Democrat Ashley Ehasz has announced that she will run for Congress again in 2024.
Ehasz, who ran an unsuccessful campaign against Republican Brian Fitzpatrick in 2022, is preparing for another shot at the 1st Congressional District seat in Bucks County.
“I’m running for Congress again in Pennsylvania’s 1st District to defend our democracy, restore reproductive rights, tackle corporate greed, advocate for bold gun safety measures & fight for working families like mine,” she tweeted.
“For too long, anti-choice Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick has sold out this district – now, his time is up. This time, we’re back for Round 2 and we’re ready to finish the job.”
Fitzpatrick turned back Ehasz by 31,000 votes and 10 percentage points in 2022 to receive a fourth term in Washington.
Ehasz, a U.S. Army veteran and Apache helicopter pilot from Bensalem, is pro-choice and supports the Women’s Health Protection Act which would federally codify Roe v. Wade. She believes that there is the need for greater oversight of the charter school system and that the cost of college needs to be significantly reduced to make it more accessible to students who want to attend a two or four year institution.
A strong supporter of the second amendment and the rights of citizens to securely keep arms for self-defense, recreation, and hunting, she adds that gun violence is a public health crisis.
“In my heart of hearts, I believe democracy needs this seat flipped,” Ehasz told the Philadelphia Inquirer. “Last year the Democrats were very much on the defensive. It was an expected red wave year and … they were protecting the front line. We’re now on the offensive.”
”Ashley Ehasz is setting herself up for failure, running on a party platform that embraces higher costs and coddles violent criminals. Meanwhile, Brian Fitzpatrick has consistently delivered for Pennsylvania families and they are excited to reelect him next fall,” said Chris Gustafson, a spokesman for the National Republican Congressional Committee.
Democrats are targeting 31 GOP-held congressional seats and two open districts in their quest to retake the majority in the U.S. House. Two Pennsylvania districts – the 1st held by Fitzpatrick and the 10th held by Rep. Scott Perry – are on the list.
Ehasz would be the first woman to serve in Congress to have graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.
Dung Mastriano has announced he wants to run for office again, too. Shit happens.
Ehasz wasn’t a strong candidate in 2022. I expect more Democrats to jump into the race over the next several months.