CeaseFirePAPAC Invests in Key Races and Gun Violence Prevention Wins in PA

CeaseFirePAPAC Invests in Key Races and Gun Violence Prevention Wins in PA

Philadelphia, November 7, 2018 —  CeaseFirePAPAC’s involvement in several important elections yesterday helped tip the scales and will change the balance of power in Harrisburg. We put gun violence prevention front and center, and the people of Pennsylvania proved this is a voting issue. The results will have a major impact on gun violence prevention policy at the state and federal levels.

CeaseFire Pennsylvania’s endorsed candidates, Governor Tom Wolf and Senator Bob Casey, each won another term, and we are looking forward to working with these leaders to bring about commonsense reform to our gun regulations.  CeaseFire Pennsylvania also endorsed 7 Senate candidates and 20 House candidates.  Of our endorsed candidates, 19 won and will be sworn in as legislators in January.  We also awarded Commonsense Candidate distinctions to a bipartisan group of candidates who received high scores on our candidate survey.  In some cases, both candidates in a race earned the distinction.  The distinction was much sought-after in many races, especially in the Southeast, and proved to be a key asset in both Senate and House victories.

Several of the candidates we invested in were victorious:  Senate winners Maria Collette, Steve Santarsiero, and Katie Muth; and House winners  Joe Ciresi, Liz Hanbidge, Joe Webster, Dan Williams, Carolyn Comitta, Danielle Friel Otten, Jennifer O’Mara, and Joe Hohenstein.  CeaseFirePAPAC sent 42,000 pieces of mail, called 25,000 voters, and funded digital ads that reached 200,000 voters. Our messaging drove support for candidates who pledged to work for our gun violence prevention agenda, helped ensure many open seats were won by candidates who support that agenda, and helped defeat incumbents who had taken dangerous pro-gun lobby votes, including in District 146 where Joe Ciresi defeated incumbent Tom Quigley, who has voted for the Sue our Cities Bill, and District 155, where Danielle Friel Otten defeated Becky Corbin, who recently voted against expanding background checks. In the last days of the campaign, when it was revealed that incumbent Kate Harper (HD 61) took a $10,000 donation from an area gun manufacturer, CeaseFirePAPAC ran a new digital ad that reached 56,000 voters and helped flip this seat to a gun violence prevention champion, Liz Hanbidge.

“Gun violence prevention is always on the ballot,” said Shira Goodman. “This year, high numbers of Pennsylvanians made it a critical voting issue, and the results bear that out.  They sent a message that candidates must be on the right side of this issue and stand up for a safer Pennsylvania.”