Queer General Election Guide 2022

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve been inundated with TV ads, those terrible radio ads, Youtube ads, and text messages… please let the text messages stop… you know there is an election on Tuesday, November 8. LGBTQ people and all marginalized communities can not skip or ignore these important State and Federal elections. Not when these very elections can touch our communities directly and especially with the continued war on trans youth, our community, and reproductive freedom that has also come to Pennsylvania.

The general election on November 8, 2022, can and will have a direct impact on our communities and the issues that are most pressing: accountability and demilitarization of the police; gentrification, affordable housing, and the mass displacement of communities of color; the continuing epidemic of violence toward trans people of color. Abortion and our marriages are on the ballot!

With all of that, here is your queer guide to the 2022 Elections on November 8th:

When is the election?

The 2022 General Election is on Tuesday, November 8th. Polls in Pennsylvania are open from 7:00 am to 8:00 pm. You can find your polling place here. If you have not already voted by mail, you must vote in person at your polling place.

Who’s on the ballot?

Which races and candidates appear on your ballot will depend on where you live and are registered to vote. You can view a sample of your ballot, the races you can vote in, and the candidates to choose from here.

Who should I vote for?

While we can’t tell you who to vote for, the Steel City Stonewall Democrats have put together a list of their recommended candidates outlined below.

The Steel City Stonewall Democrats work to sensitize and educate all candidates and officeholders, Democratic Party leaders, and the community at large about the issues and concerns of the LGBTQIA+ community. View their full recommendations here.

US Senate

Lt. Governor John Fetterman has been a long-time ally of the LGBTQ Community here in Western Pennsylvania and across the Commonwealth.

US House of Representatives 12th District

Summer Lee

US House of Representatives 17th District

Christopher Deluzio

Governor & Lt. Governor

Josh Shapiro and Austin Davis

PA Senate 38 District

Lindsey Williams

PA Senate 42 District

Wayne Fontana

PA House 19 District

Aerion Andrew Abney

PA House 20 District

Emily Kinkead

PA House 21 District

Sara Innamorato

PA House 23 District

Dan Frankel

PA House 24 District

La’Tasha Mayes

PA House 25 District

Brandon Markosek

PA House 27 District

Dan Deasey

PA House 30 District

Arvind Venkat

PA House 33 District

Mandy Steele

PA House 34 District

Summer Lee

PA House 36 District

Jessica Benham

PA House 38 District

Nick Pisciottano

PA House 42 District

Dan Miller

PA House 45 District

Anita Astorino Kulik

Ballot Question

If you live in Allegheny County, you will see a ballot question that says:

“Shall Article III, Subsection 6(b) of Allegheny County’s Home Rule Charter be repealed in order to allow Members of County Council the same freedom of right to seek other elected office as is accorded to all other independently elected officials in Allegheny County, such that Council Members are permitted to run for nomination or election to elected office other than that of County Council Member without first having to resign from County Council?”

As it currently stands, members of Allegheny County Council are required to resign their elected office if they choose to seek election to another office. Locally this is unique to County Council members. No other elected positions in Allegheny County have this “resign to run” requirement. A “yes” vote on this question would support the removal of the “resign to run” requirement. A “no” vote on this question would support keeping the “resign to run” requirement for Allegheny County Council members.

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