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Democrat Jim Prokopiak has been endorsed by Planned Parenthood PA PAC for the special election in the 140th Legislative District

Planned Parenthood backs Dem

Jim Prokopiak

Planned Parenthood PA PAC, not surprisingly, endorsed Democrat Jim Prokopiak for the special election in the 140th Legislative District.

Prokopiak is an attorney and school board member who has pledged to strongly support sexual and reproductive rights and access. For 10 years, he’s been an elected public official, having also served as a Falls Township supervisor. As a school board member, he ensured that the district provided period products in its bathrooms.

“Yet again, the makeup of the PA House of Representatives is on the line. The chamber has a pro-sexual and reproductive health care majority, and we must protect it,” said PP PA PAC Political Director Adam Hosey. “The House has been a legislative firewall against bans and a proactive champion of access to care. We can’t take any election, special or otherwise, for granted. If this firewall were to crumble, we know what would happen – bans would pass the legislature, restrictive constitutional amendments could make it to your ballot. Jim is the firewall reinforcement the House needs right now and we’re proud to support him.”

The Republican candidate is Candace Cabanas.

The 140th Legislative District consists of Falls Township, Morrisville and Tullytown and a portion of Middletown Township. The seat has been vacant since Democratic Rep. John Galloway’s resignation to be sworn in as a magisterial district judge.

The special election will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 13. ••

Jared Solomon

Local 22, UFCW back Solomon

Philadelphia Firefighters’ and Paramedics’ Union IAFF Local 22 and United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1776 have endorsed state Rep. Jared Solomon for attorney general.

“We feel confident that Mr. Solomon will root out corruption and hold those accountable exercising in it. All too frequently, nefarious activities such as arson and insurance fraud put our members in harm’s way. As attorney general, Mr. Solomon will make our members’ jobs safer,” said Local 22 President Mike Bresnan.

“Jared is a fighter for working Pennsylvanians who we can trust to protect workers and uphold our right to bargain collectively,” said UFCW 1776 President Wendell Young IV. “Our members know Jared’s strong pro-worker record in Harrisburg of preserving workers’ rights, raising the minimum wage and investing in workforce-development programs that benefit workers.”

Solomon has also been endorsed by VoteVets and 20 members of the state legislature, including House Majority Leader Matt Bradford, Sen. Tina Tartaglione, House Democratic Whip Dan Miller and House Democratic Caucus Secretary Tina Davis.

Meanwhile, Solomon’s campaign entered 2024 with more than $1 million cash on hand.

“We’re seeing strong support for Rep. Solomon’s message of protecting fundamental abortion and voting rights while building safer communities for all, and our campaign is in the best position to reach primary voters across Pennsylvania’s expensive TV media markets,” said campaign manager Jake Sternberger.

  Solomon is one of five Democrats running for attorney general. The others are former Bucks County Solicitor Joe Khan, Delaware County District Attorney Jack Stollsteimer, former Auditor General Eugene DePasquale and former Defender Association of Philadelphia chief Keir Bradford-Grey.

Candidates running in the Republican primary are state Rep. Craig Williams, York County District Attorney Dave Sunday and former Delaware County District Attorney Kat Copeland. ••

McCormick raises $6.4

Republican Dave McCormick raised $5.4 million from more than 15,000 individual donors and invested an additional $1 million in his first quarter as a 2024 Senate candidate.

Pennsylvanians from all 67 counties contributed to the McCormick campaign. He’s earned the support of more than 500 registered Democrats.

“Dave McCormick has earned the support of Pennsylvanians from all walks of life because they believe he is the kind of leader who can address the burden of inflation on working families, push for a secure border and protect the security of Americans at home and abroad,” said campaign manager Matt Gruda. “A seventh-generation Pennsylvanian, West Point graduate and Pennsylvania job creator, Dave is exactly the kind of candidate who can beat Bob Casey in November, shake up Washington and get this country back on track from the failed policies of Joe Biden.”

Meanwhile, Keystone Renewal, the super PAC created to support McCormick’s candidacy, raised nearly $18 million from Aug. 31 to Dec. 31.

Keystone Renewal PAC’s spokeswoman, Brittany Yanick, released the following:

“This shows that there is not only real excitement and momentum for McCormick’s candidacy, but also the fact that Pennsylvania is a state that McCormick will win in November. Moreover, our fundraising efforts are further proof that Pennsylvanians are ready to elect a battle-tested leader like Dave McCormick who will work to defeat Bob Casey and the Democrats’ radical agenda in Washington. In 2024, McCormick will have a chance to retire Bob Casey, who has been an ineffective leader and a rubber stamp for Joe Biden’s failed agenda. We’re proud of the support we have received and look forward to sending McCormick to Washington to get our country back on track.” ••

Get married or renew your vows

Bucks County Register of Wills Linda Bobrin will hold the third Vows and Valentines wedding and vow-renewal ceremony on Feb. 14.

The event will take place from noon to 2 p.m. in the third-floor rotunda of the Bucks County Courthouse Administration Building, 55 E. Court St., in Doylestown.

Bridal flowers, boutonnieres, photography, videography, live music and a catered lunch will be provided. Due to space restrictions, couples may bring up to two guests only.

Interested couples should email emarriage@buckscounty.org and begin a marriage license application. Bucks County marriage applications are accepted online and can be started at https://propublic.buckscountyonline.org/psi3/marriagelicense. To participate in the wedding ceremony, couples must submit a short, paragraph-long bio by Jan. 31 and must obtain their marriage license by Feb. 7. ••

Farry office hours in Bensalem

State ​​Sen. Frank Farry (R-6th dist.) is offering satellite office hours the first Wednesday of every month, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Bensalem Township Municipal Building, 2400 Byberry Road, Bensalem.

Farry’s staff will be on site to assist with state government services; Property Tax/Rent Rebate applications, birth and death certificate applications, SEPTA Senior Key card registrations and renewals; and unemployment issues. ••

Lower South supervisor meeting schedule

The Lower Southampton Township Board of Supervisors meets at 7:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month at the Township Building, 1500 Desire Ave., Feasterville. The next meeting is Jan. 24. ••

Commissioners meeting 

The Bucks County Commissioners meet on the first and third Wednesdays of the month at 10:30 a.m. at the Bucks County Administration Building, 55 E. Court St., in Doylestown.

The meetings are broadcast on the county’s YouTube channel.

The next meeting will be Jan. 17. ••

Bensalem Council meeting schedule

Bensalem Township Council meetings are generally held on the second and fourth Mondays of each month at 7 p.m. in the Municipal Building at 2400 Byberry Road, Bensalem.

Meetings can be viewed live on Comcast Xfinity Channel 22 in Bensalem and on Verizon Fios Channel 34 throughout Bucks County. They can also be streamed live on the Bensalem Township YouTube channel.

The schedule is Jan. 22, Feb. 12, Feb. 26, March 11, March 25, April 8, April 29, May 6, May 20, June 10, June 24, July 8, July 22, Aug. 12, Aug. 26, Sept. 9, Sept. 23, Oct. 15 (Tuesday), Oct. 28, Nov. 12 (Tuesday), Nov. 25, Dec. 4 (budget meeting) and Dec. 16. ••

Bensalem school board meeting schedule

The Bensalem Township Board of School Directors holds meetings on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. at the Dorothy D. Call Administrative Center, 3000 Donallen Drive, Bensalem.

The next meeting will take place on Jan. 23.

The public is invited to attend.

Future meetings are on Feb. 27, March 26, April 30 (fifth Tuesday), May 28, June 25, Aug. 27, Sept. 24, Oct. 22, Nov. 26 and Dec. 17 (third Tuesday). ••

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