Governor Wolf, Conservation Voters of PA, and EMILY’S List among early supporters of Rep. Howard’s re-election
Harrisburg (Feb. 17, 2020) Riding a wave of recent high profile endorsements including taking 75% of the Democratic Committee vote and winning the endorsement of the Chester County Democratic Party, incumbent State Representative Kristine Howard today filed 50 pages of nominating petitions with nearly 800 signatures, more than doubling the number of signatures required to be filed to place her name on the ballot for the April Democratic Primary.
In the past two weeks, in addition to the Chester County Democratic endorsement, Rep. Howard claimed the endorsement of popular Democratic Governor Tom Wolf; EMILY’s List, a nationally respected women’s rights advocacy organization; the Conservation Voters of Pennsylvania, the leading environmental legislative affairs watchdog in the Commonwealth; the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) State Council, a union that represents thousands of Pennsylvania nurses and lower-wage workers; and the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW), a union that represents among others, grocery store clerks and Wine and Spirit Store workers.
In his endorsement of Rep. Howard, Governor Wolf said, “Representative Kristine Howard’s background as an attorney, child abuse investigator and child welfare advocate has brought a critically important perspective and voice to the legislature on these important matters. She has also been a true champion for the environment and made significant contributions to efforts to bring common sense gun reform to Pennsylvania. I am proud to endorse her for reelection to the House of Representatives and urge you to join me in supporting her.”
State Representative candidates are required to file 300 valid signatures from registered Democrats who live within the boundaries of their districts. Rep. Howard’s Pennsylvania House District, the 167th, is entirely within Chester County and includes the municipalities of Charlestown, East Whiteland, West Whiteland, Easttown, Willistown, West Pikeland and Malvern Borough. Rep. Howard was first elected State Representative in 2018, winning her primary 80% to 20% and going on to defeat six-term Republican incumbent Duane Milne.
“I am thrilled by the early momentum my campaign has enjoyed. In addition to the important stakeholders who are supporting me, our grassroots ground-game is tuning-up impressively. The signatures I filed today to get on the ballot were mostly gathered doo-to-door by more than two-dozen volunteers who knocked on more than 4000 doors. I am exceedingly grateful to everyone who helped and to the people we reached for the welcoming hospitality we found as we brought a bit of grassroots democracy to our voter’s doorsteps,” Howard said.