Make the Road Action in PA Celebrates Primary Victories | The Valley Ledger

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The largest Latinx group in PA knocked on nearly 20,000 doors in Allentown and Reading to challenge Latinx, black and young voters

Today in Pennsylvania, the Make the Road campaign celebrated the voting of three supported candidates in Allentown and Reading in the May 17 Democratic primary:

  • Josh Siegel for State Representatives—House District 22, Lehigh County
  • Rep. Manny Guzman for State Representatives—House District 127, Berks County
  • Johanny Cepeda Freytiz for State Representatives—House District 129, Berks County

If Cepeda-Freytiz is elected to the state house alongside Rep. Manny Guzman in November’s general election, it will be the first time two Latinos have represented Reading — a city where 86% of residents are Latinx — in Harrisburg.

The race for Senate District 14 continues as less than 100 votes separate PA-backed Tara Zrinski from Nick Miller, according to unofficial figures.

Said Diana Robinson, political director of the Make the Road campaign in Pennsylvania:

“We’re so proud of the work our members did to elect Josh Siegel, MP Manny Guzman and Johanny Cepeda-Freytiz as our Democratic nominees in Reading and Allentown, knocking on nearly 20,000 doors and closing thousands of phone calls make. And that election isn’t quite over yet, as we’re still following Tara Zrinski’s extremely close race in SD 14.

“Today we celebrate and tomorrow we continue our work to win the general elections in November.

“There is so much on the ballot in November. Voters will elect the governor who will set the reproductive justice agenda in Pennsylvania and the secretary of state who will oversee our 2024 presidential election, and we will elect our next US Senator. With our rights, our democracy and our lives at stake, we stand ready to rally even more voters to progressive candidates and ensure we can transform the future of the Commonwealth so that our state works for working people – not just for corporations and the wealthy few.”

Said Abrianny Rivas, a first-time voter and member of Make the Road Action in Pennsylvania:

“For me, politics is personal. It’s about the opportunities young people like me have, the schools we go to and what kind of planet we will have in 30 years. Yesterday I was finally able to cast my first vote as an elector and helped elect Johanny Cepeda-Freytiz, for whom I’ve been knocking on doors all month, as my Democratic nominee to represent Reading. I know that big, meaningful change is possible, we just have to work for it, and I’m so proud to be a part of changing my community and our entire state.”

Information provided to TVL by:
Melissa McClery


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