In a June 8th email, US Congresswoman Chrissy Houlahan announced she will be running again to represent US Congressional District 6 which includes all of Easttown Township and will not be running for Pennsylvania’s open US Senate seat in 2022. A longtime Devon resident in Easttown, we’re thrilled to hear she’s running again! Here is her email:
“I have always challenged myself to try to find my “highest best use” in service. I came to Washington to serve my community, Commonwealth and country at what I believe to be an existential inflection point for our nation. Over the past few months, I have considered whether that “highest best use” should translate to a run for Senate. I have decided that my purpose in service at this time remains as the Congresswoman for the great people of Pennsylvania’s Sixth Congressional District.
As we look towards redistricting and the 2022 races, it is crucial not only that Democrats retain control of the House but that we also succeed in expanding our majority in the Senate.
I will do everything I can to make sure Pennsylvania proudly sends two Democrats to the Senate.
Congresswoman Houlahan faces the prospect that her district boundaries could change considerably as Pennsylvania must shrink its House delegation from 18 to 17 ahead of 2022’s elections because of the state’s slower-than-average population growth over the past decade. Hopefully, Easttown will remain in her district!
Several Democratic candidates have announced their campaigns for the upcoming open 2022 Senate seat since current two-term Republican US Senator Pat Toomey announced in October 2020 that he will not be running again. Current Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman has declared his candidacy for the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate, while US Congressman Conor Lamb from suburban Pittsburgh is considering running. A state lawmaker, Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta of Philadelphia, and a Montgomery County commissioner, Val Arkoosh, have declared their candidacy, as have several other first-time candidates. They include John McGuigan, a software executive, and Dr. Kevin Baumlin, the chair of emergency medicine at Pennsylvania Hospital. Philadelphia state Sen. Sharif Street has said he is considering running.
The Republican side is also wide open. The Pennsylvania senate race will be carefully watched and under national scrutiny as it represents a great opportunity for Democrats to pick up a needed seat to improve the party’s ability to pass Democratic and President Biden’s legislative agenda.