Joshua Maxwell

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Joshua Maxwell
Candidate for
Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 155
Elections and appointments
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Mayor of Downingtown
Bachelor'sWest Chester University
Master'sUniversity of Pennsylvania
ProfessionMayor of Downingtown
Campaign website

Joshua Maxwell is a 2014 Democratic candidate for District 74 of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.

This candidate is running in a "race to watch" in one of the 20 chambers identified by Ballotpedia as a battleground chamber.

The Pennsylvania House has a difference in partisan balance between Democrats and Republican of 19 seats, which amounts to 9.4 percent of the chamber. In 2012, a total of 17 districts were competitive or mildly competitive. There were seven districts where the margin of victory was 5 percent or less in the 2012 elections. Another 10 districts had a margin of victory between 5 and 10 percent.

Maxwell is currently serving his second term as Mayor of Downingtown, Pennsylvania.[1]


Maxwell earned his B.A. in Political Science from West Chester University and his master's in Public Administration from University of Pennsylvania.[1]


Campaign themes


Maxwell's campaign website highlights the following issues:[2]


  • Excerpt: "We need to increase state funding for education, and work to bring innovative programs and modern technology to our classrooms. We also need to ensure that students have a safe environment in which to learn, and that no one is distracted from learning by bullies, be they adults or fellow students."

Economic growth

  • Excerpt: "We need to be more aggressive in bringing new businesses to the district, and the first step is infrastructure. We need to fix our deteriorating roads and bridges. We need to extend SEPTA service to Coatesville and Parkesburg, and make our district the true terminus of the Paoli/Thorndale rail line."

Other Issues

  • Stop Gun Violence
  • Protect our Environment
  • Support Women's Health
  • Ensure Civil Rights for All


Maxwell believes that the state needs to restore funding cuts to education and states that he will "aggressively advocate for policies that create long-term economic growth in our region."[3]



See also: Pennsylvania House of Representatives elections, 2014
Elections for the office of Pennsylvania House of Representatives will take place in 2014. A primary election took place May 20, 2014. The general election will be 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 and Maxwell will face off in the general election.[4][5]

The Pennsylvania House of Representatives is a battleground chamber that Ballotpedia has identified as having the opportunity to switch partisan control in 2014. The Pennsylvania House has a difference in partisan balance between Democrats and Republican of 19 seats, which amounts to 9.4 percent of the chamber. District 74 in the House has been 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 is apart of the organizations "14 in ‘14 Races to Watch." In District 74, Harry Lewis, Jr. (R) and Joshua Maxwell (D) will face off in the general election. Thomas Sankey (R), the current incumbent, is running for District 73. The RLCC is expected to spend a large amount of money to influence the election. RLCC Chairman Speaker Samuel Smith (R), and the current Speaker of the House, expects Republicans to retain control of both chambers and pick up even more seats.[6]


See also: Pennsylvania House of Representatives elections, 2012

Maxwell ran in the 2012 election for Pennsylvania House District 155. Maxwell ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on April 24 and was defeated by Becky Corbin (R) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[7]

Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 155, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBecky Corbin 53.6% 19,787
     Democratic Joshua Maxwell 46.4% 17,131
Total Votes 36,918

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