As a political science professor, I teach "we the people, for the people" but now government is "by the rich, for the rich." Using my work in the classroom, my studies as a Fulbright Scholar, and my government experience, I'm running for Congress to change that.

We need to bring the government back to the people. Take the values of the 7th to Washington, not the other way around. I will fight for economic fairness, common sense legislation to stop gun violence and getting money out of politics. I will work for more opportunities for women and those that need a extra hand up. And you can count on me to take care of our veterans and prevent our environment from being polluted.

I have been in all five counties in the 7th many times and plan to be there many more times. I would be honored if you joined me on this journey throughout the 7th District. I am excited about our campaign and welcome you to take a look at the website to learn more about me and volunteer and donate.

photo Gallery

Hillary lecturing to Mary Ellen's student.
Mary Ellen & her daughter invited to the signing ceremony at White House for their work on the Baby Bill to increase Maternity stays from 24 hours to a minimum of 48 hours.
Mary Ellen & her daughter at the Million Mom March, Washington, D.C.
Mary Ellen as Vice Chair of the Delaware County Democrats greeting Joe Biden and his grandson.
Mary Ellen with her daughter.
Mary Ellen and Tom Wolf at Planned Parenthood.
Quote about Mary Ellen from Bob Brady.
Mary Ellen joined by Rep. Tammy Duckworth and candidate for U.S. Senate, Montgomery County Commissioner Dr. Valerie Arkoosh, and Dottie Miller, President, OPEIU, Local 1937.
Mary Ellen at 2012 DNC Convention.
Mary Ellen joined the Crozer Chester nurses in their strike.
Mary Ellen Balchunis
Mary Ellen and Delaware County Leaders
Mary Ellen with Sen. Elizabeth Warren.
Mary Ellen spoke to Democracy Spring on the dangers of having big money in politics
Mary Ellen greeting members at the Delaware County Democratic Convention.
Mary Ellen with Emerge colleagues, candidates for State Representative Movita Johnson, Elaine Paul Schaefer, Barbarian Keffer, and Diane Corman-Levy, supporting sensible gun laws including a ban on assault weapons.
A Women's Place is in the House and Senate, Mary Ellen for Congress and Katie McGinty for Senate. Joined by Richard Negrin, Shawn Kraemer and a future political leader.
Mary Ellen talking and walking with Verizon strikers.
Mary Ellen, a Fulbright Scholar, teaching in Sweden and studying their generous maternity and paternity benefits with her daughter, Lauren.
Mary Ellen and Lauren at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.
At the Univ. of the Arts in Phila., Mary Ellen had the opportunity to tell Sen. Sanders of all the help that she is receiving from the Progressive community including the Congressional Progressive Caucus.
As an Obama delegate in 2012, Mary Ellen was honored to speak to Pres. Obama about her campaign, and thrilled to hear about his strong support for Hillary.



Mary Ellen with Hilary Clinton, Bernie Sanders,
Elizabeth Warren and Tom Wolf

2016 Endorsements

  • Governor Tom Wolf
  • State Rep. Dwight Evans
  • Benjamin Jealous, civic leader and former CEO of NAACP
  • Progressive Change Campaign Committee
  • People for the American Way
  • Chester County Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence (Click to Read Endorsement)
  • Emerge USA PA PAC
  • Progressive Democrats of America (PDA)
  • Congressional Progressive Caucus 
  • Keystone Progress
  • Blue America
  • National Women’s Political Caucus
  • National Organization for Women - Pennsylvania and National Chapters  
  • Chester County Democratic Women's Leadership Initiative
  • Delaware County Democratic Women's Club
  • Montgomery County Democratic Women's Leadership Initiative
  • PA Federation of Democratic Women
  •  PA Democratic State Committee, Women's Caucus                               
  • Democracy for America - National
  • Planned Parenthood Pennsylvania PAC
  • Planned Parenthood Action Fund (National)
  • PA Democratic Party – Women’s and African Americans Caucuses
  • Chester, Delaware, and Montgomery County Democratic Committees
  • Liberty City LGBT Democratic Club
  • Montgomery County Democracy for America
  • Pennsylvania AFL-CIO
  • AFSCME Local 1199C
  • Plumbers Local 690
  • SEIU Local 668
  • United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1776
  • Congressman Bob Brady (PA-1)
  • Fmr. Congressman Joe Sestak (PA-7)
  • Fmr. Congressman Joe Hoeffel (PA-13)
  • Fmr. Congresswoman Marjorie Margolies (PA-13)
  • Gov. Jennifer Granholm
  • Montgomery County Commissioner Josh Shapiro
  • Montgomery County  Val Arkoosh
  • State Senator Andrew Dinniman
  • State Senator Vincent Hughes
  • State Senator Art Haywood
  • State Senator Daylin Leach
  • State Senator Judy Schwank
  • State Representative Tim Briggs
  • State Representative Mary Jo Daley
  • State Representative & Chester Mayor Thaddeus Kirkland
  • Philadelphia City Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown
  • Mayor John Fetterman (Braddock, PA)
  • Mayor Carolyn Comitta (West Chester, PA)
  • Tom Herman, President SEIU 668
  • John Kane, Business Manager, Plumber Local 690
  • Dottie M. Miller, Pres., Office & Professional Employees Intl Union, OPEIU/ Local 1937
  • Henry Nicholas, President AFSCME 1199C
  • Tom Buglio, Chester County Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence
  • George Badey, Campaign Chair, 2012 Democratic Nominee (PA-7)
  • Joe Foster, Montgomery County Democratic Chair
  • Sally Lyall, Lancaster County Democratic Chair
  • Brian McGinnis, Chester County Democratic Chair
  • Angela Giampolo, Renowned LGBT advocate and attorney
  • Candace Stitzman-Duley, Chair, Women's Caucus, PA Democratic Party
  • Dr. Bayard Storey, Renowned Women's Health Advocate
  • Lynn Yeakel, Founder of Women’s Way
  • John Hanger, Former Secretary, PA Department of Environmental Protection
  • Lilly Ledbetter, Civil Rights and Labor Leader