The Republican candidate in the 7th U.S. Congressional District special election this November will be Pearl Kim, the GOP nominee for the 5th Congressional District race the same day. Kim, a former senior deputy attorney general of Pennsylvania and special victims unit prosecutor, was selected by Republican conferees Wednesday evening to fill the vacancy left in the 7th district by former U.S. Rep. Patrick Meehan, R-7 of Chadds Ford. Meehan resigned in April after a controversy because he used taxpayer money to settle a harassment claim brought by a former female staffer. Continue reading
SPRINGFIELD >> Pearl Kim is in a hurry. The 39-year-old Radnor resident said her life experiences led to her decision to run for Congress for the newly created 5th District. She’s trying to live up to her mantra: Be the change that you want to see in the world. Kim grew up in Flourtown and graduated from Plymouth Whitemarsh High School, a first-generation American raised by her mother, Dr. Hi Sook Kim, a retired pediatrician, and father Dr. Kook Kan Kim, a dentist, who emigrated from South Korea. Kim studied fine arts at Bryn Mawr College through a joint program with Haverford College, she said. Continue reading
The similarities are uncanny. In 1992, the year after Anita Hill’s testimony about Clarence Thomas ignited a national debate on sexual harassment, a record 24 women were newly elected to the House of Representatives, increasing female membership by 60 percent. In 2018, the year after #MeToo swept across the country, some 527 women have launched campaigns for House and Senate seats. Pundits called 1992 “The Year of the Woman.” In 2018, observers are using the term again. It’s too early to know if this year will yield another bumper crop of new Congresswomen. But the effects of the wave are obvious here. Continue reading
BBC – Two women competing for a congressional seat in Pennsylvania say they are motivated by the #MeToo movement. They tell Rajini Vaidyanathan what it's like running in a state that has no women in Congress.
Four Penn alumni won primary elections in Pennsylvania on May 15. Six Penn graduates ran in the elections, and three out of the four winners were uncontested. Continue reading
There currently are no women representing Pennsylvania in Washington — and the state has never elected a female U.S. senator or governor — but there are more than 20 women across the state hoping Tuesday will kick off their chances to change that - a test of the so-called "pink wave." Continue reading
Several candidates in Tuesday’s primary races are hoping these elections will be their first steps toward making history, or at least changing the political climate in their states. Nebraska, Pennsylvania, Oregon and Idaho are all holding primaries Tuesday in what many are concluding will be a referendum on the Trump administration, Congress and the current political direction of the United States. Continue reading
In November, the Delaware County Republicans got pummeled at the polls in historic fashion. It appears they’ve picked themselves off the mat and are preparing to hit the ring with a new contender for the crown of U.S. Congressperson in the 5th district. Continue reading