On Wednesday night, November 14, Moving the Needle members gathered to celebrate the many victories in local races we supported, to hear from some of the candidates, and to look toward the future.
Leanne Krueger-Braneky–re-elected to the PA House 161st by about 5,000 votes (compared to fewer than 600 last cycle!)–talked about winning people over by showing that government can actually work for people. Tim Kearney, newly elected to the PA Senate in district 26 (overturning a two-term incumbent by a substantial margin) talked about the many people he met while campaigning who had never before been listened to by a politician, and about the optimism in Harrisburg as a new wave of Democrats washes in. County Council members Kevin Madden and Brian Zidek, County Register of Wills Mary Walk (all elected 2017!), Swarthmore Borough Council members Lauren McKinney, Betsy Larsen, and Sarah Graden candidate for the Court of Common Please Kelly Eckel, and Chair (extraordinaire) of the Delco Dems Colleen Guiney all participated in a conversation with MTN members about the power of knocking on doors and talking to people. Together we considered priorities for the future. Criminal justice reform–including ending private contracts for the George Hill Correctional Facility–seems crucial, as do related issues of racial justice and redistricting reform. Stay tuned for more information on upcoming meetings and projects.
Also: if you have ideas about what you would like to see MTN tackle in 2019, please let us know. Send an email to indivisibleswarthmore@gmail.