For working people all across this country the re-election of President Obama signals a loud YES to our shared vision of a vibrant middle class fueled by good jobs, access to quality, affordable healthcare and a fair shot at the American Dream.
Here in Pennsylvania, we proved what can happen when we put our hopes and dreams to action. To get our president and other working families candidates in office, thousands of our member organizers, volunteers and partners knocked on 441,735 doors and made 122,719 calls in the last six months, walking endless miles and carrying on countless conversations with voters. We persevered through attempted voter suppression, millions of dollars worth of negative ads and divisive political debate. And the results were undeniable. In addition to our president carrying the Keystone State for a second term,
- Kathleen Kane became the first Democrat and woman to become Attorney General.
- Senator Bob Casey, who has been a friend to seniors and working families for years, won re-election over GOP hopeful Tom Smith.
- Eugene DePasquale, who was elected as our next State Auditor, will work hard to ensure Harrisburg’s financial affairs are conducted in an honest, transparent manner.
- Worker-friendly candidates picked up three additional state Senate seats, marking the largest Democratic pickup since 1970.
This is victory we can all be proud of. With one voice, we sent a message to Washington and Harrisburg that we demand representatives that will stand up for the rights of women, working families and seniors, create good jobs and require the 1% to pay their fair share.
We know the fight for working people goes on. We know we must find a way to work together in order to move our state and nation forward and call on our legislators to create good jobs now. But if November 6, 2012 tells us anything, great things are possible when we come together and rise to the challenge.