Emerge Pennsylvania Pleased to See West Chester Mayor Join State House


Carolyn Comitta

Emerge Pennsylvania – an affiliate of Emerge America, which works toward helping women get into government positions – is pleased with the political success of Chester County’s Carolyn Comitta, writes Albert Hong for Generocity.

The mayor of West Chester will be the new state representative in the 156th Legislative District after unseating Republican Dan Truitt in the November election. But according to Anne Wakabayashi, executive director of Emerge Pennsylvania, the organization still has a long way to go to establish itself within the state.

Currently, only 18 percent of Pennsylvania’s State House and 14 percent of the State Senate are women. Also, the congressional delegation has no women, a female governor has never been elected, and the state has never elected a woman to the U.S. Senate.

The good news is that more women than ever are showing interest in getting involved in politics. Emerge Pennsylvania’s 2017 cohort had more than 100 female applicants. Also most resistance groups that hold representatives accountable are now led by women.

“I’d like to be a resource to them being able to accomplish their goals and have their voices heard,” said Wakabayashi.

Read more about Emerge Pennsylvania from Generocity here.

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