On Thursday night over 50 women gathered to celebrate the launch of the Bucks County Democratic Women’s Leadership Initiative (BCDWLI), a new organization aimed at bridging the gap between grassroots initiatives and existing political activity in Bucks County.
Ashley Muir, a Trumbauersville resident who began her involvement in local politics as campaign manager for Karen Chellew in PA’s 145th assembly district in 2014 also serving on the board at Emerge PA which state Rep Tina Davis (D-141) co-founded with colleague Rep. Mary Jo Daley (D-148) in 2015 is the new organizations chair.
BCDLI was formed to provide support and build a strong network of Democrats committed to bringing awareness to the challenges that keep women from obtaining critical leadership roles within our communities its mission statement says. Their calling is to create opportunities for women to become involved at every level of the political process, advocate for the issues that concern women and working families and gain the confidence to step into leadership roles within their community.
This year democratic women are seeking to contest all but one Republican held seat in the General Assembly, and two Democratic women and one man will face off in April to challenge Congressman Fitzpatrick in the fall, Muir said. This increases the need for their organization’s involvement to give local candidates “greater access to the experiences, and the human and monetary resources they need — Not only to run for office and win, but to advocate for the issues that affect women and families once they are elected,” she said.
The newly launched organization has an executive board comprised of community leaders who, through gaining political experience on more than 20 local races, noticed disconnects between active members of the community and the local political structure, Muir said. Over the last four years Bucks County has seen a spike in political activity among, women but has yet to make any real headway at the state and federal level.
Democrats picked up only three state legislative seats in 2018 with wins by Maria Collett, Steve Santarseiro and Wendy Ullman. This year democratic women are seeking to contest all but one Republican held seat in the General Assembly, and two Democratic women and one man will face off in April to challenge Congressman Fitzpatrick in the fall.
Muir is joined by Executive Board members Lisa Procz, a political activist and leader of Bux-Mont Inclusive & Progressive, Ali Glickman a long time gun-safety advocate and Co-Founder of Orange Wave, Kristin Nielsen a powerhouse political fundraiser & Sue-Ann Divito a local immigration rights advocate.
Muir also acknowledged Honorary Chair Davis for her dedication in working to get more women involved in the political process even before the wave of activity following the 2016 election.
Emerge Pennsylvania boasts a staggering 81% win rate.