President - Jill Stein
State Treasurer - Kristin Combs
Auditor General - Jay Sweeney
State Representative, 60th District - Gabe Lytle
State Representative, 64th District - Michael Bagdes-Canning
State Representative, 117th District - Jay Sweeney
About the candidates
Michael Bagdes-Canning is first and foremost, husband, father and grandfather. He is a retired teacher, having taught reading to delinquent and dependent boys for 29 years at the George Junior Republic in Grove City. For the past 27 years he has served his community, Cherry Valley, as a member of the borough council, and is currently Vice President. He is a lifelong union member and has served in several leadership posts in his union.
He is a Catholic and continually guided by faith. He believes in fighting for justice, treating people fairly, protecting God's creation, and telling the truth.
Despite being a faithful voter, a distaste grew in Micheal after years of habitually voting for the lesser of two evils in midwestern Pennsylvania -- where even most Democratic candidates function as Republicans. Despite over thirty years of candidates from both parties talking about supporting the interests of working people and small businesses, real wages have fallen, student debt skyrocketed, infrastructure deteriorated, and pollution ravaged our communities. This cannot continue. Pennsylvania politics and its voters are ready for a new direction.
Michael is running to encourage our citizens to join together in a bottom-up movement to ensure that our voices are heard over the special interests. Join Michael because government should be fighting for people and communities.
Kristin Combs, who recently ran for Philadelphia's city council, is fiercely committed to ensuring that every child has access to a meaningful public education. After graduating Baylor University with a degree in physics, she earned her master's degree in secondary education at the University of Pennsylvania. While there, she began as a student teacher at Furness High School and fell in love with Philly, the schools, and the students.
Kristin has seen firsthand the struggles that face our schools and communities. She was teaching at Vaux High School in North Philadelphia when the School Reform Commission announced it would be closed. Kristin organized public meetings and helped to create a plan to transform Vaux into a public, community school so it could stay open. Vaux closed in 2013, one of twenty-three public schools that were closed, but Kristin continues to fight for public education and against privatization, organizing teacher groups in support of high-quality public education that is accessible to all students.
Kristin has continued working with the School District of Philadelphia, and recently bought a home in Port Richmond, close to her students. She volunteers with the Poor People's Economic Human Rights Campaign, a non-profit that works to uphold the human rights of all people regardless of color, creed, sexual identity or socioeconomic status. She is active in the PFT's Caucus of Working Educators and the Green Party of Pennsylvania, and sings with the A Cappella Project Philadelphia, a non-profit organization dedicated to arts promotion and education.
Jay Sweeney, 63, is serving his second term as an auditor in Falls Township, where he owns and operates a small woodfinishing and painting business.
Jay is running to promote a transition from 19th century fossil fuels to a 21st century energy plan utilizing solar, wind, geothermal and hydropower. pass comprehensive healthcare for all HB 1688, stop the influence of the American Legislative Exchange Council on our democracy and address crises including school property tax, struggling dairy farmers and the opioid problem.
Jay supports combined reporting to stop corporate income tax evasion. This will generate revenue to help reduce/eliminate the school property tax. He also supports a constitutional amendment to allow a graduated income tax.
Jay believes one plant can alleviate 2 problems. Expand Act 92, the Hemp Bill, to allow our farmers to grow hemp as a cash crop. Promote SB 3, the medical marijuana bill, to encourage physicians to prescribe cannabis for treatment of pain rather than opioids.