Rosita C. Youngblood has announced plans to run for a 13th term in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Philadelphia -- State Rep. Rosita C. Youngblood, D-Phila., announced plans to run for a 13th consecutive term in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, looking to embark on her 25th year representing the people of North and Northwest Philadelphia.
Youngblood said she is ready to continue the fight for communities and residents living in the 198th Legislative District because now, more than ever, Philadelphia needs an experienced and strong voice in Harrisburg.
"Right now, both in Harrisburg and in Washington D.C., we have people in power who do not care about communities like ours," she said. "Instead, they want to make themselves and their friends richer at the expense of people like you and me, who are working hard, every day, just to make ends meet. This ultra-conservative mentality has led to greater injustice, while expanding the social and economic gaps between regular people just trying to make due for their families and the wealthy elite who could care less about the struggles we are facing.
"With Trump in the White House, and mini-Trumps running for Governor on the Republican ticket, we need to be united behind candidates that have the experience and the temperament to stand up for Philadelphia. I have never backed down from a fight, and I am not backing down now!"
Youngblood, who in 2014 became the first black female to ever hold a leadership position in the history of the Pennsylvania General Assembly, said the conservative movement in Pennsylvania is not going away quietly. But the energy and passion by people in communities all across the city shows there is a movement to change the tide back to more progressive values.
"There is a movement right now among the disenfranchised -- among women, people of color, immigrants, the LGBTQ community, and young people -- that must be the catalyst for change across our Commonwealth," Youngblood added. "I am excited about the passion, the participation and the civic engagement, and I am ready to continue to lend a voice to those who feel as if they are ignored.
"We have an opportunity to reverse the damage this President, and the conservatives in the Pennsylvania Legislature, have done over the last several months by remaining passionate and getting out the vote. I am ready to continue to use my experience, my leadership and my proven track record to be that strong voice in Harrisburg. I am ready to continue to protect the values that unite us, and fight against those who wish to divide us."