2018 Democratic Party Candidates
Below you will find a list of Democrats running in 2018 for Lieutenant Governor and for PA. State Assembly. Each name on this list is accompanied by a live link to a profile written by the Haverford Democrats Communications Team and links to websites, Facebook pages, and news articles on that candidate.
Below is also a list of the 15 candidates for U.S. Congress from the new PA-5 district. Their names are accompanied by brief biographical information and links to the candidates’ websites or Facebook pages. Petitions to qualify as a congressional candidate for the May 15 primary election are due on March 27. After we have a final list of those who qualified for the primary, we will provide profiles and links to more information on each official candidate.
This is an “open primary.” The Democratic Party is not endorsing a candidate in this race at this time.
Greg Vitali: 166th State Assembly District
Mike Zabel: 163rd State Assembly District (includes Wards 1 & 9 of Haverford Township)
U.S. Congressional Representative, PA-5
Larry Arata: Teacher and coach at George Washington High School. Long-time resident of Havertown. Advocate for opioid treatment.
George Badey: Chair, Radnor Township Democratic Committee since 2009. Democratic candidate for Congress in PA-7 in 2012. Partner in law firm of Badey, Sloan & DiGenova in downtown Philadelphia.
Mary Ellen Balchunis: Former political science professor at LaSalle University. Havertown resident and Democratic candidate for Congress in PA-7 in 2014 and 2016.
Dan Boyle: Consultant and attorney. A committee chair for Kennett Area Community Service in Kennett Square and a board member of Daemion Counseling Center in Berwyn. Resident of Chadds Ford.
Shelly Chauncey: Former CIA counter-intelligence officer with law degree from Drexel. Currently a “peer counselor and mental health ambassador in the legal profession.” Resident of Glen Mills.
Margo Davidson: Current state representative in Harrisburg from the 164th district. Resident of Upper Darby.
Thaddeus Kirkland: Served 12 terms as state representative from the 159th. Currently first-term mayor of Chester, where he has been a life-long resident.
Rich Lazer: Former Philadelphia Deputy Mayor for Labor and consultant to the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local Union 98. Lifelong resident of Philadelphia.
Lindy Li: Former wealth manager with Morgan Stanley and Princeton graduate.
Ashley Lunkenheimer: Former Assistant United States Attorney in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and Senior Counsel at AmeriHealth Caritas. Resides in Media.
Dan Muroff: Advocacy lawyer in Philadelphia. Former legislative aide to four Democratic representatives in U.S. Congress. Former president of CeaseFire PA and the Conservation Voters of Pennsylvania.
Mary Gay Scanlon: Pro Bono Counsel at Ballard Spahr law firm in Philadelphia. Co-Chair of the Philadelphia Bar Association's Pro Bono Committee. Former president of the Wallingford Swarthmore School Board and attorney with the Education Law Center of Pennsylvania. Resides in Swarthmore.
Molly Sheehan: Ph.D. biochemist who works in biomedical research. Native of Delaware County, graduate of Haverford College and Penn. Resides in Philadelphia.
Greg Vitali: Current state representative in Harrisburg from 166th district and current candidate for that post. Native and resident of Havertown. B.A. and law degrees from Villanova.
David Wertime: Journalist and China analyst. Senior editor at Foreign Policy. Co-founder, Tea Leaf Nation, a private company translating and analyzing Chinese social media. Former Peace Corps volunteer. Native of Jenkintown with B.A. from Yale and Harvard law degree. Resides in Havertown.
Summaries of participating candidates’ remarks at H-CAN forum on March 3.
Summaries of participating candidates’ remarks at Haverford Democrats’ forum on February 13.