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Gauging PA’s Recent Election — And Their Implications On 2020 – November Newsletter

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A Message from Larry Ceisler

Welcome to Ceisler Media’s November newsletter. The video above this note features my breakdown on the Democratic candidates’ quest for the presidency – including what the party must focus on to capture Pennsylvania.

This month we’re focused on elections – the ones just past and the bigger one next year. You'll see a written version of my take on all the Democratic candidates among our blogs.

Senior Associate Max Weisman examines the changing face of Philadelphia City Council. Keegan Gibson, our Special Projects Manager in Pittsburgh, assesses how Pennsylvania is becoming more politically divided between east and west. And Larry Miller, our Special Projects Manager in Philadelphia, brings his well-trained skepticism while examining the results of the city’s recent election.

We’ve got client news and interesting updates on members of our team. Give it a read and let me know your thoughts.

Larry Ceisler

Principal, Ceisler Media & Issue Advocacy


How PA Could Swing Blue In 2020 – And My Look At A Wide-Open Democratic Race

As the Democratic candidates debate, Principal Larry Ceisler assesses the party's chances next November and breaks down what each hopeful needs to do next.

Upset Victors Change Face of Philadelphia Politics

Younger, diverse new members will set a different tone for City Council, writes Senior Associate Max Weisman.

Pennsylvania Elections Result in a Split Decision

Blue carried the east and Red won the rest, suggesting a dramatic 2020 battle is on the way, says Special Projects Manager Keegan Gibson.

Philly Election Outcome No Cause for Celebration

Ceisler Media Special Projects Manager Larry Miller says local Democrats' push to left won't help the city.



Solar United Neighbors

Ceisler Media was proud to assist Solar United Neighbors in promoting their Butler Harvest Solar Tour in Butler County in early October. Through a combination of advance stories to promote attendance and event-day coverage, education about the benefits of solar energy was front and center. The tour received coverage in multiple regional outlets and generated a positive editorial from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, encouraging increased state incentives to drive solar energy adoption.


Client News

Independence Blue Cross

Independence Blue Cross co-hosted the 2019 Health of America Forum with the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, a timely and important conversation to address an emerging health challenge across the United States and in Southeastern Pennsylvania: Millennial Health. The forum provided an opportunity for attendees to hear from national experts on the topic and direction on how to get involved to combat negative trends.

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Uniontown's Walmart became the first in Pennsylvania to sell beer and wine this month, a move that will soon be followed by five other Walmarts. The event was highlighted by the appearance of a local winery owner, whose product will now be on sale at the world's largest retailer. Ceisler Media was proud to help in the effort, which earned widespread, positive coverage across Western Pennsylvania -- and even a celebratory tweet from Gov. Wolf.

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XTO Energy

XTO Energy hosted an "Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day" for dozens of middle school students in eastern Ohio. The event is designed to spark young women's interest in pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering and math.

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Liberty Coca-Cola Beverages

Philadelphia Inquirer architecture critic Inga Saffron profiled the history of Coca-Cola’s bottling facilities and their design, featuring the North Philadelphia facility of our client, Liberty Coca-Cola Beverages. The article captures Liberty's place in Coca-Cola’s overall company history, as well as its storied tenure in Philadelphia.

Photo Credit: Inga Saffron

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Client Highlights

New Courtland Senior Services joined "The Best Day of My Life So Far" organization at the Philadelphia Senior Center for a day of storytelling. The group's goal is to re-create intergenerational connections through sharing stories.

Ceisler Media worked with the team at Morgan Properties to announce the purchase of an 18,000-unit portfolio, helping the company become one of the top five multifamily-unit owners in the country. The King of Prussia firm has acquired more than $7 billion in total volume since 2012.

Wesley Family Services has partnered with the Deer Lake School District in Allegheny County to provide hospital-level mental health care to students.

More than 100 K-7 students from the Belmont Charter School in West Philadelphia participated in the school's beautiful and boisterous "Belmont Voices" concert.

Former Army helicopter pilot J. Matthew Landis worked with our client, Immigration Hub, to write a compelling editorial in support of DACA for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

The Women's Community Revitalization Project broke ground on a new collection of townhomes in Point Breeze. The strategy behind the project guarantees that the homes will remain permanently affordable.


Ceisler News

Congratulations to Matthew Rodriguez, son of Senior Associate Michael Rodriguez. On Nov. 14, Matthew rang the bell at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, marking the end of three years, two months, 14 days and 23 minutes of successful leukemia treatment.

Senior Consultant and proud "Pappy" Michael Ferko and his wife, Sandy, welcomed new granddaughter Elliott Jean Ferko in November. Ellie came into the world at 19 inches long and seven-pounds, 10-ounces. Her proud parents are Mike and Christina Ferko, and her adoring eight-year-old brother, Owen, is already reading her stories.

Mary Gebbia, Administrative Associate, recently enjoyed a 10-day visit of London and Barcelona. Mary and friends indulged in the local cuisines and took in sights -- while registering 60 miles of walking.

Ceisler Media congratulates Senior Consultant Glen Macnow on the newly released book he wrote with WIP personality Big Daddy Graham, the new and revised "Great Book of Philadelphia Sports Lists."


Our Viewpoints

Ceisler Media Director Kate Wilhelm writes that before a political candidate - or anyone selling an idea - asks for support, he or she must engage and understand the audience's perspective.

Ceisler Media Director Meredith Montalto applauds an Inquirer story profiling the head usher at "Hamilton" -- who made it her job to move 200 women through the ladies room line during each performance's 20-minute intermission.

Managing Director Kurt Knaus has high praise for a new PA election law that modernizes the way ballots will be cast and counted starting in 2020.

Brandon Boyer, our inaugural Penny Gerber fellow, talked with Villanova students who are Fulbright scholars about the rewards of stepping out of your comfort zone.


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