Heads up PA: Allyson Schwartz (MSW) for Governor!

schwartz1As the democratic primary for governor of Pennsylvania quickly approaches, on May 20, 2014, social workers must band together to support democratic hopeful Allyson Schwartz. As a female political trailblazer in state and federal government and a proud social worker, here are 10 things you should know about Allyson Schwartz:

  1. She earned a B.A. from Simmons College in Sociology and a Masters of Social Work from Bryn Mawr College
  2. She is currently a 5th term US Representative for Pennsylvanian’s 13th Congressional District which represents Northern and North East Philadelphia
  3. She is known as a health care expert and is credited with establishing the first Child Health Insurance Program (CHIP) as a PA State Senator, which became the national model under President Clinton
  4. She is a centrist democrat who is known for finding bi-partisan solutions (like a good social worker does!)
  5. According to her website, her key policy issues are education, employment, health care, women, LGBT rights, voting rights, affordable college, the environment, public transpiration
  6. She sits on the House Budget Committee and Ways & Means Committee
  7. She is on the Social Security and Revenue Measures sub-committees of Ways & Means
  8. Prior to her career in politics she was a health care executive in Philadelphia working to make health insurance more affordable, particularly for low-income children, seniors, and working parents
  9. She has focused her political career on public policy which improve quality of life, most notably Medicaid and Medicare, tax policy, neighborhood revitalization, veterans affairs, and access to quality education
  10. Her mother is a Holocaust survivor and her father is a veteran of the Korean War

She is favored second for the democratic primary next to industry champion Tom Wolf. Incumbent republican governor Tom Corbett is running for re-election and a strong democrat is needed. The primary election is quickly approaching on May 20, 2014 and will be here before we know it. Social Workers must spread the word about Allyson Schwartz and highlight her social work values and experience representing Pennsylvanian’s most vulnerable populations. If nothing else, GET OUT TO THE POLLS MAY 20!!

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For more information see:

Campaign Website
Congressional Website
CRISP Profile
Gov. Tracks Profile

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Jindal Says Wendy Davis Bid for Texas Governor Will End in Defeat

If you are not familiar with who Wendy Davis is, you should be! Wendy Davis was a single mom on government assistance who worked her way from a trailer park to a Harvard Law School degree, but she didn’t stop there. Social Work Helper did a story on Wendy Davis earlier this year for her heroic efforts to stand for women’s reproductive rights.

Wendy DavisWendy Davis, a state Senator representing Texas’ 10th district, made national news for her 11 hour filibuster of the Republican backed restrictive reproductive health bill that the Texas legislature’s leadership was attempting to railroad through the state senate. The bill Wendy said would have a “devastating impact” by enacting a 20 week abortion ban, and effectively closing almost all of the health clinics that provide abortive services, among other vital health services for women, across the state.  Read Full Article

Wendy Davis made her announcement at the high school where she received her education, and she stated:

“We love Texas not only for how good it is, but for how great we know it can be,” she said. “We want every child, no matter where they start in Texas, to receive a world-class education, an education that can take them anywhere they want to go.”

In my opinion, Wendy Davis represents the epitome of the American Dream, and the hope we have for our children to triumph under difficult circumstances. In the history of Texas Governors, only two women have been elected to hold high office. The last to achieve this accomplishment was Ann Richards the mother of the current President of Planned Parenthood, Cecil Richards. If there is a slim chance for a third female governor, Wendy Davis is the right choice.

Bobby Jindal, Republican Governor from Louisiana and Chair of the Republican Governor’s Association, stated that Wendy Davis will be good for fundraising, but she does not stand a chance of winning against Republican Attorney General Greg Abbott. This statement came in the wake of yesterday’s announcement by Wendy Davis to run for Governor of the Lone Star State.


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