Our Work Isn't Over
November 11, 2016
We cannot hide our disappointment in many of the outcomes on Tuesday night. We had the chance to make history and break the highest and hardest glass ceiling, and that loss hurts.
Yet amid this disappointment, we still celebrate the victories of thirteen of Represent's candidates. We have added to the number of women who will be representing us in Harrisburg. Not only did all nine of our Represent-endorsed incumbents hold on to their seats, we also picked up a new Democrat for the House with the election of Maureen Madden and added three women to previously held Democratic seats with the elections of Morgan Cephas, Isabella Fitzgerald, and Carol Hill-Evans.
We are also closely watching Carolyn Comitta's race as she is down by fewer than 100 votes, and the official count in her race begins next week. We hope she'll join our other candidates in Harrisburg in January.
And, while we are not successful in winning the state for Katie McGinty and sending her to the Senate, we did our part in supporting the four new women Senators representing us in Washington next year.
Now more than ever, we need to come together to show the strength of this movement and begin preparing for the next election cycle in 2018. This year we distributed tens of thousands of dollars to women's campaigns and supported 20 candidates, but it's not enough. Our work begins now to support the women heading to Harrisburg and their re-elections, to begin the conversations that recruit and train our candidates for 2018, and build the movement and infrastructure to better support them.
We're proud to have supported the campaigns of so many qualified women, and we are energized about the work ahead of us. Thank you to all of our donors and activists - it is because of you that we are able to continue this important work. Please stay involved, bring a friend, grow our numbers, and represent!
Our work isn't over.
The Represent Team
Represent! PAC Endorses 20 Women For PA General Election
August 31, 2016
REPRESENT! Philadelphia Fundraiser
Tuesday, June 16, 2016 | 5:30pm - 7:00pm | Smith's Restaurant | 39 S. 19th St. Philadelphia, PA 19103
We hope you can join us to meet our endorsed candidates and help us spread the mission of electing more women! These are the women who are changing the face of government in Pennsylvania. Click here to RSVP and buy tickets.
Represent! PAC Endorses 18 Women For PA Legislative Seats
March 31, 2016
PHILADELPHIA—REPRESENT! PAC, Pennsylvania’s only political action committee focused on investing significant and early resources in Democratic women candidates, today announced 18 endorsements for the for the Pennsylvania legislature.
“Represent PAC is excited to endorse these 18 women for election this April,” Represent PAC co-founder Aubrey Montgomery said. “This year’s candidates reflect a diversity of experience, background, and geography, and each of them would provide much-needed leadership in Harrisburg.”
Represent! PAC endorsed nine incumbents to ensure those women retain the seats they already hold: Rep. Leslie Acosta (PA-197), Rep. Donna Bullock (PA-195), Tonyelle Cook-Artis (PA-200), Rep. Mary Jo Daley (PA-148), Rep. Madeleine Dean (PA-153), Rep. Pam DeLissio (PA-194), Rep. Patty Kim (PA-103), Rep. Leanne Krueger-Braneky (PA-161), Rep. Joanna McClinton, (PA-191), and Sen. Judy Schwank (SD-11). Both Rep. Bullock and Rep. Krueger-Braneky were first elected with Represent PAC’s support.
Represent! PAC also endorsed eight additional candidates: Damary M. Bonilla (PA-189), Morgan Cephas (PA-192), Carolyn Comitta (PA-156), Diane Cornman-Levy (PA-168), Barbarann Keffer (PA-163), Elaine Paul Schaefer (PA-165), Mary Popovich (PA-58) and Linda Weaver (PA-150).
Each of these candidates demonstrated a commitment to increasing the number of women seeking office, and several referenced being specifically recruited by incumbent members of the legislature. Women currently hold fewer than 20 percent of the seats in Harrisburg.
“I am almost always the only woman in the room when substantive and impactful decisions are made for our community,” endorsed candidate and Radnor Commissioner Elaine Paul Schaefer said. “My own decision to run was heavily influenced by an encouraging incumbent [Represent! PAC candidate Leanne Krueger-Braneky], and I would hope to emulate that influence on other women.”
Endorsed candidates receive financial, organizational, and other strategic support from Represent! PAC.
Make sure you're connected with us on Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date with our progress and keep in touch with these fantastic candidates. You can support these candidates' campaigns and Represent's mission of electing more Democratic women across Pennsylvania here.
Represent! Fall Fundraiser
Thursday, November 19, 2015 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm | Philadelphia Center for Architecture | 1218 Arch Street
We hope you can join us to kick off the 2016 election season! Meet the women who are changing the face of government in Pennsylvania, and join the movement to elect more women. Click here to RSVP and buy tickets.
Let's Represent! in Pennsylvania
Represent! PA started as a state political action committee founded to increase the number of Democratic women in elected office in Pennsylvania by providing financial investments in strong women candidates who have demonstrated the capacity to win.
In 2015, we created a separate Federal PAC dedicated to electing more Democratic women to U.S. Senate seats and Governors’ offices, but more importantly we are building a movement starting in southeastern Pennsylvania. Too often, women are ignored as players in campaign fundraising, and we aim to foster an environment in which women are getting the credit for this valuable work. Represent! is building a community of women giving resources to electing other women nationwide.
With the State and Federal PACs working separately, yet towards mutually beneficial purposes, we are striving to aggregate the financial influence of women throughout our state to build the pipeline at the state legislative level and to help elect and protect women officeholders throughout the country.