Twenty-Six Women Running in PA Primary Received Emerge PA Training

  • Apr 21, 2021
  • Rebecca McNichol

Emerge Pennsylvania alumnae and current class members will appear on the ballot for almost every level of local office in the Commonwealth

PENNSYLVANIA – Today, Emerge Pennsylvania announced that 25 alumnae and current members of the 2021 training cohort will be on the ballot in the upcoming primary election.

This election cycle will include several historic firsts if Emerge Pennsylvania women are elected. Ce-Ce Gerlach will be the first woman and the first person of color to be elected Mayor of Allentown. Adrienne King is the first Black woman to run for Pennridge School Board, a board currently comprised of white republicans, and Karen Mallah is the first person of color to run for Camp Hill School Board. Maraleen Shields is the first Black woman to run for Lehigh County Court of Common Pleas and Tabia Sultana will be the first immigrant to serve on Easton City Council. Antonetta Stancu will be the first democrat elected as Bucks County’s District Attorney in over 100 years.

Emerge is Pennsylvania’s premier organization for recruiting and training Democratic women to run for office. Emerge graduates are vying for positions across the Commonwealth at every level of local government, including mayoral, local council, school board, and judicial positions.

“We are committed to building a bench of Democratic women who reflect the diversity of our communities and our Commonwealth, to effectively change the way our government works in Pennsylvania, from our local town councils to the State Legislature,” said Rebecca McNichol, Executive Director of Emerge Pennsylvania. “Women bring with them a different perspective and practice in governing, focused on collaboration, and Pennsylvania families deserve more of this leadership at every level of government.”

Emerge Pennsylvania women running for election during the 2021 Pennsylvania primary include:

  • Wendi Barish – Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge
  • Margie Brown – St. Mary’s City Council
  • Janet Diaz – Lancaster City Council (reelection)
  • Lillian DeBaptiste – Mayor of West Chester
  • Mercedes Evans – Camp Hill Borough Council
  • Danelle Fournier- Mayor of West Conshohocken
  • LouCrecie Garlanger – Upper Moreland Township School Director
  • Ce-Ce Gerlach – Mayor of Allentown
  • Bernadette Hannah-Barone- Middletown Township Board of Supervisor
  • Lavet Henderson – Harrisburg City Council
  • Susan Henderson-Utis – Rose Tree Media School Board (reelection)
  • Bonny Hodges – 4th Wars Commissioner, Springfield, Delco
  • Joyce Keller – Whitpain Township Board of Supervisions (reelection)
  • Adrienne King – Pennridge School Board
  • Lydia Lathe – Erie County Council
  • Karen Mallah – Camp Hill School Board
  • Kimberly McGlonn – Jenkintown Borough Council (reelection)
  • Samantha Newell – Rutledge Borough Council (reelection)
  • Bhavini Patel – Edgewood Borough Council
  • Monet Reilly – Judge of Elections
  • Maraleen Shields – Lehigh County Court of Common Pleas
  • Antonetta Stancu – Bucks County District Attorney
  • Taiba Sultana – Easton City Council
  • Audrey Ware – Township Supervisor in Montgomery Township
  • Tara Zrinski – Northampton County Council (reelection)