Friday, March 2, undeterred:
Friday, March 2, undeterred:
Friday, March 2, undeterred:
Below, for the record, are candidate profiles in Congressional Districts 7 and 16 as of February 20, 2018. Based on what we know at this time, we have moved one candidate formerly running in the 7th to our list for the 6th. The information below will no longer be updated as no part of Chester County remains in the 7th or 16th district.
US HOUSE, DISTRICT 7 (or 5, on the new map; if that holds, this district will no longer include any part of Chester County)
Shelly grew up on a family farm, watching her parents struggle to make ends meet. She worked 2 jobs to pay for college, graduating from Meredith College with a degree in Political Science, and earned a JD from Drexel University. Shelly served her nation for more than a decade with the Central Intelligence Agency, from secretary to counter-intelligence officer. She served as an undercover officer providing logistical and counter-intelligence support to operatives abroad. Shelly feels a moral obligation to stand up for what is right when her government no longer serves the needs of current and future generations of Americans. As a peer counselor and mental health ambassador in the legal profession, and as the mother of a special-needs child adopted from foster care, she understands the importance of reducing the stigma of mental illness and providing treatment. As a cancer survivor, she appreciates the importance of quality health care for all individuals. She lives in Glen Mills with her husband and three children.
As an Assistant United States Attorney in the Eastern District of PA, Ashley spent nearly a decade protecting communities from violent drug gangs, gun violence and financial fraud through successful prosecutions. Then as Senior Counsel at AmeriHealth Caritas, she helped expand Medicaid by working to implement a new program that increases access to quality preventative health care. She has provided pro bono legal work and volunteered her time at a number of non-profit organizations. Ashley grew up in Delaware County. She has a Bachelor’s degree from Amherst College where she was an All-American rugby player. She also has a Master’s of Social Work from Columbia University and a law degree from the University of Pennsylvania. Ashley and her wife, Starla, live in Media, where they are raising their three children, ages eight, seven, and six. Ashley spends many evenings and weekends coaching her children’s basketball, soccer and softball teams.
Dan is a graduate of Drexel University and IIT-Chicago Kent College of Law. He worked in environmental policy in Illinois, thenk for several congressmen as a policy adviser and chief of staff to U.S. Reps. Jim McGovern of Massachusetts and Joe Hoeffel of Pennsylvania. More recently he has been an attorney in private practice working mostly for nonprofits and charitable organizations. He’s been a ward leader in Philadelphia and served as president of CeaseFirePA, a statewide gun violence prevention organization, and Conservation Voters of Pennsylvania, an organization promoting sustainable environmental policy.
Molly attended Haverford College and earned her PhD in biochemistry and biophysics at the University of Pennsylvania. She earned the Clarence and Lily Pickett Award for Quaker Leadership for her work with initiatives for women’s cooperatives and soccer programs in Uganda. She is now a medical researcher working to produce new technologies to advance cancer research. As a scientist, Molly plans to bring to Congress a fresh perspective backed with facts and experiences and to use real evidence to solve problems.
A lifetime resident of Delaware County and graduate of St. Joseph’s Prep, Greg received his B.S. in Economics (cum laude) from Villanova University and his J.D. from Villanova University School of Law. As a solo practitioner in Havertown for 12 years, he learned how laws affect real people and how to run a small business. In 1992, building on his success as a community activist and knocking on nearly every door, Greg became the first Democrat ever elected to the 166th District. He served for 24 years (four as Democratic Chairman) on the House Environmental Resource and Energy Committee He was the first PA legislator to introduce climate change legislation and the first to introduce the idea of a severance tax on natural gas. He has also been a strong advocate for brick and mortar public schools, women’s rights, criminal justice reform, sensible gun control policies, government reform, and equality for all under the law.
US HOUSE, DISTRICT 16 (or 11, on the new map; if that holds, this district will no longer include any part of Chester County)
Gary believes we cannot afford the politics as usual that have led to gridlock and bad ideas in Washington. Mch of our region has been left behind while people, small businesses, and entire communities have fallen through the cracks. The only medical professional in the race, Gary wants to fix our broken health care system and build on the progress made by the Affordable Care Act. Career politicians have broken our system. They can’t fix it if they don’t understand it. As a dentist in Reading, Gary is constantly working out payment plans and discounts for those whose insurance failed to cover necessary care. Too much money goes to insurance and pharmaceutical company profits. Incumbent Lloyd Smucker voted for the TrumpCare plan that would have denied 30 million Americans access to health care over the next 10 years. The only small business owner in the race, Gary has balanced budgets, made payroll, and created jobs at his medical practice and on his farm. On the board of the Reading Redevelopment Authority, Gary worked to successfully redevelop and renovate blighted properties and support renewal in one of America’s most economically depressed cities. Gary understands that none of us succeed unless we all succeed.
on issues see also Lancaster Stands Up
While appealing to one of their ideological allies on the US Supreme Court and making noises about trying to impeach the majority of PA Supreme Court justices for upholding the state constitution, Harrisburg R’s were designing a new congressional map on their own and came out with it hours before the Court was to take over the assignment.
See the proposed map below, from “GOP Releases Redrawn Maps” by Paul Engelkemier, PoliticsPA, 2/9/18. As you’ll see, it divides Chester County between districts 6 and 7, compared to the current division between 6, 7, and 16. District 6 would include parts of 3 counties (now 4), district 7 also parts of 3 (now 5), and district 16 parts of 2 (now 3):
Does the R map represent enough progress to serve as an interim arrangement until the next redistricting after the 2020 census? Governor Wolf, with expert advice, will either say Yes, or if he says No, the PA Supreme Court will take over. And in 2021, either the then majority in H’burg will try to work to its own advantage, or else the job will go to a citizen commission to ensure that objective, non-political principles are applied. In any case, let’s hope the days of gerrymandering our state are over for ever!
Underlying issue: How compact (the PA Supreme Court’s term) is compact enough? Ideally, a basically rectangular state would be divided in turn into rectangles or squares. Compare Iowa:
See also Amanda Holt’s Feb. 6 proposal (which for Chesco residents has the great merit of putting our whole county in one district):
Amanda Holt, the dedicated citizen whose work featured in the 2012 redesign of PA House and Senate districts, has weighed in with a new version of her 2018 proposal for redrawing PA Congressional districts–the job that the PA legislative leaders are claiming is too onerous for them to complete with all their institutional resources, which are so highly developed when it comes to computer-based gerrymandering. Holt now is proposing districts even more precisely equal in population. Comparing to her previous iteration, we notice little change in most areas but a very significant one for Chester County, which she now shows as undivided. This seems only fair, since Chesco currently is divided among 3 districts. Delco would also remain undivided, whereas Lancaster County would be divided between the 6th and 16th districts.
Common Sense Equality
By Amanda E, 3.Feb.2018
Most people would think a difference of 19 persons or even 125 persons is insignificant in a district of over 700,000 persons. But the US Supreme Court is not most people.
The opinion of the US Supreme Court matters to Pennsylvania in the event the congressional districts are challenged. Map drawers, realizing this, typically keep in mind the interests and perspective of US Supreme Court when drawing maps.
The US Supreme Court defines population equality as numeric exactness. Districts may stray from precise equality, but each numeric difference must be justified by a legitimate state objective which passes their scrutiny. Do not be fooled. The Justices are meticulous.
Recognizing this dynamic, I made a second effort to keep all municipalities whole (other than Philly), keep county splits to a minimum, and get each district as close to 0 as possible. The result was a reduction from a difference of 125 persons to 21 persons….
keep reading at Amanda E