PA State Committee met on Saturday, February 1, 2020 at the Hilton Hotel in Harrisburg at 12 noon.
The meeting was preceded by caucus meetings on Friday. These included: New American, Labor, Veterans, LGBT and Rural caucuses. There were Deminar sessions on Vote By Mail, Digital Fundraising and Cultural Diversity and Inclusion. The Women’s Caucus sponsored a silent auction. The PA Young Dems sponsored a late night fundraiser.
The meetings continued Saturday morning with Women’s, Senior, Black, Progressive, Latino and Regional Caucuses.
There was much discussion about learning about and utilizing the opportunities afforded by Act 77, the Voting Reform Bill. Download the official summary here.
At the State Committee Meeting a quorum was achieved with 307 members and proxies attending (83% of total eligible). Endorsements were made by acclamation for incumbents Josh Shapiro, Attorney General, and Joe Torsella, Treasurer, both unopposed. For the open Auditor General seat, there were six candidates. To receive the State endorsement a candidate must receive 66% of those voting. The first ballot had the following results: Nina Ahmad (13), Scott Comlin (48), Rosie Davis (11), Tracy Fountain (47), Christina Hartman ((55) and Mike Lamb (147). Before dropping the lowest vote receiving candidate for the second and final ballot, Mike Lamb made the motion that there be an open primary. It passed by acclamation. The meeting was then adjourned.
John Hellmann, Member PA State Committee