Your Voters' Guide for the Primary Election on Tuesday, May 20

Shadyside Dems Candidate Rankings (out of 5)
See candidate responses to out questionnaires below:

4.19 Katie McGinty
3.75 Tom Wolf
3.63 Robert McCord
3.19 Allyson Schwartz

Lt. Governor
4.07 Mike Stack
3.81 Brad Koplinski
*2.0 Brandon Neuman
*1.43 Mark Smith
*1.33 Mark Critz

U.S. House of Representative for the 14th District
4.71 Mike Doyle * 0.62 Janis C. Brooks

Pennsylvania House of Representatives for the 23rd District.
4.88 Dan Frankel

State Representative, District 24
*4.71 Ed Gainey
*0.79 William Anderson
*0.54 Todd Elliot Koger

State Committee - 43rd Senatorial District
No ratings were assigned to candidates for this office, but the following candidates answered the questionnaire or provided a statement.
Barbara Behrend Ernsberger
Jessel Costa
Marita Garrett
Jessica McCurdy
Thomas Tucker Sciulli
Stephen Zumbrun

* Did not respond to questionnaire

Our committee met the candidates and sent each a questionnaire to get in-depth answers and move beyond sound bites. Our members then ranked the candidates on a 0 - 5 scale, with 5 being the best.



This is your home, if you are a Democrat and live in Shadyside.

The Shadyside Dems represent the Democrats who live in Shadyside, and help carry out the work of the Democratic Party within Shadyside, the City of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania and the nation. We organize and work to ensure victory for the Democratic ticket, and to ensure that our candidates stay true to our Democratic values.

About Us

Our ward runs from Fifth Avenue to Centre Avenue, between Neville Street and Penn Avenue. Within the ward, there are 14 districts, each with two elected members of the Democratic committee - one woman and one man. Click here for a map.

These committee members are elected by the Democratic voters in the Primary every four years. The local committee members elect a Chair, Vice Chair and Secretary, and the Chair appoints a Treasurer for the committee. When no one is elected, or when a vacancy occurs, the Chair appoints members who then serve until the next election.

While our official duties are defined within the confines of the Democratic Party, we are the closest elected officials to the neighborhoods. We take our representation seriously - although we make sure we have fun, too. We can often go to bat for our neighbors when they need help getting government to work better, and cut the red tape and help our neighbors be heard.

What We Do

Within the Democratic Party, we recruit and support candidates. We interview and rate those who want our support. We work to register voters in the Democratic Party, get Democrats to vote, and we work at the polls on Election Day to answer questions and recommend candidates. We raise money and raise hell. And we have a great time doing it!

Join Us

We are always looking for a few good women and men. You can run for committee, or become a Friend of the Shadyside Dems. As a friend, you'll get regular updates on what's happening within the Party, and how you can make a difference. You'll also be welcome to attend our regular meetings, and join in the discussion. Together, anything is possible!

Democratic Party Credo

We Democrats are the oldest political party in America and the youngest in spirit. We will remain so, because we enjoy the challenge of government.

Time and again, for almost two centuries, the Democratic Party has made government work -- to build and defend a nation, to encourage commerce, to educate our children, to promote equal opportunity, to advance science and industry, to support the arts and humanities, to restore the land, to develop and conserve our human and natural resources, to preserve and enhance our built environment, to relieve poverty, to explore space.

We have reached difficult and vital goals.

We recognize that the capacity of government is limited but we regard democratic government as a force for good and a source of hope.

At the heart of our party lies a fundamental conviction, that Americans must not only be free, but they must live in a fair society.

We believe it is the responsibility of government to help us achieve this fair society.

  • a society where the elderly and the disabled can lead lives of dignity and where Social Security remains an unshakable commitment;
  • a society where all people can find jobs in a growing full-employment economy;
  • a society where all workers are guaranteed without question the legal right to join unions of their own choosing and to bargain collectively for decent wages and conditions of employment;
  • a society where taxes are clearly based on ability to pay;
  • a society where the equal rights of women are guaranteed in the Constitution;
  • a society where the civil rights of minorities are fully secured and where no one is denied the opportunity for a better life;
  • a society where both public and private discrimination based upon race, sex, age, color, creed, national origin, religion, ethnic identity, sexual orientation, gender identity, economic status, philosophical persuasion or physical disability are condemned and where our government moves aggressively to end such discrimination through lawful means;
  • a society where we recognize that the strengthening of the family and the protection of children are essential to the health of the nation;
  • a society where a sound education, proper nutrition, quality medical care, affordable housing, safe streets and a healthy environment are possible for every citizen;
  • a society where the livelihoods of our family farmers are as stable as the values they instill in the American character;
  • a society where a strong national defense is a common effort, where promoting human rights is a basic value of our foreign policy, and where we ensure that future by ending the nuclear arms race.

This is our purpose and our promise.

Count Down to May 20th
Voting Information

Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, May 20th. If you are in the county and not ill, you must vote in person. Pennsylvania law does not allow for voting by mail or early voting. The deadline for applying for an absentee ballot is the Tuesday before the election. For more information on absentee balloting, go to

If you are voting in a district for the first time, the elections workers (who are all volunteer, so be nice) may ask for an ID. Details are available at

Where to vote/check your registration here.

Verify your voting registration status.

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