Food & Water Action Releases Pennsylvania State Legislative Endorsements

February 26, 2020

Group is Supporting Candidates Taking Strongest Climate Stance


Philadelphia, PA — Food & Water Action will build on Pennsylvania’s wave of anti-fracking and pro-renewable grassroots energy by endorsing eleven candidates for Pennsylvania’s state legislature in 2020.

In 2018, Food & Water Action played a key role in sending a new class of climate champions to Harrisburg. State Representatives like Elizabeth Fiedler, Danielle Friel Otten, Summer Lee, and Sara Innamorato took strong stances on a range of issues, including opposing Governor Wolf’s Restore Pennsylvania plan, which would lock the state into at least 20 more years of fracking.

Food & Water Action will work to grow this group of progressive champions by endorsing candidates who are committed to:

  • Halting construction of pipelines and polluting cracker plants, and envisioning an end to the fracking industry in Pennsylvania
  • Moving Pennsylvania towards 100% renewable energy by 2035
  • Opposing Restore Pennsylvania, which will lock Pennsylvania into 20 more years of fracking
  • Backing an economic development plan that brings jobs, community wealth and economic self-reliance to our state
  • Expanding Pennsylvania’s burgeoning industrial hemp industry
  • Rejecting all contributions from the fossil fuel industry by signing the No Fossil Fuel Money Pledge

“We are endorsing a group of candidates who will stand strong against the fossil fuel industry,” said Sam Bernhardt, Food & Water Action’s Political Director. “Acknowledging that climate change is real, but failing to take substantive action needed to get us off fracking, is simply a new form of climate denialism. These candidates will fight to enact policies to reign in climate change and protect our food and water.”

Food & Water Action is endorsing the following candidates:

Summer Lee for State House District 34

In 2018, Summer Lee ran for State Representative on a platform of stopping the fracking well proposed in her densely-populated district just outside of Pittsburgh. Not only did she win her election as a first time candidate— she then played a key role in stopping the fracking well that threatened her community’s air and water. Summer will no doubt continue fighting for the Mon Valley communities she represents, which have faced decades of environmental injustice.

Angela Prattis for State House District 159

Angela Prattis is a community leader, mother, and Township Councilwoman. Angela gained national notoriety when she had to fight her local government for the right to serve free lunch to hungry children in her community. Angela won that fight, and then won her race for township council. Angela’s family and community is burdened by far too many environmental injustices. Chester is home to two of the most polluting incinerators in the country. Angela can see one of the facilities from her front door, and she and her family members have asthma. House District 159 also hosts two refineries and the Mariner East pipeline. Angela will fight to bring a Green New Deal to a region that has been unfairly burdened with pollution and safety threats stemming from a legacy of fossil fuel infrastructure.

Ginny Kerslake for State House District 167

Ever since Sunoco contaminated her neighbor’s water three years ago while building their Mariner East pipeline system, Ginny Kerslake has been an inspiring leader in the fight to protect Chester County from this dangerous corporation. This tenacity and commitment will make her a great State Representative. Ginny will fight for sustainable communities for all Pennsylvanians.

Nikil Saval for State Senate District 1

Nikil Saval is a father, writer and community organizer who has been fighting for working families and the environment for many years. In 2016, Nikil co-founded Reclaim Philadelphia, a grassroots organization that has played a key role in electing several climate champions. Nikil is running for State Senate District 1, which covers much of Center City and South Philadelphia, including the former property of the South Philadelphia refinery, which was shuttered in 2019 after a massive explosion. Nikil will fight for a Green New Deal that will simultaneously revitalize local economies and take us off fossil fuels.

Brett Burman for State Senate District 9

Brett Burman is a Delaware County community leader who has been a fierce advocate for our environment and public education. Brett has been a leader in the fight against the Mariner East pipeline system, which runs through a broad swath of the 9th State Senate District. In 2019, Brett led the effort to pass a resolution through the Pennsylvania Democratic Committee calling for a moratorium on construction of the pipeline. If elected, Brett would be the first out LGBTQ State Senator in Pennsylvania’s history.

Rick Krajewski for State House District 188

Rick Krajewski is a tireless advocate for justice. Like Nikil Saval, Rick is a leader of Reclaim Philadelphia, where he has focused on criminal justice reform. Now running for a State House District covering part of West Philadelphia, Rick is all in for a Green New Deal that will ban fracking, among other strong progressive platform planks.

Tara Zrinski for State House District 138

Tara Zrinski has been working with Food & Water Action for nearly a decade, advocating for a halt to fracking and stopping the PennEast pipeline. In 2017, Tara was elected to Northampton County Council, where she has fought to preserve open space and stop sludge spreading. Now, she’s ready to step up to the next level, running to flip her Republican-held State House district.

Danielle Friel Otten for State House District 155

Danielle Friel Otten won her State House race in 2018 running as a first-time candidate on a platform of shutting down the Mariner East pipeline, which runs less than 100 feet from her home. Danielle’s victory, and her presence in Harrisburg, have changed the narrative of fracking industry domination of the state government. She led the charge to oppose Restore Pennsylvania, Governor Wolf’s flagship legislation which would entrench fracking in the state for another 20 years.

Sara Innamorato for State House District 21

Innamorato was a consistent voice for protecting the health and safety of Pennsylvania communities from fracking during her first term in Harrisburg. Responding to the emerging cancer crisis facing fracked communities in southwest Pennsylvania, Sara went on a tour of frontline communities, was a presence at community meetings and called on Governor Wolf for a thorough investigation of the crisis.

Elizabeth Fiedler for State House District 184

Elizabeth Fiedler proved in her first term as a State Representative that she’s there to fight for what’s right. Elizabeth fought Restore PA, advocated for a Green New Deal, and called for justice after the explosion at the South Philadelphia refinery, which is less than a mile from Elizabeth’s South Philly district.

Adrienne Redd for State House District 154

Adrienne is a longtime climate activist running to replace retiring climate champion State Rep. Steve McCarter as he steps out of his Montgomery County seat. Adrienne is the most progressive candidate in the field, and will call out the regressive policies being pushed forward by both Democratic and Republican party leaders.