Shaughnessy Naughton, candidate for PA-8, counts being a chemist and businesswoman among her accomplishments. Now, the Women’s Campaign Fund has opted to name her a Game Changer for her current, and potential, work as a politician.
“Shaughnessy is a chemist with a background in breast cancer research and drug discovery who gave up her career at Wyeth to jump in when her family’s small business was struggling,” the WCF explained. “Shaughnessy cut her pay in half to save the company and her employees’ jobs, and now owns the business.”
The Game Changers program entails national recognition, and names “forty women running across the country who just might change everything.” Naughton is the second Pennsylvania candidate to be added after physician Val Arkoosh of PA-13 received the same title last week.
“Pennsylvania could be left without any female Representatives,” said Clare Bresnahan, Political & Programs Director for WCF. “Shaughnessy represents the chance to not only have another woman in office, but to have a scientist and small business owner who understands the needs of struggling middle class families. Shaughnessy has spent her life fighting for progressive values, and will bring her background in breast cancer research and small business to the House floor.”
The WCF has backed Naughton for quite some time, announcing their official endorsement in September of 2013.
“Women’s Campaign Fund has been with me since early in my campaign, and I am proud to have been named a Game Changer,” said Naughton. “Women and families in the Eighth District need a Congresswoman who will stand up and fight to create jobs, invest in infrastructure, and technology, and improve our schools. In Washington, I will be a game changer who is not afraid to stand up to special interests and big corporations to do what’s right for middle class families.”
Naughton is running in PA-8’s Democratic primary against veteran Kevin Strouse. The May victor will take on incumbent Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick (R-Bucks) come November.