Emily Best

Candidate for Pennsylvania Senate, District 30

Current officeholder: OPen

Next election: November 6, 2018


We need thoughts, we need prayers, we need policy change, we need cultural change - we must find a way to reconcile the fact that yes - guns kill people, and yes — people kill people. The shooter in FL yesterday had a known history of anti-social and disturbing behavior. Yet the culture (and laws) of America 2018 allows him to access deadly weapons. We must figure out how to come back together as a society over these issues so that we are looking out for our neighbors, so that we don’t accept smaller acts of violence towards vulnerable people or animals, and so that we can close the loopholes in our system that allow individuals with a violent history to carry out these horrible acts. Our society can’t withstand this. We need to begin with a dialogue and build a coalition to make change.
— Emily Best

Electoral History

2018 (primary)

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Lisa Boeving-Learned

Candidate for Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 8

Current officeholders: Tedd NEsbit

Next election: NOvember 6, 2018


I served in the US Army. I was a police officer for 25 years. It’s time we talk about sensible firearm safety. Universal background checks. Weapons of war on our streets. Really keeping guns out of the hands of those who shouldn’t have them. This is not about hunting. I can say I support changes and still support the 2nd Amendment. The two are not contradictory. Common Good. Common Ground. Commonwealth.
— Lisa Boeving-Learned

Electoral History

2018 (primary)

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Daryl Boling

Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 152

Current officeholder: Thomas Murt

Next election: November 6. 2018


The bottom line is this: the rights of individuals to live free from fear that friends, husbands, wives, sons or daughters might be the next victim of senseless gun violence should be paramount. No court has ever held that assault weapons belong in civilian hands and legislators shouldn’t discount this by talking circles around the issue.
— Daryl Boling
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District Electoral History

2018 (primary)

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Amy Cozze

Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 137

Current officeholder: Joe Emrick (LEAP Forward score: -100%)

Next election: November 6. 2018


I do not believe the answer to gun violence is more gun violence. My children should not be learning how to survive an active shooter in their school, and their teachers should not be trained assassins. If passing stricter gun laws which include more stringent background checks, longer waiting periods, decriminalization of semi-automatic weapons, and increased purchase age, saves even one child’s life; law makers have an obligation to do it.
— Amy Cozze
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District Electoral History

2018 (primary)

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Shanna Danielson

Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 92

Current officeholder: Dawn Keefer (LEAP FOrward Score: -100%)

Next election: November 6. 2018


I don’t have all the answers for solving America’s gun violence problem, but collectively, I believe we CAN do things to reduce these shootings and protect our communities. Arming teachers is NOT the answer. I do not believe the “good guy with a gun” theory is going to solve this. I also do not believe that mental health initiatives alone will prevent more shootings. There are things we can do that will not interfere with the right to bear arms.
— Shanna Danielson
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District Electoral History

2018 (primary)

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Amy Fazio

Pennsylvania state House, District 14

Current officeholder: jim marshall

Next election: November 6. 2018


I support more effective background checks to prevent criminals and those with serious mental health issues from getting guns. Some of this can be accomplished by better enforcement of existing regulations. Background checks would also be improved by new legislation such as the bipartisan bills proposed recently by US Senators Pat Toomey, Joe Manchin, and Chris Coons.

I also support a ban on assault rifles. I don’t see any reason why private citizens need assault weapons like the ones used at the Parkland School in Florida recently and in other mass shootings.
— Amy Fazio

District Electoral History

2018 (primary)

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Dana Gulick

Candidate for Pennsylvania House of representatives, District 97

Current officeholder: Steven Mentzer

Next election: November 6, 2018


I have long been a proponent of stronger gun laws. As a survivor of domestic violence, I understand the that gun violence – like domestic violence – is often about control. We have a responsibility to keep dangerous weapons out of the hands of civilians who prove they are a threat to themselves or others. I think we need to draw a line about what types of weapons civilians can purchase and the size of magazines too.
— Dana Gulick
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Electoral History

2018 (primary)

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Cesar Liriano

Pennsylvania State House, District 101

Current officeholder: Francis Ryan

Next election: November 6. 2018


Teachers are not trained law enforcement officers. The safety and security of the students, staff and community is always my paramount concern. I think that School districts are educational organizations; they’re not police departments. I do support visitors signing in and security measures and checkpoints. I feel our focus should providing funding for more school counselors and mental health services not to have teachers carrying guns.
— Cesar Liriano

Electoral History

2018 (general)

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Katie Muth

Pennsylvania state Senate, District 44

Current officeholder: John Rafferty

Next election: November 6. 2018


Arming teachers is not the answer to protecting students. Legislation proposing to arm teachers are sold as a way to keep children safe, but in reality, they actually put children at risk of unintentional shootings and escalating conflict without decreasing the risk of an active shooter. In fact, armed civilians make active shooter situations more difficult and dangerous. Armed civilians put law enforcement in danger, delay law enforcement response, and pose a risk to innocent bystanders.
— Katie Muth
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Electoral History

2018 (primary)

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Ezra Nanes

Pennsylvania state senate, District 34

Current officeholder: jake corman (LEAP FOrward Score: -100%)

Next election: November 6. 2018


Ezra supports the rights of law abiding gun owners to own guns for hunting, sport, and self-defense. He believes that the first step to making progress on this issue is bringing people together to have a conversation that respects everyone’s point of view. Ezra is committed to ensuring that people with a history of violence - particularly domestic abuse - cannot harm others. He is committed to ensuring the safety of our schools through addressing the root of the problem and preventing potential tragedies
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Electoral History

2018 (primary)

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Jennifer O'Mara

Pennsylvania state House, District 165

Current officeholder: Alexander Charlton

Next election: November 6. 2018


As an elected official, I will fight for common sense gun safety laws because our government must work to protect and serve our citizens. I want to push for legislation that creates universal background checks, mandated lost and stolen reporting, and prevents domestic abusers from having access to dangerous weapons. Finally, after losing my father to gun-suicide, I want to re-focus the conversation around prevention and providing care to those suffering from mental health illnesses.
— Jennifer O'Mara

Electoral History

2018 (primary)

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Danielle otten

Candidate for Pennsylvania House of representatives, District 155

Current officeholder: Becky Corbin

Next election: May 15, 2018


Until we elect representatives who are willing to say no to the money of lobbyists who aim to control the legislative conversation, taking away the voice of the people, nothing is going to change.

I am a believer in the 2nd Amendment and I believe most voters are with me when I say, common sense gun safety legislation is well overdue.
— Danielle Otten

Electoral History

2018 (primary)

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Mary Popovich

Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 58

Current officeholder: Justin Walsh

Next election: November 6. 2018


I believe, support and defend the 2nd Amendment, but we should also be doing more to make certain that only law-abiding, stable people can purchase weapons.” I belong to several organizations that promote hunting and believe there are many responsible gun owners. However, I believe arming teachers may lead to more tragedy, since they already have so much responsibility.” “Our politicians should focus on actions to protect our children and that starts with changing the status quo in the legislature and finding common ground on sensible reforms, while still upholding the principles of the 2nd Amendment.
— Mary Popovich

Electoral History

2018 (primary)

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Tarah Probst

Candidate for Pennsylvania state Senate, District 40

Current officeholder: Mario Scavello

Next election: November 6. 2018


I am pro-2nd amendment. However, I am anti-assault weapons of any kind. They are for police and military only. They are not meant to be on our streets and so accessible.

I would support legislation banning assault weapons while protecting law abiding citizens’ right to carry as stands today. I would 100% support background checks and mental illness checks and feel that is a responsible thing to do and so do most gun owners I know. I support hunting and feel their protections need to stay intact, but it is irresponsible to let assault weapons be available.
— Tarah Probst

Electoral History

2018 (primary)

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Marty Qually

Candidate for Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 91

Current officeholder: Dan Moul

Next election: November 6. 2018


I believe that the second amendment does give citizens the right to possess firearms to protect themselves and provide for the enjoyment of sport shooting and hunting. I am not convinced that military style weapons and accessories are appropriate for all civilian uses. I will support reasonable efforts which curb gun violence, allow us to protect our families, support law enforcement performing their duty, and still allow for the enjoyment of firearms by reasonable citizens.
— Marty Qually

District Electoral History

2018 (primary)

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Steve Santarsiero

Candidate for Pennsylvania State Senate, District 10

Current officeholder: OPEN Seat

Next election: November 6, 2018

Pennsylvania State House, District 31, 2009-2016


There are many causes to this epidemic, and no one law will stop it. But preventing guns from falling into the wrong hands has to be one of our primary goals.

To that end, I have proposed five pieces of legislation to address this issue. Universal background checks and a court process to allow for the issuance of Gun Violence Restraining Orders are two effective common sense proposals. Additionally, we should adopt a “No Fly, No Buy” rule that prohibits terrorists from buying firearms; a “Lost and Stolen” rule that requires gun-owners to report lost or stolen firearms; and a ban on military-style assault weapons coupled with a voluntary buy-back program.
— Steve Santarsiero

Electoral History

2018 (primary)

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Kristin Seale

Candidate for Pennsylvania House of representatives, District 168

Current officeholder: Christopher Quinn

Next election: May 15, 2018


It’s time we stop ignoring the first four words of the Second Amendment, and rein in the scourge of gun violence by ensuring that gun ownership is truly well-regulated. We can and must go further than background checks — only automotive-style licensing, registration, and insurance requirements will place the burden of accountability and responsibility where it properly belongs.
— Kristin Seale

Electoral History

2018 (primary)

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Melissa Shusterman

Candidate for Pennsylvania State House, District 157

Current officeholder: Warren Kampf

Next election: November 6, 2018


I am from a family of doctors (including ER doctors) and guns lead to injury and death when in a household or within an organization. Our schools will not become prisons. Teachers need to teach, not be prepared to encounter someone with an automatic weapon.
— Melissa Shusterman

Electoral History

2018 (primary)

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Steve Snell

Pennsylvania state House, District 94

Current officeholder: Stanley saylor

Next election: November 6. 2018


I stand with sportsmen and hunters who expect fair and reasonable limits on gun ownership. I believe it is an unjustified fear to believe that such limits lead to extensive restrictions on the second amendment. I feel certain that age limits, closing gun-show loopholes, instating background checks and limitations on assault weapons, for example, are supported by most of us, including many members of the National Rifle Association. Only legislators who put their own re-election above the safety of our citizens, especially our children, do not support sensible legislation on gun ownership.
— Steve Snell

Electoral History

2018 (primary)

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Michael Wascovich

Candidate for Pennsylvania House of representatives, District 47

Current officeholder: Keith Gillespie

Next election: November 6, 2018


These students are doing what our elected leaders on both the national level and at the state level have failed to do. They are demanding better background checks, demanding that we no longer sell military weapons to our civilian population, and legislation to deal with lost and stolen weapons. These common sense gun reforms have been met with opposition by the NRA and their bought and paid for legislators. Now the schools that are there to education them about our constitution are threatening them with discipline for exercising their 1st Amendment Rights.

So I’m standing with these students, educators, and faculty to say no more. This campaign will take $0 dollars from the NRA. If we are successful I will do everything in my power to pass common sense gun legislation that will not put our youth at risk of having to deal with an active school shooter.
— Michael Wascovich

Electoral History

2018 (primary)

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Joseph Webster

Candidate for Pennsylvania House of representatives, District 150

Current officeholder: Michael Corr

Next election: May 15, 2018


As a veteran, I have handled these military style weapons and I know first-hand they don’t belong on our streets or in our homes… They belong in the armory. As a public policy analyst, I know there’s only one variable in all the research, in all the statistics that distinguishes the US and its litany of mass shootings from all the other countries that don’t have this problem. It’s not mental illness, it’s not immigration, it’s not poverty… It’s the numbers and the military capability of these weapons. And you don’t need a PhD to know that.
— Joe Webster

Electoral History

2018 (primary)

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Mike Zabel

Candidate for Pennsylvania House of representatives, District 163

Current officeholder: Jamie Santora

Next election: November 6, 2018


We must speak out for the innocent people whose lives have been lost to gun violence and for the families ripped apartment by tragedy. We need universal background checks and bans on assault weapons and bump stocks. People convicted of felonies who have committed domestic violence or who suffer from severe mental illness should not be able to get a gun. The NRA has poisoned the system. I promise to listen to you and work to keep all of us safe.
— Mike Zabel

Electoral History

2018 (primary)

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