According to Jonathan Tamari of the Inquirer, Lindy Li, a Malvern native and 2012 Princeton graduate, has launched a campaign for the Democratic nomination to represent Pennsylvania’s 7th congressional district.
The district comprises parts of the Philadelphia suburbs, spanning Delaware, Montgomery, Chester, Berks, and Lancaster Counties.
In an open letter published on her campaign website, Li promises to be the voice of “the women, the young people, the forgottens of our great commonwealth.” Her platform includes many of the issues important to millennial voters, such as college affordability, climate change, women’s rights, and campaign finance reform.
“I’m ready to unleash the power of my generation,” Li told Tamari.
Li, who currently lives in Radnor, will face La Salle political science professor and 2014 nominee Mary Ellen Balchunis in the Democratic primary. The winner will challenge Rep. Pat Meehan in the general election.
If Ms. Li prevails, she will be the youngest serving member of Congress (she turns 25 in December), and the only female representing Pennsylvania.
According to the Inquirer, Li considered running in the 6th district but decided on the 7th instead after talking with Democratic party leaders. She said that she has planned campaign events with Lt. Gov Mike Stack and former Gov. Ed Rendell.