A longer post on The True Meaning of the Election is forthcoming at Philly Mag, but here’s a quick wrap-up post. On balance, with the exception of the Wolf win, God damn that was a dark election night! If I hadn’t won my committeeperson race, I’d be a lot more bummed out this morning. Let’s go through the sample ballot of our recommendations.
Tom Wolf - WON. Awesome. #wolfpack
Lt-Gov: Brad Koplinski (first best) or Mike Stack (if your top priority is blocking Critz) LOST. But Critz got blocked, so the disappointment level is medium.
Get ready to hate having an all-male delegation to Congress.
PA-12: Erin McClelland
WIN. But very, very tough race to win in the general.
PA-13: Daylin Leach
LOST. The worst candidate, Brendan Boyle, won.
PA-8: Shaughnessy Naughton
LOST. This one was very close. Naughton’s background spoke more to my interests, but Kevin Strouse is a really good guy, and we’re ready to support him whole-heartedly.
SD-02: Tomas Sánchez
LOST. Tartaglione crushed everyone.
SD-04: Brian Gralnick
Indicted Senator LeAnna Washington reelected. I hate everything. Art Haywood won. Medium disappointment.
HD-20: Tom Michalow
LOST. Ravenstahl isn’t the worst, just wanted to see the Peduto team expand their power.
HD-22: Tatiana Tooley
LOST. Peter Schweyer is a really great guy though. I liked both about equally, and he’ll be a good rep.
HD-36: Erin Molchany
LOST. This is the most depressing thing ever. Erin Molchany was one of my very most favorite reps. I’m sure she’ll do other great work in politics, but I was looking forward to seeing her get more power in the caucus. Harry Readshaw is the fucking worst guy, but he’s super old so he probably won’t be in there much longer.
HD-74: Josh Maxwell
WON. Great young leader with a bright future in the party.
HD-164: Billy Smith
LOST. The second most depressing thing this morning. Margo Davidson is legitimately conservative on a number of issues. This district can do so much better.
HD-179: Jason Dawkins
WON. This is awesome. Jason was the only one of the Maria Quinones-Sanchez-backed candidates to win, and one of the only primary challengers to beat an incumbent (James Clay) last night. I haven’t met him yet, but I hear he is an amazing guy, and I’m psyched to see what he does for Frankford in Harrisburg.
HD-180: Quetcy Lozada
LOST. Total bastard Angel Cruz reelected.
HD-197: Danilo Burgos
Philadelphia ballot questions
1. Living wage for subcontractors: Yes, subcontracting should not provide an end-run around the city’s living wage policies.
2. End “resign to run”: Yes, we need to make it easier for sitting politicians to challenge others. This will lead to more competitive politics in Philly.
LOST. A win for uncompetitive Philly politics.
3. Takes power from Mayor, gives it to City Council, to approve short-term contracts for public defenders: No, Council already micromanages too many processes that should be in the Executive branch
WON. Council micromanagement duties expanded.