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PA Senate Preview: Philadelphia Region

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We conclude our series on the Pennsylvania state Senate races with a look at the Philadelphia region. A reminder that only even-numbered Districts are up for election this season.

Races to Watch

SD 6: Ann Marie Mitchell (D) vs. Frank Farry (R) vs. Brandon Bentrim (L)

Mitchell, a business attorney, is a strong supporter of public education, wants to make sure the full range of reproductive care remains legal and accessible, create affordable healthcare options, reduce the cost of prescription medication and fight for reforms such as red flag laws.

Farry, who has served as a state representative for the 142nd District since 2009, supports the abortion right to choose up to viability, raising the minimum wage, requiring voter ID for elections, and keeping firearms out of the hands of those who shouldn’t have them.

Bentrim, a 9-1-1 dispatcher, wants to champion ‘Constitutional Carry’ legislation for guns, introduce Defend The Guard legislation, and a conduct full audit of every law on the books in Pennsylvania.

Dave’s Redistricting Partisan Lean: D+2.9

Voter Registration: R+1.0 (42.8 – 41.8)


Contested Races

SD 4: Art Haywood* (D) vs. Todd Johnson (R)

Haywood looks for his third term in the state Senate. His priorities are increasing the minimum wage, supporting reproductive rights, and restricting the sale and purchase of military grade weapons and accessories.

Johnson earned a spot on the ballot through a write-in campaign. 

Dave’s Redistricting Partisan Lean: D+71.7

Voter Registration: D+64.1 (76.6 – 12.5)


SD 8: Anthony Williams* (D) vs. John Hayes III (R)

Williams has represented the 8th District since 1999. He is a a staunch supporter of school choice  and gun violence prevention.

Hayes earned a spot on the ballot through a write-in campaign. He believes in the reduction of government spending, school choice, no teaching of critical race theory in schools, and immigration reform.

Dave’s Redistricting Partisan Lean: D+73.9

Voter Registration: D+67.4 (77.3 – 10.9)


SD 10: Steve Santarsiero* (D) vs. Matthew McCullough (R)

Santarsiero is looking for his second term in the state Senate. A pro-choice Democrat who says he will continue to fight against any attempt to limit abortion rights, Santarsiero also supports greater funding for education, creating universal background checks on guns and banning military-style assault weapons.

McCullough, owner of UltraCare Solutions, wants to make sure our schools are fairly funded, develop and implement cleaner energy technologies, and fight for 2nd amendment rights.

Dave’s Redistricting Partisan Lean: D+14.4

Voter Registration: D+5.2 (46.1 – 35.9)


SD 12: Maria Collett* (D) vs. Rob Davies (R)

Collett is looking for her second term in Harrisburg. She believes that healthcare is a human right, every registered voter must have fair and unfettered access to cast their vote, and investing in public schools at the state level. Collett is  committed to protecting a woman’s right to control her own body and supports closing loopholes to ensure background checks are required on all gun sales.

Davies, a futures trader, wants to restore integrity to our elections by requiring Universal Voter ID and eliminating mass “No Excuse” mail-in ballots and drop boxes. He also wants to provide for more accountability to parents, including the right to choose the best educational options for their children.

Dave’s Redistricting Partisan Lean: D+18.2

Voter Registration: D+8.9 (46.4 – 37.5)


SD 26: Tim Kearney* (D) vs. Frank Agovino (R)

Kearney looks for a second term in the state Senate. He believes that money for school funding should pass through the Fair Funding Formula, health care is a basic human right, and that women’s health decisions are between a woman and her doctor and will oppose all Republican attempts to take away a woman’s right to choose.

Agovino, a Springfield School District board director, says the property tax formula is an antiquated method for funding our public schools, is against the teaching of critical race theory, and supports restriction on abortion after 14 weeks with exceptions.

Dave’s Redistricting Partisan Lean: D+21.0

Voter Registration: D+10.8 (48.9 – 38.1)



  • SD 2: Tina Tartaglione* (D)


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