If you can’t change the laws, change the lawmakers!
Delaware County United for Sensible Gun Policy recognizes that part of the reason that we haven’t been able to pass the most basic gun policy reform legislation, nationally or here in Pennsylvania, is because we don’t have enough committed allies in elected office. It’s time for that to change.
Delco United is evaluating candidates for office, making endorsements, and mobilizing members to do the nitty-gritty work of electing people who will stand for common sense gun policies, such as universal background checks on gun sales.
We have targeted three PA legislature races for the 2014 November 4th election and have already made endorsements. Please read our endorsements below and consider getting involved in one or all of the campaigns. Later in the campaign season, Delco United will be doing its own voter education, registration, and turnout work. Sign up to receive alerts on these activities.
John Kane is a union plumber and the Business Manager for Local 690 who is committed to acting in the best interests of Delaware County’s working families. Part of that commitment is 100% alignment with Delco United’s legislative agenda, including universal background checks on all gun sales, which are essential for the safety of all Pennsylvanians. At the June 28th Rally for Universal Background Checks, John was visibly moved by the tragic stories of parents whose children were ripped from them by gun violence. In his speech, he had a simple, strong message: “Help is on the way.”
The 26th District State Senate seat is being vacated by longtime State Senator, Ted Erickson. The seat is therefore up for grabs–let’s take it for gun sense!
Vince Rongione is an attorney who has extensive political and governmental experience, including serving as Deputy Campaign Manager for Finance for Admiral Joe Sestak’s first run for U.S. Congress and as Communications Director for U.S. Congressman, Chris Carney (D, PA-10). Part of Vince’s public service philosophy is 100% alignment with Delco United’s legislative agenda, including universal background checks on gun sales. Vince has a deep understanding of public policy and a passionate commitment to meeting the needs of the 163rd District–one of those needs is gun safety in our neighborhoods, schools, and workplaces.
The 163rd District State House seat is being vacated by longtime State Representative Nicholas Miccozie. The seat is in play–let’s play to win for sensible gun policy!
Whitney Hoffman is an educator and digital media consultant whose experience as a mother and advocate in the local school system led her to seek public office in service of children and families. Part of Whitney’s promise to do what’s best for kids is her 100% alignment with the legislative agenda of Delaware County United for Sensible Gun Policy, including universal background checks on gun sales. That alignment comes through clearly in Whitney’s recent reflection on her participation in the Walk and Rally for Universal Background Checks.
The 160th District State House seat is currently held by Stephen Barrar, who stands alone among Delaware County’s state representatives as the only legislator who opposes universal background checks on gun sales. Not only is Rep. Barrar out of step with the bi-partisan mainstream on this issue, he is actively aligned with gun policy extremists who oppose any gun policy reforms whatsoever. The 160th District race is significant because politicians who side with the interests of the gun manufacturers and the NRA need to be sent a message from citizens. Delco United will put its full weight behind a candidate who has the courage and vision to put gun safety on the table as an issue worth fighting for.