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Hello Daily Kos!

Primary day is here, and I’ve been campaigning nonstop all over Pennsylvania, but I wanted to take a moment to thank the Daily Kos community for your support. Thank you for the hours you volunteered, your donations, and for your feedback.

But there’s still more to do. Polls are open until 8 PM tonight and every bit helps. Below the fold are 5 things you can do right now to support my campaign.

    1. Vote! If you’re a Pennsylvania resident it starts with casting your ballot. You can find your polling place here.
     2. Tell Your Friends! Call all the PA residents you know and make sure they know how important this primary is. Make sure they know their polling place and walk them through a plan to vote. Ask them when they plan to vote and who they’ll bring with them. If they’re undecided, be sure to let them know where I stand on the issues.
    3. Volunteer! There’s still time to knock on doors and make phone calls. Find your nearest campaign office here. While you’re at it, sign up for a shift or two.
     4. Tweet! Tweet your support. I’m @allysonschwartz and my supporters use the hashtags #TeamSchwartz and #PAGov on Twitter.
     5. Share! I’m really proud of my campaign ads. Take a moment to watch my final ad and share it on Facebook.

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Hello Daily Kos!

Thank you all for such a warm welcome for a newcomer to this fantastic community. I wanted to make sure you were among the first to see my latest ad - “Proud” - on the work I did to help get the Affordable Care Act passed.  I couldn’t be more proud to have worked with President Obama on this historic piece of legislation, and as governor, I will work to fully implement the ACA here in Pennsylvania, including expanding Medicaid to the 500,000 Pennsylvanians who are eligible for this health coverage.

The law is working; it has already provided coverage to over 8 million Americans! But when the President says that coverage of millions of others is within our immediate reach, he is right. If it weren’t for governors like Tom Corbett denying their states Medicaid expansion funds, nearly five million more Americans would have the health coverage they need today.

I have spent my entire career working to provide quality, accessible health care to children and families. One of the first pieces of legislation I worked on as a state Senator in Pennsylvania was the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), landmark legislation that served as a model for President Clinton to expand health coverage to millions of children across the nation.

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Allyson Schwartz
Hello Daily Kos! 

First, I wanted to take some time to introduce myself. My name is Allyson Schwartz, and I am running for Governor in Pennsylvania. I am running for Governor because I am fed up with the dysfunction and misplaced priorities in Harrisburg.  

Under Governor Tom Corbett, Pennsylvania is moving backward. He has cut education by nearly a billion dollars, led our state to the bottom in economic growth, and used his platform as Governor to demean women, the LGBT community, minorities, and working men and women.  He embodies everything that's wrong with Harrisburg.

We need a Governor who will take on the status quo and has the experience to get big things done for the people of Pennsylvania. I have broken down barriers to create positive change for families across Pennsylvania. As Governor I will bring my unique experience to take on the status quo in Harrisburg to fight for working families.

At age 26, with a group of like-minded women, I founded the Elizabeth Blackwell Health Center, one of Philadelphia’s first women’s health clinics, only a short time after the law changed with Roe vs. Wade. Since then, I have carried that same passion to my career in public service – bringing big ideas to the table and getting things done. 

In 1990, I took on a right wing Republican and won election to become just the third woman to ever serve in the Pennsylvania Senate. In 2004, I took on another tough election fight in a swing district and have had the privilege of serving Pennsylvania’s 13th District ever since. I am currently the only woman in Pennsylvania’s twenty-member Congressional delegation. 

I’m proud of my record in taking on the toughest fights for families, and succeeding in making a difference. I worked to pass the Affordable Care Act, to ensure that women receive the same pay and treatment as their male colleagues, and lead the fight to pass the Pennsylvania Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).CHIP was a hugely successful initiative that, under President Bill Clinton, became a model for the nation and provides coverage for millions of American children today.   

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