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Monday, October 22, 2012

Anti-gun-violence group endorses candidates

Posted By on Mon, Oct 22, 2012 at 3:17 PM

Anti-gun-violence group CeaseFirePA has released its endorsement list in statewide elections.

Among candidates highlighted by the group are:

Kathleen Kane, the Democrat running for Attorney General. CeaseFire's executive director Max Nacheman praised Kane in a press release for agreeing to review all concealed carry reciprocity agreements in place between Pennsylvania and other states, and agreeing to renegotiate or terminate "those that do not meet Pennsylvania’s standards." Nacheman also praised Kane for supporting improvements to the state's background check system.

David Levdansky,a Democrat from Forward whose trying to reclaim his former seat from Republican Rep. Rick Saccone in the 39th House District. "A long time sportsman and Second Amendment advocate, Levdansky is a firm supporter of the right to bear arms — but understands that preserving that right does not exclude reforms to improve the efficiency with which police and prosecutors can enforce existing laws and crack down on people who use and traffic guns illegally," CeaseFire noted in the release.

"We're most excited about Dave," Nacheman tells City Paper, noting that the former legislator backed lost and stolen handgun ordinances for municipalities, which attracted the ire of the National Rife Association "Dave is one of the most important voices in Pennsylvania when it comes to reducing gun violence," Nacheman says. "The NRA has made a point of attacking him ... he's willing to buck the order and do what's right."

A full list of CeaseFire's endorsements can be found below:

State House
22: Erin Molchany
23: Rep. Dan Frankel
24: Ed Gainey
26: Mike Hays
31: Rep. Steven Santarsiero
39: Fmr. Rep. David Levdansky
43: John Weigel
61: Jo White
70: Rep. Matthew Bradford
83: Christopher Bain
93: Linda Small
96: Rep. Michael Sturla
103: Patty Kim
111: Jeffrey Dahlander
120: Rep. Phyllis Mundy
132: Michael Schlossberg
135: Rep. Steve Samuelson
137: Joseph Capozzolo
146: Mark Painter
148: Mary Jo Daley
149: Rep. Tim Briggs
154: Steve McCarter
157: Fmr. Rep Paul Drucker
159: Rep. Thaddeus Kirkland
161: Larry DeMarco
164: Rep. Margo Davidson
166: Rep. Greg Vitali
167: Rob Broderick
172: Rep. Kevin Boyle
177: William Dunbar
180: Rep. Angel Cruz
182: Brian Sims
185: Rep. Maria Donatucci
188: Rep. James Roebuck
190: Rep. Vanessa Lowery Brown
191: Rep. Ronald Waters
192: Rep. Louise Williams Bishop
194: Rep. Pamela Delissio
195: Rep. Michelle Brownlee
198: Rep. Rosita Youngblood
200: Rep. Cherelle Parker
201: Stephen Kinsey
202: Rep. Mark Cohen
203: Rep. Dwight Evans

State Senate
1: Sen. Larry Farnese
3: Sen. Shirley Kitchen
7. Sen. Vincent Hughes
13: Tom O'Brien
17: Sen. Daylin Leach
49. Sean Wiley

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