The passion and dedication of grassroots activists who are trying to protect their communities from air pollution, water contamination, and climate chaos is awe-inspiring. But those efforts run into a political culture in Harrisburg that is built around delivering whatever the oil and gas industry demands.
These candidates will change that.
Food & Water Action is proud to support three candidates who are dedicated to fighting fracking, protecting our water systems from private corporations, and building a 100% clean energy system. If they win, we all win.
These three candidates-- Summer Lee, Elizabeth Fiedler, and Danielle Otten -- are running for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. They all face primary challengers, so we need to mobilize to support them now, ahead of the May 15 primary election.
The 2018 election is going to be our first opportunity to push back against Trump’s horrifying agenda. To protect our communities from fracking infrastructure, and move to 100% renewable energy, we need real champions in Harrisburg. This is our chance to show that Democratic primary voters want to see bold leaders willing to take on corporate special interests.
Summer Lee hails from Braddock, just outside of Pittsburgh. She’s running in the 34th State House District to be a strong voice for a community that must deal with a legacy of pollution. And now they face a new threat: A proposal to allow fracking right in the midst of thousands of homes. Lee is fighting to keep a fracking well out of her community. And when she gets to Harrisburg, she will fight for a statewide fracking ban.
Elizabeth Fiedler is running in South Philadelphia’s 184th House District. She has a strong platform that includes transitioning the state to 100% renewable energy, which she says “means creating hundreds of thousands of jobs across Pennsylvania in solar, wind, efficiency, retrofits, electric grid, and other energy fields.” That is exactly the kind of bold thinking we need to get us where we need to be in the fight against climate chaos and fossil fuel pollution.
Danielle Otten is a fierce leader of Chester County’s anti-pipeline movement. When Danielle learned that the dangerous Mariner East 2 pipeline would run just 40 feet from the yard where her two young children play, she stood up to fight for her family and community. Danielle’s community organizing led her to realize she is the right leader to represent her neighbors in State House District 155 in Harrisburg.
Food & Water Action asked candidates where they stood on a rapid transition to 100% renewable energy, protecting public water systems from corporate takeover, a statewide moratorium on fracking, and other issues. These three women stood out for their passion, commitment, and organizing experience.
We are ready to get the word out for these progressive champions, by mobilizing our members in these districts to show up and vote. We have done this before. Food & Water Action played an instrumental role in local races in 2017, knocking on 16,000 doors to elect candidates to the Uwchlan and West Goshen Township Board of Supervisors who were willing to protect their communities from the Mariner East 2 pipeline.
We’re supporting these five women not because they’re Democrats, but because they’re champions. Danielle, Summer, and Elizabeth will be strong voices for all communities fighting against fracking, pipelines, and other dangerous fossil fuel projects. We need your support to get them elected.