Simmons Bill to End Cross-Filing by School Board Candidates Approved by Committee
HARRISBURG – State Rep. Justin Simmons (R-Lehigh/Northampton) is the primary sponsor of a bill approved by the House State Government Committee today that would remove the ability of school board candidates to cross-file nomination petitions.

House Bill 1020 would amend the Pennsylvania Election Code of 1937 which currently allows candidates seeking certain judicial positions and the position of school board member to file nomination petitions for multiple political parties.

“Historically, school board candidates have been permitted to cross-file because this position has been thought of as being non-partisan,” said Simmons. “However, once in office, school board members make very important decisions related to a school district’s budget. As a result, many taxpayers view the position as being a partisan one. Voters are often confused when a school board candidate receives the nomination of more than one party on the ballot. Eliminating their ability to cross-file could provide some clarity for voters in school board elections.”

House Bill 1020 how heads to the full House for its debate and consideration.

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Representative Justin Simmons
131st District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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