The foundation of Ricky’s Pride PAC is to support and help elect candidates through direct voter contact, networking, fundraising, campaigning and financial contributions.

Supported candidates are candidates who are supported by the PAC and have been screened to ensure their political views and platform align with the advancement of equality for all persons as aligned in our mission.

Endorsed candidates have sought out our endorsement, completed a survey, and have been carefully reviewed and selected by our board.

Eugene DePasquale

PA Attorney General

Eugene received more then half the votes on the state committee, showcasing strong party support.

– His track record as Auditor General demonstrates a commitment to holding law violators accountable.

– With 14 years of elected roles, Eugene surpasses other candidates in experience and dedication.

Eugene’s broad appeal positions the party for success in the general election.

– Solid commitment to LGBT rights.

– Let’s be strategic, efficient, and work smarter, not harder. Focus on supporting Eugene to avoid unnecessary division.

– Unite behind Eugene DePasquale, saving energy for the crucial general election.

– Republican funding in Montgomery County requires a clean campaign; Eugene is the candidate to achieve this.

Ryan Bizzaro

PA Treasurer

  • Protect and grow our state pensions.
  • Cut wasteful fees and greedy commissions.
  • Invest our money wisely to protect our financial future.
  • Support the businesses that support Pennsylvanians.
  • Ensure fair terms and wages in state contracts.
  • Use the power of the state to build an economy for the future.
  • Create a savings account for first time homebuyers.
  • Automatically reunite lost money with its owners.
  • Expand opportunities to save for college – tax free.
  • Prepare for a changing world with investments in energy and advanced technologies.
  • Protect our credit for better interest rates and more investment in PA roads and infrastructure.

Malcolm Kenyatta

Auditor General

Representative Malcolm Kenyatta is a third-generation North Philadelphia native, thought leader, and legislator, currently serving in the Pennsylvania General Assembly. He earned a B.A. in Public Communications and a minor in Political Science from Temple University, a M.S. in Strategic and Digital Communications from Drexel University and completed the Harvard Kennedy School’s Executives in State and Local Government program.

He has been chosen for multiple prestigious fellowships and international delegations including: the Bertelsmann Leadership Fellow in the Digital Economy, the bipartisan Hunt/Kean Leadership Fellow in Education, and American Jewish Committee (AJC) Project Interchange.

Representative Kenyatta is a barrier-breaking public figure, becoming the first openly LGBTQ+ person of color and one of the youngest members elected to the PA General Assembly in 2018. In 2022, he became the first openly LGBTQ+ person of color to run for the U.S. Senate in American history.

Representative Kenyatta has been a vocal proponent of protecting workers’ rights, enacting common-sense gun safety policies, and rooting out government corruption and waste. He has multiple legislative leadership roles: member of the powerful State Government Committee with oversight on state agencies and elections, Minority Chair of the Subcommittee on Campaign Finance and Elections, Minority Chair of Automation and Technology in the Committee on Commerce, and a member of the Finance Committee. Since elected, he has additionally served on Governor Tom Wolf’s Suicide Prevention Task Force, and he has been a member of the Philadelphia Delegation leadership team.

In 2020, he was chosen by President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris to give the keynote address at the Democratic National Convention along with a group of other ‘Rising Stars’. Representative Kenyatta appears regularly on local and national media outlets including 60 Minutes, CNN, MSNBC, and Fox News.

His political career and life have been the subject of two documentaries: an award-winning short, Going Forward and an Al Roker (Today Show)-produced feature length film, Kenyatta: Do Not Wait Your Turn. He lives in North Philadelphia with his husband Dr. Matthew Kenyatta and their dog Cleo.

State Representatives

Ricky’s Pride proudly endorses our dedicated incumbent PA state representatives: Mary Jo Daley, Melissa Cerrato, Napoleon Jason Nelson, Greg Marcus Scott, and Joe Ciresi! 🏳️‍🌈 In a crucial year for Montgomery County, let’s rally together to uphold proven leadership. Stay tuned for inspiring stories of their impact. On a side note, we face challenges, and your support is vital against negative forces. Together, we can make a difference! 🗳️

Melissa Shusterman

State Representative District 157

Melissa Shusterman is a small business owner, wife and mother who was elected State Representative for Pennsylvania’s 157th District in 2018. Raised in Easttown, Melissa graduated from Conestoga High School in 1985, Lafayette College in 1989, then graduate school at American University in 1993.

Melissa began her campaign for the 157th District, in 2017. She was prompted to run by the old boys’ club and special interests that control Harrisburg and prevent progress on important issues in Pennsylvania from being addressed. Her slogan was “Common Sense Before Politics”. Melissa campaigned on government transparency and accountability, education equity, environmental sustainability, and gun control reform. Over the course of the campaign, Melissa knocked on tens of thousands of doors, and gained recognition and support across the county, state, and country. In November 2018, Melissa was elected to office, defeating a four-term Republican incumbent by over 4,000 votes. She was elected in a historic year for women in Pennsylvania, with women increasing their share of representation in the Pennsylvania House and Senate. She was reelected in 2020 and 2022 and is now serving for her third term.

Before running for office, Melissa worked in the video production industry. She worked for large networks like Food Network, VH1, and HGTV before returning to Pennsylvania to raise her son as a single mother. There, she started her own successful business, a video production company. Melissa’s business experience gives her a unique perspective in the legislature. Family includes husband Hans Mueller and son, Paris T. Shusterfallou.

In the legislature, Melissa serves on the Health, Judiciary, Chair of the Family Law Subcommittee, Rules & State Government Committees and Transportation. She is co-chair of both the Autism and Intellectual Disabilities Caucus and the Animal Protection Caucus.

Jim Wertz

State Senate District 49

Jim was raised in a working class neighborhood in Reading, PA. He chose to raise his family in Erie because he sees the potential in our region, but he also understands the struggles facing families in our community.

He was the first member of his family to graduate from college, attending Edinboro University.

A union broadcaster and production manager for local Erie news, Jim Wertz knows what it takes to succeed. He founded his own production company, and he’s a teacher committed to nurturing the next generation of leaders.

Elected Chairman of the Erie County Democratic Party in 2018, Jim prioritized reaching voters across the county, including areas often ignored by candidates and campaigns. He also oversaw an increase in voter participation in every election during his time as chair.

A proven winner and problem solver with a deep understanding of local politics and a track record of building successful organizations, Jim knows Erie County and will deliver for us in the State Senate.

“I’m running for State Senate because our democracy matters, public education matters, and working families matter. Republicans in Harrisburg have shown they can’t be trusted to fight for our country, our schools, or the rights of workers to earn a living wage. I’ll always stand up for our neighbors in Erie County.”

Mark Temons

State Senate District 31

Mark Temons (D) is running for the 31st District of the Pa. State Senate which includes parts of Cumberland and York counties.

Temons was born in Lock Haven, Clinton County, and served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1997 to 2000.

Temons earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from Niagara University in 2000.

Temons has been involved in prison reform advocacy and has been affiliated with the Lancaster Friends Quaker Meetings and the Lancaster NAACP.

Temons is a carpenter, parent, and a community advocate with a lifelong commitment to holding government accountable.

Temons is part of Bossy Girl Leadership, a leadership development and training firm, where he works to create partnerships with local, mission-driven nonprofits to raise money for programs supporting women’s empowerment and community service.

District 31 is currently represented by Mike Regan (R). This district consists of the townships of Lower and Upper Allen, and the boroughs of Lemoyne, Mechanicsburg, New Cumberland, and Shiremanstown in Cumberland County. 

It also includes multiple parts of York County including the townships of Carroll, Dover, Manchester, Newberry, and the boroughs of Dillsburg, Dover, Lewisberry, and Manchester. York City is also part of this district. 

Temons for PA website.





Thank you for your interest and we are excited to have you all as true Public Servants for🥳🤩PA!

RICKY’S PRIDE PAC has made contributions to the following advocacy organizations,
political campaigns or committees of:

  • Friends of Harold Hayes
  • Elect Gary Spillane
  • Friends of Ann Marie Mitchell
  • Robyn M Colajezzi
  • Friends of Nancy Guenst
  • Montgomery Township PA Democratic Committee
  • Friends of Jill Dennin
  • Elect Marlene Katz
  • Friends of Wendy Ullman
  • Friends of Jonathan Kassa
  • Friends of Steve Malagari
  • Josh Shapiro for PA
  • North Penn Democratic Committee
  • Friends of Joe Ciresi
  • Friends of Tiffany Boyd Hodgson
  • Friends to Elect Mike Doyle
  • Christina Finello for Congress
  • Friends of Jason Ruff
  • Friends of Lori Schreiber
  • Friends of Napoleon Nelson
  • Lansdale Democratic Committee
  • Malcolm Kenyatta
  • Montgomery County Democratic Committee
  • Friends of Ken Lawrence
  • Friends of Yaniv Aronson
  • Biden Victory Fund
  • Val Arkoosh for US Senate
  • Friends of Lori Schreiber
  • Friends of Chris Jaramillo
  • Friends of Noah Marlier
  • Team for Whitpain
  • Upper Gwynedd for Us
  • John Fetterman for US Senate
  • Friends of Tanya Bamford
  • Lamda Legal
  • The Welcoming Project, SAGA LGBT Community Center
  • Friends of Jason Salus
  • Friends of Tyler Titus
  • Deja For PA
  • The New Pennsylvania Project
  • Friends of Maria Collett
  • Franny PAC
  • Worchester Dems
  • Friends of Nicole Phillips
  • Friends of Antonetta Stancu
  • West Norriton Democrats
  • Mitzvah Circle
  • Towamencin Democratic Committee
  • Wissahickon Democratic Committee
  • Friends of Val Ridge
  • Friends of Greg Marcus Scott
  • Upper Moreland Democratic Committee
  • Friends of Austin Davis
  • MCCC Foundation
  • Mad 4 Pa PAC
  • Friends of Sean Kilkenny
  • Friends of Nancy Guenst
  • Maria for PA
Endorsement Process

Endorsement Process: Empowering Positive Change

Welcome to the endorsement process, where I believe in fostering visionary leadership and making a difference through our support for candidates who share my values and goals.

My Vision

Ricky’s Pride is driven by a vision of a more inclusive, compassionate, and progressive society, advocating for candidates who embody these ideals and demonstrate a genuine commitment to positive change.


As the founder and visionary leader of this community, I am honored to endorse candidates whose values align with ours. I, along with select team members and other ad hoc community members, carefully assess each candidate’s platform, actions, and dedication to the betterment of our community. This ensures a diversity of perspectives and maintains transparency throughout the evaluation process.

Candidate Questionnaires

Interested candidates seeking endorsement will complete detailed questionnaires that allow us to understand their positions, initiatives, and dedication to our shared vision.

Zoom Call Evaluation

Once the questionnaires are submitted,  a Zoom call with the candidate will be conducted. During this call, we will review the questionnaires and engage in meaningful discussions to gain deeper insights into their commitment to positive change.

The Power of Our Endorsement

Candidates who receive an endorsement can proudly display the Ricky’s Pride endorsement seal on their campaign materials. This seal signifies their alignment with our shared vision and commitment to creating a positive impact.

Building a Better Future

Endorsements are not merely symbolic; they represent dedication to supporting candidates who will actively work towards the realization of our vision. Together, we can build a better future for all.

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Tim MacBain- North Penn School Board

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