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Monday, November 7, 2011

PA Candidates Friendly To Anti-Fracking Citizens

Please distribute this widely!

The State of Pennsylvania has a wonderful tool, a Registered Voters Database with your polling place.
Find it here at: https://www.pavoterservices.state.pa.us/Pages/VoterRegistrationStatus.aspx

Here are the 'fracktivist friendly' candidates running in PA.  Please print out & take to the polls with you, once you're done voting we suggest passing the list along to another voter in line.  Feel free to share with your friends & family across the Commonwealth of PA


PA - Fracktivist friendly candidates, as of 11/5/2011 v. 2

A. 2011 STATEWIDE

 KATHRYN BOOCKVAR  Commonwealth Court
**SIERRA CLUB ENDORSED** (rare!)
Campaign website: www.boockvar.com/about-kathryn.html
One page resume:www.boockvar.com/uploads/2/8/3/0/2830368/boockvar_for_commonwealth_court_2011_pdf.pdf
Platform on Marcellus within body: www.boockvar.com/index.html

DAVID WECHT (D)  Superior Court
Campaign Ad (31 seconds): www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=291932100833883
Campaign website: www.wecht2011.com
Facebook page: www.facebook.com/pages/Judge-David-N-Wecht/149288135132481?sk=wall
About the Superior Court: www.superior.court.state.pa.us/about.htm

B.  LOCAL (counties, towns & cities)

 ALLEGHENY COUNTY

DANA DOLNEY for County Executive 
**WRITE IN CANDIDATE FOR ALLEGHENY COUNTY EXECUTIVE**
Write in Dana's name regardless of party affiliation
Videos of Dana in action:
http://vimeo.com/24845035
Speech in Harrisburg:  www.youtube.com/watch?v=L4ioGVJbV4w
FB page:  www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=187377877976468
Open Letter:  www.facebook.com/notes/dana-leigh-dolney/open-letter-to-councilman-dowd/10150331234806115

 MUNICIPALITIES

PITTSBURGH
COREY O'CONNOR (D) City Council District 5 (formerly held by fracktivist Doug Shields)
Campaign website: http://coreyoconnorforcouncil.com
Facebook page:  www.facebook.com/pages/Corey-OConnor-for-City-Council-District-5/134867899910379

Statement received from O'Connor on 10/14/11:
"Although I've been advised that the ban on Marcellus drilling in Pittsburgh could well be challenged in court on constitutional grounds, I believe that such drilling is an enormous threat to both Pittsburgh's watersheds and its air quality. In fact, I believe that unregulated Marcellus drilling could have a devastating impact on the already poor quality of our region's air. So I would support an amendment of the Home Rule Charter to reflect the present ban. I would also join in rewriting the city code's ban on drilling to comply with any court decision that might overturn the present ban. I have received advice that a rewritten restriction to Marcellus development could pass constitutional muster, and I would pursue that if it became necessary. My objection to drilling is essentially that our commonwealth's executive and its regulatory agencies seem to have little regard for the dangers inherent to our City and the regional environment. I have almost no confidence, today, that the state government will exercise it's legal oversight responsibility to protect our natural resources and quality of life from reckless, unregulated development."

SOUTH FAYETTE
LISA MALOSH, DERON GABRIEL, TODD MILLER, JOE HOROWITZ  Township Commission
Platform/why they're running: www.post-gazette.com/pg/11296/1183985-503.stm#ixzz1bd6nidEo
Lisa Malosh:  www.savesouthfayette.org/LisaMalosh/
Deron Gabriel:  http://www.savesouthfayette.org/DeronGabriel/
Todd Miller:  www.savesouthfayette.org/ToddMiller/
Joe Horowitz:  www.savesouthfayette.org/JoeHorowitz/

JENNIFER C. FRANCIS Township Commission
Campaign website: https://sites.google.com/site/francisforsfcommissioner/platform
Candidate’s statement on Marcellus Shale Gas Drilling:  I am in full support of the legal defense of our Township's Oil and Gas Ordinance.  My stance on Marcellus Shale is to be as restrictive as possible and to provide the strongest legal protection for our Township.  Safeguards must be put into place.  It is a Commissioner's duty to protect the health, safety, and welfare of its residents.

Natural gas drilling is an industrial operation and should be treated as such.  It should not be permitted in our residential and conservation district zones, which include our homes, schools and parks. 

HEATHER L. LEVISEUR - Township Commission
Campaign website: https://sites.google.com/site/leviseurforcommissioner/platform
Candidate’s statement on Marcellus Shale Gas Drilling:   I am in favor of the most restrictive regulations allowed under currernt Pennsylvania law. I am in full support of the legal defense of our township's oil and gas ordinance and believe that it is the responsibility of local government to promote the health, safety and welfare of it's residents.

BUCKS COUNTY
STEVE  SANTARSIERO (D-31) State Representative
Facebook page:  www.facebook.com/stevesantarsiero?ref=ts
Platform:  www.stevesantarsiero.com/issues#environment
"He is not in favor of drilling in state forests or state parks. ~Paul Roden"

 BUTLER COUNTY
JERRY JOHNSTON (D) County Commissioner
Campaign website: http://electjj.com/about/
Facebook page: www.facebook.com/pages/Elect-Jerry-Johnston/157655074288769
Johnston's statement:  "I am not opposed to developing business and growing jobs in Butler County but I am against woeful irresponsibility and unaccountability. Until the multi-billion dollar gas industry can be sufficiently regulated to ensure minimal damage to our health, safety, and environment, that their efforts are creating local, well-paid jobs, and the natural gas which belongs to all of us is being used to our collective benefit as well as their profit then I am in favor of a moratorium on exploiting the shale."

 MUNICIPALITIES

CHERRY VALLEY BOROUGH
MICHAEL BAGDES-CANNING (G) – Councilman  **WRITE IN CANDIDATE **
Held position for the last 23 years
Organizer with Marcellus Outreach Butler (AKA MOB).
Involved with the recent action at the Marburger Dairy, as a Marshall on the march and Police Liaison, along with the Pittsburgh ACLU.
Currently working on two initiatives: a community rights ordinance training for elected officials in Butler County, an interfaith forum that will examine the morality of shale gas development.
Facebook Page:  www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000327923549
MOB FB Page:  www.facebook.com/MarcellusOutreachButler


CENTRE COUNTY

MUNICIPALITIES
STATE COLLEGE BOROUGH

SARAH KLINETOB  Borough Council
Campaign website:  http://sarahkforcouncil.com/Vote_Sarah_Klinetob.html
Candidate statement on Marcellus drilling:   I am in strong support of a Community Bill of Rights and a Fracking Ban for the State College Borough. One thousand citizens of the Borough have already signed in support over the summer to assert our right to clean air, pure water, and the preservation of the environment. I encourage every voter to review and inform themselves on the document either online or at the polls. It is important to have the people’s voice heard on these matters, and I encourage you all to make it out on November 8th to get your opinion heard!

DAUPHIN COUNTY
 MUNICIPALITIES

DERRY TOWNSHIP
STEVEN TODD (D) Township Supervisor
**WRITE IN CANDIDATE **
Campaign website: http://steventodd.wordpress.com/derry-supervisor/
Facebook page: www.facebook.com/stevenwtodd
"My main platform is getting non-constituent money out of our democratic republic. Until we do that, we are just two divided teams, half as strong as we could be. Big O&G, Big Ag, Big Pharma and Big Finance will keep laughing at us in our Tom-foolery...all the way to the bank on our dime." ~ Steve Todd

LYCOMING COUNTY
STEVE SHOPE  County Commissioner
Campaign website:  www.steveshope.com/
Facebook:  www.facebook.com/steve.shope?sk=wall
Video:  www.youtube.com/watch?v=uLoc1auhh5c

LUZERNE COUNTY
BLYTHE EVANS (R)   COUNTY COUNCIL
Campaign website: http://www.evans4homerule.com/
www.timesleader.com/opinion/letters/MAIL_BAG__ensp_LETTERS_FROM_READERS_11-03-2011.html Candidate statement on Marcellus:  I would push for and draft direct amendments to county code that strictly forbids fracking and drilling on county owned property. I would also make sure that stricter legislation and security measures were maintained against people who decide to lease their land to the gas companies.

 MUNICIPALITIES
DALLAS TOWNSHIP
LIZ MARTIN (D) Township Supervisor
Campaign website: www.martin4supervisor.com/
Facebook page: www.facebook.com/pages/Liz-Martin-For-Supervisor/177638968950426
Platform: www.martin4supervisor.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=3&Itemid=4

 HARVEYS LAKE
'HARVEYS LAKE HOPEFULS ' for Township Supervisors
Michelle Boice
Jamie Colman
Thomas Kehler
Ed Kelly
Facebook page: www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003043778572

PHILADELPHIA COUNTY
MUNICIPALITIES

PHILADELPHIA CITY COUNCIL
**The Philadelphia candidates below voted to sue the Delaware River Basin Commission insisting that no drilling of the Marcellus Shale occur until a full environmental impact assessment is completed.
More info:  www.hatchmag.com/articles/philadelphia-city-council-votes-unanimously-sue-drbc-forbid-fracking/771115  
More info:  http://protectingourwaters.wordpress.com/2011/10/13/philadelphia-city-council-unanimously-passes-resolution-to-sue-drbc-demand-impact-studies-forbid-fracking-for-now/

JANNIE BLACKWELL (D-3rd district)
www.seventy.org/Elections_City_Council_Districts_and_Candidates_ataglance.aspx#district3

DARRELL CLARK (D-5th district)
Campaign website: http://councilmandarrellclarke.com
www.seventy.org/Elections_City_Council_Districts_and_Candidates_ataglance.aspx#district5

KENYATTA JOHNSON (D-2nd district) (anti-fracking activist)
Campaign website:  www.citizensforkenyattajohnson.com
www.keystonepolitics.com/2011/06/legislators-start-to-see-the-light-on-marcellus-shale-fracking/ 
www.seventy.org/Elections_City_Council_Districts_and_Candidates_ataglance.aspx#district2

 CURTIS JONES (D-4th district)
Campaign website:  www.curtisjonesjr.com
www.seventy.org/Elections_City_Council_Districts_and_Candidates_ataglance.aspx#district4 

BRIAN O’NEILL (R-10th district)
Campaign website:  http://oneil2011.com
www.seventy.org/Elections_City_Council_Districts_and_Candidates_ataglance.aspx#district10 
MARIA QUINONES SANCHEZ  (D-7th district)
Campaign website:  www.maria2011.com
www.seventy.org/Elections_City_Council_Districts_and_Candidates_ataglance.aspx#district7

MARIAN TASCO (D-9th district)
www.seventy.org/Elections_City_Council_Districts_and_Candidates_ataglance.aspx#district9 

AT LARGE CANDIDATES:
*The candidates below voted to sue the Delaware River Basin Commission insisting that no drilling of the Marcellus Shale occur until a full environmental impact assessment is completed.
More info:  www.hatchmag.com/articles/philadelphia-city-council-votes-unanimously-sue-drbc-forbid-fracking/771115
More info:  http://protectingourwaters.wordpress.com/2011/10/13/philadelphia-city-council-unanimously-passes-resolution-to-sue-drbc-demand-impact-studies-forbid-fracking-for-now/

BLONDELL REYNOLDS BROWN (D)
Campaign website:  www.blondellonline.com
More info:  www.seventy.org/Elections_City_Council_Districts_and_Candidates_ataglance.aspx

WILSON GOODE (D)
More info:  www.seventy.org/Elections_City_Council_Districts_and_Candidates_ataglance.aspx

BILL GREEN (D)
Campaign website:  www.greenforphiladelphia.com
More info:  www.seventy.org/Elections_City_Council_Districts_and_Candidates_ataglance.aspx

BILL GREENLEE (D)
Campaign website:  www.billgreenlee.com
More info:  www.seventy.org/Elections_City_Council_Districts_and_Candidates_ataglance.aspx

JIM KENNEY (D)
Campaign website:  www.jameskenney.com
More info:  www.seventy.org/Elections_City_Council_Districts_and_Candidates_ataglance.aspx

 WESTMORELAND COUNTY
 COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

TED KOPAS (D) County Commissioner 
Campaign website:  http://tedkopas.com/
GERALD LUCIA (D) County Commissioner
Campaign website:  www.geraldlucia.com/

Article:  http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/dailycourier/s_764080.html
More info:  http://murrysville.inspotlight.com/2011/10/23/a-look-at-the-westmoreland-county-commissioner-candidates/

MUNICIPALITIES

COOK TOWNSHIP
MARK MCKLVEEN - Cook Township Supervisor

MURRYSVILLE
JOE GUTHRIE - Town Council
Campaign Website:  http://joeguthrie.org/default.aspx
More Info:  www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/news/westmoreland/s_763982.html

UPPER BURRELL
ALLEN UHLER - (D) Supervisor
Uhler's statement: "I support  the following:
Fight to preserve the natural beauty and rural nature of the township
Fight for stronger measures to protect our citizens from irresponsible Marcellus drilling and pollution"  http://pittsburghlive.com/x/valleynewsdispatch/s_764657.html

C. REFERENDUMS REQUIRING OUR VOTE:

PETERS TOWNSHIP, WASHINGTON COUNTY:  Vote YES! on the Home Rule Charter Amendment Banning Fracking.

RUSH TOWNSHIP, CENTRE COUNTY:  Vote YES!  on the a community bill of rights and natural gas drilling ban.  More info: www.centredaily.com/2011/10/27/2964624/we-can-be-changemakers.html
STATE COLLEGE BOROUGH, CENTRE COUNTY
http://www.groundswell.gs/statecollege.html
 http://www.statecollege.com/news/local-news/environmentalrights-referendum-appears-likely-for-state-college-ballot-841873/   Environmental-Rights Referendum Appears Likely for State College Ballot”

D. 2012
US CONGRESS

KAREN RAMSBURG (I) US Congress - PA's 9th, Congressional District (Mercersburg area)
Campaign website: http://ramsburg4congress.com
Candidate statement:  "We all have a right to clean air and clean water. As an Independent candidate for PA's 9th, I want to lead the fight to pass legislation to hold the gas industry accountable for the damage they do.   In general some Democrats are in support of restrictions but both parties are easily bought. I've come to the conclusion that we must run Independents in 2012 who will refuse to take corporate money and refuse to meet with lobbyists and corporate bankers once elected. My election is in Nov. 2012 but I started early this year to garner support."

STATEWIDE
EUGENE DEPASQUALE (D) Auditor General
Facebook page: www.facebook.com/DePasqualePA
Campaign website: http://eugene4pa.com/
Twitter: http://twitter.com/RepDePasquale
Platform (specific to mentioning his stance on drilling): http://eugene4pa.com/issues/pure-water/

Candidate information cut and pasted from:  www.facebook.com/groups/MarcellusatthePolls/

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