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PA House Preview: Montgomery County

Montgomery County

We continue our series on the candidates for the Pennsylvania State House with a look at Montgomery County.

Note: You can find our preview of HD 131 in the Lehigh Valley preview.


Races to Watch

HD 151: Todd Stephens* (R) vs. Melissa Cerrato (D)

Stephens, chairman of the House Ethics Committee, has served in the state House since 2011. He values public education, stands for equality and wants to preserve a woman’s right to make her own health care decisions.

Cerrato is pro-choice, believes in the public education system, and the need to adopt sensible gun legislation to better protect our communities and schools.

Dave’s Redistricting Partisan Lean: D+23.4


Other Contested Races

HD 53: Steve Malagari* (D) vs. Jennifer Sodha (R)

Malagari is looking for his third term in Harrisburg. His priorities include providing quality education, expanding infrastructure projects to repair neglected roadways, and ensuring that everyone has access to affordable health care by reducing the costs to patients and small businesses.

Sodha believes abortion should be rare but not illegal and certainly not criminalized, wants to take politics out of education

Dave’s Redistricting Partisan Lean: D+15.0


HD 54: Greg Scott (D) vs. Allen Anderson (R)

Scott, a magisterial district judge, defeated Rochelle Culbreath in the primary, 54-46. He wants to increase State Funding for education and develop a fair funding system to ensure that a child’s educational outcome is not determined by their zip code or race, lead efforts to protect reproductive rights, and expand access to healthcare.

Anderson is an attorney in Plymouth Meeting. He does not have an online profile that we can find.

Dave’s Redistricting Partisan Lean: D+43.0


HD 61: Liz Hanbidge* (D) vs. Jessie Bradica (R)

Hanbidge is in search of her third term in Harrisburg, says her priorities are fair funding for public schools, defend a woman’s right to choose, and raise the minimum wage.

Bradica, a marketer, wants to ensure that the educational focus is on academic learning no matter race, economic status, gender, or ability, as well as that strict measures are taken to prevent ballot harvesting and illegal ballots from being counted on and after election day.

Dave’s Redistricting Partisan Lean: D+19.3


HD 70: Matt Bradford* (D) vs. Arthur Bustard (R)

Bradford has served in the state House since 2009. His priorities are working to provide tax credits to small businesses, ensuring that our children are better prepared for college or a career by making targeted investments in education, and leading by example and preserving fiscal integrity in Harrisburg.

Bustard, a former Worcester Township supervisor, wants to strengthen education by empowering parents in educational decisions with transparent curriculum, and protect free speech, free markets and personal freedoms.

Dave’s Redistricting Partisan Lean: D+14.4


HD 146: Joe Ciresi* (D) vs. Thomas Neafcy Jr. (R)

Ciresi is in search of his third term in the state House. He wants to fight for a fair funding formula that would result in millions of dollars more to every local school district, reducing property taxes and improving educational outcomes for our children. Ciresi also wants sensible gun reform, includinge xpanding comprehensive background checks for all gun sales, joining neighboring states in passing an assault weapons ban, and banning “bump stocks.”

Neafcy, a Limerick Township supervisor, earned the GOP nomination through a write-in campaign. He wants to expand school choice by increasing charter schools, secure more funding for education and reduce healthcare costs.

Dave’s Redistricting Partisan Lean: D+14.1


HD 147: Alexandra Wisser (D) vs. Donna Scheuren (R)

Wisser, a conservationist, believes in reproductive freedom, expanding background checks for guns, providing fair funding for all public schools, and adopting a minimum living wage.

Scheuren, a Souderton Area school board member, does not include her position on issues on her website.

Dave’s Redistricting Partisan Lean: R+9.3


HD 148: Mary Jo Daley* (D) vs. Fran O’Donnell (R)

Daley has served in the state House since 2013. She is committed to fighting for our mothers and children to receive the care and support they deserve as the chair of the Women’s Health Caucus. Daley also believes women should make their own healthcare decisions regardless of personal finances or employment status.

O’Donnell, a Whitemarsh supervisor, wants to reduce taxes and fees on small businesses, slash taxes for families, and focus education on the “basics” for children.

Dave’s Redistricting Partisan Lean: D+48.8


HD 149: Tim Briggs* (D) vs. Nancy Price (R)

Briggs has served in Harrisburg in the state House since 2009. The Democratic chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, he has consistently advocated for public education and early childhood education and has also introduced bills to implement anti-bullying policies in our public schools, protect children from accessing firearms, and increase transparency of campaign finances.

Price wants to promote school choice and parental rights, protect the right to life from conception to natural death, maintain PA’s no taxpayer-funded abortion stance, preserve 2nd Amendment right and end no-excuse early voting.

Dave’s Redistricting Partisan Lean: D+38.7


HD 150: Joe Webster* (D) vs. Beth Ann Mazza (R)

Webster is looking for his third term in Harrisburg. His legislative priorities include providing quality education, combatting gun violence, and providing access to affordable healthcare.

Mazza, a small business owner, wants to prioritize quality education and parental involvement, as well as restore confidence in our elections.

Dave’s Redistricting Partisan Lean: D+14.5


HD 152: Nancy Guenst *(D) vs. John Weinrich (R)

Guenst is looking for a second term in the state House. She believes that that individuals should have the right to make choices about their own reproductive health decisions, district educational funding should not be dependent on the ability of local school districts to raise revenue via property taxes, and ending assault-style weapons amongst the general public.

Weinrich, a realtor, wants to end school tax on residential real estate and spread the school funding to every member of our state, abolish the state store liquor system, establish term limits for House and Senate members, and support parents’ rights to educational choices.

Dave’s Redistricting Partisan Lean: D+23.0


HD 153: Ben Sanchez* (D) vs. Larry Ulrich (R)

Sanchez is in search of his third term in Harrisburg. His legislative priorities include common-sense gun safety legislation, supporting public education, protecting the environment, and expanding access to health care.

Ulrich supports school choice and term limits for all PA State House and Senate representatives.

Dave’s Redistricting Partisan Lean: D+35.2


HD 154: Napoleon Nelson* (D) vs. Angelina Banks (R)

Nelson is looking to return to Harrisburg for a second term. He is working to ensure that our children have a safe, equitable, rigorous and fully funded public education, for affordable, physical and mental health care for every Pennsylvanian, and to protect reproductive rights.

Banks favors a parental educational Bill of Rights and curriculum transparency; limiting federal overreach, and responsibly capitalize on PA’s natural resources

Dave’s Redistricting Partisan Lean: D+60.2


6 Responses

  1. Dems do not give a damn about people, unless you are rich and can donate to their campaigns.

    1. DemoRATS gerrymandered this map so badly that there are almost no competitive seats. But, they did steal 5-10 for themselves. Democracy!!!

      1. That may be true for your part of PA, but the reality (which some people can never accept) is that the map for the total state did give some benefit to the Democrats, but it is now just slightly bias to the Republicans. It sounds like someone is complaining that they lost some of their edge.

      2. Did it ever occur to youse that there just may be lots of doze Dumbcrats in an area?


  • Understanding that basic education funding should/will be first, what should be the next highest priority for the General Assembly?

    • Raising The Minimum Wage (25%)
    • Legalizing Adult-Use Marijuana (24%)
    • None of the above. Something Else. (20%)
    • Economic Development (14%)
    • Higher Education (8%)
    • Public Transportation (8%)
    • Workforce Opportunities and Innovation (2%)

    Total Voters: 51

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