(Jim Prokopiak campaign photo)
The Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee (DLCC) named Jim Prokopiak, who is seeking to replace the retiring John Galloway in the state House, as one of its spotlight candidates for 2024.
Prokopiak, a Pennsbury School Board member and former Falls Township Supervisor, is running against Republican Candace Cabanas, a Falls Township native, in a special election on February 13 for Pennsylvania’s 140th state House District. The seat in suburban Philadelphia was held by Galloway (D-Bucks) since 2007, but he resigned last year after being elected district judge in November.
The state House is tied at 101-101 between Democrats and Republicans, so the 140th race will tilt the balance.
“It’s a Bucks County race and Bucks County is the battleground of battlegrounds,” DLCC Communications Director Abhi Rahman told the Capital-Star. “Yes, it’s a ‘lean Democratic’ seat. But at the end of the day, you never know with special elections.”
As a DLCC spotlight candidate, Prokopiak will have access to the organization’s fundraising tools, will be highlighted on the DLCC’s website, and receive other assistance from the organization, Rahman told the Capital-Star.
Prokopiak has promoted his experience as a school board member and former Falls Township supervisor as an example of how he can solve problems in the state House. He’s mentioned lowering the cost of living, keeping people in their homes, fully funding public schools, and protecting abortion rights as priorities.
Cabanas touted her experience in home health care and said she will be a vocal supporter of police, firefighters, and other first responders, while also focusing on making quality healthcare accessible and affordable and securing education funding for her constituents, if elected.
The DLCC declined to provide specifics about what kind of monetary assistance it would provide the Prokopiak campaign, but it has already invested $30,000 in December to the Pennsylvania House Democratic Campaign Committee (HDCC). Some of those investments could potentially go to this special election, Rahman said.
Prokopiak is the first announced spotlight candidate from the nationwide organization in 2024.
Rahman added that the support depends on what the candidates’ needs are, adding that the DLCC has helped in other races with mailers, advertising, and other areas in which the candidate needs assistance.
Democrats in Pennsylvania defended the party’s House majority in five special elections in 2023.
The DLCC said it invested six figures in 2023 alone to support the PA House Democratic Campaign Committee’s programming.
“Pennsylvania is one of our top targets of 2024,” Rahman told the Capital-Star. “And our goal is not only to hold the majority, but to expand the majority in the House and to try to make gains in the Senate.”
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