Welcome to Pennsylvania’s 2023 municipal elections. The Constitution of the Commonwealth requires municipal elections in odd-numbered years. That means this year there will be more opportunities for progressive women to run and win local office in Progressive Women of NEPA’s seven-county focus area: Lackawanna, Luzerne, Monroe, Pike, Susquehanna, Wayne and Wyoming.
Many local offices will be on the May 16th primary ballot in these counties. Depending on the county these offices could include county commissioner, common pleas court judge, magisterial district judge, clerk of judicial records, controller, treasurer and coroner, council, mayor, board of supervisors, tax collector and school board.
Although women candidates are successful at all levels of government, running for local office is still an important first step for many women. Progressive women can impact positive change in their local communities and gain experience and confidence to run for higher office.
The first day to circulate nomination petitions for the primary election is February 14th and the deadline for submitting petitions is March 7th. Please check the Training tab on the PWNEPA website (https://www.prowomennepa.com/training) for petition information.
Unlike most men, many women do not run for office unless somebody asks them. PWNEPA is asking progressive women, especially our members, to step up to the challenge to run for local office and help encourage other progressive women to also run.