Harold Hayes

Pennsylvania State House of Representatives | District 18

Harold “Howie” Hayes is first and foremost a worker, and his interest in public office is deeply informed by his childhood experiences. The son of a Philadelphia Democratic Committeewoman, he has been knocking on doors for Democratic candidates since he was six years old.

Harold became an active member with Plumbers Local 690 when he graduated high school, and he appreciates and seeks to protect trade unions. Additionally, as a long-time Bucks County resident with two young sons in school, Harold plans to fight to increase funding for public schools and protect clean air and water for future generations.

The special election was on March 17, 2020.

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On The Issues

Harold Hayes has been a member of Plumbers Local 690 for many years and appreciates the value of trade unions. As state delegate, Hayes will protect workers and their families by fighting to defend a union’s right to collectively bargain.

With two young sons currently studying in Bensalem ISD, Harold understands the need for a properly resourced education. As state delegate, Harold will fight for better funding for local school districts, to restore public funding to K-12 education, and to enact accountability and transparency measures for charter schools.

Harold believes that all Bensalem families deserve access to clean air and water. As a longtime Bensalem resident, he is committed to fighting to protect the public health of all Bensalem families through common sense environmental policies.

Why This Race Is Important

To flip PA’s state legislative chambers, Democrats need to win 4 Senate seats and 9 House seats. Momentum is on our side: in 2018, Democrats broke a Republican supermajority in the Senate and flipped a dozen State House seats. We can build on this energy to flip at least one chamber in 2020.

Flipping a chamber would give Democrats a critical seat at the redistricting table, particularly for Congressional redistricting. Republican state legislators have brutally gerrymandered PA’s Congressional districts. And the political commission in PA that draws state legislative maps has also permitted terribly gerrymandered maps. As an example, in 2018, PA’s Democratic State House candidates received 54% of the vote, but only won 45% of the seats. We can prevent this from happening again by flipping a chamber and ensuring that Democrats have a voice in the next round of redistricting.

Flipping a chamber blue is especially important because the PA Governor does not have veto power over state legislative maps. So while Democratic Governor Wolf will be in office during the next round of redistricting, we’ll still need Democratic control of a chamber to have a say in the outcome.

These are ‘last chance’ races: whoever is elected to the PA state legislature in 2020 will draw the next round of district lines.

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Sister District Policy Scorecard

This candidate has pledged commitment to the following statements:

  • We must protect a woman’s right to choose the health care and reproductive services she wants and needs.
  • We need to protect and expand our social safety net, not dismantle it.
  • We should pursue common-sense gun safety policies, consistent with the Second Amendment and local community standards and needs, which vary from community to community.
  • Climate change is real and we need to protect our environment.
  • We need to protect all members of our diverse community, and ensure that everyone, including the most vulnerable, is treated with fairness, justice, and equality.
  • We need to ensure that districts are drawn fairly and protect the right to vote, so that everyone can have a voice in politics.
Harold Hayes

Harold Hayes

Pennsylvania State House of Representatives | District 18
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