2014 Women Candidates of PA
State Legislature Candidates
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197th Legislative District
Leslie Acosta is the Democratic candidate running for Representative in the 197th Legislative District. Leslie was raised in North Philadelphia. She is the youngest of four children. In the late 1990s she began her journey of volunteerism for urban communities in the Philadelphia Region providing mentoring & tutoring services to children. Acosta earned her bachelor’s degree in Theology and Social Work from Cairn University and her M.B.A. with a concentration in Health Care Management.
Leslie has a wide range of work experience in various sectors including non-profit and Federal Government. She is currently an adjunct professor at Esperanza College of Eastern University, serving the Hispanic and local communities. Her professional career outside of academia includes hands on effort with several community outreach endeavors. She is experienced in campaign work. She served on the Board of Directors, as Vice President, for Bucks County Mental Health Clinic. Helping and consulting on many issues regarding managed care services. She also co-founded a management consultant firm, seeking to help small businesses improve outpatient behavioral health services.
Leslie M. Altieri
138th Legislative District
Leslie M. Altieri is the Democrat candidate for State Representative in the 138th Legislative District. Altieri graduated with her BA in Political Science and Sociology from Moravian College in 2002. She has worked as an Officer/Counselor for Juvenile Detention, as well as an Independent Sales Advisor for LiaSophia. Leslie is currently the President of Northampton County Council of Democratic Women.
166th Legislative District
Sarah Armstrong is the Republican candidate for State Representative in the 166th Legislative District. Sarah is a graduate of Archbishop Carroll High School and Villanova University, with a degree in Accounting. She and her husband Peter will have been married 21 years this summer. They have two children - a daughter who is a sophomore at Penn State University and a son who is a junior at Radnor High School. Sarah was raised in Delaware County, where she has lived (between Haverford and Radnor Townships) for almost 40 years.
Professionally, Sarah has 23 years of business experience, including spending the last 11 years as the Chief Financial Officer for a global software company. She recently led the sale of the company, which now allows her to work full-time on her campaign and, ultimately, for the residents of the 166th District.
20th Senatorial District
Senator Lisa Baker is the incumbent and Republican candidate in the 20th Senatorial District of Pennsylvania. Lisa attended Shippensburg University and obtained her BA in Government Administration. Senator Baker has served as a research analyst, deputy chief of staff, and chief of staff before becoming a state legislator. In 2012 she was given the Legislator of the Year Award. Senator Baker currently serves on the following committees: Aging & Youth, Appropriations, Consumer Protection & Professional Licensure, Labor & Industry (Chair), Public Health & Welfare, and Veterans Affairs & Emergency Preparedness.
Senator Baker and her husband, Gary, have one son.
Mary Ellen Balchunis
7th Congressional District
Mary Ellen Balchunis is the Democratic candidate in the 7th Congressional District of Pennsylvania, where she also grew up. Balchunis attended Cardinal O’Hara High School in Delaware County and was the first college graduate in her family, she worked three jobs to put herself through school. She is currently a College Professor at La Salle University in Philadelphia.
Balchunis has participated in the following organizations: League of Women Voters, United Cerebral Palsy Association, Delaware County Democrats, Pennsylvania Democratic State Committee, Philadelphia Corporation for Aging, and the National Board for the American Society for Public Administration.
Balchunis has one daughter who is currently a college junior.
46th Senatorial District
Camera is a candidate for State Senator in district 46. Camera is an accomplished businesswoman and was the first member of her family in three generations to graduate high school. She subsequently earned two college degrees. Camera is actively involved with the American Cancer Society, the American Heart Association of Washington County, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and Gilda's Club of Western PA.
192nd Legislative District
Representative Louise Bishop is the incumbent and Democratic candidate in the 192nd Legislative District. Representative Bishop was born in Cairo, Georgia. At the age of 15, Bishop moved to Philadelphia where she graduated from West Philadelphia High School. She obtained her professional degree in radio broadcasting, a male-dominated industry, at the American Foundation of Dramatic Arts. Bishop was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Law from Easter University and Doctorate of Humanities from Monrovia College and was the recipient of the Richard Allen Hildebrand Award, the highest honor bestowed by the African Methodist Episcopal Church.
Bishop was first elected to serve in the state House of Representatives in 1988 and has been re-elected to office 13 times by constituents in of the 192nd Legislative District. Rep. Bishop is minority chairperson of the House Children and Youth Committee. She also serves on the Democratic Policy Committee and the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus. She is a former officer of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus and the Philadelphia Delegation.
117th Legislative District
Representative Karen Boback is the incumbent and Republican candidate in the 117th Legislative District. Representative Boback is a lifelong resident of Northeastern Pennsylvania. She is a graduate of Central Catholic High School, Kingston; Misericordia University, Dallas; Marywood University, Scranton; and The University of Pennsylvania. She has earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary/special education; two master’s degrees: one in guidance, one in education; and a Ph.D. in organizational leadership.
Representative Boback worked in the Tunkhannock Area School District for thirty-three years as a teacher and guidance counselor, and was an adjunct professor at Misericordia University. She was nominated and chosen for the 1994 edition of Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers and the 1988 edition of Who’s Who in American Education. In 2006, Karen received the Excellence in Education Award from Misericordia University. First elected in 2006, Karen Boback has represented the 117th District in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives for the past 7 years. She presently serves on the House Appropriations Committee, Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee, Tourism Committee, and Gaming Oversight Committee.
Karen and her husband, Bernard J. Boback, Jr. have been married for 38 years and have two children.
122nd Legislative District
Patricia Borger is the Democratic candidate for State Representative in the 122nd Legislative District. Patti Borger is a successful Carbon County business owner and farmer. A graduate of the Carbon County Chamber of Commerce "Carbon Leadership" program, her community service experience also includes active leadership in Carbon County Democratic politics. She serves on the Carbon County Democratic Executive Board and is Area Vice-Chair for the Lehighton Area.
Patti has nearly thirty years of business experience; her "Home Interiors & Gifts" business was recognized as a national sales leader. She is former president of the Pennsylvania Tree Growers' Association, the first woman to hold that position. In this role, she oversaw the 23rd National Christmas Tree Association Convention at Split Rock Resort, in Lake Harmony, Carbon County. Patti also recently worked as an Activity and Event Coordinator, Human Resource Director, and Community and Charitable Outreach Specialist.
She is a long-time resident of Carbon County. She and her husband, Kevin, own and operate a tree farm in Mahoning Township.
18th Senatorial District
Senator Lisa Boscola is the incumbent and Democratic candidate in the 18th Senatorial District of Pennsylvania. Lisa attended Villanova University and received both her BA and MA in Political Science. Boscola is a life-long resident of the Lehigh Valley. First elected to the Pennsylvania General Assembly in 1994, Senator Boscola served two terms in the state House and is serving her fourth term representing the 18th Senatorial District, consisting of Northampton, Monroe and Lehigh Counties. Prior to her election to the General Assembly, Senator Boscola served as Deputy Court Administrator with Northampton County.
Since the start of the 2011-2012 legislative session, Senator Boscola has served in Senate leadership, as Chair of the Senate Democratic Policy Committee. Senator Boscola currently serves as the Democratic Chair of the Senate Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure Committee. She also serves as a member of the Judiciary, Banking & Insurance, Game and Fisheries and Rules & Executive Nominations Committees.
Senator Boscola resides in Bethlehem Township with her husband, Ed, and Trixie and Turbo.
50th Senatorial District
Representative Michele Brooks is currently the State Representative in the 17th Legislative District and she is the Republican candidate in the 50th Senatorial District of Pennsylvania. She currently serves on the House Aging and Older Adult Services, Agriculture and Rural Affairs, Gaming Oversight and Professional Licensure committees.
Before being elected to the state House in 2006, Brooks served as vice chairman of the Mercer County Board of Commissioners. She also served as an executive board member of the Penn-Northwest Development Corporation. Her work also entailed activity as liaison commissioner to the Mercer County Convention & Visitors Bureau, Mercer County Area Agency on Aging, Mercer County Cooperative Extension Office and Mercer County Regional Planning Commission.
Michele is married to Guy Brooks, and they have two children.
189th Legislative District
Representative Rosemary Brown is the incumbent and Republican candidate in the 189th Legislative District. She was first elected in 2010 and currently serves on the following committees: Aging & Older Adult Services, Commerce, Insurance, and Veterans Affairs & Emergency Preparedness.
Representative Brown has lived in the Poconos for 36 years. She graduated from East Stroudsburg High School, and the University of Scranton. After college, Rosemary began her career in the business world working in management with companies such as Macy’s and Saks Fifth Avenue. In 1997, Rosemary moved back to the area to work as a Divisional Manager of the Bon-Ton Stores helping them to meet budgets and manage employees and sales. In 2000 she decided to make a career switch and headed into pharmaceutical sales, working for Hoffman-LaRoche and a division of Johnson & Johnson, Vistakon.
She and her husband of 19 years, her high school sweetheart Joe, live in Middle Smithfield Township with their three children.
Vanessa L. Brown
190th Legislative District
Representative Vanessa Lowery Brown is the incumbent and Democratic candidate in the 190th Legislative District. She was first elected in 2008. She is the first woman to represent the 190th Legislative District. Before her election to the state House, she was a community organizer for the West Philadelphia Coalition. Prior to taking that position in 2006, she volunteered her services to the Coalition. Representative Lowery Brown studied Math at Howard University, and attended the Community College of Philadelphia as a participant in the New Choices New Options Program. She has a teenage son in high school and is actively involved in education issues, both in his school and in the school district.
Among her many accolades, she is the recipient of the National Organization for Women's 2008 Outstanding Community Service Award; the 2007 Dwelling Place Worship Center Destiny Maker Award; the 2005 University of Pennsylvania Martin Luther King Community Service Award; the 2004 Million Woman March Association Activist of the Year Award. In 2010, she was recognized by the Young Haitian Professionals for philanthropy and by HUB Coalition Inc. for financial support to build a memorial to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Michelle F. Brownlee
195th Legislative District
Representative Michelle F. Brownlee is the incumbent and Democratic candidate in the 195th Legislative District. Before assuming office, Representative Brownlee worked in the constituent service office of former state Rep. Frank Oliver for 35 years. Brownlee is a past member of the board of directors of the historic Berean Institute, and she is also a graduate of the Berean Institute paralegal program. In 1995 and 1996, she earned the Judges Honors, a coveted award at the Berean Institute. She has also been listed in "Who's Who for Junior Colleges."
Representative Brownlee is the co-vice chairwoman of the Philadelphia Delegation and past secretary of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus. She also serves on committees such as Appropriations, Secretary of Children & Youth, Secretary of Human Services and as sub-chair on First Class Counties of Urban Affairs. Representative 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. She is currently a bible study instructor at the church. Brownlee is a wife, mother, grandmother and a well-respected community activist.
Karen D. Chellew
145th Legislative District
Karen Chellew is the Democratic candidate for State Representative in the 145th Legislative District. She is the CEO and founder of Sisters U, a nonprofit organization. Karen holds the position of Business Manager and Firm Administrator at Weber, Kracht & Chellew in the 145th District of Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Karen has worked at the law firm for the past 27 years with only a brief time away to care for her young children. Karen served on the Board of the Independence Chapter of the Association of Legal Administration. She is also an affiliate member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association.
Karen is a full-time working wife, grandmother, mother of three, and avid community service advocate. Karen has previously directed Kid’s Voting for Deibler Elementary School in the Pennridge School District from (2011-2013), assisted and taught the TerraCyle afterschool program at Deibler Elementary (2013), and managed the Perkasie Springfest 5k (2012-2013). In addition, Karen enjoys running and has been a participant in the Race Judicata for the past five years and The Travis Manion Run for the past three years.
120th Legislative District
Eileen Cipriani is the Democratic candidate for State Representative in the 120th Legislative District. She was raised in West Wyoming Borough, attending Holy Trinity Grade School (Swoyersville) and graduating from Bishop O'Reilly High School. Cipriani received an undergraduate degree from Bloomsburg University, and received a Masters in Organizational Management from Misericordia University.
After college, Eileen worked at Nesbitt Hospital in Kingston and later transferred to Wilkes-Barre General Hospital when the two facilities merged and specialized in toxicology testing where she worked for 26 years. In 2011, Cipriani received the Governor's Award for Local Government Excellence on behalf of West Wyoming Borough. She co-founded and now serves as president of the West Side Council of Governments. She serves as a member and past president of the West Wyoming Borough Council. She serves as a board officer of Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Luzerne County. Eileen has also worked for State Representative Phyllis Mundy's legislative staff.
Cipriani has been married to her husband, Joe, for 25 years. Together they have two sons, David and Michael, who both attend Kings College.
155th Legislative District
Representative Becky Corbin is the incumbent and Republican candidate in the 155th Legislative District. She was first elected to office in 2012. At the time of her election, Representative Corbin had already served the 155th district for 21 years as an administrative assistant to Reps. Curt Schroder and Jim Gerlach, both of whom held the seat previously. She obtained her BS in Chemistry from Chatham University. After college, she worked as a forensic chemist for the Commonwealth of Virginia before returning to Pennsylvania to pursue a career in the pharmaceutical industry. For more than 35 years, she has called East Brandywine Township home.
Representative Corbin has served as a member of the zoning hearing board, the board of auditors, and as a regional police commissioner for East Brandywine Township. She served as a consultant to the Delaware County Solid Waste Authority where she was a member of the Conestoga Landfill Advisory Council. In the 2013-14 legislative session, Representative Corbin served on the following House committees: Environmental Resources and Energy, Health, Gaming Oversight, and Urban Affairs committees.
She and her husband, Michael, live in East Brandywine Township. They have two children and two grandchildren.
44th Senatorial District
Commissioner Kathi Cozzone is the Democratic candidate in the 44th Senatorial District for Pennsylvania. Kathi is currently serving her second term as Chester County Commissioner and has been Vice Chair of the Board since 2011. Kathi lives in Uwchlan Township with her husband Victor and their 11-year-old son, who attends Lionville Middle School in the Downingtown Area School District. They attend St. Paul United Church of Christ in Exton, PA.
Commissioner Cozzone earned her BS degree in Accounting from the College of New Jersey in 1984. She has accumulated over 20 years of versatile Financial Management experience in several different industries. Kathi’s most recent role in the private sector was a Corporate Business manager at Rodale Inc. in Emmaus, PA. Commissioner Cozzone is a member of the following boards: Chester County Child Advocacy Center, Chester County Conservation District, Chester County Economic Development Council (ex- officio), Chester County United Way, County Commissioners Association of PA (CCAP), CCAP Courts and Corrections Committee, and CCAP Academy for Excellence Committee.
Anne R. Crowley
167th Legislative District
Anne R. Crowley is the Democratic candidate for State Representative in the 167th Legislative District. Anne is from southeastern Pennsylvania, the youngest of four children, she spent most of her childhood in Montgomery County. Anne has taught social studies at various schools and was an adjunct instructor of government at Widener University. Anne started her own consulting business and had as clients, National Audubon Society and the Union of Concerned Scientists.
Over the years, Anne has volunteered with a number of groups, including the Chester County League of Women Voters, Daemion Counseling Center, the Easttown Tri-centennial Music Committee, the Historic Berwyn Tour, Surrey Services Gala Committee, and the Pennsylvania League of Women Voters. She is active in her church with the Interfaith Hospitality Network.
She and her husband, Jim, have shared 41 years of marriage. College sweethearts, Jim and Anne spent the first 22 years of married life as an Air Force family, raising their two sons.
Mary Jo Daley
148th Legislative District
Representative Mary Jo Daley is the incumbent and Democratic candidate in the 148th Legislative District. Representative Daley graduated from Gwynedd Mercy College with an associate in science degree. She then continued her studies, earning a bachelor of business administration from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and later obtained an MPA from the Fels Center of Government at the University of Pennsylvania.
Representative Daley's work resume includes 20 years at the University of Pennsylvania, culminating in a position where she was directly responsible for balancing a multi-million-dollar annual budget at an institution that supports some of the world's most important and groundbreaking biomedical research. Daley served for 20 years as a member of Narberth Borough Council, including 10 years as council president. She was first elected to the state House of Representatives in 2012 and currently serves as a member of the Local Government Commission, Finance Committee, State Government Committee, and Minority Secretary of the Health Committee.
She and her husband, Bob, live in Narberth. Her children and grandchildren all live in the area.
Ruth S. Damsker
12th Senatorial District
Ruth S. Damsker is the Democratic candidate for District 12 of the Pennsylvania State Senate, and is a lifelong resident of Montgomery County. Ruth was elected to serve as Cheltenham Township Finance Office, and appointed the Township Controller for twelve years. After that, Ruth was elected as Montgomery County Commissioner in 1999, and served through 2007. In 2010, Ruth was elected to the Democratic State Committee and to the Reserve at Gwynedd Homeowner Association. In 2012, she was an elected Delegate to the Democratic National Convention. Ruth currently serves on the Boards of Philadelphia Reads, Jewish Social Policy Action Network and Caring People Alliance-a Boys and Girls Club Affiliate.
Ruth graduated from Temple University with her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work. She was married to the late Dr. Jeffrey I. Damsker for 35 years. Ruth has four children: her three sons, Jason, Keith, and David are all physicians; her daughter, Rebecca, has a Master’s in Education, and is a secondary Social Studies teacher. Ruth is the proud grandmother of six. She currently lives in Upper Gwynedd Township.
164th Legislative District
Representative Margo Davidson is the incumbent and Democratic candidate in the 164th Legislative District. She is a graduate of Temple University and participated in the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business management certificate program.
She began her career as a broadcast journalist, working as a radio broadcaster for several years while starting two non-profit organizations – one to help small businesses grow and the other to make children and families safer. Before she was elected to the Pennsylvania legislature, Davidson's leadership was recognized by two legislative bodies and the U.S. Small Business Administration. Recently, she was one of several public servants honored for her service by the Community College of Philadelphia. Representative Davidson serves on the Local Government, Commerce, and Finance committees.
She and her husband of 25 years, live in Upper Darby. They have four sons, three grandsons, and one daughter-in-law. Representative Davidson is the first Democrat, the first African American, and the first woman to represent the 164th Legislative District.
141st Legislative District
Representative Tina Davis is the incumbent and Democratic candidate in the 141st Legislative District. She was first elected in 2010. In working to solve the local flooding problems, Representative Davis realized that she enjoyed helping others, and in 2006, ran for and was elected to Bristol Township Council. She was Council Vice President and also served on the Finance, Pension, and Building, Planning and Zoning committees until her election to the state House.
Representative Davis is a 1983 graduate of LaSalle University with a degree in computer science. She and her husband Jim own a small local trucking business, but their priorities always revolve around their three children. Rep. Davis is a hockey mom and loves to cook. She has volunteered as a basketball coach, room mom at her children's schools, and with the local Girls Scouts and the American Cancer Society. She has also served as a state Democratic Committee Person.
153rd Legislative District
Representative Madeleine Dean is the incumbent and Democratic candidate in the 153rd Legislative District. She currently sits on: the Appropriations, Ethics, Finance (Democratic Vice Chair), Human Services, Subcommittee on Mental Health (Democratic Chair), and Judiciary committees.
Representative Dean earned her undergraduate degree at La Salle University, Philadelphia and enjoyed classes at Montgomery County Community College. She earned her law degree at Widener University School of Law, in Wilmington, Delaware – and attended the University of Pennsylvania Fels Institute of Government. Madeleine served 11 years as an assistant professor of English at LaSalle University. In addition, Madeleine is a writer and is a contributor to the Philadelphia Daily News and other publications. Prior to teaching, Madeleine practiced law in Philadelphia.
Before becoming a member of the General Assembly, Madeleine served as Abington Township Commissioner, Ward 7. Representative Dean and her husband, Patrick, live in Jenkintown, Abington Township and have three grown sons, and one granddaughter.
194th Legislative District
Representative Pam DeLissio is the incumbent and Democratic candidate in the 194th Legislative District. She has served the 194th Legislative District since 2010. Pam serves on the following committees: Health, Agriculture and Rural Affairs, Human Services, Aging and Older Adult Services, and Policy. During her time in office Pam competed for and participated in 3 Leadership Development programs: 2011 U.S. Army War College – Strategy Implementation Seminar; 2012 The State Legislative Leaders Foundation- Emerging Leader’s Program; 2013 Council of State Governments- Henry Toll Fellowship.
Having earned a bachelor’s degree in Health Planning and Administration from Penn State University in 1978; Pam has almost 30 years’ experience in the fields of long-term care and small business ownership before being elected to the General Assembly. In 2005, she was named one of “Pennsylvania’s 2005 Best 50 Women in Business”. Pam received an honorable mention from the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging for the AAHSA Development Corporation/B.C. Ziegler and Co. Strategic Financial Fellowship.
She resides in Roxborough.
88th Legislative District
Representative Sheryl M. Delozier is the incumbent and Republican candidate in the 88th Legislative District. Prior to her election to the state House in 2008, Sheryl worked in many facets of state government. She 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.
Representative Delozier currently serves on the Consumer Affairs, Judiciary, Liquor Control, and Labor and Industry committees. In addition, she is a Deputy Chair for the Republican Policy Committee and a member of the House Committee on Ethics.
Sheryl graduated from the University of Delaware where she earned a BA in Political Science with an emphasis in domestic government. She continued her education at the Open University of the Netherlands, and Pennsylvania State University, obtaining her Master’s in Management in Business Administration.
She and her husband, Christopher, currently reside in Lower Allen Township in Cumberland County. They have two children.
117th Legislative District
Laura Dickson is the Democratic candidate for State Representative in the 117th Legislative District. She was born in Albion, New York, moved to Tunkhannock, and attended Keystone College. It was there that she met her husband, Jim; they have been married for 34 years and have one daughter.
Laura is currently the Auditor in Wyoming County. She has served as county auditor since 2010 and in 2012, she was appointed to the Executive Board of the Pennsylvania State Association Of County Auditors.
Laura is a Jr. Church Teacher, the Chairperson of Youth and Ministry, the Chairperson of Special Programs and Events, and a member of the Pastor Parish Committee at East Lemon United Methodist Church. Laura is currently the President of The Wyoming County Democratic Women’s Society, along with representing the county as a member of the Pennsylvania Federation of Democratic Women. She also works with the Wyoming County Democrat Committee.
Maria P. Donatucci
185th Legislative District
Representative Maria P. Donatucci is the incumbent and Democratic candidate in the 185th Legislative District. Maria married then state Representative Robert Donatucci in 1984 and together they raised two children. During their nearly 27 years together, Maria strongly supported and assisted her husband in his work. Sadly, in November of 2010, Robert passed away shortly after a successful reelection win to his 16th legislative term in office. Maria succeeded her late husband in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in a special election held on February 1, 2011, and was reelected to office for her second term in November of 2012.
Before assuming office, Representative Donatucci has worked for various departments of the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority, as well as an adjudicator and supervisor with the Bureau of Administrative Adjudication.
Representative Donatucci is a member of the following standing committees: Gaming Oversight, Labor & Industry, Urban Affairs, and Veterans Affairs & Emergency Preparedness; a member of the Philadelphia Delegation and the Southeast Delegation, and also serves as a Deputy Whip for the Democratic Caucus.
37th Legislative District
Representative Mindy Fee is the incumbent and Republican candidate in the 37th Legislative District. She is a graduate of Manheim Central School District and lifelong resident of the Manheim area.
Mindy holds a degree in economics from Millersville University. She is a member of the NRA, is active in her church, and has provided volunteer service to many groups, such as the Manheim Central School District Booster Club and the Manheim Downtown Development Group. She is a former employee of TransAmerican Office Furniture Inc.
Mindy is the widow of Tom Fee, former district judge and mayor of Manheim. She has three children.
Elizabeth Liz Forrest
189th Legislative District
Elizabeth Forrest is the Democratic candidate in the 189th Legislative District. Liz Forrest is a 20-year resident of Delaware Township and she has her own consulting and technology business.
Liz also served part time as legislative aide to former Rep. John Siptroth in the 189th District from 2005 to 2010, where she worked in a strictly non-partisan capacity with constituents, and advocated on a wide range of issues, including gas drilling, utilities, community development, seniors' concerns, veterans affairs and transportation.
She possesses a BA in History from Old Dominion University and a BA in Music from The College of William & Mary, where she was a member of both Phi Alpha Theta Honorary History Fraternity and Pi Delta Epsilon Honorary Journalism Fraternity.
101st Legislative District
Representative Mauree Gingrich is the incumbent and Republican candidate in the 101st Legislative District. She was first elected to serve as Legislative District 101’s Representative in 2002. Representative Gingrich is currently the chairman of the House Gaming Oversight Committee, making her the first committee chairman from Lebanon County in more than 30 years. Gingrich also serves on the House Aging & Older Adult Services and Rules committees, as well as the Local Government Commission.
Before her election to statewide office, Gingrich served 12 years on the Palmyra Borough Council, including nine years as council president. She also previously served as a member of the Borough Planning Commission and as a Civil Service Commissioner. Gingrich has served on the board of the Lebanon Valley Chamber of Commerce, was a past chairman of the Leadership Lebanon Valley Board, and is a recipient of the Athena Award.
Gingrich lives in Palmyra with her husband. They have four children and seven grandchildren.
138th Legislative District
Representative Marcia Hahn is the incumbent and Republican candidate in the 138th Legislative District. She was first elected in May, 2010 in a special election.
Currently, Representative Hahn serves on the following committees: Agriculture and Rural Affairs, Game and Fisheries, Health and Tourism, and Recreational Development. Hahn also belongs to various caucuses.
Before assuming public office she worked for former Rep. Len Gruppo as a legislative aide in the neighboring 137th Legislative District. Then in 1998 she was hired by former Rep. Craig Dally in the 138th District as a constituent outreach coordinator and office manager. Hahn formerly served on the board of directors of the Nazareth Chamber of Commerce and Pen Argyl Families First.
A graduate of Nazareth Area High School, Representative Hahn is proud to call the Borough of Bath home. She is also a devoted mother and grandmother.
183rd Legislative District
Representative Julie Harhart is the incumbent and Republican candidate in the 183rd Legislative District. She was first elected into office in 1994.
Her legislative leadership roles include serving as majority chair of the House Professional Licensure Committee. She also serves as a member of the House Transportation Committee and has previously served on the Consumer Affairs, Intergovernmental Affairs, and Local Government committees; the Joint Task Force on Adoption; and the Joint Legislative Air and Water Pollution Control Committee.
Representative Harhart was named “Guardian of Small Business” by the National Federation of Independent Business for the third time in 2012. She was also awarded the Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees “Legislator of the Year Award” for the second time in 2012.
61st Legislative District
Representative Kate Harper is the incumbent and Republican candidate in the 61st Legislative District. Kate obtained her undergraduate degree from LaSalle University and went on to earn her law degree from Villanova University. A practicing lawyer for more than 20 years, she is a partner with the Fort Washington-based firm Timoney Knox LLP.
Representative Harper is currently the chairman of the House Local Government Committee. She previously served as chairman of the House Children and Youth Committee and the Ethics Committee. Kate’s state and community involvement also includes service on the Pennsylvania and Delaware Regional Water Committees; the Pennsylvania Environmental Hearing Board Rules Committee; and the Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network’s Board of Directors. She also chaired the Montgomery County Lands Trust, a non-profit conservancy. Kate previously served as chairman of the Lower Gwynedd Township Board of Supervisors and the Montgomery County Open Space Planning Board. She also served on the Montgomery Bar Association Board of Directors and chaired the bar association’s Long-Range Planning Committee.
Kate and her husband, Paul, still reside in Lower Gwynedd Township and have two sons.
9th Congressional District
Alanna Hartzok is the Democratic candidate in the 9th Congressional District of Pennsylvania. Alanna is a District 9 native who has been active in civic and political issues her entire life, traveling extensively as an advocate for locally based economies and participatory democracy. Alanna Hartzok is a mental health professional, writer, thought leader and mobilizer for policies that address wealth inequality and the need for a fair market economy. She is a recipient of the International Earth Day Award. Her award-winning book, The Earth Belongs to Everyone, contains 30 of her articles and essays.
84th Legislative District
Kristen Hayes is the Democratic candidate in the 84th Legislative District.
Susan C. Helm
104th Legislative District
Representative Susan C. Helm is the incumbent and Republican candidate in the 104th Legislative District. She was first elected in 2007 and became the first woman to serve in the Legislature in Dauphin County history. Currently, Sue serves on the Commerce, Gaming Oversight, Professional Licensure and Urban Affairs committees. She also serves as chair of the Urban Affairs Committee’s Subcommittee on Third Class Cities.
Representative Helm has served as a member of the Republican State Committee and as a delegate and alternate delegate to the Republican National Convention. In 2000, she was selected as one of two Pennsylvania delegates to serve on the Republican National Convention’s Rules Committee. She served as president of the Dauphin County Council of Republican Women in 2005 and is a past first vice chair of the Dauphin County Republican Committee.
A lifelong resident of Dauphin County, Sue graduated from Susquehanna Township Senior High School and earned an associate’s degree in liberal arts from Harrisburg Area Community College.
160th Legislative District
Whitney Hoffman is the Democratic candidate for State Representative in the 160th Legislative District. Whitney is the Director and CEO of Hoffman Digital Media, specializing in digital media strategy, content creation, and management for the web. Whitney grew up in Rochester, NY and met her husband, Matt while they were undergrads at the University of Pennsylvania where Whitney graduated with her BA in Developmental Biology. From there Whitney went to Dickinson Law School, where she was on Law Review, and worked briefly for the firm, Friedman and Hoch, in Harrisburg.
Whitney and her husband moved to Chadds Ford in 2004, and they have two sons. As a parent with children in the Kennett Consolidated School District, Whitney has assisted with the School District’s strategic planning and currently sits on the Technology and Professional Development Committees. She is also involved with tutoring, teaching classes on video and podcasting in the After the Bell after school program, and has worked on several PTO committees. Over the years Whitney has volunteered with the Kennett Area Democrats.
142nd Legislative District
Gina Kelly is the Democratic candidate for State Representative in the 142nd Legislative District. A Bucks County native, Gina resides in Highland Park, Middletown Township with husband Brian and son Leo. Gina received her BS Criminal Justice from West Chester University and her JD from Thomas M. Cooley School of Law.
She is a Litigation Attorney and is also a member of the following: Pennsylvania Bar Association, Bucks County Bar Association, Vice-Chair of Women Lawyers Division, and National Organization of Social Security Claimant's Representatives.
Within the community Gina is a volunteer for Wills for Heroes, providing estate planning documents to first-responders and their spouses. She is also a volunteer at Legal Aid, assisting victims of domestic violence by obtaining protection from abuse orders.
103rd Legislative District
Representative Patty Kim is the incumbent and Democratic candidate in the 103rd Legislative District. She was elected in 2012 and is the first Korean-American woman in the Pennsylvania Legislature.
Patty earned her BA in Mass Communications from Boston College. After graduation Patty went to work as a production assistant, associate producer, and writer at two Washington DC stations before she was hired as an anchor/reporter in Hagerstown, Maryland. For two years she anchored the morning show for the NBC affiliate winning an award from the Maryland Department of Education for a report on innovative teaching programs. In 2000, Patty was hired at WHP-CBS 21 and moved to Harrisburg where she reported the top news stories of the day. It was there that she decided to run for City Council. On City Council, Patty became the Chairwoman of Public Safety overseeing the Harrisburg Police and Fire Departments. In 2007, Patty became Chair of Public Works.
Patty lives in the City of Harrisburg with her husband, John Sider, and their two children.
169th Legislative District
Kate Klunk is the Republican candidate for State Representative in the 169th Legislative District. Kate is a 9th generation Hanover area resident and graduated from Hanover Senior High School. She later went on to pursue her BA in History, Economics, and Public Policy Studies from Dickinson College. She then obtained her JD from The Dickinson School of Law at the Pennsylvania State University.
Kate is a private practice attorney where she counsels small businesses, individuals, educational institutions and corporations in employment matters. She has previous experience working in The White House within the Office of Communications and the National Economic Council under President George W. Bush. Kate was also an intern for US Representative Todd Platts. She also worked at Utz Quality Foods as a general laborer and snack food packer.
161th Legislative District
Leanne Krueger-Braneky is the Democratic candidate for State Representative in the 161th Legislative District. She has been invited to the White House Business Council on multiple occasions to advise them on the needs of local businesses. For eight years, Leanne Krueger-Braneky served as the first Executive Director of the Sustainable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia (SBN).
Leanne holds an MBA in Urban Economic Development from Eastern University and a BA in Sociology from Rutgers University. She is also a BALLE Fellow, a Senior Fellow of the Environmental Leadership Program and a 2009 Pennsylvania Fellow of the Center for Progressive Leadership. Recent awards include the B Lab Champion of Change, 40 Under 40 from Pennsylvania Environmental Council, Next Generation of Leadership Rising Stars, and the Green Power Award from Citizens for Pennsylvania’s Future.
Leanne lives in Swarthmore, PA with her son and husband, David.
32nd Senatorial District
Representative Deberah Kula is the Democratic candidate for the 32nd Senatorial District of Pennsylvania. Representative Deberah Kula 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. She was first elected to the Pa. House of Representatives in 2006.
Prior to her legislative service, Kula was the deputy court administrator for the Fayette County Court of Common Pleas before advancing to the post of court administrator. She also has held several other leadership positions, including president of the Fayette County District Judges Association; chairwoman of the Court Administration Committee of Special Court Judges Association; board member of Another Way, Inc.; member of the Judicial Council Committee for Judicial Safety and Preparedness; member of the Fayette County Drug and Alcohol Advisory Board; and member of the state Department of Education Statewide Truancy Task Force.
Kula lives in North Union Township with her husband Frank, whom she has been married to for 46 years. She is a member of Saint Cyril and Methodius Church. They have three children and ten grandchildren.
Suzan G. Leonard
61st Legislative District
Suzan G. Leonard is the Democratic candidate for State Representative in the 61st Legislative District.
Suzan is a resident of Upper Gwynedd Township. While raising her three sons, Suzan became active in school associations and was elected to the North Penn School Board. Suzan is the current chairperson of the Education and Community Policy committees of the School Board, as well as a current member the North Montco Technical Career Center Board. She also holds a Board position of the North Wales Area Library where she currently serves as co-chair of fundraising. In addition, Suzan is an active member of the American Association of University Women (AAUW), the North Wales Business Alliance and a Democratic Committee Person for Upper Gwynedd.
Suzan graduated from Quinnipiac University School of Law. She maintains her law office in North Wales and specializes in Family Law and Wills, Trusts and Estates. She is a member of the Montgomery Bar Association, the Montgomery Bar Association Family Law Section, the Pennsylvania Bar Association and the Connecticut Bar Association.
115th Legislative District
Maureen Madden is the Democratic candidate in the 115th Legislative District.
114th Legislative District
Melanie Madeira is the Republican candidate for State Representative in the 114th Legislative District. Melanie was born and raised in Northeastern Pennsylvania and has raised her six children with her husband of 22 years, David.
Sandra J. Major
111th Legislative District
Representative Sandra J. Major is the incumbent and Republican candidate of the 111th Legislative District. She was first elected and has served since 1995. Prior to her tenure in the House, Representative Major served as Susquehanna County Treasurer and was a staff member for the late Rep. Carmel Sirianni. She is currently serving as Republican Caucus chairwoman, and is a member of the Committee on Committees.
Representative Major also is a member of the board of the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency. She is also a member of the board of the Community Foundation of Susquehanna and Wyoming Counties as well as a member of the Susquehanna County Chamber of Commerce, the Wyoming County Chamber of Commerce, the President’s Advisory Council for Keystone College, the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau, the National Rifle Association, and the First Presbyterian Church in Montrose.
She is a graduate of Mountain View High School and Keystone Junior College, and she attended the University of Scranton.
Donna J. McClelland
57th Legislative District
Donna J. McClelland is the Democratic candidate for State Representative in the 57th Legislative District. Donna is a graduate of Duquesne University with a double major in English Literature and Psychology; she later received her JD from Duquesne University School of Law. After graduation, Donna started working in the trial unit with the Allegheny County District Attorney. Donna has also worked for Westmoreland County District Attorney John Driscoll, who now serves as Judge. Donna later joined the Federal Court section in the Attorney General’s Civil Division, where she eventually became a prosecutor with the Attorney General’s Drug Prosecution Section.
In July 2006, Donna opened her own law practice in the City of Greensburg. In 2008, she joined her brother, in The McClelland Law Group, a plaintiff’s law firm with offices in the City of Pittsburgh. Donna also maintains her office in Greensburg. In 2009, Donna joined the Westmoreland County Public Defender’s Office as a part-time assistant public defender. She continues to defend the rights of both civil plaintiffs and criminal defendants.
Donna is a proud mother of three children.
12th Congressional District
Erin McClelland the Democratic candidate in the 12th Congressional District of Pennsylvania. Erin is a healthcare professional, behavioral healthcare expert and devoted wife and mother. She has over 17 years of experience in the behavioral health field and has worked as an Executive Director, researcher, process improvement specialist, policy representative and entrepreneur. She and her husband of 15 years, John, are lifelong residents of the Alle-Kiski Valley where they live with their son Tristan.
Erin graduated from St. Joseph High School in Natrona Heights and attended the University of Pittsburgh, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. She later received her M.Sc. Counseling Psychology degree from Chatham University. In 2006, Erin conceived and developed Arche Wellness, the first Department of Health licensed orthomolecular addiction treatment program in Pennsylvania. Her model is now one of the most advanced and intensive addiction treatment processes in the world. In the community, Erin served on various boards such as: the Pittsburgh Urban Magnet Project (PUMP), PUMP Futures Committee, and the Aging in Place.
Kelly Jean McEntee
105th Legislative District
Kelly Jean McEntee is the Democratic candidate for State Representative in the 105th Legislative District. Kelly is a native of Ohio and has been a resident of Pennsylvania since 2005 and of Dauphin County since 2009. She is a graduate of the Ohio State University College of Engineering with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering. Her current employment is with a local developer, manufacturer, and marketer of electronic and optoelectronic connectors, antennas, acoustic components, cables and modules for applications in computers, communication equipment, consumer electronics, automobiles, industrial and green energy field products.
Kelly is an active volunteer in support for survivors of suicide loss. She also volunteers as a legislative advocate for suicide prevention and mental health at the state and federal levels and with statewide and national suicide prevention organizations. She is also a Charter Member and current Vice President of the Linglestown Area Civic Association.
Kelly and her spouse, Angela Dicks, were legally married in Washington, D.C. in July of 2013 after several years living and raising their sons together. They reside in Linglestown.
Dorothy Dottie Miller
53rd Legislative District
Dorothy Miller is the Democratic candidate for State Representative in the 53rd Legislative District. She holds a BS from Gwynedd Mercy College (now University), an MBA from Auburn University and various certificates including one from Harvard Law School. Miller currently serves as president of Local 1937 Office and Professional Employees International Union and is a laboratory services coordinator at a local pharmaceutical company. She also serves as an adjunct professor at Gwynedd Mercy University in its School of Graduate and Professional Studies where she teaches both graduate and undergraduate courses.
Dottie is a member of the Montgomery County Workforce Investment Board, chair of the Montgomery County Commission on Women and Families and vice chair of the Hatfield Township Planning Commission. She serves her community in various capacities, including at the North Penn Y where she serves on the Lansdale Board of Managers and she served on the North Penn Y Board of Directors. She is also a former member of the North Penn School District Tax Advisory Committee.
Miller lives in Hatfield with her husband of 35 years, Bob.
157th Legislative District
Marian Moskowitz is the Democratic candidate for State Representative in the 157th Legislature District. Moskowitz was born and raised in Philadelphia and, unable to afford college, became a switchboard operator at age 17. She took community college classes when she could pay for them and at age 34, became an adult college student at Neumann University. She earned a bachelor’s degree with a concentration in real estate in 1991, taking classes at night so that she could continue to work and raise her family. She is a 30-year resident of Tredyffrin.
She was named “Outstanding Citizen of the year” by the Phoenixville Chamber of Commerce in 2001 and has been honored by the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission. Moskowitz has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Chester County Economic Development Council for the past five years. In addition, Moskowitz has served on the Council of Trustees of West Chester University since 2006 and the Board of Trustees of Neumann University since 2005.
63rd Legislative District
Representative Donna Oberlander is the incumbent and Republican candidate in the 63rd Legislative District. She is currently serving her third term. Representative Oberlander is serving as House Republican Deputy Whip, Republican chair of the Pennsylvania House Gas and Oil Caucus, Republican chair of the Pennsylvania House Diabetes Caucus and on the following standing committees: Appropriations, Children and Youth, Environmental Resources and Energy, and Local Government.
A proud graduate of Clarion University where she actively serves as a member of the university’s Council of Trustees, in 2004 Donna was successfully elected to the Clarion County Board of Commissioners.
Rep. Oberlander resides in Clarion with her husband, Derek, and their two children.
Cherelle L. Parker
200th Legislative District
Representative Cherelle L. Parker is the incumbent and Democratic candidate in the 200th Legislative District. She obtained her BS in English Education from The Lincoln University, where she was elected by her peers and served as the Vice President for External Affairs and President, the following year. Furthermore, she also served for 15 years, starting as an intern and ending as the senior staffer for Philadelphia City Councilwoman Marian B. Tasco of the Ninth District. Representative Parker is also a Certified Secondary English Teacher, who taught at Pleasantville High School in New Jersey. There, she also taught English as a Second Language (ESL) to immigrant children and adults.
Representative 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, which include but are not limited to: Lincoln University Board of Trustees; Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Philadelphia Alumnae Chapter; 2000 African American Women; National Congress of Black Women, Philadelphia section; and the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Pennsylvania chapter.
Representative Parker is a wife and mother residing in the Mt. Airy section of Philadelphia.
93rd Legislative District
Kristin Phillips-Hill is the Republican candidate for State Representative in the 93rd Legislative District. Kristin earned a Master’s Degree in Public Policy as well as a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Rutgers University. She has previously worked as a legislative aide. Kristin has been a volunteer within her community by serving on various athletic booster clubs, parent organizations and church groups. She is also a member of the Dallastown Area School Board.
Kristin has been married to Richard for 24 years and together they are the proud parents of three children. While staying at home to be with her children when they were young, Kristin started and owned a small business that purchased antiques and decorative collectibles for interior decorators and antique shops.
110th Legislative District
Representative Tina Pickett is the incumbent and Republican candidate in the 110th Legislative District. During her seventh term at the state Capitol, Pickett was selected to serve as the chairman of the House Insurance Committee. She has previously served as chairman of the House Gaming Oversight Committee, and as a member of the House Appropriations, Transportation, and Agricultural and Rural Affairs committees. Before being elected to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in 2000, she served as a Bradford County commissioner.
In addition to her elected offices, she has been a board member of the Area Agency on Aging, the Northern Tier Regional Planning Commission and the Endless Mountains Tourism Board. She also serves on the Wysox Municipal Sewer Authority and is a past president of the Central Bradford Chamber of Commerce. Tina has also served as past president and member of the Towanda Lions Club and as vice president of partners in Family and Community Development. She also served as a board member of the Bradford County Young Men’s Christian Association and is a trustee for Guthrie Healthcare.
Representative Pickett resides in Towanda, and she has one daughter and granddaughter.
Terri L. Powell
183rd Legislative District
Terri L. Powell is the Democratic candidate for State Representative in the 183rd Legislative District. Terri earned her B.A. in Psychology at Cal State Long Beach. She worked at a grocery store and was proud to be a member of UFCW 770 in Long Beach, California. Terri is currently the Director of Business Development for ABCO in Easton. She also owns her own design and marketing firm, TLP Holdings LLC.
Terri has been involved with the heart association, collected money for the Jerry Lewis Telethon, worked with abused kids, raised money for cancer, assisted with making sure that underprivileged families would have gift cards to make their holidays special, among others. Terri is currently President of the Northampton Democratic Women’s Club and a member of the Northampton County Women’s Group.
143rd Legislative District
Representative Marguerite Corr Quinn is the incumbent and Republican candidate in the 143rd Legislative District. Representative Quinn moved to Doylestown with her family at the age of eight. She graduated as valedictorian from Archbishop Wood High School and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations from Saint Joseph’s University. Prior to being elected to office, Quinn spent time as a volunteer teacher in American Samoa and as a marketing professional for an international consulting firm. She earned a real estate license in 1989 and enjoyed a career as a Realtor until sworn in as state representative in January 2007.
She was first elected in 2006 and is currently on the Transportation, Professional Licensure, Aging and Older Adult Services, and Insurance (as Vice Chairperson) committees. Representative Quinn was selected to be a Deputy Chair for the House Majority Policy Committee and to represent the Republican Caucus on the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Advisory Board. She also chairs the Delaware Canal Caucus and is the founding chair of the Multiple Sclerosis Caucus.
Representative Quinn and her husband, John, reside in Doylestown. She is a mother and a grandmother.
Kathy L. Rapp
65th Legislative District
Representative Kathy L. Rapp is the incumbent and Republican candidate in the 65th Legislative District. She is currently serving her fifth term, and once again serving as a House Republican Deputy Whip and as a member of the Education, Environmental Resources and Energy, Finance, and Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness committees.
Before being elected to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in November 2004, Rapp was involved in the health and human services field, serving as a community relations representative with Beverly Health Care. She was also a VIP coordinator for the Parent Education Network in York and assisted individuals with disabilities and their families. Prior to that, she gained experience in working with students with special needs. She served as a compliance monitor within the Pennsylvania Department of Education to examine special education programs throughout the state and performed work as a consultant with the Parent Education Network.
Rapp lives in Warren and is the mother of a son and two daughters and is a proud grandmother of seven amazing grandsons.
1st Congressional District
Megan Rath is the Republican candidate in the 1st Congressional District of Pennsylvania. Megan earned her BA in Economics from Pennsylvania State University. As an independent sales consultant for Biomet, Inc., she works in the operating room with many of the region’s top surgeons, providing hip and knee replacement hardware at the operating table. Megan’s experience extends beyond the business realm, and also serves her community during her free time where she works with a safe house helping women who have been victims of sexual assault.
She lives in the Fairmount section of Philadelphia.
6th Senatorial District
Kimberley Rose is the Democratic candidate in the 6th Senatorial District of Pennsylvania. She is a chiropractor, small-business owner, and a Northampton Township Supervisor. She has lived in Northampton Township for over twenty years with her husband and son.
Kim was originally born in South New Jersey but moved to Bucks county over two decades ago, and has been active in her community ever since. While her kids were in school she was actively involved as a team mom, a team doctor, and a proud marching band mom. She also taught CCD and St. Andrew’s Parish in Newtown and volunteers at the Northampton Senior Center, where she developed “Seniorcize!” a popular aerobics class.
Kim was elected to the Northampton Township Board of Supervisors in an historic election. For the first time in 300 years, Democrats were elected to a majority on the board and Kim became the first Democratic female chairperson in the township’s history.
Susan F. Rzucidlo
158th Legislative District
Susan F. Rzucidlo is the Democratic candidate for State Representative in the 158th Legislative District. She is a small business owner and president of SPEAK Unlimited Inc., a nonprofit organization that advocates for individuals who have disabilities and assists people in accessing services. Together, with her husband of 27 years, they own and operate Silent Z Farm Inc., a business that provides hay and straw for businesses and farms in the region.
Susan is the co-creator of the Pennsylvania Premise Alert system, a voluntary program that allows anyone with any special need or complex medical diagnosis share their needs with local police and the 911 centers. They gifted this program to Pennsylvania in 2008 and it has been replicated by law in Illinois and Wisconsin and informally put in place in communities across the nation and in Canada.
Susan and her husband are lifelong residents of the area and chose to raise their family of four children in Chester County.
Lynda J. Schlegel Culver
108th Legislative District
Representative Lynda J. Schlegel Culver is the incumbent and Republican candidate in the 108th Legislative District. She is a lifelong resident of Northumberland County. A Shikellamy High School graduate, Lynda earned a BA in Political Science with a concentration in public administration from Bloomsburg University. She is also a graduate of the Leadership Susquehanna Valley Program.
Currently, Representative Culver is serving on the House Aging and Older Adult Services, Labor and Industry, Commerce, and Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness committees. She also served as a staff leader in the office of former state Representative Merle Phillips for more than 20 years.
Lynda previously served as a member the Susquehanna Valley United Way, the Sunbury Community Hospital Healthy Women program and the Sunbury Area Health Foundation. She’s also a member of her son’s PTA and has participated in Junior Achievement’s Young Women’s Future Symposium. Additionally, Lynda has been active as a member of both the Pennsylvania Republican State Committee and the Northumberland County Republican Committee.
Lynda lives in Rockefeller Township with her husband, Tom, and son.
13th Legislative District
Ann VonStetten Schott is the Democratic nominee for State Representative from the 13th Legislative district. Ann is a graduate of Henderson High School (West Chester), West Chester University, and earned a Masters equivalency from Millersville University and the University of the Arts. Ann has been an educator at Unionville-Chadds Ford High School for three decades. Ann is the recipient of the Citizenship Education Teacher Award (Department of Pennsylvania of Veterans of Foreign Wars), the Citadel Heart of Learning Award (Chester County Intermediate Unit), and Unionville’s Outstanding Service Award. For the last three years, Ann has coordinated Unionville’s efforts to collect supplies for students in local high-need schools.
Outside the classroom, Ann has served the community as a campaign volunteer, precinct Democratic committee-person in London Grove Township, and active member in the family parish (St. Malichi in Londonderry Township).
Ann and her husband, Eric, have two grown children.
6th Legislative District
Juanita Shutsa is the Democratic candidate for State Representative in the 6th Legislative District.
28th Senatorial District
Linda Small is the Democratic candidate in the 28th Senatorial District. Linda retired as a U. S. Navy Master Chief Petty Officer (E-9) in 2006 after more than 27 years of total service, 22 of them on active duty. She was a Navy weather forecaster and instructor at Navy weather schools. She had the honor of working with the finest men and women America has to offer while in the military. Her career highlight was serving on the aircraft carrier USS NIMITZ. Linda received her BA from the University of Pennsylvania. She is a long-time resident of York County and a former volunteer with the Paul Smith Southern York County Library.
176th Legislative District
Hope (Christman) Smith is the Democratic candidate for State Representative in the 176th Legislative District. She was raised in, and chose to raise her family in, Monroe County, Pennsylvania.
She attended Pocono Mountain High School. Hope has a BA in English from East Stroudsburg University, and a Master’s Degree in Social Work (MSW) from Marywood University. She worked for the Red Cross and the Domestic Violence Service Center, and was the Managing Editor of West End Happenings. While at Marywood, Hope was the first MSW student to take part in a year-long, legislative internship; working with State Representative Mike Carroll. After obtaining her MSW, she worked as the Program Coordinator of the Jane Kopas Women’s Center at the University of Scranton. Currently, Hope is a Community Social Worker, and a Real Estate Professional with Pocono Mountains Real Estate.
Hope has coordinated the Walk for Mankind. She was a volunteer EMT and Public Relations Coordinator with West End Community Ambulance. Hope is a past chairperson for the American Cancer Society’s West End Relay For Life and is a past member of the Board of the Monroe Unit of the American Cancer Society.
156th Legislative District
Sandra Snyder is the Democratic candidate for State Representative in the 156th Legislative District. She is a native of East Goshen Township and lived her entire life in Chester County. She obtained her BA in American History and a concentration in Political Science from Penn State University. As an undergraduate she was the Student Government Secretary and Vice President at the PSU Brandywine Campus and interned in Ed Rendell’s Gubernatorial campaign in 2002. She later obtained her JD at Widener University Law School. During law school she was a Student Attorney in the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic where she was awarded The Jerry Shields Environmental Award.
Sandra has been a Conservancy Board Member and the current Chairman. She is also currently the Chairman of The Friends of East Goshen. Sandra is also: a member of the East Goshen 2015 Comprehensive Task Force, a consultant on the East Goshen Township Open Space and Conservation Plan, and the Head of the “Keep East Goshen Beautiful Day” committee for 2014, as well as a Team Captain of her own walking team for the March of Dimes.
She and her husband, Matt, reside in East Goshen and have three daughters.
50th Legislative District
Representative Pam Snyder is the incumbent and Democratic candidate in 50th Legislative District. Prior to her first term in office in 2012, she served nine years as a Greene County commissioner. Pam was elected chairman of the Board of Commissioners throughout her entire tenure as commissioner. Before her terms as a Greene County commissioner, she served as a senior aide to U.S. Rep. Frank Mascara. Previously, Snyder has served on the boards of directors for the United Way of Greene County and the Greene County Cooperative Extension, on which she served as treasurer. Snyder also served previously on the Southwest Region Medical Center Citizen’s Advisory Board. Currently, Representative Snyder sits on; the Environmental Resources and Energy, Aging and Older Adult Services, Game and Fisheries, and Labor & Industry Committees.
A graduate of Jefferson-Morgan High School, Snyder received in March 2008 an honorary BA from Waynesburg University, and in May 2008, she attended the County Leadership Training Institute at New York University's Wagner Graduate School of Public Service.
Pam and her husband, Jack, live on a small family farm in Jefferson. They have two adult children and grandchildren.
Patricia K. Stephens
101st Legislative District
Patricia Stephens is the Democratic candidate for State Representative in the 101st Legislative District.
48th Legislative District
Sonia Stopperich is the Republican candidate for State Representative in the 48th Legislative District.
39th Legislative District
Lisa Stout-Bashioum is a Democrat candidate running for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in the 39th district. Lisa is a graduate of Bentworth High School and the University of Pittsburgh.
Lisa is serving her second term as a School Director in the Bentworth School District and during her tenure has been elected Board Treasurer, Vice President and Liaison to the Pennsylvania School Board Association. Among the organizations she co-founded are Bentleyville Area Historical Society and From Alex With Love Scholarship and Philanthropic Foundation. She is actively involved in many organizations benefiting her community and the youth in her area including Western PA Heritage Alliance, Women in Philanthropy, Cub Scouts Pack 1419, Shekinah Ranch Camp, Patrons of the Creative Arts, Bentleyville Lions Club Boy of the Year Scholarship Committee, and Bentworth Soccer Boosters.
Lisa is a mother of 6 children and is currently employed by Rivers of Steel Heritage Tours, a steel heritage preservation and promotional organization. Lisa, her husband Bob, and their family live in Somerset Township, Washington County.
Kerith Strano Taylor
5th Congressional District
Kerith Strano Taylor is the Democratic candidate in the 5th Congressional District of Pennsylvania. Kerith was born in Clarion County and started college at The Pennsylvania State University at age 16, where she graduated with a BA in Political Science. After working in government affairs in Washington D.C. for two years, she enrolled at George Mason University School of Law and earned her law degree. Since 2004, Kerith has served as Guardian ad Litem for Jefferson County, representing children who find themselves in the foster care system.
Kerith was elected to the Brookville Area School Board in 2011, and in 2013, was elected to serve as School Board President. She currently lives in Brookville and works at The Taylor Law firm. She is a mother and an avid motorcycle rider.
Jill Sunday Bartoli
199th Legislative District
Jill Sunday Bartoli is the Democratic candidate for State Representative in the 199th Legislative District. Bartoli taught English, creative writing and drama at Cumberland Valley High School, before marrying Jim Bartoli and moving to Carlisle where she raised their five children. She later taught reading and early elementary education courses to students at Elizabethtown College for twenty years. She is now retired and residing in Carlisle.
A life-long Cumberland County resident, Bartoli grew up in a rural area near the Cumberland Valley High School. Her first three years of school were spent in a one-room country school house. As a child, she was involved in 4-H and her parents, who were farmers, began several small businesses, including The Country House restaurant in New Kingstown.
Upon graduating from Cumberland Valley High School, she earned a BA in English and speech and a MA in English from the University of Kentucky. Later, she earned a master’s degree in reading from Shippensburg University and then her doctorate in language arts and family literacy from the University of Pennsylvania.
Christine M. Tartaglione
2nd Senatorial District
Senator Christine M. Tartaglione is the incumbent and Democratic candidate for the 2nd Senatorial District of Pennsylvania. The Senator is a lifetime Philadelphia resident. She attended St. Martin of Tours, St. Basil Academy and Peirce Junior College.
She has a long history of public service; she was an assistant to Philadelphia City Councilwoman Joan Krajewski and later worked as a Senior Executive Assistant to State Treasurer Catherine Baker Knoll. In 1994, Senator Tartaglione became only the fifth woman in state history to win election to the State Senate and in 2010 she became the first woman elected to Senate Democratic Leadership when she was chosen Caucus Secretary. Now in her fifth term, she is Democratic Chair of the Labor and Industry Committee, and serves on the Law and Justice, Democratic Policy and Rules committees.
Senator Tartaglione has served as the Vice-Chair and Chair of the Pennsylvania Democratic State Party. She has also been awarded the prestigious “John F. Kennedy Memorial Award” by the Kennedy Foundation for her tireless support of Mental Health/Mental Disability Programs. In 2012, she was named Legislator of the Year by Pennsylvania Industries for the Blind and Handicapped (PIBH).
Linda Deliah Thompson
4th Congressional District
Linda Deliah Thompson is the Democratic candidate in the 4th Congressional District of Pennsylvania. Thompson is a native of Harrisburg and is a 1985 graduate of Howard University, where she earned her BA in Communications and a minor in Political Science. She is also a graduate of Leadership Harrisburg. Thompson was sworn in as Harrisburg’s 33rd mayor on January 4, 2010, where she took office as the Capital City’s first African American and female Mayor. Prior to her election as mayor, Linda Thompson served on Harrisburg’s City Council from 2002 - 2009. She served as Council Vice-President from 2004 to 2006 when she also chaired the Council’s Economic Development Committee. She also served as City Council President from 2008 until her election as mayor.
Mayor Thompson is a licensed minister at Goodwin Memorial Baptist Church where she facilitates the Teen Esther Ministry with young ladies. She is a mother, grandmother, daughter, sister and friend who is cherished and lovingly supported by her family.
147th Legislative District
Representative Marcy Toepel is the incumbent and Republican candidate in the 147th Legislative District. A long-time resident of western Montgomery County, Toepel graduated with honors from Boyertown Area High School.
Representative Toepel was appointed to serve as a deputy whip for the 2013-14 legislative session. She currently serves on the House Health Committee as Chair on the Subcommittee of Healthcare, as well as a member of the Professional Licensure, Consumer Affairs and Judiciary committees.
Prior to being elected to the House of Representatives, Marcy served as first deputy to the Montgomery County Clerk of Courts and more recently to the Montgomery County Recorder of Deeds. She also has served on the Boyertown Area School Board. She has served as a former PTA president and a volunteer coach and referee with the Boyertown Optimist Club Youth Sports Programs and the Boyertown Baseball League.
Toepel and her husband, Mark, reside in Douglass Township. They have five grown children and nine grandchildren.
116th Legislative District
Representative Tarah Toohil is the incumbent and Republican candidate in the 116th Legislative District. Currently, she serves on the House Children and Youth (secretary), Health, Judiciary and Local Government committees. She has served as a deputy majority whip since taking office. Tarah was appointed to serve as a board member of the Children’s Trust Fund. She was also named to the Pennsylvania State Council Interstate Compact for Juveniles.
Raised in Drums, she is a graduate of Hazleton Area High School. Tarah dual majored in Political Science and Sociology at Northeastern University. She obtained her JD from The Dickinson School of Law.
Tarah is a member of the Lower Luzerne Bar Association, Hazleton Area Lady Lawyers, Young Lawyers and the Wilkes-Barre Law Library Association, for which she currently serves as chairperson of the Legislation Committee. She is also a member of the Elks Lodge, Hazleton Chamber of Commerce, Rotary Club, Circle 200 Women of Northeastern PA, and other organizations.
80th Legislative District
Judy Ward is the Republican candidate for State Representative in the 80th Legislative District. A lifelong resident of Blair County, she attended Hollidaysburg High School and then earning a nursing diploma at the Altoona Hospital School of nursing. Since becoming a nurse, Judy began a professional career that has spanned 30 years.
Judy’s nursing career began at Altoona Hospital where she worked in the Coronary Care Unit and Post Anesthesia Care Unit; she also spent 17 years as a Cardiac Rehab Nurse. During this time, Judy also founded a business called All About Towne that assisted local businesses in relocating and welcoming new employees to our community. Judy is a member of the Blair County Chamber of Commerce, a Leadership Blair County alumnus, serves on the Chamber’s Legislative Action Committee, and is also a Chamber Ambassador.
Judy has been married for nearly 30 years to her husband, Bill. They have two sons.
Katharine M. Watson
144th Legislative District
Representative Katharine M. Watson is the incumbent and Republican candidate in the 144th Legislative District. Representative Watson was first elected to the General Assembly in 2000. Currently, Representative Watson serves as the chairman of the House Children and Youth Committee and maintains her assignment on the House Transportation Committee. She is a former chairman of the House Subcommittees on Care and Aging within the House Aging and Older Adults Services Committee and Highway Safety within the House Transportation Committee. She also previously served on the House Ethics Committee and is a past co-chair of the House Health Care Policy Task Force.
Before her election to the House, Representative Watson served as a commissioner representing Pennsylvania on the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission. She is a former high school English teacher. She also operated a home-based public relations firm, Coleraine Consultants, P.R. Representative Watson received her BA in English from the University of Pennsylvania and completed the Master’s program studies in Secondary Counseling and Guidance at Villanova University.
Representative Watson and her husband, James, reside in Warrington Township, Bucks County, and have one adult son.
41st Legislative District
Alice Yoder is the Democratic candidate for State Representative in the 41st Legislative District. Alice was born in New York City and was president of her high school class in Queens. She was also president of her class at Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh, NY, from which she received a BSN in Nursing and later an MSN in Nursing Administration from Villanova University. After nursing stints in New York City, Washington, DC, and Pittsburgh, she and her husband settled in Lancaster County in 1988.
She has been associated with Lancaster General Hospital ever since, advancing from cardiac rehabilitation nurse to Director of Community Health. Alice currently serves on: the West Hempfield Planning Commission, Lancaster County Planning Commission, Lancaster County Business Group on Health Board of Directors, Lancaster County Children and Youth Advisory Committee, Ware Institute for Civic Engagement Advisory Board, United Way of Lancaster County Health Solutions Council, Hunger-free Coalition of Lancaster County, Lancaster Health Improvement Partnership, and more.
She and her husband, John, have two children and reside in West Hempfield Township.
Rosita C. Youngblood
198th Legislative District
Representative Rosita C. Youngblood is the incumbent and Democratic candidate for the 198th Legislative District. She was first elected to serve in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives on April 19, 1994. Representative Youngblood received her BA from Antioch University. In 2011, Rep. Youngblood was appointed Democratic chairwoman of the House Gaming Oversight Committee.
Other positions and membership Youngblood holds in various other organizations include: First Vice Chairwoman, Philadelphia Democratic party; Founder of Women for Women; First Vice Chairwoman of the Philadelphia County Democratic Executive Committee; Elected President of the National Foundation of Women Legislator in 2008, and sworn-in in 2009; Board Member, Lucien Crump Educational Foundation; Board Member of (CUES) Creative Urban Education Systems; Philadelphia Political Congress of African American Women; and more.
12th Legislative District
Lisa Zucco is the Democratic candidate for the 12th Legislative District of Pennsylvania. Lisa graduated from Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, PA. Lisa’s education and work experiences have helped shape her ideas about issues relevant to the 12th District, with four years in the transportation industry, 11 years with a well-known Pittsburgh-based retailer, and lifelong lessons learned working in her family’s small business.
Today, Lisa is a working mother of two. She and her husband of 20 years, John Stefanowicz, have two children. Lisa has worked since 2010 as a technical writer for an engineering firm in Seven Fields that focuses on transportation projects for the public sector. She manages new business pursuits and helps with stakeholder outreach and community involvement.