Record Number of Women Running in Pennsylvania’s Primaries

Clockwise from top left: political candidates Nina Ahmad, Laura Ellsworth, Jess King, and Chrissy Houlahan. Image via the Harrisburg Patriot-News.

A record number of women both nationwide and in Pennsylvania have entered a political race in the wake of the 2016 elections and are running in this year’s primaries, writes Ivey DeJesus for the Harrisburg Patriot-News.

The number of women candidates is unprecedented. In the last two years, around 34,000 women have contacted Emily’s List, the nonprofit that supports progressive female candidates.

“Women are done taking it from leaders and politicians who aren’t looking out for their best interest and the best interest of families,” said Alexandra De Luca, an Emily’s List spokeswoman.

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Out of the nearly 100 candidates in the Pennsylvania Congressional races, 23 are women. Among the Democrats, 98 women have registered to run for the State House, while 13 are running for the State Senate. Among Republicans, 47 women are running in legislative races and one in a Congressional race. Women have also entered the primary in the race for governor and lieutenant governor.

A number of these candidates say their motivation is that all 18 members of Pennsylvania’s U.S. House delegation, as well as both U.S. Senators, are men.

Read more about women running for office in Pennsylvania in the Harrisburg Patriot-News here.

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