PHILADELPHIA — Pennsylvania Working Families Party congratulates its endorsed Philadelphia-area State House candidates, including incumbent Chris Rabb (HD 200), and insurgents Joe Hohenstein (HD 177) and Elizabeth Fiedler (HD 184), on winning their primaries. Pennsylvania Working Families Party also endorsed Jess King for the Democratic nomination for U.S. Congress in the 11th District. She will face Republican incumbent Rep. Lloyd P. Smucker in November.
“There’s a new class of progressive candidates going up against the Philadelphia Democratic machine and winning. Despite arm-twisting and dirty campaigning, Chris Rabb, Elizabeth Fiedler, and Joe Hohenstein won by speaking to voters’ interests and building people-powered campaigns,” said Brandon Evans, state director of Pennsylvania Working Families Party. “We’re proving that progressive candidates for the State House can win with a full-throated progressive agenda, a strong ground game, and by pulling together a diverse and winning coalition.”
Pennsylvania Working Families Party brought its political acumen and ground game to support endorsed candidates. In addition to consulting on strategy and field with campaigns, Working Families Party blitzed neighborhoods, mobilizing volunteers and members to knock on nearly 5,500 doors, make more than 10,000 calls, and send over 2,500 texts from members to voters.
Pennsylvania Working Families Party played a key role in Philadelphia DA Larry Krasner’s primary and general election victories. Pennsylvania WFP was in the inner circle of the Krasner campaign from the beginning, consulting on politics and campaign strategy for the first-time candidate, creating the campaign’s field plan and providing support to its canvass. Krasner’s win was a major advance in reforming Philadelphia’s unusually harsh criminal justice system that overwhelmingly affects black and brown Philadelphians and has limited generations of city residents to diminished life outcomes. Krasner’s victory demonstrated voter’s appetite for true progressive candidates.
Pennsylvania Working Families Party is a grassroots independent political organization fighting for a government that represents the needs and values of working families. We elect candidates who share our values and organize campaigns to advance progressive policies. Together we’re building a movement of working families to fight for economic and social justice in Pennsylvania.