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Prokopiak becomes third candidate to announce a bid for for Galloway’s House seat

By: - November 30, 2023 3:32 pm

(Jim Prokopiak campaign photo)

A third Democrat has announced his candidacy for the race to succeed state Rep. John Galloway (D-Bucks) in the 140th House District.

Jim Prokopiak, a Pennsbury School Board member and former Falls Township Supervisor, launched his campaign for the soon-to-be-vacated seat on Wednesday. 

“We need a[n] experienced fighter who is willing to fight for the people of Lower Bucks County,” he wrote in an email announcement. “With over a decade of experience in local government, I have a proven record on issues that matter in Lower Bucks County.”

Prokopiak said if elected, his legislative priorities would include affordable housing, jobs that pay livable wages and benefits, codifying reproductive rights into the state Constitution and funding education. 

According to a press release, his campaign is being supported by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local Union 269, Steamfitters Local Union 420, and multiple Falls Township supervisors. 

He also serves on the Bucks County Redevelopment Authority.

Galloway, who serves as the Chair of the House Commerce Committee, has represented the district in the Philadelphia suburbs since 2007, but will reportedly resign on Dec. 15 to fill a seat he won for district judge.

Prokopiak joins Donna Petrecco, Vice Chair of the Bucks County Housing Authority, and Melanie Bidlingmaier, Galloway’s chief of staff, in the Democratic Party race for the seat. Bidlingmaier has the support of Bucks County Commissioner Diane Marseglia in the race. 

After Galloway resigns from his seat, the state House will once again be locked at 101 Democrats and 101 Republicans until the special election to replace him. The date of the special election has not been determined, since Galloway has yet to formally resign.

The House is currently scheduled to be in session for three days in December, but has yet to announce its 2024 session calendar

While Bucks County is widely viewed as the only purple county of the Philadelphia suburbs, the 140th state House District favors Democrats. 

In 2022, Galloway ran unopposed for reelection. In 2020, his most recent contested election, Galloway defeated Republican challenger Jeanine McGee by 20 points.

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John Cole
John Cole

John Cole is a journalist based in Philadelphia. He's worked for various outlets such as The Northeast Times, PoliticsPA, and PCN. In these previous roles, he covered a wide range of topics from local civic association meetings to races across the commonwealth. He earned a degree in journalism from Temple University.