Democrat Amanda Waldman recently announced her candidacy for Congress in Pennsylvania‘s 9th district. The newly redesigned 12-county area includes Lycoming, Bradford, Susquehanna, Sullivan, Wyoming, West Lucerne, Columbia, Montour, Northumberland, Schuylkill, Lebanon and North Berks counties.
Born and raised on her family’s farm in Lycoming County, Waldman is a single mom who knows what it’s like to work multiple jobs to make ends meet, according to a press release. Waldman wants to portray rural Pennsylvania as someone who truly understands what it means to struggle; having experienced the choice between putting food on the table and paying the electricity bill.
Waldman’s policy priorities, according to the press release, include protecting small farms, fully funded public education, living wages to fuel a better economy, affordable and accessible health care, including guaranteed health care. veterans, and demand better for rural communities.
“When I worked in Harrisburg for the office of the lieutenant governor, I got to see how dysfunctional our government can be,” she said, according to the press release. “I’ve seen people’s priorities get ignored and common sense legislation never even passed, which has made life harder for us in rural Pennsylvania.”