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.Continue reading »
“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.Continue reading »
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.Continue reading »
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.Continue reading »
"I would like to see instead workers sharing in the wealth that they create, sharing in what their labor bears."Continue reading »
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).Continue reading »
“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.Continue reading »
“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.”Continue reading »
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.Continue reading »
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.”Continue reading »
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.Continue reading »
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."Continue reading »
The left-wing uprising that led to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's victory in N.Y.? It happened first in Pa.
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.Continue reading »
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.Continue reading »
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.Continue reading »
“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.”Continue reading »
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.”Continue reading »
John Fetterman, Pittsburgh’s socialists, Trump-district Democrats: Some winners from this week’s electionsContinue reading »
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.Continue reading »
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.Continue reading »
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?Continue reading »
Big Primary Wins for Socialists and Progressives Who Ran on 'Popular Demands That Were Deemed Impossible'
"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.Continue reading »
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.”Continue reading »
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.Continue reading »
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.Continue reading »
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 CouncilContinue reading »
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.Continue reading »