Candidates

Meet the Democratic candidates who will be on the ballot in Bucks County this year

U.S. Representative to Congress

Bucks County has one Congressional District (PA-01). The County is perennially considered a critical swing county. In 2022, Democrats have an excellent opportunity to unseat anti-choice incumbent Republican Brian Fitzpatrick by electing pro-choice Democrat and former combat veteran, Ashley Ehasz.

Ashley Ehasz

1st Congressional District

Ashley Ehasz – A U.S. Army Veteran and Apache helicopter pilot ready to fight for you.

She grew up in Southeastern Pennsylvania, and at the age of 17 with a waiver in hand, she joined the Army, seeing that as her best option to afford her college education. If elected, Ashley would be the first woman serving in Congress to have graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

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Her upbringing was not an easy one.

Her family was loving, but had their challenges, including mental health problems, substance abuse, and staying afloat financially. All of these problems led her family to move around a lot as she was growing up, so stability and hope for a better future was always something Ashley craved. At 17, with an age waiver in hand, she joined the U.S. Army as a way to create opportunities for herself and to serve our country following the September 11th terrorist attacks. Ashley always sought stability and structure for herself, but also had a deep passion to bring stability to the world.

Ashley will use her experience fighting for our country to fight for you.

Upon graduating West Point, Ashley was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant within the U.S. Army Aviation branch. Her first duty station was Fort Rucker, Alabama, where she attended flight school. While there, she trained to become an AH-64D Apache Longbow helicopter pilot, and graduated in January 2012 as the only woman in her Apache class. From there, she was stationed in Fort Bliss, Texas with the 4th Battalion, 501st Attack Reconnaissance Battalion. There, she served as a platoon leader in both a line unit and an aviation maintenance unit, deploying to Kuwait under Operation Spartan Shield. Later, as the battalion logistics officer and pilot-in-command, she deployed once again to Kuwait and Camp Taji, Iraq, with Operation Inherent Resolve. Ashley then commanded two aviation troops, including an aviation maintenance troop, with the 1st Squadron, 6th Cavalry Regiment out of Fort Riley, Kansas, deploying to South Korea in 2017. After her service, Ashley used her G.I. bill to get her Master’s degree from the University of Oxford. During the pandemic, Ashley worked as a policy writer and project coordinator to implement the CARES Act for county government, and now serves as a government and public service sector consultant.

Ashley is battle-tested and ready to win.

For the first time in decades, students, workers, families, and retirees are worse off than the generation before them. They are unable to pay for childcare, find work that offers a livable wage, or afford prescription drug prices. As a woman who commanded in the military, Ashley is battle-tested to solve the problems we face every day, and she will be an outspoken advocate for those struggling the most.

PA State Representative

State Reps serve two year terms. There are ten State Representative Districts within Bucks County. Republicans have held the majority in PA's State Senate and State House for over a decade. Thanks to a fair redistricting process in 2022, Democrats have a chance to flip the House and begin passing legislation that will help fund our schools, protect our healthcare, build a better economy in PA, and defend democracy.

Laurie Smith

PA House District 18: Bensalem

About Laurie Smith

For the last 14 years, Laurie Smith has taught in the Bensalem Township School District, actively working to better our community one classroom at a time. But one classroom at a time is no longer enough. Laurie is running for State Representative to make sure our entire community is being well represented in Harrisburg. 

Laurie will fight to get Bensalem their fair share of state funding to help lower local property taxes, while still making sure students’ needs are being met. Laurie will fight to fully fund mental health programs in our schools and community, and fight for social services that help address the root causes of crime and addiction. 

Tim Brennan

PA House District 29: Buckingham, Chalfont, Doylestown Boro and Twp, New Britain, New Hope, Solebury

About Tim Brennan

Tim Brennan grew up waiting tables in his parent’s mom-and-pop restaurant, is a first-generation college graduate, is a dad to a wonderful thirteen-year-old, and has been committed to his wife, Tricia, a social worker, for twenty-five years. Tim is a councilperson, an attorney for injured workers and a municipal solicitor.  As a solicitor, he fought Donald Trump in court, protecting our democratic principles. Tim served as a community college professor, instructed lawyers on animal law and government transparency, provided pro bono legal assistance for struggling homeowners, victims of discrimination and first responders, and has been an advocate for redistricting reform.

Perry Warren

PA House District 31: Lower Makefield, Newtown Boro and Twp, Upper Makefield, Yardley

About Perry Warren

Perry was first elected to Newtown Borough Council in 2009 and was re-elected in 2013. During his seven years on the Council, he was recognized as a “bridge builder,” committed to bringing members of both political parties together to forge workable solutions to serve the community. Perry was elected to the General Assembly in 2016. As state representative, Perry is an advocate for our community and our values, supporting increased education funding, preservation of our environment, and the economy. He introduced and passed bills ending child marriage, streamlining municipal liquor referenda, and allowing takeout cocktails during Covid. Perry also introduced universal background check, safe storage, lost and stolen, and no fly/no buy gun safety legislation. He introduced flood insurance cost reduction and “Made In PA” legislation. He works to contain healthcare costs, ensure pre-existing condition coverage, and reproductive health choice. Perry provides outstanding constituent services and communications, supports local events, and is present throughout our communities, meeting and listening to residents.

John Galloway

PA House District 140: Falls Twp, Middletown (Lower 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12), Morrisville, Tullytown

About John Galloway

John Galloway was born in 1960 and grew up in Levittown as one of 10 children. He graduated from Pennsbury High School in 1977 and attended the Project Management Institute where he graduated in 2001. He was first elected to serve in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in 2006, and is the first Levittown native to serve in the Pennsylvania General Assembly in the history of the Commonwealth.

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Tina Davis

PA House District 141: Bristol Borough, Bristol Township

About Tina Davis

State Rep. Tina Davis is a compassionate, hardworking leader fighting for the people of Lower Bucks County. Tina authored legislation to regulate drug rehabilitation houses, institute a gift ban for state legislators, and stop internet revenge porn. She recently helped obtain $1 million in funding for local victims of flooding. A graduate of La Salle University, Tina lives in Croydon with her husband, Jim.  They are the proud parents of James, Taylor, and Cameron. 

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Mark Moffa

PA House District 142: Langhorne, Langhorne Manor, Lower Southampton, Middletown Township (Lower 1, 2) (Upper), Northampton (9, 10, 14), Penndel

About Mark Moffa

Blessed with a mom who taught him how to fight for what’s right, Mark grew up exposed to the worst of what poverty can do. But he also learned how good government can help — a lot. He was an award-winning newspaper reporter/editor, and has been a successful manager/publisher for the same small business for the past 17 years. A tireless worker, he’s also a real estate agent in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
 
Public service is not a job for Mark, it’s a passion. He’s served under Republican and Democratic administrations, working on a wide variety of issues, ranging from farmland preservation to hearing zoning appeals, to commercial revitalization. He was a founding member of a new chapter of the Lions Club, helping those in need here in Bucks County. Mark was elected to Penndel’s Borough Council, where he served as vice president and led efforts to cut property taxes two years in a row. Now he’s ready to put his 15 years of experience as a local leader to work for the residents of Middletown, Lower Southampton, Northampton, Langhorne, Langhorne Manor and Penndel. 

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Gwen Stoltz

PA House District 143: Bedminster, Dublin, Hilltown, New Britain East and West, Perkasie, Plumstead, Sellersville, Silverdale, Tinicum

About Gwen Stoltz

Gwen Stoltz is an active, long-time member of her community who wants to bring her energy, experience, and knowledge to serve as State Representative for her hometown. Gwen grew up in Bucks County, went through the public schools here, and is now proudly raising her 3 children here with her husband Frank. Professionally, Gwen is a research biochemist and scientific writer, and she also served as a credentialed Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-know Act (EPCRA) Inspector for the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

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Brian Munroe

PA House District 144: New Britain Township South, Warminster, Warrington, Ivyland

About Brian Munroe

Brian Munroe has spent his adult life serving our community, and continued this commitment when he was sworn in as Clerk of Courts on January 6, 2020. Brian, his wife, their two daughters and puppy Penny, live in Warminster.

A life of service

Brian became a volunteer firefighter and emergency medical technician at age 17. Three years later he enlisted in the United States Navy and served aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt during the Bosnia-Herzegovia conflict. Brian was awarded the:

  • Armed Forces Medal
  • National Defense Service Medal
  • Navy Unit Commendation
  • North America Treaty Organization Medal
  • Sea Service Deployment Ribbon
  • Southwest Asia Service Medal

After his Navy service, Brian pursued a career in law enforcement, becoming a police officer in Radnor Township in 2001. He attained the rank of corporal, and, during his years of community policing, received commendations from Congressman Kurt Weldon and Mothers Against Drunk Driving. While on duty, Brian was involved in a severe car accident that ended his career after ten years of service.

Local Government

With the Navy and his law enforcement work behind him, Brian decided to serve his community by being elected to a seat on the Warminster Township Board of Supervisors. In that role, he focused on open space, green development, and aligning the structure, staffing, and training of the police department with the safety needs of the community.

Brian is running for State Representative in House District 144. He has a history of putting people and community ahead of politics and will continue to do so in Harrisburg.

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Jim Miller

PA House District 145: Bridgeton, Durham, East Rockhill, Haycock, Milford, Nockamixon, Quakertown, Richland, Richlandtown, Riegelsville, Springfield, Telford, Trumbauersville, West Rockhill

About Jim Miller

Jim Miller is a longtime resident of the community, is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, and a businessman. As West Rockhill Township Supervisor, Jim reduced expenses to protect tax dollars, increased funding for roads & infrastructure, improved municipal building energy efficiency & handicap accessibility, in addition to converting West Rockhill to 100% solar renewable energy. Jim is active in his community, serving as Chairman of the Pennridge Regional Police Commission, Vice President of the Bucks County Association of Township Officials, current board member of the Bucks County Planning Commission and the Bucks County Commissioner’s Subcommittee for Environment, Energy, and Sustainability. 

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Ilya Breman

PA House District 178: Northampton (Precincts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 15, 16, 17, 18), Upper Southampton, Warwick, Wrightstown

About Ilya Breman

Ilya Breyman is an education technology entrepreneur, who is passionate about investing in people. Prior to starting his own business, he worked globally as an HR consultant. His focus was on international best practices in good governance, as well as accountability and transparency in the public and private sectors. As a first-generation immigrant he believes in protecting democratic institutions and creating opportunities for everyone in America to pursue their American dream.

PA State Senator

State Senators serve four year terms. There are three State Senate Districts within Bucks County. Republicans have held the majority in PA's State Senate and State House for over a decade. Thanks to a fair redistricting process in 2022, Democrats have a chance to flip the senate and begin passing legislation that will help fund our schools, protect our healthcare, build a better economy in PA, and defend democracy.

Ann Marie Mitchell

PA State Senate District 6

About Ann Marie Mitchell

Ann Marie is running for State Senate in the 6th. Ann Marie was raised in a working-class community by a father, a public school teacher, who survived post-WWII Ukraine, and a mother from a strong union household. A senior Girl Scout and candy striper, Ann Marie held steady employment from the age of 14. A graduate of Wharton and the University of Pennsylvania Law School, Ann Marie’s 25+ years of business and legal experience have made her a consensus-driven negotiator able to get people to work together and get things done. Ann Marie will bring these skills to Harrisburg to help get legislators on both sides of the aisle focused on progress, not partisanship.

Steve Santarsiero

PA State Senate District 10

About Steve Santarsiero

Senator Steve Santarsiero has been a public servant and champion of Democratic values in Bucks County for almost twenty years. A township supervisor in Lower Makefield from 2003-2008, Steve was then elected state Representative in HD-31 where he served from 2008-2017. In 2017, Attorney General Josh Shapiro appointed Steve the first Chief Deputy Attorney General for Environmental Protection in Pennsylvania. In that role, Steve oversaw the prosecution of environmental crimes and led Pennsylvania’s efforts to fight the Trump Administration over proposed rollbacks of important environmental protections. Steve was sworn into office as state Senator in January, 2019.

Mark Pinsley

PA State Senate District 16

About Mark Pinsley

Mark Pinsley, MBA, has always worked to serve his community. He’s a veteran of the Army Reserves, a former board member of the charity Jewish Family Service, a businessman of over 20 years, and a family man. Now, he continues his service as Lehigh County Controller, where he works to save millions for taxpayers and uncover inquiries in the system.

PA Governor and Lt. Governor

Josh Shapiro and Austin Davis are effective, reasonable leaders with proven track records of success in government. Josh is facing an extremist Republican opponent in Doug Mastriano who even Republican Party leaders believe is too radical and have referred to as "a catastrophe." Mastriano is a 2020 election-denier who breached police barricades at the January 6 Insurrection, has promised to discard the votes of Pennsylvanians in future elections, and believes there should be no exceptions to abortion law including in the case of rape, incest, or if the mother's life is at stake.

Josh Shapiro

Governor

A Reformer Who Takes On The Big Fights

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.

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Josh grew up in Pennsylvania, watching his parents serve their community — his father was a pediatrician, and his mother was an educator. Their example inspired Josh to enter into public service, and from a young age, Josh recognized that standing up for others was how he wanted to spend his career.

That’s why, after graduating from the University of Rochester, Josh began working in government while putting himself through law school at night.

After marrying his high-school sweetheart Lori and welcoming their first child, Josh returned to his hometown and successfully ran for State Representative. As Representative, Josh helped write and pass some of the toughest ethics laws in state history. His work earned him a reputation as a rare public servant willing to take on the status quo — “a blast of oxygen in the smoke-choked back rooms of quid-pro-quo Harrisburg.”

Then, as Chairman of the Board of Commissioners in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania’s third-largest, Josh led a fiscal and ethical turnaround. Before he took office, Montgomery County had a $10 million budget deficit and an underfunded pension for county employees. Josh put the county back on solid financial footing, took early steps to combat the heroin epidemic, helped the first LGBTQ+ couples in Pennsylvania marry, and fired Wall Street money managers to save taxpayers and retirees millions.

In 2016, Josh successfully ran to be Pennsylvania’s Attorney General. As AG, he has restored integrity to an office badly in need of reform and taken on big fights for the people. He has proven to Pennsylvanians he can bring people together to solve tough problems, and is unafraid to enforce the law without fear or favor.

Josh exposed the Catholic Church’s decades-long cover up of child sexual abuse, identifying 301 predator priests and thousands of victims — and spurring investigations across the United States. He forced an agreement between two of the Commonwealth’s largest insurance companies, protecting health care access for 2 million Pennsylvanians, and he has repeatedly gone to court to defend Pennsylvanians’ reproductive rights and a woman’s right to choose.

He has held more than 90 public officials, Republicans and Democrats alike, accountable for breaking the law. Working with law enforcement partners at the local, state, and federal level, he’s arrested thousands of mid- and high-level drug dealers while getting thousands of illegal guns off our streets.

During the 2020 presidential election, Josh protected the right to vote and defended Pennsylvania’s election result, winning in court dozens of times before and after Election Day. He continues to call out the dangerous lies that undermine our democracy and provide steady, strong, and competent leadership to protect voting rights in Pennsylvania.

In January 2021, Josh was sworn in for his second term as Attorney General, and he continues to stand up for Pennsylvanians, take on big fights, and deliver real results.

Josh is fighting the opioid epidemic head on. He’s arrested more than 6,000 drug dealers while investigating and suing pharmaceutical companies and the CEOs who knowingly perpetuated the crisis to line their own pockets. He’s standing up for everyday consumers, seniors who’ve been scammed, and students preyed upon by private lenders by obtaining over $328 million in relief to Pennsylvanians who have been ripped off. He is leading on criminal justice reform, bringing activists and law enforcement together to launch a new statewide police misconduct database, taking on employers who steal from Pennsylvania workers.

Josh Shapiro knows Pennsylvanians need a Governor who will take on the biggest fights and solve our most pressing problems. As long as Josh is serving our Commonwealth, he will continue to defend Pennsylvanians and deliver results.

Josh and Lori live in Montgomery County with their three school age sons, and their eldest daughter attends the University of Pittsburgh.

Austin Davis

Lieutenant Governor

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.

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In 2018, Austin successfully ran for the state House of Representatives to represent the Mon Valley and his hometown of McKeesport. 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 currently resides in McKeesport with his wife, Blayre Holmes Davis.

U.S. Senator

Pennsylvania Lt. Governor John Fetterman is the Democratic candidate for senate. Incumbent Republican Pat Toomey is retiring so this race presents a rare and important opportunity to flip a senate seat, expand the 50-50 Democratic Senate majority (VP Harris is currently the tie-breaking vote), and break Republican roadblocks on long-delayed legislation that is popular with the majority of Americans.

John Fetterman

U.S. Senator

Not Your Typical Politician

A Pennsylvania native, John was born to teenage parents just starting out on their own. At the time, his father worked nights to put himself through college. John grew up in York, PA, and followed in his father’s footsteps to Albright College, where he played offensive tackle for the Lions.

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At 23, John joined up with Big Brothers/Big Sisters, and his life has never been the same.

John threw himself into the program, mentoring his ‘little’ – an 8-year-old boy who had recently lost his father to AIDS and whose mother was also battling the disease. Before she passed away, John promised that he would continue to look out for her son and make sure that he graduated college. Fifteen years later, John and his ‘little’ had both held up their ends of the bargain, with his little’s graduation from Washington and Jefferson College in Washington, PA.

But John wanted to do more. He joined AmeriCorps and served in Pittsburgh’s historic Hill District, where he helped set up the first computer labs in the neighborhood and taught GED classes to young mothers and fathers.

He went on to earn a Masters in Public Policy from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.

John returned to Pennsylvania to start a GED program in the town of Braddock, one of the poorest and most challenged communities in the commonwealth. In 2005, encouraged by his students, John ran for mayor. He managed to win the crowded primary by a single vote. In his 13 years as mayor, John worked to rebuild his community, creating jobs, getting youth engaged, and bringing creative urban policy solutions to Braddock. The town now has a community center, urban gardens, and a free store run by John’s wife, Gisele.

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. 

In 2016, John decided to run for U.S. Senate to confront the inequality crisis at the highest level of government. Although he lost the Democratic primary, John confounded expectations, earning 20 percent of the vote as a relatively unknown candidate in a four-way race.

Two years later, in 2018, John ran to be Pennsylvania’s Lieutenant Governor, and this time dominated across the commonwealth, winning a five-way Democratic primary and a commanding victory in the general election.

As Lt. Governor, John has transformed the position and made a bully pulpit of the office, advocating for economic justice and criminal justice reform. 

Weeks after taking office, John embarked on a listening tour of all 67 counties, something no sitting Lt. Governor has ever done, to engage with Pennsylvanians about legalizing marijuana. In three months, the historic tour saw over 10,000 people turn out in person and tens of thousands more engage online. Following John’s final report and recommendations, the Governor announced his support for legalization for the first time. 

As the chair of Pennsylvania’s Board of Pardons, John has led the fight to give second chances to non-violent longtime inmates and free those who have been wrongfully convicted. 

He has taken numerous steps to overhaul the clemency process in Pennsylvania, including eliminating all fees associated with applying for a pardon, making the pardons application more user-friendly, and working to move the application process online.  Under John’s tenure, the Board has recommended more applicants for commutation than under any lieutenant governor in decades. 

John and Gisele have chosen not to settle in the Lt. Governor’s Mansion, instead opening up the pool in the official residence to children who typically wouldn’t have access to one. They live with their three children Karl, 12, Gracie, 10, and August, 7, in a restored car dealership in Braddock with the family dog, Levi.

 

To learn more about your Democratic candidates and to hear from them directly, be sure to attend the meetings of your local Democratic organization