It was an honor to be the Democratic nominee for Congress in Pennsylvania’s 7th Congressional District. I truly enjoyed the opportunity to meet so many good people across the five unique counties that make up the 7th District. While we came up short this time, the experience has strengthened my resolve to fight for middle class Americans who are being squeezed more and more each year.
Americans need a Congress that will work for all the people instead of just a few wealthy donors. Like most Americans I hope each new Congress will do better than the last. However, I am concerned the next Congress will work to make the lives of ordinary Americans more difficult. With this election we no longer have a divided Congress. One Party now controls both the House and the Senate so they can set the legislative agenda. Over the next two years the American people will get to see clearly whose side that party is on.
Will the new Congress work to raise the Minimum Wage, to make College more Affordable, to Rebuild our crumbling Roads & Bridges, to Reduce Gun Violence, to Invest in cutting-edge Scientific Research, to ensure Equal Pay for Equal Work, to Provide Universal Pre-K education, and to Make Healthcare More Affordable?
Or will the new Congress work to cut taxes for the super wealthy, to allow polluters to dump toxic chemicals as they please, to privatize Social Security leaving retirement up to Wall Street, to turn Medicare into a voucher system that increases healthcare costs to seniors, or to take healthcare coverage away from millions of hard-working Americans?
Congress has a choice – will they stand up for ordinary Americans or will they only serve the super wealthy? On November 8th, 2016 voters will have the opportunity to hold Congress accountable for their record over the next two years.
Because I doubt the new Congress will pass legislation to help most Americans, I am seriously considering another run for the 7th District in 2016. Over the next few months I will be speaking to national organizations, party officials here in Pennsylvania, local organizations, and voters across the 7th District to determine the best path forward. Rest assured. If I run again, I will be in it to win it. If I run again, I will commit the next two years of my life to becoming elected to Congress on Nov. 8, 2016.
As we close the page on 2014, I want to thank everyone who supported my campaign. There are too many to thank individually, but please know your support no matter how large or how small will be forever appreciated.
That said I do want to thank the elected officials and Democratic Party Chairs for the five counties in the 7th District. Your advice and support was invaluable throughout the process.
I also want to thank several organizations who provided advice and support including Montgomery County Democratic Women’s Leadership Initiative, PA Federation of Democratic Women, PA Planned Parenthood, PA NOW, UFCW Local 1776, Machinists Local 1776, Roofers Local 30, IBEW Local 126, SEIU-PA, Liberty City LGBT, PA Sierra Club, and the Chester County Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence. I will continue to work and fight for the issues that matter to you.
Finally, I want to thank all of our supporters, students and volunteers who made phone calls, canvassed, worked Election Day and donated to the campaign.
Now I want to hear from you the voters. Please share your ideas on how to win the 7th District in 2016. Please share your thoughts regarding what you would do, people you would speak with, organizations you would work with, endorsements you would seek, issues you would prioritize, or anything else you believe would put me in a position to become your Congresswoman in 2016.
Stay tuned. I hope to have more information for you about my plans in the next couple of months.