First Round of 2020 Endorsements for the WFP in Pennsylvania Follow a Historic Win for Kendra Brooks in Recent Philadelphia City Council Election
The Working Families Party today announced its first endorsements of the 2020 election cycle in Pennsylvania: Reps. Elizabeth Fiedler (D-Philadelphia), Malcolm Kenyatta (D-Philadelphia) and Chris Rabb (D-Philadelphia). All three candidates were strong supporters of the history-making bid by Kendra Brooks (WFP-Philadelphia) to become the city’s first third-party council member. The grassroots political party pledged to support each of its endorsed candidates in any primary or general election contests in 2020.
“These legislators supported Kendra’s run because they share her vision of a Pennsylvania for the many, and not the few,” said Delvone Michael, Working Families Party. “The legislature needs more courageous and progressive voices like Liz, Malcolm, and Chris. The same Working Families movement that elected Kendra will have their backs in 2020, and work to elect more game-changers like them.”
The Working Families Party is a grassroots political party that recruits, trains, and elects the next generation of progressive leaders to office and its clout in Philadelphia is growing with each year. In 2016 Rep. Rabb fought with the WFP to sue the state of PA for fusion. In 2017 the WFP knocked on 70,000 doors to elect District Attorney Larry Krasner. And in 2018 the WFP helped Liz Fiedler win her 4-way primary race with 51% of the vote.
“Since I’ve been in office, I’ve been a strong progressive voice in Harrisburg,” said Rep. Chris Rabb. “I’m proud to be endorsed by the Working Families Party as I work to continue the fight for a Pennsylvania that works for the many and not the few.”
“I’m honored to have the support of the Working Families Party,” said Rep. Liz Fiedler. “WFP believes that one job should be enough to pay the bills, and I look forward to continuing the fight for high-quality healthcare for all, for family-sustaining union jobs, and public schools.”
“Regardless of what happens in the White House, we know we have work to do locally to make Pennsylvania a more equitable place,” said. Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta. “That’s why I’m grateful for this endorsement. The Working Families Party is committed to running and supporting elected leaders who will fight for the changes that working families across this state need to lead healthy, productive lives.”
This November the WFP upended Philadelphia politics by recruiting and electing Kendra Brooks to one of the two at-large city council seats reserved for minority parties, both of which had been held by Republicans for the last hundred years. Kendra won despite resistance from both Republicans and much of the local Democratic political establishment.
Kendra Brooks’ victory was a capstone for an incredible progressive winning streak for the WFP in local elections across America. The WFP helped elect longtime tenants organizer and progressive champion Jumaane Williams as Public Advocate in New York City, swelled the ranks of Chicago city council progressive caucus, put public education champions on the school board in Milwaukee, helped make Stephen Mason the first Black mayor of Cedar Hill, Texas, helped insurgent Latinx LGBTQ social worker Candi CdeBaca oust a longtime incumbent on the Denver City Council, and elected other council members from Morgantown, W.Va., to Phoenix, Ariz.