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Midterm Elections 2018 in den USA: Diese Frauen wollen es Donald Trump zeigen

November 5, 2018
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RTL Germany

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Rainbow Wave Could Cover Red States Like Alaska, Kansas, Indiana

November 5, 2018
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The Advocate

The opportunities for historic pickups go on and on. Cody Thompson can restore representation to the West Virginia state legislature and Tippi McCullough to the state legislature in Arkansas. Jennifer Webb can become the first LGBTQ woman in the Florida state House, Neil Rafferty the first gay man in the Alabama legislature, and Jeremy Moss the first LGBTQ person in the Michigan state Senate. In Pennsylvania, Malcolm Kenyatta can become the first LGBTQ state legislator of color and Kristin Seale the first LGBTQ woman. And this list of trailblazers is far from exhaustive.

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Your State By State Guide to Women Running In the Midterms

October 31, 2018
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Harper's Bazaar

“My first priority is protecting my community from the hazardous, highly combustible natural gas liquids Mariner East 2 pipeline that Sunoco/ Energy Transfer Partners (the people that are responsible for DAPL) is running next to schools and daycares and under senior housing, damaging our water table and ecosystems in local tributaries, ruining my neighbors’ property values and putting our community and first responders at risk,” Seale explains.

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A Pipeline, A Protest, And The Battle for Pennsylvania's Political Soul

October 26, 2018
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The New Yorker, Eliza Griswold

Friel Otten isn’t the only candidate hoping to flip her district by opposing E.T.P. Nearby, in the Hundred-and-Sixty-eighth District, Kristin Seale is running for state representative as a democratic socialist. Seale’s district is heavily conservative, but last year she won an unlikely victory in a race for her local school board, based on her opposition to Mariner East. If she wins, she will be the first woman to hold the seat for that district. Seale, like Friel Otten, personifies what happens as the potential effects of fracking move from the poor and rural western part of the state to the rich east.

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Rainbow wave: Record number of LGBTQ candidates on U.S. ballots

October 24, 2018
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CBS News National

The state representative seat Kristin Seale is running for has been held by Republican men since the Civil War. If she wins, not only would she become the first woman and first Democrat to win it, but she would also be the first open lesbian in the Pennsylvania state general assembly.

"We cannot continue to have discriminatory policy made without our voices and without our representation at the table," she said.

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“We’re Having Those Light-Bulb Moments”

October 22, 2018
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Kristin Seale

"I would like to see instead workers sharing in the wealth that they create, sharing in what their labor bears."

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Obama Throws Backing to Delco Dem Hopefuls

October 3, 2018
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Kathleen E. Carey

On Monday, Obama released another wave of endorsements, including a group running in Delaware County races by tweeting, "Today, I’m proud to endorse even more Democratic candidates who aren’t just running against something, but for something — to expand opportunity for all of us and to restore dignity, honor, and compassion to public service. They deserve your vote."

Among those he endorsed were 5th U.S. Congressional candidate Mary Gay Scanlon; 26th state Senate candidate Tim Kearney; and the following state representative candidates: Mike Zabel (163), Jennifer O'Mara (165), Kristin Seale (168) Dave Delloso (162) and Anton Andrew (160).

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A Progressive Tide

October 1, 2018
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Michael Sainato, The Progressive

“Buying into this polarizing narrative of us and them, but thinking success is mimicking everything the Republicans do has definitely been the heart of the problem in my district,” says Kristin Seale, the Democratic candidate for state representative in Delaware County, a suburb of Philadelphia where Republicans have historically dominated.

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President Obama Endorses 17 LGBTQ Victory Fund-Endorsed Candidates in Latest Announcement

October 1, 2018
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The Agenda, LGBQ Victory Fund

“President Obama is endorsing candidates who are passionate about public service and committed to making a positive difference in people’s lives, so it is unsurprising so many of our LGBTQ candidates are on the list,” said Mayor Annise Parker, President & CEO of LGBTQ Victory Fund. “The experiences and struggles of LGBTQ leaders make them authentic, values-driven candidates who understand the pain and difficulties so many are facing right now. We are part of every community and every constituency – women, people of color, immigrants and religious minorities – and that diversity strengthens and refines our perspectives. LGBTQ people are running for office in historic numbers not just because our community needs us, but because America needs us.”

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In #MeToo era, National Organization for Women sets endorsement bar higher. Is it too high?

September 27, 2018
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Paul Muschick, Allentown Morning Call

Ahmad said Wednesday that 166 people had signed PA NOW’s petition including three candidates: Katie Muth, a Democrat running for the state Senate in Montgomery County; Kristin Seale, a Democrat running for the state House in Delaware County; and Mike Doyle, a Democrat running for the state House in Philadelphia.

Each confirmed for me that they signed.

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Changing Trump’s America starts with house-to-house combat to change Harrisburg | Will Bunch

September 13, 2018
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Will Bunch, Philadelphia Inquirer

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A record number of LGBTQ candidates are running for state seats. Is Harrisburg ready?

August 8, 2018
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Sarah Anne Hughes and Michaela Winberg, Billy Penn

Democrat Kristin Seale is running to rep the 168th District, which includes parts of the Philly suburbs like Media and Middletown. She’s a 45-year-old openly queer woman campaigning in a district full of older people.

“I’ve definitely had some generational explaining to do, specifically around the word queer,” Seale said. “There’s an older generation that understands that to be a slur and doesn’t understand the reclamation of the word.”

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Bernie and his army are losing 2018

August 8, 2018
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David Siders, Politico

Earlier this year, Our Revolution-backed Brandon Johnson toppled an incumbent Democrat in the primary in a Cook County commissioner’s race, while Kristin Seale, a delegate for Sanders at the 2016 Democratic National Convention, advanced from her primary in a state legislative race in Pennsylvania. Marcus Ferrell, who served as Sanders’ national African-American outreach director in 2016, is running for a state legislative seat in Arizona.

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Gov. Wolf announces formation of LGBTQ commission

August 6, 2018
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Paul Vigna, PennLive

Pa. Gov. Tom Wolf on Monday created the Pennsylvania Commission on LGBTQ Affairs.

"The creation of the commission on LGBTQ Affairs is one step of many we have taken to ensure obstacles are removed for anyone who is facing an unfair disadvantage based on sexual orientation, gender identity and expression," Wolf said in a press release. "It's a step we took together with our stakeholder and advocacy groups and one that those involved asked for - a commission to help coordinate and drive statewide equality efforts."

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The left-wing uprising that led to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's victory in N.Y.? It happened first in Pa.

July 6, 2018
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Holly Otterbein & Chris Brennan, Philadelphia Inquirer

Four candidates endorsed by local chapters of the Democratic Socialists of America — Elizabeth Fiedler, Kristin Seale, Summer Lee, and Sara Innamorato — won their primaries for state representative this spring. Last month, young Berniecrats also took control of two Democratic wards in South Philadelphia.

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State Legislative Ratings Part 9: Pennsylvania House

June 22, 2018
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Daily Kos

168th District: Chris Quinn

We bounce back to DelCo for HD-168, an R+1 seat that Clinton did win in 2016, though Quinn was able to win a 56-44 re-election. He has a good deal of money in the bank, which will give him an early edge over public servant Kristin Seale, though she will have the national environment and district fundamentals on her side. This is a tossup.

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Victorious Pennsylvania Progressives Shun the Democratic Party Playbook

June 1, 2018
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The Real News

Kristin Seale is one of four women candidates backed by the Democratic Socialists of America to win their recent primaries in Pennsylvania. Seale says that a bold progressive message, coupled with authenticity, can reach swing-state voters.

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'New faces, new activists': Political shift seen as challengers upset Costa cousins

May 18, 2018
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Adam Smeltz, Pittsburgh Post- Gazette

“These were new faces, new activists, a whole new group of people who are impassioned about what the party needs to stand for, prepared to get involved and make change,” said Mr. Burn, a former state party chairman. “This is the type of influx and energy and participation that the Democratic Party so desperately needs — and, unfortunately, it has not gotten from the establishment wing.”

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Socialism Is On A Winning Streak

May 18, 2018
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John Nichols, The Nation

A pair of DSA-endorsed candidates for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives seats in the Pittsburgh area, Summer Lee and Sara Innamorato defeated veteran legislators in Democratic primaries. In the Philadelphia area, Philly DSA-backed candidates Elizabeth Fiedler and Kristin Seale also won hard-fought primaries for state House seats.

The wins by Lee and Innamorato were especially sweet, as the DSA-backed candidates upset members of a Pittsburgh-area political dynasty, cousins Paul and Dom Costa, whose stances on social and economic issues had frustrated progressives. “Last night’s victories were a monumental shift in the political landscape of Pennsylvania,” explained Cohen. “Our candidates won on popular demands that were deemed impossible. We won on health care for all, we won on free education.” WESA, the local NPR affiliate, reported that this spring’s southwestern Pennsylvania primaries saw “a wave of progressive Democrats challenging what they call the moderate establishment this election season. It echoes those throughout the country that have seen left-of-center political newcomers secure seats in state and federal government.”

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John Fetterman, Pittsburgh’s socialists, Trump-district Democrats: Some winners from this week’s elections

May 17, 2018
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David Weigel, The Washington Post

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LGBT and Women Candidates Win Big in Tuesday Primaries

May 16, 2018
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Trudy Ring, The Advocate

Seale, who identifies as queer, bested Philip Block in a close race in the 168th District, in a suburban area west of Philadelphia. She will face incumbent Republican Christopher Quinn in November.

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More Democratic-Primary Results Confirm That the Resistance Is Real—and Real Female

May 16, 2018
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Joan Walsh, The Nation

In Pennsylvania, a state with an all-male House of Representatives delegation, women won the nomination in four of the six races where Democrats are given the best chance of toppling a Republican, and in a couple more districts where victory will be tough, but still possible. In state legislative races, four women backed by the Democratic Socialists of America defeated male incumbents in their Democratic primaries. Three don’t have Republican opponents, meaning they’re almost certainly headed to Harrisburg. More than 100,000 more Democrats than Republicans turned out on primary day.

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A Democratic Socialist Landslide In Pennsylvania

May 16, 2018
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Eliza Griswold, The New Yorker

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A Wake-Up Call for Dems? 4 Women With Socialist Platforms Win PA Primary to Replace Male Incumbents

May 16, 2018
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Democracy NOW!

AMY GOODMAN: Four Pennsylvania House candidates backed by Democratic Socialists of America won their Democratic primaries in Pennsylvania: Summer Lee is a lawyer and labor organizer; Elizabeth Fiedler, a former public radio reporter; Sara Innamorato is the founder of a women’s advocacy group; and Kristin Seale works at an energy conservation nonprofit. All four female candidates unseated male state representatives in Tuesday’s primaries. The significance of this?

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Big Primary Wins for Socialists and Progressives Who Ran on 'Popular Demands That Were Deemed Impossible'

May 16, 2018
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Jake Johnson, Common Dreams

"The establishment's scared," Pittsburgh DSA wrote on Twitter in response to the upset victories, which also included wins by Elizabeth Fiedler and Kristin Seale over their establishment counterparts. "When we fight, we win.

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Democratic Socialist women score big wins in Pennsylvania

May 16, 2018
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Gregory King, CNN

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Progressives Score Major Victories in Pennsylvania Primaries

May 15, 2018
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Gideon Resnick, The Daily Beast

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Candidates in state races tout their pro-union credentials

April 15, 2018
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Kathleen E. Carey

Democrat Kristin Seale described herself as the “bold, progressive choice” and said she’s supportive of LGBTQ rights.

She told how she was a 23-year-old divorced mother who got a union job as a camerawoman in Washington, D.C., that allowed for her to provide for her family. She said her work there familiarized her with union issues.

A member of the Rose Tree Media School Board, she spoke of how they early negotiated a teachers’ contract.

“They know I’m a champion for labor,” she said. “We got that done.”

To the audience, she said, “I’m here for you. I am your sister. I will fight for you in office and out.”

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Progressive Candidates Flood Washington for Targeted Training

April 13, 2018
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ABC News National

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HealthcareforallPA candidate forum in Philadelphia

March 13, 2018
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Kristin Seale

Delco Young Democast

February 5, 2018
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Mike DiEva

Mike, Amanda, and Pasquale talk serious and make goofy-goofs with Kristin Seale, candidate for the 168th PA House district. The gang talks about the thousands of candidates running for Delco's congressional seats, compare metaphorical canvassing scars, finally shine some light into the County Council chambers, discuss criminal justice reform and energy policy, ask "What Did Millennials Kill This Week?", and debate the relative merits of Thorgy Thor.

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Dead (Congress)Men Walking: Are Philly's suburban GOPers totally doomed?

November 9, 2017
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Will Bunch, Philadelphia Inquirer

Meet U.S. Rep. Pat Meehan’s worst nightmare: An angry anti-Trump female Delaware County suburbanite with some worn shoe leather.

Kristin Seale, who works for an energy non-profit and lives in Media, had already been thinking about getting involved in local politics after she was elected as a Bernie Sanders delegate to 2016’s Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, but she said the shock of President Trump’s victory last November “sealed the deal.” She went through a training program for first-time candidates, filed to run for a seat on the Rose Tree Media school board, a longtime GOP bastion, and with her volunteers this fall rang about 3,000 doorbells.

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Pennsylvania's political accelerator for women scored a 100% win rate last night

November 8, 2017
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Julie Zeglen

Anne Wakabayashi corrected herself after answering my “How are you?” phone greeting with a standard “I’m good.”

“I’m awesome, actually.”

Understandable. Wakabayashi is the executive director of Emerge Pennsylvania, the local chapter of the national accelerator for Democratic women running for office, which just had a killer night: Six out of six alumnae who ran for office, including five members of the 2017 class and one from 2016, won their races.

Janet Diaz is now the first Latina to join Lancaster City Council

Susan Henderson-Utis joined the Rose Tree Media School Board

Deborah Kalina joined the Southern York School Board

Kristin Seale joined the Rose Tree Media School Board

Paige Strasbaugh joined the Woodland Hills School Board

Barbaranne Keffer joined the Upper Darby Council

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Letter to the Delco Daily Times: RTM citizens deserve more transparency & info

May 1, 2017
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Kristin Seale

As a communications professional for nonprofit organizations for over a decade, I know what it means to be accountable to all of an organization’s membership, and to provide consistent, responsible dissemination of all of the organization’s information to various audiences and stakeholders.

As a Master of Public Administration, you have my firm commitment that I will work to create ethical, two-way communication between the school district and this community if elected – the kind of communication that includes active listening and respectful responsiveness. You deserve that at a minimum.

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