Joshua Young

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Joshua Young
Former candidate for
Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 74
Prior offices
Caln Township Commissioner
High schoolCoatesville Area Senior High School, 2000
Bachelor'sSlippery Rock University, 2004
Campaign website
Joshua Young was a 2014 Democratic candidate for District 74 of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.

Young has served as Caln Township Commissioner since he was first elected in 2005.[1]


Young earned his B.A. in political science from Slippery Rock University in 2004. His professional experience includes serving as vice-president of his family business, Young's Garage Inc.[1]


Campaign themes


Young's campaign website highlighted the following issues:[2]

Jobs & Economy

  • Excerpt: "As State Representative, Joshua will continue to look for innovative ways to foster a strong relationship between business and government for the benefit of everyone."


  • Excerpt: "Joshua Young will use his experience on the Council of Trustees for Slippery Rock University to address post-secondary education issues and the exploding cost of college. Joshua is committed to effective workforce development through cooperation and collaboration between educators and job creators. Together, we will make education the doorway to opportunity again."


  • Excerpt: "Commissioner Joshua Young will continue to be an advocate for the environment. He will stand up for the right of Pennsylvanians to have clean air and water and a safe environment by standing up to powerful interests like the gas industry. Joshua knows that economic growth and development is important, but that it must be handled responsibly and protecting our environment for future generations must be our number one priority. Joshua Young started the Caln Green Task Force and successfully fought for the Coatesville Solar Initiative."


  • Excerpt: "I believe that discrimination of any kind is inherently wrong. It is my hope that by having the courage to step up as a public figure, community leader and elected official who also happens to be gay, that I will empower others who face discrimination to do the same, and make it easier for future generations to live their lives openly and without fear."



See also: Pennsylvania House of Representatives elections, 2014
Elections for the office of Pennsylvania House of Representatives took place in 2014. A primary election took place on May 20, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 11, 2014. Harry Lewis, Jr. was unopposed in the Republican primary, while Joshua Maxwell defeated Joshua Young in the Democratic primary. Lewis defeated Maxwell in the general election.[3][4][5]

The Pennsylvania House of Representatives was a battleground chamber that Ballotpedia identified as having the opportunity to switch partisan control in 2014. The Pennsylvania House had a difference in partisan balance between Democrats and Republican of 19 seats, which amounted to 9.4 percent of the chamber. District 74 in the House was identified by Ballotpedia and the Republican Legislative Campaign Committee as a battleground district that could determine control of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. The Republican Legislative Campaign Committee (RLCC) announced in July that District 74 was a part of the organization's "14 in ‘14 Races to Watch." The RLCC was expected to spend a large amount of money to influence the election. Samuel Smith (R), RLCC Chairman Speaker and Speaker of the House, expected Republicans to retain control of both chambers and pick up even more seats. In District 74, Harry Lewis, Jr. (R) defeated Joshua Maxwell (D) in the general election. Thomas Sankey (R), the current incumbent, ran for District 73.[6]

Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 74 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngHarry Lewis, Jr. 53.8% 8,236
     Democratic Joshua Maxwell 46.2% 7,074
Total Votes 15,310
Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 74 Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJoshua Maxwell 62.5% 1,947
Joshua Young 37.5% 1,166
Total Votes 3,113



In 2014, Young's endorsements included the following:[7]

  • Former State Representative Tom Houghton
  • State Representative and Downingtown native Brian Sims
  • South Coatesville Borough Councilor and President of the Western Chester County Council of Governments Terry Bruno
  • Coatesville City Councilwoman Marie Hess
  • President Emeritus of Slippery Rock University Robert Smith
  • Former South Coatesville Councilor Carol Puoci
  • Pennsylvania Democratic Committee LGBT Caucus Chair Alex Reber
  • Former Caln Commissioner Jim Mayrides
  • Chester County Democratic Party Secretary and Caln Committee person Adam Thomas
  • Former Caln Commissioner Vince Rose

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