With $585,500, races reach across 24 Pennsylvania counties

PHILADELPHIA, September 1, 2022 – Represent PA, the only organization in Pennsylvania focused on investing in Democratic women candidates for the Pennsylvania General Assembly, today announced it has invested $585,500 in 56 candidates for both PA Senate and House races, including incumbents and challengers. These endorsements are accompanied by varying amounts of financial support depending on the competitiveness of the race.
The 56 candidates are spread across 24 Pennsylvania counties – west to Allegheny, north to
Susquehanna, east to Northampton and south to York.
“We’re aiming to transform Harrisburg with experienced women and the goal of making a difference,” said Christine Jacobs, Executive Director of Represent PA.
The Democrats need to flip 12 House and five Senate seats, plus hold all current seats to gain the majority in Harrisburg.
Represent PA operates as a mutual fund for elections – raising money, analyzing races, districts and candidates – ultimately investing in the races where it can make the greatest difference. Represent PA is pleased to announce its endorsement of the following candidates:

Incumbent Senate candidates 


Maria Collett

SD-12 (Bucks, Montgomery)

Katie Muth

SD-44 (Berks, Chester, Montgomery)

Lindsey Williams 

SD-38 (Allegheny)

New Senate candidates


Jackie Baker

SD-20 (Luzerne, Pike, Susquehanna, Wayne, Wyoming)

Jill Dennin

SD-24 (Berks, Montgomery)

Ann Marie Mitchell

SD-6 (Bucks)

Jennifer Shukaitis

SD-40 (Lackawanna, Monroe, Wayne)

Incumbent House candidates


Jessica Benham

HD-36 (Allegheny)

Donna Bullock

HD-195 (Philadelphia)

Morgan Cephas 

HD-192 (Philadelphia)

Gina Curry

HD-164 (Delaware)

Mary Jo Daley 

HD-148 (Montgomery)

Tina Davis

HD-141 (Bucks)

Elizabeth Fiedler

HD-184 (Philadelphia)

Nancy Guenst

HD-152 (Montgomery)

Liz Hanbidge

HD-61 (Montgomery)

Carol Hill-Evans

HD-95 (York)

Kristine Howard

HD-167 (Chester)

Sara Innamorato

HD-21 (Allegheny)

Marylouise Isaacson 

HD-175 (Philadelphia)

Patty Kim

HD-103 (Dauphin)

Emily Kinkead

HD-20 (Allegheny)

Leanne Krueger

HD-161 (Delaware)

Maureen Madden 

HD-115 (Monroe)

Joanna McClinton 

HD-191 (Delaware, Philadelphia)

Jeanne McNeill 

HD-133 (Lehigh)

Jennifer O'Mara

HD-165 (Delaware)

Danielle Friel Otten

HD-155 (Chester)

Darisha Parker

HD-198 (Philadelphia)

Christina Sappey 

HD-158 (Chester)

Melissa Shusterman

HD-157 (Chester)

Regina Young 

HD-185 (Delaware, Philadelphia)

New House candidates


Sara Agerton

HD-88 (Cumberland)

Kathy Benyak

HD-123 (Schuylkill)

Lisa Borowski

HD-168 (Delaware)

Tina Burns

HD-124 (Berks, Schuylkill)

Johanny Cepeda-Freytiz

HD-129 (Berks)

Melissa Cerrato

HD-151 (Montgomery)

Hope Christman

HD-176 (Monroe)

Nerissa Galt

HD-6 (Crawford, Erie)

Carol Kazeem

HD-159 (Delaware)

Fern Leard

HD-120 (Luzerne)

Denise Maris

HD-76 (Clinton, Union)

Kristal Markle

HD-87 (Cumberland)

La’Tasha Mayes

HD-24 (Allegheny)

Chelsea Oliver

HD-4 (Erie)

Tarah Probst

HD-189 (Monroe, Pike)

Yesenia Rodriguez

HD-116 (Luzerne, Schuylkill)

Meg Rosenfeld

HD-139 (Pike, Wayne)

Laurie Smith

HD-18 (Bucks)

Cathy Spahr

HD-160 (Chester, Delaware)

Mandy Steele

HD-33 (Allegheny)

Gwen Stoltz

HD-143 (Bucks)

Anna Thomas

HD-137 (Northampton)

Debbie Turici

HD-44 (Allegheny)

Alexandra Wisser

HD-147 (Montgomery)

Represent PA’s endorsement of these progressive women candidates assists with getting their names into the public domain early, helping voters and donors get to know them and understand their progressive platforms. Represent PA is considering additional support for progressive women candidates ahead of the November 8 election, with additional “last-minute” endorsement funding, if possible.
For more information about these endorsed candidates or their races, look at their election profiles online, or find information about them at RepresentPA.org.
Represent PA
Getting its start in 2014, Represent PA helps progressive women claim their seat at the table. Represent PA focuses on investing in democratic women candidates for the Pennsylvania House and Senate. We’re leading the way in PA for women to create a reflective democracy. We are building our “mutual fund” for elections – raising money, analyzing races and candidates – to invest where we can challenge the status quo. Today, Represent PA focuses on paving the way for progressive women, so that tomorrow, their voices will shape our government in Harrisburg and in Washington. To learn more about Represent PA, visit RepresentPA.org, find us on Facebook and Instagram or follow us on Twitter.
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