On the morning of Wednesday, November 9, 2016, a group of Philadelphia residents woke up with feelings of unease, disbelief, and distress. They knew they had to find a way to make a difference and gathered together a group of like-minded people who were eager to support strong, progressive candidates.  

PROTECT&ELECT was formed as a state PAC in January 2017 to elect candidates who will make positive changes in Harrisburg, promoting democratic values, equity and civility.

We focus on four ways to contribute to the political discussion:

  • Elect:  P&E recognizes how important it is to have fair representation in Harrisburg, which impacts our daily lives and sets the foundation for what happens nationally. We vetted and endorsed six candidates in the 2018 election by postcard writing, phone banking, canvassing and fundraising. All six of our endorsed candidates won their elections!

  • Educate:  P&E holds quarterly seminars on topical subjects that impact our community: gerrymandering, healthcare, climate change, political action and gun control are topics from this past year.

  • Register:  Now more than ever, the most important way to effect change is by active participation in our democracy. We not only vote:  we help everyone to exercise their rights by registering eligible voters.

  • Digest:  P&E’s Digest provides regular updates on issues, candidates, events and ways you can join other movements. 


  • PROTECT&ELECT welcomes everyone to contribute in their own way, whether by attending educational events, campaigning or supporting candidates financially. ​ 


Protect and Elect’s support was critical to my success in flipping a competitive seat from red to blue.  P&E’s early financial support, and enthusiastic postcard effort gave me the confidence and time to continue to knock doors and reach more voters. 

Melissa Shusterman

PA House 157th District