote Yes

Bond Issue:
Vote Yes


Please note that there was a printing error in the postcard sent to members.  We made no endorsement in Congressional District 13.


We have endorsed the following candidates for the 2014 Primary Election:

Governor: Tom Wolf

Lt. Governor: Mike Stack

US Congress District 6:  Manan Trivedi                       

US Congress District 8: Kevin Strouse

PA Senate District 4: Art Haywood

PA Senate District 26: John Kane

PA Representative District 163: Vince Rongione

PA Representative District 167: Anne E.  Crowley

PA Representative District 188: James Roebuck

Please remember to vote on Tuesday, November 4th. Polls  are open 7 AM to 8 PM.

The ADA Board regularly endorses candidates for local and state office.  If you would like to see some of our previous endorsements, please check out our Endorsement Archive.