Realtor® support of RPAC is essential to the political success of PAR, the National Association of Realtors® and local Realtor® associations. Realtor® investments help elect candidates who support Realtor® and consumer interests.
RPAC is non-partisan, considering all candidates for support and focusing on where candidates stand on Realtor® issues, rather than their party affiliation.
RPAC works closely with local Realtor® associations throughout a rigorous candidate screening and support process. RPAC policy requires candidate interviews in all races involving an open seat. Candidate interviews for races involving an incumbent are not necessary unless there is interest in supporting a challenger.
The purpose of the detailed candidate screening process is to develop and strengthen local contacts with candidates and elected officials and to convey Realtor® issues and concerns, as well as to elect candidates to public office who have a detailed understanding of Realtor® and consumer issues. The rigorous process also aims to encourage Realtor® participation in the political process.
If you are a candidate for state-level public office and you’re interested in learning more about our screening process, please contact Sherri Martin, PAR political affairs manager.
Determining which candidate to support is an important process involving local association members, RPAC Trustees and state and local staff. Contact PA RPAC staff to see how you can get involved.
2020 Elections - Key Dates
- NEW DATE! Tuesday, June 2 - Pennsylvania Primary Election
- Tuesday, Nov. 3 - General Election
RPAC Primary Election Endorsements
The 2020 Pennsylvania primary election is on Tuesday, June 2. Along with the opportunity to cast a vote for U.S. presidential nominees, there are several state elections across the commonwealth. In the General Assembly, there are 20 incumbent state lawmakers retiring and 31 legislators who have a primary election challenger. There are also races for U.S. Congress.
As Realtors®, it is important to back candidates who support private property rights and the real estate industry. The Pennsylvania Department of State has polling place information and a list of candidates at votespa.com.
Based on candidate interviews and recommendations from our local associations, the trustees of the PAR Realtors® Political Action Committee are supporting several Pennsylvania candidates running for open legislative seats or incumbent candidates with primary election challengers:
Open Seats – PA RPAC Endorsed Candidates
- Allegheny County:
- House District 36 – Jessica Benham (D)
- House District 38 – Nick Pisciottano (D)
- Berks County: House District 127 – Manny Guzman (D)
- Chester County: Senate District 19 – Don Vymazal (D)
- Jefferson County: House District 66 – Brian Smith (R)
- Lycoming County: House District 84 – Joe Hamm (R)
- Mercer County: House District 8 – Tim Bonner (R)
- Perry County: House District 86 – Perry Stambaugh (R)
Incumbents with Primary Election Challengers – PA RPAC Endorsed Candidates
- Allegheny County: Senate District 43 – Jay Costa (D)
- Bucks County: House District 29 – Meghan Schroder (R)
- Butler County: House District 11 – Marci Mustello (R)
- Dauphin County:
- Senate District 15 – John DiSanto (R)
- House District 104 – Sue Helm (R)
- House District 106 – Tom Mehaffie (R)
- Philadelphia County:
- Senate District 1 – Larry Farnese (D)
- Senate District 7 – Vincent Hughes (D)
In some instances, local associations decided not to pursue interviews in advance of the primary election but will conduct interviews prior to the general election. An updated list of supported candidates will be available in the fall.