Washington County 2019 Election Guide


On November 5th in Washington County, two seats on the Board of Commissioners, a judgeship, and the District Attorney position are on the countywide ballot. Winning those seats could transform the county for years to come! 

Every election matters, and we’re urging the Democrats of Washington County not only to vote, but to support our Democratic candidates every day until Election Day. Here’s who you’ll see on the ballot in countywide races this November and how to help them win.

Who’s on the Ballot

Pennsylvania Superior Court

Thousands rely on Pennsylvania courts for a fair shot in the era of mass incarceration, anti-union litigation, and GOP gerrymandering. We must ensure the Superior Court—our state’s second highest circuit—consists of judges who work for the people!

Amanda Green-Hawkins

Amanda Green-Hawkins grew up in a working-class union family. When she began her law career, she had the option to take a job at a high-powered law firm, but she chose to fight for workers instead.

For nearly twenty years, Amanda has defended workers’ rights in court as counsel for United Steelworkers. Now, she wants to fight for women and workers from the other side of the bench.

Dan McCaffery

Judge Dan McCaffery grew up in working-class Philadelphia and has spent all his adult life serving the people.

Currently, Judge McCaffery serves on the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas in one of the country’s busiest trial divisions. His record is one of sterling integrity and fairness, and he’s the only candidate, in any party, Highly Recommended by the PA Bar Association.

For Retention: Judge Anne Lazarus

A third Superior Court candidate, Judge Anne Lazarus, is eligible for retention on the circuit this November. Democrats should vote “Yes” on Judge Lazarus’ retention vote.

County Commissioner

The Washington County Board of Commissioners are responsible for the operation of county government. We need to keep these seats to fight for fair and open elections, environmental sustainability, and economic growth as we head towards 2020!

Larry Maggi

Commissioner Larry Maggi is running for his fifth term as Commissioner of Washington County in order to keep his community on the forefront in jobs, low taxes, and quality of life issues.

As a former marine and Sheriff of Washington County, he has dedicated his life to service and local activism.

Harlan Shober

Seeking his third term as a Washington County Commissioner, Harlan Shober brings a strong record of business and community experience to the position.

He intends to continue fighting to protect taxpayer interests effectively and honestly. 

Court of Common Pleas

The Court of Common Pleas has the authority to hear all varieties of cases within Washington County. Judicial terms run for ten years, which makes this election critical!

Traci McDonald Kemp

As a lifelong resident of Washington County, Judge Traci McDonald Kemp believes in the future of the County and has dedicated her life to serving it.

Judge McDonald Kemp has worked as a prosecutor in the District Attorney’s office and in 2015 was elected Magisterial District Judge

District Attorney

It is the duty of the District Attorney to help protect the people of Washington county and uphold the rule of law. District Attorneys stand on the front lines of criminal justice reform and making our court system work fairly.

Jake Mihalov

As Assistant Public Defender, Jake has tried dozens of cases and worked with every criminal Judge currently seated in the county, making him uniquely qualified for this role.

He is running for DA in order to fight public corruption, cut wasteful spending of tax dollars, and fight the opioid epidemic.

Making a Plan to Vote

Election Day 2019 is Tuesday, November 5th, and polls will be open from 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM. Make note of these key deadlines so your voice can be heard.

Voter Registration
October 7, 2019

Absentee Ballot Request
October 29, 2019

Absentee Ballot Submittal
November 1, 2019 | 5:00 PM

For any other voting questions or support, please visit the PA Dems Voting Center!

How to Help Dems Win

The PA Democratic Party and the Washington County Democratic Committee are organizing voters across the region in support of Washington Democratic candidates. Your support is invaluable to that mission.

Volunteers are needed to knock doors, make phone calls, and help register voters! We also welcome donations to power our volunteer-led field campaign.