National grassroots progressive network Indivisible announced Thursday that it is endorsing Pennsylvania’s 1st Congressional District Democratic candidate Ashley Ehasz, who is one of only 27 the group has endorsed nationwide for the November 2022 election.
Joining Ehasz in the group’s latest slate of endorsements are PA Senate candidate John Fetterman, Rep. Katie Porter (CA-47), Rep. Sara Jacobs (CA-51), Rep. Tom Malinowski (NJ-07), Josh Riley (NY-19), and Herb Jones (VA-01).
“As Indivisible groups around the country gear up for November, we’re highlighting candidates who have earned widespread grassroots support. With less than 100 days to go before voters make their midterm decisions, these candidates have demonstrated a commitment to running grassroots, people-powered campaigns and working for everyday people in their communities,” said Leah Greenberg, co-founder and co-executive director of Indivisible.
This endorsement means the national group and local chapters will be investing more to support Ehasz’s campaign, raise her profile, and expose her opponent’s often out-of-touch and extreme votes and positions.
“Indivisible endorses candidates who share our values of justice, compassion, equity and inclusion,” said Indivisible Bucks County in a statement to the Beacon. “Ashley Ehasz has made it clear during her PA-01 candidacy that she shares the goal of making our nation a better place for everyone, and Indivisible Bucks County committed to helping Ashley flip Pennsylvania’s First district.”
Cindi Sternfeld, steering committee member of Indivisible Lambertville-New Hope, said the district is long past due having congressional representation that puts constituents’ interests over corporate special interests.
“The national Indivisible organization has recognized that Ashley Ehasz is someone who will fight to make the lives of families in Pennsylvania’s First district better, and we couldn’t be prouder to see them endorse her,” said Sternfeld. “Their endorsement is a meaningful signal that flipping this district is important to the future of our democracy, and all of us at Indivisible Lambertville New Hope are thrilled to be working to help get Ashley elected.”
Ehasz has been rallying shoulder to shoulder with pro-choice voters throughout Bucks County after details of the decision leaked that the Supreme Court would overturn Roe v. Wade, which it did last month. Expanding access to health care and protecting women’s reproductive rights and access to abortion care have been a pillar of her campaign.
The Army veteran has also emphasized the need to have someone in Congress willing to fight for working and middle class families by strengthening union rights, raising wages, and addressing the affordable housing shortage. The Pennsylvania Capital-Star reported Wednesday that there is a national eviction crisis, one that Pennsylvania is not immune to, due to soaring rent prices and stagnant wages.
She has also shown leadership by speaking out against attacks aimed at public education by extremist school boards who are seeking to ban books and marginalize LGBTQ students and students of color.
“On Tuesday, the Central Bucks School District Board passed the most restrictive library policy in the entire state of Pennsylvania,” Ehasz tweeted last week. “This is not only an infringement of First Amendment rights, it’s censorship. This book ban threatens to take away the important stories of LGBTQ people and communities of color, and overlooks the work of experienced librarians curating books with educational value.”
Ehasz also identifies overturning Citizens United and the need to get Big Money out of politics as essential to fixing our ailing democracy. And while her opponent Brian Fitzpatrick has been unsurprisingly soft and silent on the Jan. 6 Insurrection, watching that horrible day unfold in part helped her decide to run for office.