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Candidate Spotlight: Erin McCracken

Erin McCracken is a mother, musician, small business owner and community organizer in rural central Pennsylvania. Her interest in activism and politics began while a student at Penn State, volunteering in the Centre County Women’s Resource Center. After earning a degree in American Studies, Erin continued to advocate for women in the criminal justice and foster care systems. She realized that this was her passion and pursued a master’s degree in Public Administration and Social Work. She went on to co-found the West Virginia Economic Justice Coalition, which linked environmental groups, labor unions and campus activists to stand up to corporate abuse in small communities. Erin wants to us

Candidate Spotlight: Amy Cozze

Amy Cozze is proud to have been born and raised in the Lehigh Valley. After attending the University of Pittsburgh, she returned to her hometown where she met her husband and started a family. Throughout her professional career, she has done everything from transporting engines alongside her husband at his auto salvage business to launching an international sales operation. Six years ago, Amy decided to pursue her passion, embrace her ambition and become an entrepreneur by opening her own bakery on Main Street in Nazareth. She is active in her community as a member of the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce and serves on the Nazareth Business Council Board of Directors as the liaison f

By the Numbers: Represent PA and the 2018 Midterms

For Immediate Release October 29, 2018 As Represent PA heads into the final week of campaigning, it has broken its fundraising record, raising $200,000. PHILADELPHIA — Today, Represent PA, the only organization in Pennsylvania investing in progressive democratic women candidates for the Pennsylvania State Legislature in Harrisburg, confirmed record-breaking numbers ahead of the 2018 midterm elections. The organization is set to have an historic year at nearly all levels of engagement: fundraising, endorsements and victories. “We're at an unprecedented time for women in politics in PA," said Christine Jacobs, executive director of Represent PA. "Come January, there will be an historic

Candidate Spotlight: Emily Skopov

Emily Skopov is a community leader, non-profit executive and mother who lives with her family in Marshall Township. As the daughter of a school teacher and a small business owner, she understands the value of hard work and education. After earning degrees from Columbia University and the University of California, Emily founded her own non-profit organization, No Crayon Left Behind, which recycles and donates art supplies to schools and other facilities in need. Emily was inspired to run when she realized how disenchanted her children were with the political climate, both nationally and in her own community. Although they were not yet old enough to vote, she was disappointed to learn that

Candidate Spotlight: Christina Sappey

Although this is her first run for office, Christina Sappey is no amateur when it comes to politics in her district. Over the last 25 years that Christina has lived in Chester County, she has raised three children, founded a non-profit and served as chief of staff for several local legislators, including Carolyn Comitta and Andrew Dinniman. Her experience in government, as well as with her family and within her community, make her uniquely qualified to lead and serve in this difficult political climate. Her top priorities in District 158 include ensuring public safety when dealing with natural gas companies, securing more funding for public schools and supporting working families by prote

Candidate Spotlight: Michele Knoll

After dedicating her life to helping her community through education, Michele Knoll decided it was time to take her community service one step further by running for office. While raising three daughters, she spent her career as a teacher, developmental therapist and school board director. She also worked tirelessly as a volunteer with NurturePA to assist young mothers with their babies and Friends of the Montour Trail to preserve western Pa’s natural beauty. Michele’s professional and volunteer work made her familiar with the struggles that her district faces. She wants to work toward progressive change for the constituents of District 44, including a more equitable and effective public

Candidate Spotlight: Pam Hacker

Pam Hacker is a construction electrician and a member of the labor union, where she was the first woman elected to her local union’s Examining Board and twice to its Executive Board. She believes and has advocated that more women need to be in the trades and wants to help young women who are not able to go to college, with opportunities of skilled trades. As Pam see it, lobbyists have taken over control of government. She views herself as the average working person who has had enough of the politics of government and want to represent those who feel they don't have a voice. Pam lives in Spring City with her husband and their three children.

Candidate Spotlight: Lindsey Williams

Lindsey Williams grew up in a Labor household and gained national attention while working at the National Whistleblowers Center (NWC), where she was illegally fired for attempting to organize a union. She refused to be silenced, and after two years, she successfully resolved her case. Lindsey has dedicated herself to protecting workers and the livelihood of working families. At the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, she assisted with strikes and organizing with large national and multinational corporations. In 2014, she joined the Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers, helping educators fight for quality education for every child. As a licensed attorney in both Pennsylvania and New Jers

Candidate Spotlight: Sara Innamorato

Sara Innamorato is a lifelong resident of her district. She has experienced both bad and good in her neighborhood, from losing her father to an opioid addiction to purchasing and owning her own home. Sara got her start in politics working directly with and alongside the community. As a small business owner, she founded Innamo Co., an agency focusing on providing support to organizations that do good things for her community. Sara also co-founded She Runs, which encourages more women to run for public office. For Sara, the position of state representative is one of ultimate helper. In a climate where individuals are more civically engaged than ever and wearier of the status quo in politics,

Candidate Spotlight: Summer Lee

Summer Lee grew up in, worked in and organized in her district from the beginning. Accompanied by a law degree from Howard University, she brings a deep understanding of the issues that plague the commonwealth. These issues are the focus of her campaign – combating structural racism and inequalities that constrain communities and people of color. Poor communities often face under-resourced schools and a lack of employment opportunities, which contribute to disproportionate contact with the justice system. Summer has worked in community and labor organizing, advocating for workers’ rights and a $15 minimum wage. She currently serves on the Woodland Hills Commission on Youth Development and

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