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Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: December 12, 2018 10:25 AM
From: Representative Justin J. Simmons
To: All House members
Subject: Cross-filing of School Board Candidates
I plan on re-introducing legislation to remove the ability of candidates for school board to cross-file nomination petitions. Currently, the Pennsylvania Election Code of 1937 allows candidates seeking certain judicial positions and the position of school board member to file nomination petitions for multiple political parties.

Historically, school board candidates have been permitted to cross-file because this position has been thought of as non-partisan. However, school board members once in office make very important decisions related to a school district's budget, and constituents are increasingly viewing this position as a partisan one. Often, voters are confused when a school board candidate is nominated for more than one party on the ballot and eliminating their ability to cross-file could provide some clarity to voters in school board elections.

Please join me in supporting this legislation.