WASHINGTON, D.C.–People’s Action endorsed three Pennsylvania state-level candidates for election. The candidates are running movement politics, people-powered campaigns and will fight for the People’s Action People’s Platform once elected. Each of these candidates is also endorsed by a People’s Action partner organization, Capital Region Stands Up or York Stands Up.
“People’s Action is excited to endorse these candidates because they put people and our planet before profit,” People’s Action Director of Movement Governing Brooke Adams said. “During this time of racial, economic, and health emergencies, Pennsylvanians deserve champions who will both stand up to greedy, corporate interests and fight for the multiracial working class. We’re proud to help push them across the finish line.”
- Shanna Danielson for State Representative (Senate District 31)
- Nicole Miller for State Representative (House District 87)
- Tara Shakespeare for State Representative (House District 88)
Shanna Danielson for State Representative (Senate District 31)
Shanna Danielson is a mom, a public school teacher, and a fierce advocate for equitably-funded public schools. She’s a teacher with over 10 years of experience teaching students all across Pennsylvania, and a gun violence-reduction advocate who has stood up to Republicans on the steps of the state capitol. In the past, she’s fought to ensure all Pennsylvanians have the right to clean air and safe drinking water, healthcare, and a government that works for them. Shanna is running because it’s time Pennsylvania had a leader that put working families ahead of profit.
“I remember standing on stage at the People’s Wave Convention in 2019 and taking a pledge to be the kind of candidate that will put people first, and I am so grateful to have this endorsement now in my run for State Senate. We truly can build a Pennsylvania that works for all of us,” Danielson said.
Nicole Miller for State Representative (House District 87)
Nicole Miller grew up in a middle-class family in a small town. Her father worked in law enforcement and her mom ran her family’s sandwich shop on Main Street. After her time in college, she moved to Hampden Township where she decided to raise her family. Her experience as a mother of three showed her that mental health is not as easy to treat as a broken bone. She spent years in search of mental health care for her oldest son, during which she gave up her career to work evenings. After over a decade of searching, she lost her son to suicide in 2017 at 19 years old. She is fighting for those that still have a chance at life and a whole family.
“I am honored to have the endorsement of People’s Action and look forward to working together for the hardworking people in the 87th and in PA,” Miller said.
Tara Shakespeare for State Representative (House District 88)
Tara Shakespeare decided to run for office in late 2019 after multiple interactions with elected officials who dismissed the concerns of regular citizens. Researching elected officials’ voting records and campaign finance reports left Tara feeling alarmed because so many of them have been handing out tax breaks to the wealthy and well-connected and voting for bad policies that harm working people and small businesses. As the former Treasurer and President of the Harrisburg Chapter of the National Organization for Women, she has been fighting for civil rights for many years and wants to take that same commitment to equal rights to Pennsylvania’s State House.
“We must all stand up against racial and economic injustice, wherever we see it, and I’m excited to do that in Pennsylvania’s State House, with People’s Action by my side,” Shakespeare said.
People’s Action’s Movement Politics program recruits, runs, and elects progressives into local and statewide offices across the country. Since 2016, People’s Action has helped elect over 350 movement politics candidates. The program focuses on electing women, people of color, and low-income people who are grounded in progressive movement building with our member organizations.
About People’s Action
People’s Action is a national network of 40 state and local grassroots, power-building organizations united in fighting for justice. Our organization recently released a vision for a national Homes Guarantee that has already prompted major legislation from champions including U.S. Reps. Ilhan Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and Rashida Tlaib. We operate the largest progressive rural organizing project in the country. The Nation called our Iowa presidential forum the “most in-depth, people-powered forum” of the 2020 cycle.