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Mary Jo Daley, State Representative & Emerge Pennsylvania Co-Founder

Mary Jo Daley is currently serving her third term in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, representing the 148th Legislative District in Montgomery County. Her election to state office continues a deep commitment to community service spanning over 20 years.

Daley, promising to be a strong voice for her constituents in Harrisburg, is leading efforts to stop the further erosion of women’s rights, bring on-line voter registration to Pennsylvania, fight for marriage equality and non-discrimination in Pennsylvania, and encourage smart economic development to the 148th District. Daley currently serves as a member of the Appropriations Committee, Aging and Older Adult Services Committee, Finance Committee, Health Committee, and State Government Committee. She was also selected as a vice-Chair for the Southeast Delegation in 2017.

Daley’s work resume includes 20 years at the University of Pennsylvania, culminating in a position where she was directly responsible for balancing a multi-million dollar annual budget at an institution that supports some of the world’s most important and groundbreaking biomedical research. Daley recently became a member of the Executive Committee of Temple University's Center on Regional Politics, bridging the gap between her experience in higher education and politics. 

Daley served for 20 years as a member of Narberth Borough Council, including 10 years as council president. Her record of distinguished service prepared her for her role in the legislature by knowing how to work with others, build relationships, and produce results for her constituents.

Daley graduated from Gwynedd Mercy College with an associate in science degree. She then continued her studies, earning a bachelor of business administration from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Recognizing her passion for public service, Daley later obtained an MPA from the Fels Center of Government at the University of Pennsylvania.

Locally, Daley has a long record of civic involvement, serving on many boards and commissions in both her hometown and Montgomery County. Daley and her husband Bob Winkelman live in Narberth. Her children and grandchildren all live in the area. 

Tina Davis, State Representative & Emerge Co-Founder

State Rep. Tina Davis was first elected to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in 2010 to serve the 141st legislative district.

Now entering her third term, Rep. Davis has forged a leading role on key issues, including economic development and opportunity, job creation, pay equity, property tax reform and programs assisting families and veterans.

Described by a local newspaper as “an active and accomplished legislator with long roots in the community, and prior experience as township council member,” Rep Davis’s commonsense legislation, votes, and philosophies span partisan divides serve the greater good not only in Bucks county but throughout the commonwealth.

Rep. Davis’ successes in Harrisburg are a natural outgrowth of her experience on Bristol Township Council, where she made helping families and economic development her priorities. As a councilwoman, Rep. Davis implemented the only township-funded program in Bucks County to aid homeowners facing foreclosure. Her attention to detail and the problem of working Pennsylvanians led to her appointments in Harrisburg to key House committees, including Consumer Affairs, Gaming Oversight, Insurance and Liquor Control.

As a resident of Bristol Township, Rep. Davis was frustrated by neighborhood flooding. Not one to sit by and let someone else take care of things, she went to the township office to see what she could do and quickly became enmeshed in municipal operations.

After being elected to Bristol Township Council in 2006, Rep. Davis became council vice president and served on its finance, pension, and building, planning and zoning committees. She quickly built on her early accomplishments addressing road repairs and flooding:

  • She helped to create a local Keystone Opportunity Zone to develop a major vacant property and bring jobs to the area;
  • She worked with county, state, and federal agencies to secure grants and to renovate the municipal building, help local fire companies, and obtain a new street sweeper truck and new camera truck for the sewage treatment plant;
  • She successfully applied for a low-interest state loan to renovate the sewer plant; and
  • She successfully shepherded multiple road and drainage projects.

As a 1983 graduate of LaSalle University with a degree in computer science, Rep. Davis and her husband, Jim, own a small local trucking business.

However, their priorities always revolve around their three children: son James, and daughters Taylor and Cameron.

Rep. Davis is a hockey mom, loves to cook and has volunteered as a basketball coach, room mom at her children’s schools, and with the local Girl Scouts and the American Cancer Society. She has also served as a state Democratic committeeperson.

Despite the full slate, Rep. Davis’ heart and home remain in Bucks County, even as she seeks more solutions in Harrisburg. Her Levittown office is constantly abuzz with community projects, including shredding events and “Treasure Hunts” for missing property being held by the commonwealth.

Rep. Davis is a public servant committed to work on behalf of Bucks County and the 141st Legislative District. 

Abigail Gardner, Strategic Communications Consultant, Scottie Public Affairs

A Pittsburgh native, Abigail's political career started in 2004 when she was bitten by the campaign bug.  Since then she has worked with Democratic candidates up and down the ballot, including: Kerry for President (2004); Spitzer for Governor (2006); Obama for President (2007); Maffei for Congress (2008, 2010); Sandra Fluke for California Senate (2014).

Abigail served in the press office of New York Governor Eliot Spitzer during his brief but memorable tenure, and was the communications director for Congressman Dan Maffei (D-NY) from 20082010.  In 2011, she joined the award-winning political and communications consulting firm SKDKnickerbocker. As a vice president, she helped corporate and non-profit clients navigating a range of issues, and continued to consult for political campaigns and elected officials. She also created and led a staff development program to coach and train staff. In 2015, Abigail returned home to Pittsburgh to open her own public affairs and strategic communications consulting firm, Scottie Public Affairs. A graduate of the University of Virginia, she is thrilled to be back in the ‘Burgh.

Marian Moskowitz, 2014 Candidate for Pennsylvania House District 157

Marian has been a principal in multiple real estate projects and many other small businesses including companies involved in cosmetics, trucking and various retail activities. Her most notable real estate development work has been the adaptive re-use of an abandoned, old (built in 1903), vacant, large (225,000 S.F.) factory located in Phoenixville into Franklin Commons.  Purchased in 2006, it is now a vibrant educational and mixed use complex. It was named “Best Mixed-Use Project of 2011” by the Philadelphia Business Journal and “Best Land Use Project of 2011” by the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission.  It is a unique project because it allows you to begin your educational career at 3 months of age and continue in the same building until you get an undergraduate degree.  There are many other non-educational businesses (more than 20) in Franklin Commons as well.  Currently, Marian is involved in three additional real estate projects in Phoenixville, PA.

Over the years Marian has also been involved in business activities on an international level, including importing products from Mexico and Asia and exporting products to South American and the Caribbean.  She has also trained franchisees in the cosmetics industry in several countries in Asia.  Marian ran for the State Legislature in 2014 and remains committed to helping women run for elected office.

Marian has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Chester County Economic Development Council and the South Eastern Economic Development Council of PA for the past six years. She now serves as Treasurer and is a member of the executive committees of these two institutions.  In addition, she has served on the Council of Trustees of West Chester University since 2006 (first appointed by Governor Rendell and then reappointed by Governor Corbett) and the Board of Trustees of Neumann University since 2005.  She also serves on the Board of Directors of the Colonial Theater in Phoenixville, PA. and serves as the co-chair of the campaign committee for the expansion of the theater. In addition, Marian has been a board member of the Israel Guide Dog Center for the Blind for over 20 years.  Most recently Governor Wolf appointed Marian as a Commissioner of the Delaware River Port Authority.  Prior to her current board positions, Marian served as a Board member of the Phoenixville Community Health Foundation. She was named “Outstanding Citizen of the Year” by the Phoenixville Chamber of Commerce in 2011 and in 2015 Marian was awarded the Ellen Ann Roberts Achievement Award For Excellence In the Field of Business from the March of Dimes.

Marian has been married to her husband David for thirty one years.  They have raised five children and now have five grandchildren.  In her spare time, Marian likes to read, play the piano, cook and babysit the grandchildren.  She likes to travel and has traveled extensively in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East.

Sue Stoltzfus, President, Lancaster County Democratic Women’s Association

I have two beautiful daughters, became a single mother when my two girls were 9 and 12. Worked 2-3 jobs to make sure my daughters had food on the table and clothes on their backs. I am a very proud Nana of three beautiful grandchildren, two Granddaughters 15 & 8 and Grandson 13.

I have been mentoring my 15 year old granddaughter to become involved in the political process and she is currently on the team Model UN at her High School and working as an intern for Christina Hartman candidate for Congress.

Community service is important part of my life. I served as a Make-A-Wish volunteer and wish granter. Make-A-Wish grants the wishes of children with life threatening medical conditions. A wish granter interviews families with terminally ill children that have been qualified for a wish and takes the information to the Make-A-Wish HQ in Lancaster to grant the wishes.

I am the President of the Lancaster County Democratic Women’s Association. As President my goals are to make a difference now and for the next generation, to educate and encourage women to become involved in the political system run for office and get elected.

I served on the PFDW board from 2007-2015 as Corresponding Secretary, Sixth VP and First VP. In 2007 the organization had no working website at that time so I researched the organization and worked on creating the website and maintaining. I also worked on getting the organization involved with social media. 2012 I was nominated by PFDW Clubs and Board members and received the “Woman of the Year” award from Pennsylvania Federation of Democratic Women. The mission of PFDW was to promote the appointment and election of Democratic Women to responsible positions.

I am currently serving in my second term on the PA Democratic State Committee serving Lancaster County.

I believe in teamwork and each member is a vital part of the team.

Board Members

Jasmeet Ahuja
Attorney, Hogan Lovells LLP
Eileen Albillar
Volunteer and Community Connections Manager, Bucks County Opportunity Council
LauraEllen Ashcraft
Alumnae Representative, 2016 Emerge PA Graduate
Olivia Brady
Assistant Director, Montgomery County Democratic Committee
Keyva Clark
Campaign Manager, People for Peduto
Noelia Diaz
Community Activist
Abigail Gardner
Strategic Communications Consultant, Scottie Public Affairs
Marita Garrett
Borough of Wilkinsburg Councilwoman, Democratic Nominee for Mayor of Wilkinsburg
Vanessa Gervasi DeRose
Finance Consultant, Kevin Dougherty for PA
Caitlin Handerhan
President, CMH Strategies
Blayre Holmes Davis
Director of Community Partnerships, Adagio Health
Salomé Johnson
Community Organizer
Nikki Lu
Western PA Political Director- Service Employees International Union, Local 32BJ
Aubrey Montgomery
Principal, Rittenhouse Political Partners
Marian Moskowitz
2014 Candidate for Pennsylvania House District 157
Ashley Muir
Owner, Intelativity
Kathleen Regan
Media & Communications Academic Program Manager, The Washington Center
Sue Stoltzfus
President, Lancaster County Democratic Women’s Association
Michele Vaughn
Regional Director, Pennsylvania Federation of Democratic Women
Jessica Way
Teacher, School District of Philadelphia
Megan Winters
Data and Western Region Director, Pennsylvania Democratic Party

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