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12/01/2018 Vol 1 Issue 11


2018 Midterm Election

We Flipped the U.S. House

Democrats won the House with the largest midterm election victory in history.

Democratic Victories Across the United States

  • took control of six state chambers;
  • flipped seven governor seats;
  • three states voted to expand Medicad;
  • two states voted to increase minimum wage;
  • Michigan voted for automatic voter registration, same-day voter registration, no-excuse absentee voting, and redistricting reform;
  • Florida voted to restore voting rights to formerly incarcerated individuals;
  • Louisiana stuck down another vestige of Jim Crow by requiring a Unanimous Jury for felony conviction; and
  • Republicans lost a veto-proof majority in North Carolina

Great Turnout in Upper St. Clair

We had a amazing Democratic Turnout in Upper St. Clair. This was a result of all the work you did. There were hundreds of phone calls made on election day to get voters to the polls. Congratulations to everyone who volunteered and to Bernie and Jason Finke for the planning and organization. A full report will come in January.

A Message from Sharon Guidi

Hello friends! While this wasn't the outcome any of us wanted, with a good night of sleep behind us, let's talk about all the ways that we won:
  1. We ran a clean, honest, issues-based campaign. We were clear about what we stood for even when people didn't agree with us.
  2. We mobilized some voters who hadn't gotten out to the polls for a midterm.
  3. We continued to foster a strong, grassroots network of people who care about our democratic values.
  4. You and your neighbors funded this campaign, not corporate PACs, corporations or special interests.
  5. We came really close. And that fact reminds me of, the words of Cheryl Strayed, "You don't reach the mountain top from the mountain top. You start at the bottom and climb up."

We gotta keep climbing folks! Thank you for all of your support!

PA Senate Special Election

The date has not been set for the special election to fill the seat vacated in the 37th State Senate District by Guy Reschenthaler who won't take office until January 2019. Reschenthaler was elected to the seat in a 2015 special election to replace outgoing Democratic incumbent Matt Smith. 

Possible Democratic candidates include Olivia Benson, Mike Crossey, Mark Scappe from Moon Township, and Dr. Solomon. Pam Iovino, a retired Navy officer with federal experience in veterans’ issues, confirmed her interest. 

A date has not been set for this endorsement.

In addition to the Special Election endorsement, Democratic Committee Members are urged to vote in the March endorsement. The committee members vote to endorse the candidates who are running in the May primary election. The date is typically the first Sunday in March at the IBEW Union Hall.

What is the 37th Senate District

The 37th Senatorial District covers much of western Allegheny County and extends into Washington County to include Peters Township. Republican Guy Reschenthaler has held the seat since he won the Special Election in 2015.

Townships and boroughs in the district
  • Aleppo Township
  • Bell Acres
  • Ben Avon Heights
  • Bethel Park
  • Bridgeville
  • Collier Township
  • Crescent Township
  • Edgeworth
  • Emsworth
  • Findlay Township
  • Glen Osborne
  • Glenfield
  • Haysville
  • Jefferson Hills
  • Kilbuck Township
  • Leet Township
  • Leetsdale
  • McDonald (Allegheny County Portion)
  • Moon Township
  • Mt. Lebanon
  • North Fayette Township
  • Oakdale
  • Ohio Township
  • Pennsbury Village
  • Peters Township
  • Pleasant Hills
  • Robinson Township
  • Rosslyn Farms
  • Sewickley
  • Sewickley Heights
  • Sewickley Hills
  • South Fayette Township
  • South Park Township
  • Thornburg
  • Upper St. Clair Township
  • Whitehall
All are invited to the USC Democratic Committee Holiday Party. We will be collecting donations for SHIM. Please RSVP today.

Tuesday, December 11 @ 6:00-8:00pm at Al's Cafe

January Meeting at the USC Library

The January Committee Meeting will be held at the Upper St. Clair Library Multi-Purpose Room, Tuesday, 1/29, at 7:00pm.

We Need You in 2019

In the fall of 2019, USC will elect four members to the USC Board of Commissioners and five members to the USC School Board. Are you interested in becoming a candidate?  If not, do you know of any Democrat who might be a strong voice for our community? Candidates must file paperwork by mid-March, therefore, there are only about 90 days left to declare.

The USC Board of Commissioners and the School Board oversee and approve expenditures of more than $20 million and $80 million of our tax dollars each year, respectively. On average, a commissioner or school board member spends a few hours per week performing board duties.

In 2017, Elise Logan became the first Democrat and first female USC Commissioner in more than ten years. You, too, could be an agent of change and a spokesperson for the Democratic party’s vision of a safe, environmentally friendly, and welcoming community.

The USC Democratic Committee has a team in place to guide and assist you through the primaries. Only a few hours of your time will be necessary to place your name on the May 2019 primary ballot.  If you are unopposed in the primary, then the campaign demands should be light; if opposed, you decide.  Campaigning in the general election will require a significant amount of personal time and effort; however, you will be assisted by a strong and effective group of volunteers. If you’re interested in becoming a USC Commissioner or a school board member and being a community voice for your family, friends and neighbors, please let us know.
Be the change you want to see in your community.

December Events

  • Dec. 11 - Holiday Party


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