If you follow pop culture, you would assume there are elections only every four years and then we’re done with all of that until the next quadrennial elections. You’d be wrong. There are vitally important elections every single year, twice a year at that. LGBTQ people and all marginalized communities don’t have the luxury of ignoring State and Federal elections like more privileged folks do. Not when these very elections can touch our communities directly and especially with the continued war on trans youth that has also come to Pennsylvania.
The Pennsylvania primary elections on May 17, 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. The recent leak of the Supreme Court opinion overturning Roe v Wade has only doubled or tripled the importance of this election.
With all of that, here is your queer guide to the 2022 Primary Elections on May 17th:
When is the election?
The Pennsylvania 2022 Primary Election is on Tuesday, May 17th. Polls are open from 7:00 am to 8:00 pm. You can find your polling place here.
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. While we respect the recommendations of the SCSD we do note some caveats to their recommendations.
The Steel City Stonewall Democrats work to sensitize and educate all candidates and officeholders, Democratic Party leaders, and the community at large to the issues and concerns of the LGBTQIA+ community. View their full recommendations here.
The Steel City Stonewall Democrats recommend Conor Lamb to represent Pennsylvania as one of our two Senators, however, Lt. Governor John Fetterman has been a long-time ally of the LGBTQ Community here in Western Pennsylvania and across the Commonwealth, and State Representative Malcolm Kenyatta is an out and proud member of the LGBTQ Community.
US House of Representatives 12th District
US House of Representatives 17th District
The Steel City Stonewall Democrats recommend Austin Davis for Lt. Governor, however, State Representative Brian Sims, is an out and proud member of the LGBTQ Community. You’ve probably seen him on Instagram.
PA Senate 38 District
PA Senate 42 District
PA House 19 District
Aerion Andrew Abney
PA House 20 District
PA House 21 District
PA House 23 District
PA House 24 District
PA House 25 District
PA House 27 District
PA House 30 District
PA House 33 District
PA House 34 District
PA House 36 District
PA House 38 District
PA House 42 District
PA House 45 District
Anita Astorino Kulik