2012 Women Candidates of PA
State Legislature Candidates
Beth Alois is the Democratic candidate for State Representative in the 168th Legislative District. Beth has been very active in the Delaware County Democratic Party. She is currently the Vice-Chairperson of the Thornbury Township Democratic Committee, as well as the elected Minority Inspector of Elections for Precinct 1, Thornbury Township. She is also an active member of the Women’s Democratic Club of Delaware County. Beth is currently a Realtor based in Chadds Ford Township. Beth and her husband Peter live in Thornbury and have three adult children and one daughter-in-law.
Leslie Altieri is the Democratic candidate for State Representative in the 138th Legislative District with the hopes of unseating Rep. Marcia Hahn. Leslie is the President of the Northampton County Council of Democratic Women. Leslie wishes to focus on restoring state education funding, instituting a tax on Marcellus Shale drilling and promoting job growth through tax cuts to small businesses. Leslie lives in Bethlehem Township.
Janet Anderson is the Republican candidate for State Senator in the 49th Senatorial District. For 26 years Janet has worked to create jobs and help grow the local economy in Erie. Janet has worked in economic development at every level. Janet has served both in the public and private sector, including time as the Economic Development Director for Erie County and as Executive Director of the Northwest Regional Planning and Development Commission. Janet lives in Erie and has two daughters.
Linda W. Bateman is the Republican candidate for State Representative in the 194th Legislative District. Linda has been a lifelong devotee to the Republican Party in Philadelphia as a moderate and "New Century" Republican. Linda is a retired supervisor with a ten-year track record with the Commonwealth’s Inheritance Tax Division. She left that office to run for the Philadelphia County Register of Wills in 2011. As a State Representative, Linda will bring both public and governmental attention to bear on the problem of inefficiency and offer a solution to bring the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue back to the functional organization it once was. Linda is a widow and mother of five.
Rep. Louise Williams Bishop is running for reelection uncontested in the 192nd Legislative District. Rep. Bishop has achieved an incredible degree of success in three separate, but related careers: radio, the ministry, and politics. After school, Rep. Bishop began her career in radio as the youngest voice in radio. On her show "The Louise Bishop Show," which ran for over 49 years, she informed and united people around social, civic and religious issues. In 1978, she became an ordained Evangelist in Pennsylvania and her show became a gospel program. In 1987 Rep. Bishop received a career changing call on her show that launched her political career. She decided to run for the open State Representative seat in the 192nd Legislative District. She was first elected in 1988. During her time in the House, Rep. Bishop has served on a number of different committees and caucuses. Rep. Bishop lives in West Philadelphia.
Rep. Karen Boback is running uncontested for reelection in the 117th Legislative District. She was first elected in 2006. Rep. Boback is a lifelong resident of northeastern Pennsylvania and understands the issues facing her district. Rep. Boback is active in many groups and associations throughout her community and she serves on many political committees and subcommittees. She taught in the Tunkhannock Area School District for 33 years and served as an adjunct professor at Wilkes University and Misericordia University, dedicating her life to improving education and being a positive influence on the youth in her community. She has not only helped to improve children’s education but has been a slave to her own, completing numerous degrees on all levels. Rep. Boback lives in Harveys Lake.
Jo Ellen Bowman is the Democratic candidate for State Representative in the 60th Legislative District. She has 29 years’ experience providing social services within Armstrong County working as a caseworker, a therapist, and the Executive Director of Helping All Victims in Need (HAVIN). Currently, Jo Ellen is very active within her community, her county, and her state. She is living in Kittanning, Pennsylvania.
Rep. Michele Brooks is running for reelection uncontested in the 17th Legislative District. Michele continues to bring a strong record of public service to her second term as state representative of the 17th Legislative District. During her first term in the state House, Brooks was active in the fight against tolling Interstate 80, reducing crushing taxes on job creators, improving state services for senior citizens, re-prioritizing state government spending and limiting out-of-control borrowing by the Commonwealth. In the new session, Brooks anticipates re-introducing several of her bills from her freshman term, including efforts to increase switchgrass production as an alternative form of energy, reforms in the state’s business tax structure to increase opportunities for job creators, and ways to address ever-increasing property taxes. Brooks is married to Guy Brooks, and they have two children.
Rep. Rosemary Brown is running for reelection in the 189th Legislative District. Rep. Brown was first elected in 2010. Her career began in business management right after college and later down the road she switched to Pharmaceutical Sales. Rep. Brown used her background in business as her grounds to run for State Representative and it has helped to earn her a reputation as an independent leader and a strong new voice fighting for tax payers. Rep. Brown lives in the Poconos with her husband and their three children, Kennedy, Carter, and Reagan.
Rep. Vanessa Lowery Brown is running uncontested for reelection in the 190th Legislative District. She was first elected in January of 2009 and won reelection in 2011 and is the first woman to represent the 190th Legislative District. Rep. Lowery Brown has been an active volunteer in the community working as a community organizer and working in other community endeavors. Within the house, she has participated in numerous committees and caucuses helping to make an impact and to make a name for herself throughout her district and the state as a whole. Rep. Lowery Brown also worked with the schools in the district serving as a liaison to support the school’s participation in problems that may occur in the coalition. Rep. Lowery Brown lives in the Greater Philadelphia Area with her husband and son.
Rep. Michelle Brownlee is running for reelection uncontested in the 195th Legislative District. Rep. Brownlee has extensive legislative experience, having worked for former Rep. Frank Oliver. She has helped constituents with a myriad of issues ranging from preventing home foreclosures, to handling unemployment compensation issues, to matters involving state and federal governments. Rep. Brownlee is past president of the Philadelphia School District Head Start Policy Council, is a member of the Celestial Work Ministries and serves as a licensed missionary. In addition, Rep Brownlee served as past president and bible study instructor at her church. Rep. Brownlee is a wife, mother, grandmother and a well-respected community activist.
Anne Chapman is the Republican candidate for State Representative in the 31st Legislative District. Anne has held positions of increasing responsibility in the Pharmaceutical industry for over 30 years, most recently as a Vice President in healthcare marketing research. Anne will be a leader in Harrisburg to Promote Job Creation in Our State, Enact Reforms to Save Tax Dollars, and End School Property Taxes to keep our seniors from being taxed out of their homes. Anne has been a resident of Bucks County for over 30 years. She has three children and three lovely grandchildren.
Luana Cleveland is the Democratic candidate for State Senator in the 23rd Senatorial District. Luana grew up in Montoursville, PA and attended Montoursville Area School District. She Graduated from Penn State with a BS in Psychology and a concentration in mass communications. After graduation, Luana moved to New York City and worked in finance, market research, and fine arts management. She returned to the area to raise her family and work as a non-profit executive director. She is married and lives in Williamsport, PA with her family.
Kathy Coder is the Republican candidate for State Representative in the 16th Legislative District. Kathy worked in sales and training helping organizations to increase revenues and productivity and she currently has her own Leadership Development and Presentation and Speaker Training business, Inta-Great. Kathy founded the Bellevue Initiative for Growth and Revitalization (BIGr) and Women in Leadership Leading Other Women (WILLOW). She is married to Ron Coder and lives in Conway, PA.
Becky Corbin is the Republican candidate for State Representative in the 155th Legislative District. Becky is originally from the Greater Pittsburgh Area and is an alumna of Chatham College for Women. As a respected legislative aide, Becky has a first-hand understanding of the challenges facing State Government and is ready to take action with a fresh perspective. In her own community, Becky successfully negotiated labor contracts in tough budget cycles while ensuring our communities are properly served. In Harrisburg, Becky realizes that her role as our representative is to ensure that our community continues to thrive by serving as our voice for our values of limited government and personal freedom. Becky and her husband Michael have two children, Alicia and John, and a granddaughter.
Rep. Lynda Schlegel Culver is running uncontested for reelection in the 108th Legislative District. She has defined the course of her life by service to family, friends and community. For more than 21 years, Rep. Culver has served as a staff leader in the office of former state Representative Merle Phillips. During the 2011-12 legislative session, she served on several committees. Rep. Culver previously served as a member of Big Brothers/Big Sisters, the Susquehanna Valley United Way, the Sunbury Community Hospital Health Women program and the Sunbury Area Health Foundation. Rep. Culver has been an active member of the Pennsylvania Republican State Committee, the Northumberland County Republican Committee, and her community. Rep. Culver lives in Rockefeller Township with her husband, Tom, and 9-year-old son, Joshua.
Rep. Margo Davidson is running for reelection in the 164th Legislative District. Rep. Davidson worked as a radio broadcaster for several years while starting up two non-profit organizations. Rep. Davidson’s leadership has served communities well and was recognized by two legislative bodies and the US Small Business Administration. Throughout her years in public service, Rep. Davidson has always fought to stabilize communities and create jobs. Her focus on entrepreneurship and small business development uniquely equips her to create jobs in this economy. Rep. Davidson lives with her husband, Robert, in Upper Darby and has four sons, Nadar, Joel, Joshua, and Rob.
Rep. Tina Davis is running for reelection in the 141st Legislative District. Before Rep. Davis was first elected as State Representative in 2006, she served as a member of Bristol Township’s Council where she was involved in many economic development projects. During her time in office, Rep. Davis has helped with the creation of a Keystone Opportunity Zone and she has worked with county, state, and federal agencies to win grants and economic assistance for the community. Rep. Davis lives in Bristol Township with her husband Jim and their three children.
Rep. Madeline Dean is running for reelection in the 153rd Legislative District. She brings with her nearly three decades of experience as a lawyer, writer, teacher, and as Abington Township Commissioner in the 7th Ward. For the last 11 years, Rep. Dean has been an assistant professor of English at La Salle University, in Philadelphia, where she teaches composition, persuasive writing and rhetoric, business writing, legal writing, and ethics. In addition, Rep. Dean is a writer and is a contributor to the Philadelphia Daily News and other publications. Prior to teaching, Rep. Dean practiced law in Philadelphia and eventually opened a small three-woman general law practice in Glenside. She lives with her husband, PJ Cunnane, and their three sons, Patrick, Harry and Alex in Jenkintown.
Rep. Pamela DeLissio is running for reelection in the 194th Legislative District. Rep. DeLissio has worked as an administrator of the Roxborough Home for Women and as President of the Kearsley Retirement Community in Philadelphia. For the past 10 years, Rep. DeLissio has consulted in the field of long-term care. She also acquired a business that provides internet and technology solutions for residential and commercial customers. Rep. DeLissio is recognized for her strong leadership skills and has volunteered for a variety of professional and community organizations. She resides in Roxborough.
Rep. Sheryl M. Delozier is running for reelection in the 88th Legislative District. During the 2011-12 legislative session, Rep. Delozier served on the Consumer Affairs, Human Services, Judiciary, and Labor and Industry committees. As a member of the Human Services Committee, Rep. Delozier was named chairman of the Subcommittee on Drugs and Alcohol. Prior to her election to the State House in 2008, Rep. Delozier worked in the Auditor General’s office before she served on Gov. Tom Ridge’s transition team, and continued as senior staff for the eight years of the Ridge and Schweiker administrations. Rep. Delozier is married to Christopher Delozier and they have two children, Benjamin and Allison.
Kelly Devine is the Democratic candidate for State Representative in the 150th Legislative District. Kelly is a marketing professional for Comcast where she manages compliance with FCC government regulations and oversees large-scale budgets for the planning and completion of several, simultaneous projects and she has served as president of the Montgomery County Young Democrats for the past two years. Kelly began her professional career as a journalist working for The Phoenix and The Times Herald. Reporting on the zoning, planning, and supervisory boards and police and judicial matters sparked Kelly’s interest in the local government.
Rep. Maria P. Donatucci is running for reelection in the 185th Legislative District. Rep. Donatucci was elected in 2011 when her husband of 27 years, Rep. Robert Donatucci, passed away. Before her election, Rep. Donatucci worked alongside her husband helping in his community service work serving as a pro-bono community liaison and helping in the community with various initiatives. She also worked as an employee of Philadelphia’s Bureau of Administrative Adjudication. Today, Representative Maria Donatucci is among 33 women serving in the General Assembly, the highest total in Pennsylvania history. Rep. Donatucci lives in the Greater Philadelphia Area and has two children, Thomas and Dierdre.
Marcy Dubroff is the Democratic candidate for State Representative in the 41st Legislative District after launching a last-minute write-in campaign in the April 24 primary. She made the decision to run because no one challenged the Republican candidate and she disagreed with some of the Republican views. Marcy is the Associate Director of the POGIL Project in Lancaster and is a Democratic committeewoman. Marcy lives in East Hempfield Township.
Harriet Ellenberger is the Democratic candidate for State Representative in the 59th Legislative District. Harriet founded the Democratic Women of Westmoreland to promote and support women and coordinated the League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania Convention. She has served as the President of the League of Women Voters in Westmoreland County, was elected for two terms as State Committee member and is currently Vice Chair of the Democratic Committee in the County, Vice President of the Labor United Committee, and COPE Director for the Greater Westmoreland County Labor Council. Harriet has lived in Norvelt for the past 33 years where she lived with her late husband James, their five children, and three nephews.
Mindy Fee is the Republican candidate for State Representative in the 37th Legislative District. Mindy was born and raised in Manheim. She worked for TransAmerican Office Furniture, Inc. for over 24 years where she was responsible for more than $30 million in sales. Mindy is an active member of the community and an active member of the Manheim Republican Committee. She has three children, Danielle, Ryan, and Abby, and lives in Manheim.
Elizabeth Forrest is the Democratic candidate for State Representative in the 189th Legislative District. For more than 20 years, Liz has provided legal technology consultation, business process analysis and training services for many different types of companies and businesses. She worked for five years at Pennie & Edmonds LLC in New York and then founded Forrest Consulting. Then, in 2000, Liz was invited to become business development officer for Aspen Grove Inc. Most recently, Liz served as a legislative aide to former State Rep. John J. Siptroth. She is the Pike County Committeewoman for the Pennsylvania State Democratic Committee. Liz has lived in the Delaware Township for the past 20 years.
Rep. Mauree Gingrich is running uncontested for reelection for the 101st Legislative District. She was first elected to the House in November of 2002. She has earned a reputation as an intelligent, hardworking lawmaker, focused on the needs of her constituents and the citizens of Pennsylvania. Gingrich's leadership and communication skills led to her being named Deputy Whip in 2007, she represents Pennsylvania citizens on four legislative committees, she is a founding member of the Lebanon County Commission for Women, and she is the former owner of Mature Market Concepts. Gingrich lives in Palmyra with her husband. She has four children and five grandchildren.
Rep. Marcia M. Hahn is running for reelection in the 138th Legislative District. She is a member of the Agriculture and Rural Affairs, Game and Fisheries, Human Services, and State Government committees. Hahn also belongs to the Antique and Classic Car, Diabetes, East Central, Irish American, Military Installations and Base Development, Motorsports, Muhlenberg German-American, Pro-Life, School Property Tax Reform, Sportsman's, State Automotive Enthusiast Leadership and YMCA caucuses. Hahn began her service to the Borough of Bath in 1984. She began as a legislative aide and was then hired in 1998 as a constituent outreach coordinator and office manager. She has worked in the borough for 26 years. Rep. Hahn lives in the Borough of Bath and has two children, Sandra and Eric, and four grandchildren.
Rep. Julie Harhart is running for reelection in the 183rd Legislative District. Rep. Harhart was first elected in 1994. Her legislative leadership roles include her serving as Majority Chairwoman of the House Professional Licensure Committee and serving as a member of the House Consumer Affairs Committee. Rep. Harhart is an advocate for women’s health, and a strong supporter of education and children. She has developed legislation for the creation of a safe schools advisory committee and crises plan.
Rep. Kate Harper is running for reelection in the 61st Legislative District. As State Representative since 2000, Rep. Harper focuses her legislative efforts on the environment of the Commonwealth, addressing the effects of urban sprawl, managing traffic congestion, and protecting open space, especially ecologically sensitive areas and farms. Rep. Harper was recently appointed chairman of the House Children and Youth Committee and also serves on the House Transportation Committee. She is a partner with the Fort Washington-based firm Timoney Knox LLP. Rep. Harper and her husband, Paul J. Kelly, still reside in Lower Gwynedd Township and have two sons, Paul and Tom.
Rep. Susan C. Helm is running for reelection in the 104th Legislative District. Sue was first elected in 2006. As the people’s representative, Sue is focused on working for the elimination of property taxes, protecting the interests of small business and making state government more open and accountable to the citizens of Pennsylvania. Since 1986, Sue has been owner and broker of Century 21: At The Helm, a Harrisburg area real estate firm. In 2000, she was selected as one of two Pennsylvania delegates to serve on the Republican National Convention’s Rules Committee. On November 7, 2006, Sue became the first woman elected to serve in the Legislature in Dauphin County history. Sue lives in Susquehanna Township.
Theresa Kane is the Republican candidate for State Representative in the 115th Legislative District. Theresa is running for State Representative because she wants to bring the focus of our government back to governing for the people rather that for the profiting of career and party. She has worked as a businesswoman with leadership experience for over 20 years. Theresa lives in Olyphant, PA.
Patty Kim is running uncontested for State Representative in the 103rd Legislative District. Patty entered the 2005 Harrisburg City Council race, and after knocking on over 500 doors and reaching out to thousands of city residents, Patty went on to receive the most votes in the Democratic primary in a field of eleven candidates. She was elected in the fall of 2005 and became the chair of Public Safety overseeing the Harrisburg Police and Fire Departments. In 2007, Patty became Chair of Public Works which oversees the infrastructure of the city. In 2009, Patty was reelected to a second term. Patty has a strong record of insisting Harrisburg City government be transparent, responsive, and frugal. She will bring the same focus and energy to state government as your representative in the Pennsylvania House. Patty is married to John Sider and has two children.
Sen. Shirley M. Kitchen is running for reelection uncontested in the 3rd Senatorial District. Senator Kitchen was first elected to State Senate on November 5, 1996 and represents the 3rd District. She subsequently won four-year terms in November 2000, 2004 and 2008. The second African American woman to be elected to the state senate, Senator Kitchen serves as the Democratic Chair for the Public Health and Welfare Senate Committee. She introduced the "Anti-Noose" legislation, she is dedicated to the environment, and she introduced the legislation that would slow the revolving doors of prison that would make gainful employment easier for non-violent ex-offenders. Senator Kitchen has served as the ward leader for the 20th Ward for over 30 years. She was born south of the Mason Dixon Line in Augusta, Georgia but calls North Philadelphia home having been raised there. She is the proud mother of five adult children.
Rep. Deberah Kula is running for reelection in the 52nd Legislative District. She was born in Fayette County and has worked in the judicial system for more than 31 years, serving for 14 years as a North Union Magisterial District Judge. Rep. Kula was first elected to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in 2006. Prior to her legislative service, Rep. Kula was the deputy court administrator for the Fayette County Court of Common Pleas before advancing to the post of court administrator. She lives in North Union Township with her husband Frank. They have three children and nine grandchildren.
Maureen Madden is the Democratic candidate for State Representative in the 176th Legislative District. Maureen has been a lifelong advocate for the rights of workers, students, and elderly. She has worked as an educator and is an experienced political organizer and communications director. As State Representative, Maureen will listen to the concerns of the people in her district and bring their voices to Harrisburg. She will fight for better oversight of school boards to control spending and lower property taxes. And she will work towards a government reform.
Rep. Sandra Major is running for reelection in the 111th Legislative District. Prior to her election to the House, she was Susquehanna County Treasurer and district assistant to the late Rep. Carmel Sirianni. Rep. Major is a member of several caucuses and committees including the House Republican Policy Committee and the House Republican Policy Committee’s Energy Task Force. Rep. Major is a member of several groups in the Susquehanna area and a very active member of her community.
Kelly Jean McEntee is the Democratic candidate for State Representative in the 105th Legislative District. Kelly is currently employed by Honeywell in York as a Quality Engineer in a plant that manufactures industrial control products. She worked previously in aerial surveying and mapping in Ohio state government and for federal contractors of digital geospatial data in Maryland, Virginia, and California. Kelly is the current Secretary of the Dauphin County Democratic Party, Vice Chair of the Capital Region Stonewall Democrats, Democratic Committee Woman for Lower Paxton Township Precinct 4, and a charter member of the new Linglestown Area Civic Association. Kelly and her partner, Angela Dicks, live in Linglestown with their young adult sons and many pets.
Karen Mogel is the Republican candidate for State Senator in the 11th Senatorial District. Karen has worked as an emergency medical technician and is the co-owner and co-operator of Mogel Fire Protection in Bern Township. She is currently a member of her neighborhood’s Sunshine Committee and has volunteered with the Animal Rescue League of Berks County. She is a graduate of Blue Mountain Academy and EMT School and lives in Berks County with her husband and two children.
Erin Molchany is the Democratic candidate for State Representative in the 22nd Legislative District. Erin has dedicated her life to her community. As Executive Director of the Pittsburgh Urban Magnet Project (PUMP), she brought people together to make Pittsburgh a better, more diverse and more prosperous place to live. Erin worked through school at the Emergency Services Department of the American Red Cross where she learned the importance of community leadership and how our community comes together in difficult times, that our community was only as strong as it was united, and that good leaders could make our region better. Erin owns a home in Mt. Washington.
Rep. Phyllis Mundy is currently serving her eleventh term as State Representative for the 120th Legislative District and is running for reelection. She was first elected to the house in 1990. Prior to her election, she was the manager of a multimillion dollar manufacturing facility. Rep. Mundy is an active volunteer in the community having done work with the Wilkes-Barre chapter of the League of Voters and in several other programs. She serves as Democratic chairwoman of the House Finance Committee, is co-chairman of the bicameral Early Childhood Education Caucus, and she is on the House Rules Committee. Rep. Mundy resides in Kingston and has a son, Brian, and two grandchildren, Mason and Bryce.
Rep. Donna Oberlander is running for reelection in the 63rd Legislative District. Rep. Oberlander has been selected to serve on the Commerce, Gaming Oversight, Liquor Control and Professional Licensure committees for the 2011-12 legislative session. Rep. Oberlander focuses on transforming Pennsylvania into a statewide "opportunity zone" by fighting for the following platform of family values, fiscally conservative, and pro-growth initiatives. Rep. Oberlander has pledged to use her proven entrepreneurial and public sector experience to advance free market economic policies and traditional values to make her district an even better region to live, work and raise a family. Rep. Oberlander lives in Clarion with her husband, Derek, and their two children, Tori and Tanner.
Rep. Cherelle Parker is running uncontested for reelection in the 200th Legislative District. In a September 2005 special election, Rep. Parker made history by becoming the youngest African-American woman ever elected to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. Since her election, Rep. Parker has been proactive in supporting economic development opportunities to benefit Philadelphians and all Pennsylvanians through legislative initiatives and local projects. Rep. Parker is a committeeperson and first Vice Chairwoman of the 50th Ward Democratic Executive Committee. She is also an active member of a plethora of boards and service-oriented organizations. She is dedicated to effectively using her voice to advocate for the passage of progressive public policies that will enhance the quality of life for senior citizens, women, children and families alike. Rep. Parker and her husband Benjamin live in the Mount Airy section of Philadelphia.
Rep. Tina Pickett is running uncontested for reelection in the 110th Legislative District. Public service continues to be the hallmark of Rep. Pickett’s career, both at the local level and in the state Capitol. Before being elected to represent the 110th Legislative District in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in 2000, she served on the Bradford County Board of Commissioners from 1996 to 2000. During her sixth term at the state Capitol, Rep. Pickett was appointed in May to serve as chairman of the House Gaming Oversight Committee, and she continues to serve on the House Consumer Affairs and Rules committees. In addition to her elected offices, Rep. Pickett has been involved in many other public service positions and has been an active member of her community. Rep. Pickett resides in Towanda, and she has one daughter, Lynne, and a granddaughter, Annabella.
Rep. Marguerite Quinn is running for reelection in the 143rd Legislative District. She was first elected as State Representative in 2006 and is the second woman to hold the Bucks County Seat. Rep. Quinn has served on the Transportation, Professional Licensure, Aging and Older Adult Services and Insurance committees. She has placed an emphasis on reaching to and serving her constituents and building bipartisan relationships in Harrisburg and at home. Rep. Quinn has worked closely with her community and is involved in many organizations. She lives in Doylestown with her husband John. She has two daughters, Maggie and Carolyn, and three step-children, Liz, Patrick, and Christopher.
Rep. Kathy Rapp is running for reelection in the 65th Legislative District. For the 2011-12 legislation session, Rep. Rapp has been appointed to serve as a House Republican Deputy Whip and a member of the House Finance Committee. In addition, Rep. Rapp will return for her fourth consecutive term as a member of the Education, Environmental Resources and Energy, and Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness committees. Before her election, Rep. Rapp worked for two health care facilities in Warren, representing Beverly Health Care. She lives in Warren and is the mother of a son and two daughters and is a proud grandmother of six amazing grandsons.
Susan Rzucidlo is the Democratic candidate for State Representative in the 158th Legislative District. Susan is a farmer, business owner, and advocate. In 2004, Susan founded SPEAK Unlimited, Inc., a nonprofit organization that educates police officers, firefighters, and EMTs about how to communicate with and serve people with disabilities. She provides free advocacy services to anyone in need and has done a lot of good things for our community and our state. Susan was a co-creator of the Pennsylvania Premise Alert System, gifted to the state in 2008, which allows individuals with disabilities to notify first responders of their needs in the event of an emergency. Susan is married with four children and lives in New Garden.
Sen. Judy Schwankrapp is running for reelection in the 11th Senatorial District. Judy recognizes that the needs and concerns of residents of the 11th Senatorial District are not limited by its boundaries. She has dedicated most of her adult life to public service. She became director of the Berks County Cooperative Extension Program in 1991 and was elected as the first female Berks County Commissioner in 2000. Judy served two terms as Berks County Commissioner. Most recently Judy served as the Dean of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at Delaware Valley College. She attributes her success to her parents who taught her that public service, a strong work ethic and personal integrity were the keys to a rewarding life.
Linda Small is the Democratic candidate for State Representative in the 93rd Legislative District. Linda is a United States Navy veteran. She retired as a Master Chief Petty Officer (E-9) in 2006 after more than 27 years of total service, 22 of them on active duty. A highlight of her career was serving on the aircraft carrier USS NIMITZ. Linda holds a bachelor's degree in history from the University of Pennsylvania and volunteers with the Paul Smith Southern York County Library.
Sarah Speed is the Democratic candidate for State Representative in the 47th Legislative District. Sarah is the Animal Law Legislative Chair of the Pennsylvania Bar Association and served as secretary of the Pennsylvania State Animal Response Team. She is licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania, California, and Washington, DC. Sarah has been selected by the Pennsylvania Democratic Committee to serve as a Delegate at Large to the Democratic National Convention. She lives in the Springettsbury Township in York County.
Susan Spika is the Democratic candidate for State Representative for the 89th Legislative District. Starting out as a stay home mom, Susan now works from home as a free-lance consultant. Susan is a co-founder of Education Matters, developed in Cumberland Valley through Susan’s dedication to informing people about the issues affecting education. Susan’s goal is to make a change and build a better future for our children and our communities. Susan lives in Shippensburg with her husband, Mark, and their two daughters, Margaret and Natalie.
Sherry Stalley is the Republican candidate for State Representative in the 71st Legislative District. Sherry has 21 years of experience as a News Anchor including 16 years at Fox8 and ABC23 and 2 years at WJAC. She was one of the first reporters on the scene of the Flight 93 crash on 9/11 and has helped to write 3 books on the coverage of the September 11th tragedies. Sherry is presently employed as a Marketing Coordinator for The Learning Lamp. She resides in Johnstown with her husband, Andrew, and their two children, Drew and Jessica.
Rep. RoseMarie Swanger is running for reelection in the 102nd Legislative District. Rep. Swanger is a 1963 graduate of South Lebanon High School and attended Thompson Institute in Harrisburg. She also completed several management courses at Lebanon Valley College from 1981 to 1983. Prior to her election to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, Rep. Swanger served as Lebanon County Commissioner from 1984 to 2004. Rep. Swanger resides in Jonestown with her husband, Leonard. They have one daughter and a grandson.
Rep. Marcy Toepel is running for reelection in the 147th Legislative District. Toepel has focused her legislative efforts on cutting government waste, fraud, and spending. Toepel also supports endeavors to reduce taxes and eliminate unreasonable regulations for job creators. Before being elected to State Representative, Rep. Toepel served as first deputy in the Montgomery County Clerk of Courts and to the Montgomery County Recorder of Deeds. In addition to her work with the county courts, Rep. Toepel enhances her business experience by having held positions as an executive assistant and office manager for a locally owned business. Rep. Toepel and her husband, Mark, reside in Douglass Township and they have five children: Josh, Jana, Jared, Jordan, and Erin.
Rep. Tarah Toohil is running for reelection in the 116th Legislative District. In her first month in office, Rep. Toohil was named Deputy Majority Whip. She is a member of the House Children and Youth, Health, Judiciary, Local Government and Urban Affairs committees as well as a member of the Welfare Policy Task Force. Rep. Toohil is also a very active member in her community. She is a local attorney and focused on legal services in school.
Sen. Patricia H. Vance is running uncontested for State Senator in the 31st Senatorial District. She is the only member of the Legislature who is a professional nurse. Vance served as the Cumberland County Recorder of Deeds from 1978 to 1990. She has been a member of the Senate since 2005 after serving 14 years in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. While a member of the House, she authored more than a dozen laws. Since becoming a member of the Senate, she has authored ten laws.
Kimberly Pazzanita Villella is the Democratic candidate for State Senator in the 47th Senatorial District. Kimberly started her first small business at the age of 19, which she owned and operated ever since. In addition, Kimberly and her husband have started four other businesses, ranging from a 50 bed assisted living facility to an industrial fastener manufacturing plant. In 2008 Kimberly ran for Baden Council. She and her husband Chris have two children, Braelyn and Christopher, and one grandchild, Jaysean.
Sen. Kim Ward is running uncontested for State Senator in the 39th Senatorial District. Senator Ward is a native southwestern Pennsylvania resident who grew up in Meadowlands, Washington County. She was the first woman elected to the 39th Senatorial District seat. Prior to her election in 2007 as a Westmoreland County Commissioner, Senator Ward served as a Hempfield Township supervisor from 2002 to 2007, and served as chairwoman the last three years of her term. Senator Ward served as the Director of Governor Mark Schweiker's Southwest Regional Office, was appointed by Governor Tom Ridge to serve on the Post-Secondary Education Commission, and presently serves on the leadership committee of the Pennsylvania Republican Party. Senator Ward is married to Dr. Thomas Ward. They live in Hempfield Township and have three children.
Rep. Katharine M. Watson is running uncontested for reelection in the 144th Legislative District. Rep. Watson was first elected in 2000 and she continues to bring Harrisburg the best preparation and experience a lawmaker can have. Before her election in 2000, Rep. Watson served as a commissioner on the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission, was a high school English teacher and she operated a home-based public relations firm, Coleraine Consultants, PR. Rep. Watson and her husband James reside in Warrington Township and have a son Derek.
Betty White is the Democratic candidate for State Representative in the 147th Legislative District. Presently, Betty works as a maintenance dispatcher and she has volunteered for the Community Ambulance Service of Green Lane. As State Representative, Betty will focus on educating our children, creating more and better jobs, better the lives of our seniors, and protect our personal freedoms. Betty is married to Sylvester L. White Sr. and is a proud mother and grandmother.
Jo White is the Democratic candidate for State Representative in the 61st Legislative District. Jo is a physician by profession and a research consultant for pharmaceutical companies. Jo originally ran for State Representative in 1996 and lost by a close margin. She pledges to maintain unparalleled excellence in constituent service while advocating positions more in tune with local opinions. Jo will work to solve the issue with the ongoing deep cuts to higher, secondary and primary education. Jo believes fiscal responsibility is a hard task and requires some tough choices. Jo is a longtime resident in Lower Gwynedd.
Mary Whitesell is the Democratic candidate for State Representative in the 145th Legislative District. Mary is a certified Paralegal and holds an AAS in Legal Secretary. She has provided administrative leadership to senior corporate officers, offices of corporate services, and general counsel. She has held responsibility for helping implement Total Quality Management (TQM) and ISO-9000 Certified work environments in multiple domestic and international cost centers. Her expertise includes the preparation of corporate records; various types of litigation and legal matters, the review and preparation of legal documents, and she has managed department financials and reporting. Mary lives with her family in Coopersburg and also holds a real estate license and is a notary public.
Patricia L. Worrell is the Democratic candidate for State Senator in the 9th Senatorial District. Patricia’s aim is to defend the rights of women for a fair and equal pay, a fair and equal healthcare and a fair and equal economy. She strives to have more women in the legislature in order to establish a fair, balanced representation for women in the legislature. Patricia lives in Chester, PA and owns the Handy-Lady Cleaning Services, Plus LLC and works as a Real Estate Broker. She is a mother of three and grandmother of one.
Rep. Rosita C. Youngblood is running uncontested for reelection in the 198th Legislative District. She was first elected to serve in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in April 1994. Throughout her tenure, Youngblood has focused on serving the constituents of the 198th Legislative District by introducing several issue-specific pieces of legislation and sponsoring a variety of community outreach programs and activities. Rep. Youngblood has been very active in the community as well as in the House since her first election. She has participated in a number of community outreach programs, held positions and memberships in various organizations, and she has been an advocate in state government for her residents and all Pennsylvanian’s through her participation in Legislation.
Kathy Boockvar is the Democratic Candidate for U.S. Representative in the 8th Congressional District. Kathy has dedicated her career as an attorney and mediator to helping Pennsylvanians protect their jobs, their Social Security, and their families. She began her career as a Legal Services attorney in Northeastern Pennsylvania and the Lehigh Valley after which she founded and maintained a small law practice for 11 years, representing countless workers, families, and small businesses in Pennsylvania. Kathy has long been active on women's issues. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of A Woman's Place and she has done volunteer legal work for Wills for Heroes. Kathy lives in Doylestown with her husband, Jordan, their daughter Colette, and their dog Zoie.
Laureen Cummings is the Republican candidate for U.S. Representative in the 17th Congressional District. Laureen is a nurse and small business owner from Old Forge, Pennsylvania. She is running for Congress in Pennsylvania’s 17th Congressional District. Laureen will fight to repeal Obamacare, she wants a responsible national energy policy, she is a staunch Pro-Life candidate, she is a strong supporter of 2nd Amendment rights, and she supports the Fair Tax plan. Laureen is active in Pennsylvania politics, working hard to get people involved at the grassroots level. She is the mother of four grown children and the proud grandmother of three.
Missa Eaton is the Democratic Candidate for U.S. Representative in the 3rd Congressional District. Missa worked in education for more than 15 years. For the last 8 years she was an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Penn State Shenango. Earlier in her career, she worked in a wide range of roles including retail and real estate, giving her a well-rounded base of experience. Missa believes the people of the 3rd District of Pennsylvania deserve a representative in Washington, DC who will keep their real interests at the forefront. "It's time to fix our broken Congress and get back to work rebuilding our economy."
Independent candidate Karen Ramsburg is the Democratic Candidate for U.S. Representative in the 9th Congressional District. Karen won ballot access for the November election on the Democratic Party ballot and is now a registered Democrat. Karen became interested in politics while saving an historical landmark, the Justice William Smith House located in Mercersburg, PA. Her research inspired her to write a book, Smith Rebellion 1765 Gives Rise to Modern Politics, published in November 2011. She is employed by Sheppard Pratt Healthcare Systems where she works with adolescents with mental health issues. Karen is a full-time registered nurse and mother.
U.S. Rep. Allyson Y. Schwartz is running for reelection in the 13th Congressional District. She is currently serving her fourth term representing Pennsylvania's 13th Congressional District. As the sole female member of Pennsylvania’s congressional delegation, the Philadelphia Daily News praises Rep. Schwartz as a "local trailblazer" for women in politics. Prior to her service in Congress, Schwartz was a leading healthcare executive in Philadelphia. From 1990 to 2004, she served as a member of the Pennsylvania State Senate. She is married and has two grown sons.
Aryanna Strader is the Democratic Candidate for U.S. Representative in the 16th Congressional District. Remembering those in her community who assisted her at a young age, Aryanna enlisted in the United States Army in November of 2001, just months after the terrorist attacks of 9/11. In August of 2010, Aryanna and her husband began a small SAP training, implementation, and support business called Aryday LLC. In July of 2011, Aryanna and her husband chose to relocate their family and business to Kennett Square, PA. Since then, Aryanna has been working with Accenture to support the Defense Logistics Agency with another wave of their SAP implementation in Washington D.C and New Cumberland, PA.
Kathleen Kane is the Democratic candidate for Attorney General. Born and raised in Scranton PA, Kathleen’s working class upbringing contributes heavily to her work ethic. Her legal career began with civil litigation with the firm of Post & Schell, P.C. in Philadelphia. She then returned home to accept a position as an Assistant District Attorney in the Lackawanna County District Attorney’s Office. She has contributed to pioneering law enforcement programs, like Lackawanna County’s Mental Health Court, in order to solve problems through other effective and collaborative methods of law enforcement, not just prosecution.
Diana Irey Vaughan is the Republican candidate for State Treasurer. Diana, elected in 1995, is the only woman ever to be elected as a Washington County commissioner. She is now serving her 4th four year term. Diana has held a number of positions helping to steer the Washington County area toward increased economic growth, she has served on numerous economic and community boards and she was named one of the top "60 Pittsburghers of the year" by Pittsburgh Magazine in December 1999. Diana is the proud mother of three children; Victoria, Frank, and Alexandra. She is married to LTC Robert Vaughan who just returned home from serving his 5th mobilization with the US Army in Afghanistan.