Hi, I’m Nancy Guenst. It's been a busy two years in Harrisburg and throughout the district. Recovery from the global pandemic has affected our lives and the mental wellbeing of our children, friends and families. We need to heal together and move forward. Never has the need for strong, compassionate and effective leadership been more clear. Let's join hands and do this together.
As your State Representative, I've been working hard to lead our district in which I was born, raised, and have lived almost my entire life through this unprecedented public health crisis. I’ve been working with County and State officials as well as our Borough and Township Managers, police chiefs and others, to lead our municipalities through these very challenging times. I’ve been hosting virtual town halls as part of a comprehensive effort to keep our community aware of the status of our public services that they depend on and other matters that affect them. As a State Representative, Mayor, two term Council Person, Army Veteran, and a small business owner, I have a track record as a strong, effective, and compassionate leader. And as a daughter and a mother, my inspiration to do my part to become an elected official and to run for higher office was ignited by the lives of my mother, my son, and my brother.
My mother was my first role model. She taught me the value of hard work, the importance of fighting for a seat at the table for what you believe in, the responsibility of giving to those less fortunate, and the power of compassion. These are the values that I try to live by every day. My mother fought to get one of the first female judges in office at a time when female judges were frowned upon. I watched as she stood up against the people in power. I try to emulate that courage every day. My mother showed me the importance of compassion, and giving to those less fortunate. Everyday she took me around to neighbors' houses, or the local orphanage, to bring all the leftover food home from our deli shop to kids that were in more need than we were.
So when I saw that there were officials on my Borough Council who were making backroom deals and lacking transparency, I decided that instead of just going to meetings and complaining, I needed to be the change I wanted to see and run for Borough Council myself. While on Council, I introduced the Human Relations Ordinance and worked to get it passed. And although it included fundamental, basic human rights, our mayor at the time vetoed that bill. That's when I decided, enough is enough. For me to just be a council person wasn't enough, I needed to run for mayor. And so I did. During my first term as the Mayor of Hatboro, Borough leadership and I reintroduced the ordinance and it passed with flying colors.
Now, I want to build on the work I've been doing in Harrisburg by running for a second term as your State Representative. We know that this is a time, if ever there was one, to flip this legislature. We need proven, effective leaders who are from the community, know the issues of concern to the constituents, and have the ability and desire to be a powerful voice for us. A gerrymandered legislature has lead to years of the needs of the rightful majority being silenced while the blatantly harmful priorities of a minority of Pennsylvanians have been allowed to advance.
We also are currently dealing with many issues that resonate deeply within me. I want to continue my time in Harrisburg fighting for people like my brother, a person who struggled with heroin addiction and sadly lost the battle at the age of 39. My brother was treated like a criminal, rather than someone with a disease. His death was preventable. I need to fight for equality for my son who had his military career cut short when he was kicked out under the old Don't Ask, Don't Tell guidelines. I need to fight for a future where my nieces and nephews and their children can breathe clean air and drink clean water. And of course, we're seeing now, more than ever, how critical it is to fight for affordable healthcare for all, an increase to the minimum wage, and for safe and fully funded schools.
It is time for change in Harrisburg. For far too long, we've had candidates run for office who seem more interested in the title than representing their constituents. Our district office continues to provide essential constituent services in one of the busiest and most responsive district offices in our commonwealth. I need the support of people like you to help ensure that I can continue to be the change we want to see in these uncertain and challenging times. I hope I can count on your support.
Nancy Guenst, State Representative for H.D. 152
Originally aired in 2020
Thank you to One Vote at a Time for this candidate video!
Nancy and volunteers hosted socially distanced literature drops in our neighborhoods.
We were hard at work calling constituents and educating them about Nancy and her platform while asking them to share with us what issues matter to them.
Nancy hosted multiple virtual meetings with her campaign staff, constituents, endorsing organizations, and volunteers. Though we missed seeing everyone in person, meeting virtually kept everyone safe.
We were so excited to be supported by the Working Families Coalition Text-to-Voters program. Their program connects voters with information on the issues and Nancy's stances and we are grateful for their hard work and support.
As Mayor during this challenging time, Nancy hosted virtual town hall meetings to keep residents informed.
We have been taking some time to ensure our website is up-to-date with voting resources, Nancy's full platform, and much more! We hope you'll take some time to explore it while you are here.
Have suggestions for us on how to expand on our voter outreach in 2022? We'd love to hear from you!
February 27, 2020, GLENSIDE, PA - It was wonderful to hear from our Representatives on the current climate crisis and the response both in Harrisburg and at the Municipal level. We need to take big steps to address this important issue, and we NEED Representatives willing to act!
February 18th, 2020 - We received a huge endorsement today! The Working Families Party wrote, " Nancy Guenst for PA House is someone who has the proven track record of not only doing the right thing for her community but going above and beyond. She has done great for Hatboro and will continue to do great things for her community and the state from Harrisburg!"
February 8th, 2020 - We started our day at the Area 7 petition-signing breakfast. In the afternoon, we met with canvassers from Hatboro Democratic Committee, Turn PA Blue, and Social Justice Indivisible. These wonderful volunteers helped us knock doors and gather signatures from our section of the 63rd Ward in Philadelphia. Glad the weather held out!
January 30th, 2020, PLYMOUTH MEETING, PA - Over 500 area leaders, committee members, and civic volunteers gathered to hear from candidates. Very proud to receive the official endorsement from Montgomery County. Thank you to everyone for your continued support! I'll be bringing this positive energy with me into petition season and beyond!
January 27th, LOWER MORELAND, PA - I joined the LM Democratic meeting and we signed up more volunteers to circulate petitions. We also heard about voter registration drives, heard from several candidates running in other important races, and spoke about current issues in the local area. Fired up!
January 26th, FLOURTOWN, PA - It was wonderful to see soo many smiling faces at this uplifting event! The Honorable Joanne Olszewski had a fantastic conversation with us about her experiences at this event hosted by the Montgomery County Democratic Women's Leadership Initiative. Watch out for the blue wave - we're ready to go!
January 22, 2020, UPPER MORELAND, PA - I joined the UM Democratic meeting and talked with them about canvassing for petitions and our campaign progress. Rep. Madeleine Dean made a surprise visit and gave us some great updates from Washington!
January 21st, 2020, PHILADELPHIA, PA - I met with volunteers from Protect & Elect. We had lively conversations about why I'm running, which issues are most important to me, and how much their support means to our campaign. Thank you, ladies!
January 20th, 2020 - I met with volunteers to write thank you letters to soldiers, prepare meals, and help paint a mural for the Philadelphia Mural Arts program. Thank you to everyone who took the time to come out and lend a hand!
January 10th - 12th, HARRISBURG, PA - I spent a weekend with EMERGE PA in a class of 20 female candidates running for various offices across our great state. We're hitting the ground running and I look forward to putting this invaluable training to work for our campaign!
January 8th, 2020, PLYMOUTH MEETING - What a great event! We discussed the effects of the new election laws and our goal to flip the PA General Assembly. I met with a packed house of dedicated volunteers who are in it to win it. Let's go! We can't do this without you!
December 15, 2019, ELKINS PARK, PA - I joined a group of volunteers working to complete hand-written messages as part of my campaign. I had a wonderful time meeting and speaking with these passionate volunteers, and sharing some of the personal stories behind my messaging. Looking forward to more!