In Chester County’s 3 congressional districts, 5 women are running for the nomination in the May 15 Dem primary (also 5 men, so that’s nicely balanced) in the largest state that has NOT A SINGLE WOMAN in its congressional delegation. Wouldn’t it be nice if the count stood at 9 women and 9 men before long? (Also 3 women and 3 men are running for Lieutenant Governor.)
Now the national press has featured women candidates including Chester County’s Chrissy Houlahan, running in PA-06, in this excerpt from “A Year Ago, They Marched. Now a Record Number of Women Are Running for Office,” by Charlotte Alter, Time magazine, 1/18/18 (Chrissy is shown 2nd from left, 2nd from bottom):
…Like all political transformations, this one sprang from dozens of small private choices. For years, the hardest thing about getting women elected has been getting women to decide to run. But sometime over the past year, while lying awake at night or comforting a crying friend or in hushed conversations with their spouse, each of these women came to the same conclusion. They could no longer pin their hopes on icons like Hillary Clinton or Elizabeth Warren to represent half the American population. Instead, they would step up and do it themselves. “I always thought this was for other people, and I was not qualified,” says Chrissy Houlahan, an Air Force veteran and business executive who is running to represent Pennsylvania’s Sixth Congressional District, where the incumbent Republican won by 14 points in 2016 but Clinton won narrowly. “There was this wake-up call of, Why not me?”
See also New York Magazine, 1/22/18 issue: “The Other Women’s March on Washington: What’s the fastest way to fix a broken system? Take it over, say the record number of female candidates running for office in 2018 for the first time” by Rebecca Traister, The Cut, 1/19/18.
by Chrissy Houlahan, Philadelphia Inquirer, 1/17/18
Almost exactly one year ago, my husband and I were standing on the banks of the Alabama River taking in the storied Pettus Bridge and reading the inscription on the plaque commemorating Rep. John Lewis’ heroic contributions to the civil rights movement. It was there that he and others were beaten bloody in an effort to advance equality and to extend our nation’s values and promises to everyone.
We were there as part of a series of races, one in each state, that we planned to mark our 50th birthdays. Coincidentally, we were in Selma on that hallowed ground the very day that President Trump decided inexplicably to tweet about Rep. Lewis: “All talk” and “No Action.” The irony hung in the air. I bought a T-shirt at the gift shop: The March Continues.
For me, the tweet was yet another affirmation that I too needed to act. I was already Pennsylvania still remains the largest congressional delegation in the nation without a single woman representative.organizing a busload of women to ride to D.C. for the Women’s March. But was it enough?…
keep reading at Philadelphia Inquirer. Chrissy decided it wasn’t enough, as now she is running for US House in PA-06. She and others will be changing the sad fact that “Pennsylvania still remains the largest congressional delegation in the nation without a single woman representative.” (And she links to commentator Will Bunch predicting that this could well be at last the “year of the woman” in PA political life.
email from Chrissy Houlahan, Dem candidate for CD 6
Did you know today marks the longest night of the year? It’s also the longest night before our election on November 6th, 2018!
Even though the night is dark and long, the dawn and light are coming.
Just look at the energy and activism in our community. Look at the historical results from our most recent elections — from our local county, to Virginia, to New Jersey, and lastly Alabama! Look at the commitment of people all over the country who have answered the call to participate in our democracy in a way I’ve never seen.
If you’d like to hear more about what got me off the sidelines this year, watch the video below and share it with your friends. Please join me in ushering in the light in 2018!
WATCH NOW >> [click here, not on still image below]
[n.b. at this point in the election cycle we post occasional items by or about candidates that get at important issues; this does not imply endorsement or favoritism, and we will include any candidate for whom we get such items.]
by Dave Davies, Newsworks, 9/26/17
Democrat Chrissy Houlahan has gotten some early backing in her bid for a congressional seat in the western suburbs of Philadelphia.
Houlahan hopes to take on incumbent Republican Ryan Costello in the 6th Congressional District, which includes parts of Chester, Montgomery, Berks and Lebanon counties.
Tuesday, she will get the support of three Pennsylvania Democratic Congressmen — Brendan Boyle and Dwight Evans, who both represent parts of Philadelphia and Montgomery County; and Matt Cartwright, who represents the 17th, an oddly-shaped district which stretches from Scranton to near Bethlehem.
Even the primary election isn’t until next year, so it’s early to be touting endorsements. These are aimed at Houlahan’s Democratic rivals, an indication that the party establishment is with her….
keep reading at Newsworks