The Bulwark

A Ray of Hope for the 2024 Elections from Pennsylvania

FOR A GENERATION OR MORE, Americans have been advised every four years that the next election will be the most important in our lifetime. In 2024, that may finally be true. The future of our democracy is at stake, and...


Neil Makhija

Montgomery County Commissioner



Seth Bluestein

Philadelphia City Commissioner


democracyFIRST Promise

As public officials who have sworn an oath to the Constitution, and who have the responsibility of overseeing elections in our jurisdictions, we commit to our fellow citizens that we will place our loyalty to our country, republic, and democracy first.

We commit to respecting the checks and balances defined in our Constitution, and preserving our electoral processes, democratic institutions, and norms, which protect the rights, freedoms, liberties, and opportunities guaranteed to all Americans.

In all cases, I will:

Support every eligible American citizen’s freedom to exercise their right to register and vote in free, fair, accessible, safe, and secure elections.

Denounce any attempt to intimidate, harass, threaten, or incite violence against election workers or against the opponents or supporters of any candidate for office.

Restore trust and faith in our democracy, and never undermine our electoral process by knowingly propagating falsehoods and misinformation

Accept the final election result and certify the results in accordance with the law after all ballots are counted. We will support the peaceful transfer of power and certification of the election. Any claims of election irregularities, or requests for recounts of election contests, will be reviewed in good faith under the law without intimidation, violence, undermining faith in elections through disinformation or other unlawful means.

We promise to partner, across partisan division and across the country, to support and defend these foundational principles of our democratic republic.

Pennsylvania Coalition Leaders

Elected Officials


Aaron Kaufer

State Representative, District 120



Albert “Chip” Abramovic

Venango County Commissioner



Alec Ryncavage

State Representative, District 119



Alice Yoder

Lancaster County Commissioner




Janelle Stelson

Candidate for U.S. House



Jim Wertz

State Senate, District 49



Laura Harding

State Representative, District 103



Nicole Ruscitto

State Senate, District 37


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Former U.S. Representative for Pennsylvania

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Former Pennsylvania Secretary of the Commonwealth and Chester County Commissioner

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Former U.S. Representative for Pennsylvania

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Former Pennsylvania Governor (2003-2011)

“We have big challenges to tackle in Pennsylvania, from health care to...

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