2022 Democratic Candidates

The 2022 primary will take place on May 17.

Federal Offices

United States Senator

United States Senator
Conor Lamb

Lamb represents Pennsylvania’s 17th district in Congress, which includes much of the Pittsburgh-area suburbs and all of Beaver County. Lamb won a special election in March 2018 in a district that Trump won by nearly 20 points. He went on to win reelection in 2018 and 2020 in two Republican districts.

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’s priorities include protecting and expanding Medicare and Social Security, raising the minimum wage to $15, cutting prescription drug prices, creating and protecting jobs and strengthening unions.

Endorsed by Tredyffrin Township Democratic Committee.

United States Senator
John Fetterman

John doesn’t look like a typical politician, and more importantly, he doesn’t act like one. He supported legalizing marijuana before it was popular, officiated a same-sex marriage before it was legal, and pushed for single payer healthcare long before it was mainstream. The issues John is running on now are the same issues he’s been working on for the last two decades.

Together, John and Gisele have fought for causes they believe in, from immigration reform to LGBTQ+ rights. When Pennsylvania lawmakers continued to push outdated discriminatory policies banning marriage equality, John stood up and officiated one of the first same-sex marriages in the commonwealth. And when they wanted to build a four-lane interstate highway through Braddock, a town that’s more than 80% Black and already suffered historically high asthma rates, John was the only elected official in Western Pennsylvania who opposed it on the grounds that it was environmental racism.

United States Senator
Malcolm Kenyatta

Pennsylvanians are rising up in spite of every challenge and the deadliest pandemic in our history. As we face a crossroads, Malcolm Kenyatta is ready to be a voice for working families in the US Senate. He knows what it’s like to see eviction notices and work a minimum wage job—and knows firsthand the pain that Washington’s failures have inflicted on Pennsylvania. Malcolm won’t just talk about justice—he’ll make it real.

Representative Malcolm Kenyatta 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. As the first openly LGBTQ+ person of color and one of the youngest members elected to the PA General Assembly, he is deeply committed to creating an equitable and inclusive society. As a legislator, he has championed proposals to address generational poverty, raise the minimum wage, protect workers’ rights, increase access to mental healthcare, stem the rise of gun violence, and protect our digital infrastructure.

Representative in Congress, PA-06

Member of Congress
Chrissy Houlahan (Incumbent)

Chrissy earned her engineering degree from Stanford with a ROTC scholarship and received her M.S. in Technology and Policy from MIT. She served three years active duty as a Captain in the US Air Force, and 13 years in the Reserves. Then she became Chief Operating Officer of the sportswear company AND1. She was founding COO of B-Lab (a nonprofit that promotes B Corporations and good business practices) and President and COO/CFO for Springboard Collaborative (a Philadelphia-based nonprofit focused on improving early childhood literacy in underserved communities). She was first elected to the PA-06 seat in November 2018 by a margin of 18%. In the House of Representatives, she serves on the Committees on Armed Forces, Foreign Affairs, and Small Business.

State Offices

Governor of Pennsylvania

Governor of Pennsylvania
Josh Shapiro

Throughout his career as a public servant, Josh Shapiro has taken on the status quo, brought people together to solve tough problems, and delivered results for the people of Pennsylvania. Since 2017, he has served as the People’s Attorney General, working every day to stand up to powerful institutions and protect Pennsylvanians’ rights. Now, Josh is running to be Pennsylvania’s next Governor — to move our Commonwealth forward and tackle our biggest challenges.

Josh Shapiro was sworn in on January 17, 2017, as as Pennsylvania’s top lawyer and chief law enforcement officer with a mandate to ensure integrity and be the people’s Attorney General. Some of his top priorities include protecting seniors, veterans, small businesses and consumers from scams and fraud; implementing a comprehensive integrity agenda to ensure people from across the Commonwealth are heard and have faith in the justice system; and directing an aggressive fight against the heroin and opioid epidemic, including treatment for those suffering from addiction. As the Chairman of the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, his work on behalf of victims and for criminal justice reform earned him the trust of law enforcement leaders from across the ideological spectrum. Earlier, as Chairman of the Montgomery County Board of Commissioners Josh led an historic fiscal turnaround, helped the first LGBT couples in Pennsylvania marry, protected voting rights and fired Wall Street money managers to protect pensions and save retirees millions. As State Representative for Pennsylvania’s 153rd House District he passed some of the toughest ethics laws in state history. Josh graduated magna cum laude from the University of Rochester and earned his law degree at night from Georgetown University Law Center, and was in private practice for over a decade. Josh was raised in Montgomery County, where he met his high school sweetheart, Lori, and where they are raising their four children.

Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania

Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania
Austin Davis

Growing up in the Mon Valley in western Pennsylvania – a longtime industrial center outside Pittsburgh – Austin Davis saw the struggles of working families firsthand. He watched his mom – a hairdresser in McKeesport for more than 40 years – juggle raising a family with putting food on the table, and he watched his dad work hard every day as an ATU bus driver.

Austin knew from an early age he wanted to dedicate his life and career to public service. Throughout his career, he has fought for economic equality, worked to lift people out of poverty and secure fair funding for education, and has been committed to bettering the lives of people in western Pennsylvania.

In high school, when he felt young people needed a voice in city government, Austin founded and served as chairman of the Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council under McKeesport Mayor Jim Brewster. Working with city leaders, Austin helped combat rising youth violence and provided the young people of McKeesport with more opportunities to get involved in civic life.

Austin is a first generation college graduate in his family, and after studying political science at the University of Pittsburgh, he began pursuing a career in public service. By the age of 21, the Tribune-Review called him “a veteran at the politics of helping others.”

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.

Then in 2018, Austin successfully ran for the state House of Representatives to represent the Mon Valley and his hometown of McKeesport.

Rep. Austin Davis took the oath of office to serve the people of the Mon Valley on February 5, 2018. When he was sworn in, Austin became the first African American to serve as state representative for the 35th Legislative District in Allegheny County, and he became one of only four African American lawmakers to represent a majority-white district.

Currently, Austin 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.

Austin remains committed to the Mon Valley and McKeesport, serving as a board member of the Port Authority of Allegheny County, YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh, Communities in Schools of Pittsburgh, and Auberle.

Austin currently resides in McKeesport with his wife, Blayre Holmes Davis. You can follow Austin on Facebook and Twitter!

Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania
Brian Sims

State Representative Brian Sims represents Center City Philadelphia in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives’ 182nd legislative district. Elected in 2012 after unseating a 28-year incumbent, Sims became the first openly gay member of the Pennsylvania General Assembly.

A staunch advocate for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) civil rights, Sims has been credited with successfully lobbying U.S. Senators Bob Casey (D-Pa.) and Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) to publicly support marriage equality and the LGBT-inclusive Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA), respectively. Sims continues to be a leading advocate for LGBT and women’s rights in the General Assembly while garnering wide attention for his commitment to bipartisanship and collaboration between the Commonwealth’s Democratic and Republican parties.

In November 2013, U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy invited Sims to deliver a keynote address at her swearing-in ceremony and participate in a weeklong series of lectures and programs commemorating the 65th anniversary of the signing of the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights in Tokyo, Japan. While in Japan, Sims met with students, advocates, legislators, attorneys, and academics to discuss issues of equality and human rights.

He earned a bachelor of science degree from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania and a juris doctor degree in international and comparative law from the Michigan State University College of Law.

Representative in the General Assembly, 157th District

State Representative 157th District
Melissa Shusterman (Incumbent)

Melissa graduated from Lafayette College in 1989 with a degree in Russian Studies (History) and a minor in Chinese Literature. She worked for large networks like FX and Food Network before returning to Pennsylvania to raise her son as a single mother and starting her own video production company, a successful business that gives her a unique perspective. She was prompted to campaign in 2018 by special interests that block progress on important issues in Harrisburg. She knocked on tens of thousands of doors while campaigning on government transparency and accountability, education equity, environmental sustainability, and gun control reform. She went on to defeat a four-term Republican by over 4,000 votes, in a historic year when women increased their representation in the Pennsylvania legislature. Melissa serves on the Judiciary, Aging & Older Adult Services, and Tourism & Recreational Development Committees, and has authored legislation dealing with small business loans, gun control, reduction of single-use plastics, and animal protections. She was selected as the Secretary of the Judiciary Committee and co-chair of the Autism and Intellectual Disabilities Caucus, and is the first freshmen legislator to serve as a Deputy Whip.

Party Offices

Member of Democratic State Committee

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Member of Democratic State Committee
Michele Burger

I’m running for PA Democratic State Committee to represent the concerns of our local communities, especially those serving on school boards. As Democrats, we believe in protecting our community’s health and welfare, we support our children in their freedom to express themselves, and we embrace diversity and inclusion because it reflects how our community looks. As a school board director, my experience and knowledge can play a vital role in raising awareness across the state to protect local communities from being taken over by radical Republican agendas.

My husband and I moved to Chester County 24 years ago to raise our children. I was an active parent through our Tredyffrin/Easttown PTO for ten years and served as PTO President for three years. As PTO President, I had a front row seat to the treatment of our residents by our local school board. I decided to run for local school board because I wanted to have a positive impact and bring more professional to the board. I’m in my second term and served the last two years during the pandemic as school board president. We all know how challenging these two years have been for us and our families.

However, never could I have imagined that our local school boards would become a focal point of partisan division against common sense public health and freedom of expression policies. The recent lawsuits to remove local school boards are part of a larger statewide and national campaign. My experiences would be beneficial to the PA Democratic State Committee as we work across the state to strategically address these attacks. The opportunity to network with other counties, who are or may be impacted by these attacks will only make us stronger together.

I look forward to speaking with you and ask for your support to be your representative on PA Democratic State Committee. Please feel free to contact me with any questions in the meantime.

Member of Democratic State Committee
Donna Shipman

I’m running for PA Democratic State Committee so that we can broaden the diversity of our voices and our representation. As Democrats, we welcome people from all backgrounds and believe diversity and inclusion are the progressive values we stand for.   As an African American woman, I want to bring my unique experiences and knowledge to ensure I play a vital role, so that all constituents voices are heard.

I initially became involved in my local community because I wanted to be a positive impact for my family, but I also wanted to be a role model for the young people who live in Chester County by showing them how to give back to the community.

My husband and I moved to Chester County 21 years to raise our children.  I was an active parent throughout my children’s years at Valley Forge Middle School, and then a parent supporter for the Black Student Union and active member of African American Parent Group within Tredyffrin/Easttown School District.

I gained my first experience on the 2008 Obama campaign, then moved into becoming a block captain, majority inspector and now actively involved in local politics for the last 10 years as a Tredyffrin Township committee person.  

I know that outreach to the African American community is important to our Party.  As your representative on State Committee, I will leverage our State Party resources through the numerous affinity caucuses, like the Black Caucus, to extend learnings to Chester County and to build an even stronger Party. I commit to serve all Democrats, especially those who feel marginalized, so that we can unite our voices around our common goals.

I look forward to speaking with you and ask for your support to be your representative on PA Democratic State Committee.  Please feel free to contact me with any questions in the meantime. 

Member of Democratic State Committee
Hans van Mol (Incumbent)

Hans is currently completing his sixth year on Democratic State Committee, garnering high levels of respect and trust from the people he serves. During his tenure he authored the first major bylaw change in 15 years to add high school representation and introduced several party platform resolutions. He understands the real role of a good State Committee member, by making your needs known up to Harrisburg, and communicating information and resources back down to the county level. 

Hans serves as Zone Leader for the Tredyffrin Township Democrats, completed terms as a Young Democrats of America and PA Young Democrats officer, and in the legislature with the PA House Democratic Caucus. He is endorsed for re-election by many of Chester County’s prominent Democrats including:

  • State Senator Carolyn Comitta
  • State Senator John Kane 
  • State Representative Dan Williams
  • State Representative Melissa Shusterman
  • Commissioner Marian Moskowitz
  • Prothonotary Debbie Bookman
  • Sheriff Fredda Maddox
  • Register of Wills Michele Vaughn
  • Coroner Sophia Garcia-Jackson
  • Recorder of Deeds Chris Pielli
  • Treasurer Patricia Maisano
  • Chester County Young Democrats
  • Tredyffrin Township Democrats
  • Kennett Area Democrats
  • East Whiteland Democrats
  • West Whiteland Democrats
  • Northern Chesco Democrats
  • Downingtown Area Democrats
  • Brandywine Valley Democrats
Tredyffrin Township Democratic Committee
P.O. Box 910
Devon, PA 19333
(484) 474-0570



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