2018 Republican Candidates

Scott Wagner

Republican Candidate for Governor

Scott Wagner is the owner of several successful enterprises including Penn Waste — one of the largest and most innovative (and cleanest) recycling plants in the nation. It’s one of several successful businesses Scott conceived and built from scratch, starting with vision and ambition and carving it out with unyielding determination. And Scott did whatever it took. He drove the trucks. He was the mechanic, the book keeper and the salesman — he even cleaned the restrooms — and then successfully steered the business through several tough recessions. Scott says he’s been able to succeed because he’s always been that person who sees what needs to be done, and he does it — another lesson he credits to the family farm.

When Scott got fed up with the broken system in Harrisburg, he set out on a mission to infiltrate the legislature and do the work that needed to be done. In 2013, he launched an unprecedented Senate campaign, and made Pennsylvania history when he won the first ever legislative seat as a write-in candidate. And that was just the beginning.

From day one, it was clear that Scott was on our side. It was also clear that Scott’s agenda had little to do with passing more laws and everything to do with changing the culture. And it wasn’t long before people started noticing that Scott Wagner was a man on a mission. Scott started seeking answers to questions no one else was asking — about government spending, management and accountability. He refused to accept silence. When his actions elected the first veto-proof majority in the Senate since 1949, many stood up and took notice. And recognizing that Scott is a fighter and a doer who would fight for them, many insisted that Scott Wagner should run for governor — and they would get their wish. In January of 2017, Scott announced his candidacy for governor.

Jeff Bartos

Candidate for Lieutenant Governor

In November 2017, Jeff Bartos joined the Scott Wagner for Governor team as the Lieutenant Governor candidate. In an era where the opioid crisis is devastating Pennsylvania families and family-sustaining jobs remain in short supply, Scott and Jeff are focused on restoring hope and opportunity for all Pennsylvanians. At town halls and meetings across the Commonwealth, Scott and Jeff are promoting economic policies that will help make the staples of a middle class life – home ownership, healthcare, and education – more affordable. They are also fighting for every child in Pennsylvania to have the opportunity to attend an outstanding school of their choice. Jeff is certain that Scott Wagner is the right leader at the right time for Pennsylvania, and he is proud to join Scott’s team.

Jeff is a proven business and community leader. Born and raised in Berks County, Jeff has been a Pennsylvania resident his entire life. Jeff owns a contracting company and several real estate acquisition and development companies active in the Greater Philadelphia market, and has previously served as a senior executive at Toll Brothers, Inc. and Mark Group, Inc.

Jeff and his wife, Sheryl, have two daughters, Emily and Sarah and live in Merion Station. Jeff and his family are deeply committed to community service. Their charitable work is focused on education and supporting at-risk children. In 2016, Jeff and his wife Sheryl led the fundraising to build a new kindergarten on an Air Force Base in Israel. Jeff has served on the Board of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts and is a leader in the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia. Jeff supports the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, an organization dedicated to disrupting the financing of terrorist networks around the world.

Dan David

Candidate for Congress in the 4th Congressional District

Dan David is an accomplished business executive and entrepreneur with leadership experience in the financial and retail sectors who has spent years working to protect the retirement and other savings of American investors.

In 2006 Dan co-founded GeoInvesting, an equities markets research firm regarded as a leader in the U.S. micro-cap and China sectors. He has made multiple appearances on CNBC and Bloomberg TV and been quoted extensively in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times and Philadelphia Inquirer.

Dan has been the driving force behind an effort to change federal law regarding the listing of China-based firms on U.S. stock exchanges. Through his work Dan and others have determined that U.S. investors have been defrauded of more than $50 billion by Chinese companies. Dan has lobbied dozens of members of Congress and the Senate to fix this issue in order to safeguard our retirement and other savings. Incredibly, defrauding foreign investors is not illegal in China. His efforts are featured as the lead protagonist in the documentary “The China Hustle” which is currently showing in theaters and available on Amazon Prime.

Before co-founding Geo-Investing, Dan was a senior executive in the retail industry for Finlay Enterprises. He served as general manager of the Midwest Famous Barr division of Macy’s. He had responsibility for operations, merchandise buying and HR for 43 stores with 400 total employees. He was also the director of stores for Lord & Taylor, where he managed 77 stores with 700+ employees across 19 states.

A native of Flint, MI, Dan has lived in eastern Pennsylvania for more than 20 years and resides in Montgomery County.

He attended Northern Michigan University and the executive education program at the Wharton School at the Univ. of Pennsylvania. He and his wife Janine have been married for more than 18 years.

Pearl Kim

Candidate for Congress in the 5th Congressional District

Pearl Kim was appointed to the Pennsylvania’s Office of Attorney General as a Senior Deputy Attorney General. Kim served in the Executive Office under the newly formed Office of Public Engagement launched by the Attorney General and led the AG’s Campus Safety Initiative. Formerly an Assistant District Attorney in the Delaware County District Attorney’s Office, Ms. Kim was Chief of the Human Trafficking Unit in the Special Victims and Domestic Violence Division. As a special victims unit prosecutor, Ms. Kim handled Protection From Abuse matters, child physical and sexual abuse, domestic violence, rape, human trafficking, and Internet Crimes Against Children cases.

Ms. Kim served on the Joint State Government Commission’s Advisory Committee on Human Trafficking and reported back to the PA Senate any recommendations for changes in state law, policies, and procedures and ultimately secured the first trafficking of persons conviction under Pennsylvania’s trafficking statute.

Governor Corbett and Governor Wolf appointed Pearl Kim to the Governor’s Advisory Commission on Asian American Affairs, and she currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Pennsylvania. The Legal Intelligencer has recognized Ms. Kim as one of the 2011 Lawyers on the Fast Track, as one of the 2011 Diverse Attorneys of the Year, and as one of the 2012 Women of the Year. The American Bar Association awarded Ms. Kim the Norm Maleng Minister of Justice Award for her efforts as a special victims prosecutor, and she was the recipient of the Government Attorney of the Year Award by the Pennsylvania Bar Association in 2015. Ms. Kim obtained her J.D. from Villanova University School of Law where she was the recipient of the Villanova Achievement Scholarship, and received her B.A. from Bryn Mawr College.

 

Sean Stevens

Candidate for Pennsylvania State House in the 194th District

Sean was raised in the Kensington section of Philadelphia. He lived primarily with his mother and his grandfather. He learned early the values of hard work and sacrifice from his family.

The value of a strong public education is important to Sean Stevens. His family stressed the value of education and Sean graduated from Frankford High School. He went on to Temple University and earned his degree in economics.

After graduating from Temple he later joined National School and Community Corps, an Americorps program, where he worked as a service-learning coordinator within the School District of Philadelphia. Sean helped to enthusiastically build partnerships between schools and communities throughout the City of Philadelphia

After completing his year of service with Americorps he earned his Master of International Business Administration from Temple University while studying in Paris and Tokyo. He then earned his Juris Doctor, from Temple University School of Law. As a law student Sean worked with Temple Legal Aid assisting individuals living with HIV and cancer obtain Social Security benefits. After graduation Sean sought his Master of Law in Trial Advocacy from Temple University School of Law to sharpen his trial skills.

Sean has experience as a trial attorney with the City of Philadelphia’s Law Department. He has previously worked as an Assistant District Attorney with City of Philadelphia’s District Attorney’s Office. He also serves as a court certified arbitrator and judge pro temp for the Court of Common Pleas in Philadelphia.

Sean served as a Board member of Discovery Charter School Sean has served Discover since 2007. During his tenure on the Board he has become chair and helped oversee the construction of new 13 million dollar state of the art facility.

Sean also coaches youth soccer with the Narberth Athletic Association.

Sean has taught as an adjunct professor at DeSales University and Gwynedd Mercy University. He instructs students in Business Law, Corporate Social Responsibility, Risk Management and Insurance, and Risk Management in Healthcare.

Sean lives in East Falls with his wife and two children.

Lou Barletta

Candidate for the United States Senate

As a kid, Lou hated politics. Lou grew up working in his family’s road construction business, but dreamed of playing centerfield for the New York Yankees. The first in his family to attend college, Lou took a break from studying Elementary Education at Bloomsburg State College (now Bloomsburg University) to tryout for the Cincinnati Reds, but was sent home when the coaches figured out that he could not hit a curve ball.

Lou returned to school before re-joining his family in road construction. One day, Lou got a card in the mail advertising a kit for striping parking lots. For $29.95, Lou and his wife, Mary Grace, sent away for the materials and started a small line-painting business. In five years, they turned that little company into the largest of its kind in Pennsylvania, and when they sold the company, it was the sixth largest of its kind in the nation.

Frustrated with the direction that local politicians were taking his hometown of Hazleton, Lou successfully ran for City Council before being elected mayor in 1999, in a city where Democrats significantly outnumbered Republicans.

As mayor, Lou inherited a $1.2 million budget deficit. In two years, Lou turned that shortfall into a $500,000 surplus. In 2004, the White House appointed Lou to represent the United States on the United Nations Advisory Committee of Local Authorities, and in 2008, the Pennsylvania State Mayor’s Association voted Lou Pennsylvania’s Mayor of the Year.

Lou gained national attention in 2006 when Lou drafted, introduced, and signed the first local ordinance in the nation cracking down on illegal immigration. Lou’s law has served as a blueprint for other communities across the United States facing problems with illegal immigration.

In 2010, Lou defeated a 28-year incumbent Democrat to represent Pennsylvania’s 11th Congressional District. Lou currently serves on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, where he is Chairman of the Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management and has saved the taxpayers nearly $4 billion by cutting waste and reducing the size of federal real estate; the Committee on Education and the Workforce, where he has been nationally recognized for his bipartisan work in support of afterschool programs; and the Homeland Security Committee, where he has continued to lead the fight to secure our borders and enforce our immigration laws.

A father of four daughters and proud grandfather of eight grandkids, Lou is running for the United States Senate to make sure that the same American Dream he experienced is alive for the next generations of Americans.

Baltazar Rubio

Candidate for Pennsylvania State House in the 166th District