By Greta Fenzl, Contributing Writer
In Pennsylvania, which ranks 42nd in the country for women’s representation in local government and has only one woman in its Congressional delegation, this fall’s election season could be a big deal for women’s rights groups.
The Women’s Campaign Forum (WCF) has recently announced a group of local candidates that they are endorsing in the fall elections. According to its website, WCF “endorses qualified women candidates running for all levels of office, across the country, of any political party, who pledge to support reproductive health choices and options for all.”
This fall, WCF has elected to endorse an array of local candidates throughout the Keystone State, including the incumbent Lancaster Township Supervisor Kathy Wasong. The challengers who have been endorsed include Brenda Davis, a Democratic candidate for mayor of Washington, Pennsylvania; Leslie Richards, who is running with Josh Shapiro for Montgomery County Commissioner; Stephanie Singer, a Democratic candidate for City Commissioner in Philadelphia; and Chelsa Wagner, the Democratic candidate for Allegheny County Controller.
These candidates were chosen based on their application to and interview with the group, and are considered to be on-the-ground champions for women’s rights. Endorsed candidates receive WCF support in the form of web promotion, email communications, social networks and blog, WCF special events and potentially through financial contributions.
WCF endorses women running for everything from school board elections to Congress, based on the belief that gender parity for women in public office is essential to the strength and future of our nation.