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Endorsements

Jennifer is proud to be endorsed by a wide range of organizations across the Commonwealth - from labor unions, to progressive advocacy groups, to county-level Democratic committees. Read more about why each organization thinks Jennifer is the best candidate for the 165th by clicking on each endorsement.

 

Endorsements

Jennifer is proud to be endorsed by a wide range of organizations across the Commonwealth - from labor unions, to progressive advocacy groups, to city-level Democratic committees. 

 
 

Unions & Labor

AFL-CIO(pennsylvania)

“I come from a union family – my father was a union firefighter and, after he died, my mother became a union bus driver. I know how important this is to union workers and union families. We all need to be advocating for strong workers’ rights and collective bargaining, for pensions, and for effective job training for union workers.”

Pennsylvania’s statewide AFL-CIO represents nearly a million workers across Pennsylvania, fighting for affordable healthcare, high quality public education, job safety, fair and sustainable wages, and other important programs to benefit workers.  

AFSCME District council 33

“AFSCME DC 33 has been incredibly important to the Labor Movement in this city and region, and their members provide vital public services in Philadelphia that everyone in the surrounding region enjoy. I am proud to receive this endorsement and look forward to advancing the Workers’ Bill of Rights as an elected official in Harrisburg."

AFSCME District Council 33 is Philadelphia's largest municipal union, representing over 10,000 workers. 

AFSCME District council 47

“Without the Labor Movement, I would not have the ability to run for office today. We lost my father to gun-suicide when I was 13 and we survived because of public services, my father’s pension from his career as a Union Firefighter, and the benefits provided to our family from my mom’s Union job as a school bus driver."

AFSCME District Council 47 has over 6,000 members in a diverse range of occupations in the region, including local governments, universities, or libraries.

Afscme District 1199C

“I cannot thank District 1199C enough for believing in me. The men and women in 1199C are on the front lines of health care and support citizens in times of grave need. Thanks to the dedication of 1199C’s leadership, including President Henry Nicholas, Executive Vice President Chris Woods, and Executive Vice President John Hundzynski, the workers in 1199C who provide this care have seen improvements in their working conditions and growing Union membership. I am thrilled to work with them as a voice fighting for workers’ rights in Harrisburg.”

District 1199C has over 12,000 members and represents workers in all fields in major health care institutions in Philadelphia and the surrounding region

International Association of FireFighters Local 22

“O’Mara knows exactly how important unions like Local 22 are. She has all of our support behind her in this campaign. We know she’s the best candidate to be a voice for firefighters and to represent unions in Harrisburg.”
-IAFF Local 22 Vice President Chuck McQuilkin

Local 22, the Philadelphia Firefighters’ and Paramedics’ Union, represents over 4,000 current and retired firefighters, paramedics, and Philadelphia Fire Department Officers.

Laborers district council of the metropolitan area of philadelphia and vicinity

"It's an honor to have the support of Philly and Delco's laborers behind me. I'm here today because of public services and unions, and I will fight to protect their rights in Harrisburg."

The Laborer's District Council of the Metropolitan Area of Philadelphia and Vicinity works on behalf of over 5,000 members in Philadelphia, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, and Montgomery counties to secure projects, promote the hiring of union workers, and meet the quality-of-life needs of employees and employers.

Philadelphia joint board, workers united

"PJB/WU is an incredibly diverse union of workers across a range of fields and backgrounds. They've done tremendous work through their Get Out the Vote efforts, and it's an honor to have their support."

Philadelphia Joint Board, Workers United primarily represents workers in textile and apparel manufacturing, as well as hospitality, retail, distribution, and industrial laundries.

Plumbers union local 690

“Jenn doesn’t just say she gets the struggles of working families, she’s lived it. When Jenn goes to Harrisburg, the 1,850 members and families of the Plumbers Local 690 can be assured she will fight alongside us, and the whole labor movement.”
-Local 690 Business Manager John Kane

Plumbers Union Local 690 has played an instrumental role in the growth of Greater Philadelphia region, and works to ensure working families share in the opportunities and prosperity brought by development.

united steelworkers district 10

"It's unions like the steelworkers that keep this country going. We have a middle class in this country in huge part thanks to unions, and they deserve our advocacy and support. That's a huge reason I'm running - to fight for workers and working families."

USW District 10 represents the Steelworkers in Pennsylvania, and advocates for fair working conditions and a livable wage for all its members. 

teamsters union local 115

“Pennsylvania’s unions, like Local 115, have given so much to me and my family. It’s an honor to have their support in this campaign. I want to make sure these unions have someone in Harrisburg fighting for them as hard as they’re fighting for their members.”

The Teamsters Union originally championed freight drivers and warehouse workers, hard-working men and women who were the backbone of America’s economic growth. Since its formation in 1903, the union has organized workers in a huge range of occupations across the country.

uAw community action program (CAP)

"UAW CAP works to advance union rights through the political process. They're an essential part of the advocacy work unions do, which is as important now as it ever has been. I'm ready to be their champion in Harrisburg."

The Community Action Program (CAP) is the worksite political-legislative arm of the local union and the vital workplace political activator. CAP committee members work on identified key issues adopted by convention action.

Uaw local 1069

"O'Mara's knowledge, understanding and willingness to fight when it comes to issue that are paramount to labor solidified our decision to endorse her for State Representative."
-UAW Local 1069 President Mike Tolassi

The UAW Local 1069 represents the men and women employed at Boeing, whose long hours and hard work play a critical role in Boeing’s production of high quality aircraft for the American military.

ufcw local 1776

“I come from a union family, so I know just how important the work of the UFCW Local 1776 is for its members and their families. I’m running to support the work that they’re doing. Hard-working Pennsylvanians like those in the UFCW Local 1776 deserve a representative who will fight for their rights and interests in Harrisburg.”

The UFCW Local 1776 represents 21,000 men and women working in supermarkets, drug stores, food processing plants, government facilities, manufacturing facilities, nursing homes and professional offices, as well as employees of Pennsylvania’s Wine and Spirits Shops.

Protecting Progressive Values

Americans for Democratic ACtion - Southeastern Pennsylvania

"The ADA is doing incredibly important work to support civil liberties for families, communities, and individuals across Pennsylvania. I'm honored to have their support."

Americans for Democratic Action fights for equality and economic security for all by advocating for civil rights and liberties, social and economic justice, sensible foreign policy, and sustainable environmental policy. 

ascend PAC

"Jennifer O'Mara's life experience has shown her the important role government can play in people's lives. Her life was upended when her father tragically died by suicide, but thanks to union benefits and student loans, Jenn's family stayed afloat and she persevered, becoming the first in her family to go to college (while working three jobs to support herself). Now, Jenn wants to bring her background and experience -- and the passion they have engendered in her -- to the statehouse. While she is squaring off against a Republican incumbent, her district was one that Hillary won in 2016, and we are thrilled to help Jenn bring her background, perspective, and energy to the statehouse."
-Ascend PAC

Ascend is a nonprofit dedicated to supporting emerging Democratic candidates in state and local races. Each year, Ascend selects a small number of candidates to endorse in their elections.

BLUEWAVE CROWDSOURE

"Democrats need to be competitive in every election, at every level. Through rigorous vetting, the BWCS team selects and promotes candidates from all over the country. Aware of the unique issues faced by candidates in more historically Republican-leaning "red" states, we identify the most progressive candidate the area can bear."
-Bluewave Crowdsource

Bluewave gathers volunteers from across the coutnry to support progressive candidates in traditionally red-leaning districts around teh country, and help Democrats regain control of legislative bodies up at every level.

Conservation voters of pa

"I'm honored to have the endorsement of Conservation Voters of PA. We need to take action now in Harrisburg to preserve the environment for generations to come."

Conservation Voters of PA is the statewide political voice for the environment, advocating for strong environmental policies and holding elected officials accountable to safeguard the health of our communities, the beauty of our state, and the strength of our economy. 

equality pennsylvania

"I'm proud to be endorsed by Equality Pennsylvania - as a legislator, I'm committed to advocating for dignity for all families, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity."

Equality PA is Pennsylvania’s leading organization for advancing fairness, equality, and equity for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) individuals and families within the Commonwealth. The organization emphasizes ending discrimination against LGBTQ individuals and creating equitable conditions across Pennsylvania, in addition to supporting a wide range of social justice causes from racial justice to immigration equality.

everydistrict

"Why are we focused on state legislative districts? Because the policy choices made by state legislators have a huge impact. The legislation that state legislators do - or don't - enact affects us every single day. As 2017 has shown, Democrats can run competitive campaigns in districts that haven't been traditional Democratic strongholds. We'll work with candidates and campaigns to both deepen and broaden the bench."
-EveryDistrict

EveryDistrict believes that Democrats can run competitive campaigns in every district at every level. The organization aims to reverse the losses of recent years by helping strong Democratic candidates run in local and state-level races.

Flippable

"Flippable is doing great work to turn Pennsylvania and state legislatures around the country blue, all while supporting a range of progressive causes. I'm proud to be one of the candidates they have endorsed."

Flippable supports Democratic candidates in state house races across the country and advocates for important reforms at the state and local levels.

keystone progress

"This campaign has been grassroots from day one. It's so important to have the support of volunteer-centered organizations behind us, and to know that people recognize and believe in the work we're doing."

Keystone Progress is Pennsylvania's largest and most effective progressive organization, focused on communicating a progressive vision for Pennsylvania.

Leap forward

"LEAP Forward knows that progress comes one step at a time. I'm proud to be one of the candidates they've endorsed in this race."

LEAP Forward uses legislative ratings to inform lawmaker profiles and candidate endorsements for sitting legislators who are doing good work on gun safety and challengers who would provide an improvement over the status quo.

MOMS DEMAND ACTION FOR GUN CONTROL

"We need common sense gun legislation at every level. Moms Demand Action is doing great work to keep our families and our communities safe, and I want to keep fighting alongside them."

Moms Demand Action was created to demand action from legislators, state and federal; companies; and educational institutions to establish common-sense gun reforms.

represent! PA

“I’m thrilled to be endorsed by Represent. Women are sorely underrepresented across the Commonwealth and I am excited to work alongside other women candidates to change the status quo in Harrisburg."

Represent supports female candidates across Pennsylvania, and selected Jennifer as one of 30 endorsed candidates out of over 70 applicants.

run for something

“These first-time candidates all have the heart and hustle that is so important to us at RFS, and we are proud to give them our endorsement. Put simply, they are the type of people we think the Party needs and the type of candidates who are going to work hard. They are knocking on doors and stepping up to run grassroots, community-led campaigns.”
-Run for Something co-founder Ross Morales Rocketto

Run for Something will help recruit and support young diverse progressives to run for down-ballot races in order to build a bench for the future .

voteprochoice

"I’m determined to protect and defend the reproductive rights of people living across Pennsylvania. Everyone has the right to access essential healthcare services like birth control, preventative care, and routine screenings. I'm honored to have my commitment to women's rights and care recognized and supported by VOTEPROCHOICE."

VOTEPROCHOICE is an inclusive political engagement platform focused on electing pro-choice champions up and down the ballot.

Candidates & Local Committees

Delaware County democratic committee

“Jenn and her campaign are working incredibly hard, and are a key race to win if the Democrats want to re-take the State House in November. The DCDC is in full support of her campaign, and believes Jenn and her supporters have what it takes to make it over the finish line.”
-Former DCDC Chairman David Landau

The Delaware County Democratic Committee represents and brings together Democratic committees and organizations across the county to advance legislation, Get Out the Vote, and support progressive candidates.

Marple-newtown democratic committee

“Being endorsed by both the DCDC and Marple Newtown Democrats shows the support of the local community behind our campaign. I'm running to fight for the voices and needs of our community in Harrisburg,

The Marple-Newtown Democratic Committee endorses and supports candidates who will work to improve the lives of citizens in Marple and beyond.

Radnor democratic committee

"The endorsement of local Democratic committees lets me know I have the support of the community in this race. I'm running to represent the people of this district, and I'm proud to have so much of their support behind me."

The Radnor Democratic Committee supports Democratic candidates who will hear and address the concerns of the Radnor community.

springfield township democratic committee

“We are proud to endorse Jennifer O’Mara for State Representative in the 165th legislative district,” said Santarelli. “We know Jenn will be a strong leader and fight for Springfield residents when she gets to Harrisburg. She will be a strong voice for working families throughout this district.”
-Chair of the Springfield Democratic Party Raymond Santarelli

The Springfield Township Democratic Committee supports candidates who understand the unique needs of the Springfield community and will advocate for its residents.