With the primary election coming up on on May 16, 2023, we’re happy to announce the process for the 2023 Endorsement from the Allegheny County Democratic Committee for this election cycle.
The Endorsement Vote will be held on Sunday, March 5th at the IBEW Hall at 5 Hot Metal Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15203, 10:00am–3:00 pm.
Democratic Committee members will vote to endorse Democratic candidates for County, Judicial, and Pittsburgh Offices.
Candidates who receive the greatest number of votes—a plurality—will receive the Allegheny County Democratic Committee’s Endorsement.
Elected Offices Eligible for Endorsement
The Allegheny County Democratic Committee members will be endorsing for the following offices:
- County Executive
- County Controller
- County Treasurer
- District Attorney
- County Council – At Large
County Council Districts
- Districts 2, 5, 6, 7, 10, 11, 13
Common Pleas Court
- There is currently one vacancy on the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas.
Magisterial Court Judges for the following districts
- District Court 05-2-01
- District Court 05-2-03
- District Court 05-2-05
- District Court 05-2-07
- District Court 05-2-08
- District Court 05-2-10
- District Court 05-2-12
- District Court 05-2-15
- District Court 05-2-16
- District Court 05-2-23
- District Court 05-2-27
- District Court 05-2-31
- District Court 05-2-32
- District Court 05-2-35
- District Court 05-2-36
- District Court 05-2-43
- District Court 05-3-01
- District Court 05-3-02
- District Court 05-3-03
- District Court 05-3-06
- District Court 05-3-14
City of Pittsburgh & Pittsburgh Public Schools
- Pittsburgh Controller
- Pittsburgh City Council Seats: District 1, District 3, District 5, District 7, & District 9
- Pittsburgh Public School’s Board of Directors for Districts 2, 4, 6, 8
The Benefits of Seeking the Endorsement
Democratic Candidates considering a run for one of the above elected offices in the 2023 primary election are invited to file for the Allegheny County Democratic Committee’s endorsement.
This year, the Allegheny County Democratic Committee is making our Endorsement more equitable for all Democratic candidates by providing a package of tools and services to each campaign. The ACDC Endorsement filing fees are based on the cost of this package which includes the following
VoteBuilder and Committee Lists
As a part of the endorsement filing fee, each candidate will receive access to VoteBuilder through the May primary election and through November for the Democratic nominees.
Candidates will also receive a list of the Allegheny County Democratic Committee for their elected office district.
2023 Democratic Primary Voter Guide
This year, we will be introducing a Democratic Primary Voter Guide which will be mailed to targeted Democratic households with an anticipated mail date in early April to coincide with the delivery of Vote By Mail ballots. The targeted number of homes will depend on the number of candidates who seek the ACDC endorsement.
The voter guide will include information about every Democratic candidate seeking the endorsement of the Allegheny County Democratic Committee. Statewide judicial candidates will be given the opportunity to be included.
Each endorsed candidate will be listed first and highlighted by design to indicate ACDC endorsement. The inside back page will list all the endorsed candidates and voters will be encouraged to use the back page as a tear-off to take to the polls.
Additionally, we will be publishing information about each candidate on our website, which can direct voters to your election resources.
The ACDC Endorsement Vote will take place on Sunday March 5, 2023 from 10 AM to 3 PM at the IBEW Hall on the Southside in Pittsburgh. Candidates are welcome to greet committee members in the designated area outside the voting area. Additionally, space outside the building is available for candidates to distribute campaign materials and refreshments to Committee Members.
Committee Meetings & Regional Forums
The ACDC is working with individual committees to establish regional meetings and candidate forums for candidates seeking the endorsement.
Endorsed candidates will be listed on slate cards to be distributed by committee members throughout county precincts on election day.
Requirements for Candidates
In order to be considered for endorsement by the Allegheny County Democratic Committee, the following information and fees MUST be delivered to the ACDC Headquarters at 22 Wabash Street, Suite 205, Pittsburgh, PA 15220 by 5:00pm on January 31st. No exceptions will be allowed.
- A letter of intent including the following details:
- Your Name
- Your contact information
- The date
- The office you’re seeking
- A statement of your Intention to seek the ACDC endorsement
- Your signature
- A check for the filing fee, made payable to ‘Allegheny County Democratic Committee,’ amounts listed below
- Voter Guide Information: Each candidate must provide the information they want to include in the Voter Guide, please use this form.
|Court of Common Pleas||$7,500|
County Council At Large
|PPS School Board of Directors||$500|
Tuesday, January 31 – Last Day to Submit Letter of Intent to Seek the ACDC Endorsement and Filing Fee. Must be received in the ACDC Office at 22 Wabash St., Suite 205, Pittsburgh, PA 15220 by 5:00pm
Tuesday, February 14 – First Day to Circulate and File Candidate Petition
Sunday, March 5 – Allegheny County Democratic Committee Endorsement Vote
Tuesday March 7 – Last Day to Circulate and File Candidate Petition
Monday, May 1 – Last Day to Register to Vote or Change Party Affiliation
Tuesday, May 9 – Last Day to Apply for a Vote-By-Mail Ballot
Tuesday, May 16 – Primary Election Day