7th U.S. Congressional District Candidates - Special Election
Governor Tom Wolf has called for a Special Election to replace U.S. Representative Patrick Meehan, who resigned his 7th Congressional District seat on April 27, 2018. The Special Election is being held in conjunction with the General Election on Tuesday, November 6, 2018. View Governor Tom Wolf's announcement. In Pennsylvania Special Elections, there are no partisan primaries; local party delegates choose their candidates. The winner of the Special Election will serve for approximately two months until the end of the year, when the newly drawn PA Congressional district lines will go into effect.
Democratic 7th congressional district candidate
Mary Gay Scanlon
PA District 5 Congressional Democratic Candidate questionnaire PDF (March 3, 2018 H-CAN forum)
Scanlon’s response to question “You’ve been elected, what’s the first thing you’d do?” (H-CAN PA-D5 Democratic Congressional Candidate Forum YouTube (March 3rd, 2018)
Delco Dems 5th Congressional District Forum in Upper Darby (starts: 14:25 and her response to the gun safety/control question: 28:36)
Background: An attorney with a focus on child advocacy and co-chair of the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Pro Bono Committee. Previously President of the Wallingford-Swarthmore School District Board of Directors, an attorney for the Education Law Center of Pennsylvania and Judicial Clerk for the Superior Court of Pennsylvania.
Education. Scanlon supports legislation that would provide universal pre-K, institute student loan reform and debt relief, remove barriers to higher education, and expand IDEA and Title I funding and enforcement.
Voting reform. Scanlon would seek to expand the Voting Rights Act by reauthorizing the portions of the act that were gutted by the Shelby decision, protect elections from foreign and domestic interference, institute automatic voter registration, restore voting rights for nonviolent felons, and end partisan gerrymandering.
Gender equity. Scanlon aims to fight for reproductive health and insurance, access to birth control, teen pregnancy prevention, equal pay for equal work, affordable child care, and accountability for sexual harassers.
Guns. Scanlon supports reducing gun violence by implementing stronger and universal background checks, closing gun show loopholes, reinstating the assault weapon ban, requiring domestic abusers to surrender firearms, and funding research into the causes of gun violence.
Scanlon’s Top 3 Priorities (in her own words, from vote411.org):
My first priority is stopping the Trump agenda and its attack on our American values. My focus will be on gender equity, public education and voting rights.
Republican 7th congressional district candidate
On August 3, 2018, The Mercury News reported that Kim will face Scanlon in the 7th Congressional district special election.
Immigration. Kim supports securing our borders so that we can responsibly develop an immigration policy that is humane and effective to propel American growth. Pearl believes that Dreamers under DACA, who have otherwise followed our laws, should be afforded a path to citizenship.
Opioids. Kim wants to hold drug dealers accountable and ensure that the painkillers are properly prescribed. Kim views addiction as an illness that requires treatment without judgement.
Gun policy. Kim supports supports background checks for firearms, closing loopholes and ensuring that law enforcement has the tools they need to get troubled youth the help they need.
Education. Kim would support Federal assistance in reducing barriers to job training and wants universities to be held accountable for escalating tuition rates.
Healthcare. Kim wants states to be in charge of ensuring health coverage for residents. She holds the Children’s Health Insurance Program, which started in Pennsylvania, as a model for the country.
Kim’s Top 3 Priorities (in her own words, from vote411.org):
I want to continue the nation’s current economic growth by holding the line on taxes and focusing on maintaining and creating both tech and manufacturing jobs in the region. I’m particularly concerned about the impacts that federal regulations could have on our local jobs in the manufacturing and energy sectors. As the daughter of immigrants, I will work to address the issue of illegal immigration and securing our borders in some fashion so we can focus on legal immigration. I will use my experience as a prosecutor in the Delaware County District Attorney’s Office to address the issues of human trafficking, sex crimes, the opioid crisis, mental health, and campus sexual assault.