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Sara Innamorato and Malcolm Kenyatta Earn Next Up Endorsement in Their PA House Races

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Drew Courtney
People For the American Way
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People For the American Way’s Next Up Victory Fund Endorses Young Progressive Champions in Last Minute Surge of Momentum

People For the American Way’s Next Up Victory Fund today announced its endorsement of Sara Innamorato for Pennsylvania House of Representatives District 21 and Malcolm Kenyatta for Pennsylvania House of Representatives District 181. Previously, PFAW endorsed Summer Lee for Pennsylvania State House District 34.

PFAW Political Director Lizet Ocampo issued the following statement:

“The Next Up Victory Fund is working to build a strong progressive bench of young Democrats who will go on to lead our country. Sara and Malcolm are exactly the kind of passionate advocates we look for, and we are proud to endorse them today.

“Sara Innamorato is bringing new energy and a powerful vision for her community to Harrisburg. It’s clear that Sara would be a champion for improving healthcare, challenging economic inequality and ensuring that housing is treated as a human right. She’s a strong supporter of quality public education and is ready to take on the influence of big money in Pennsylvania politics.

“Malcolm Kenyatta is the strategic progressive voice Pennsylvania needs. From a young age, he has dedicated himself to tackling the biggest challenges his community faces -- from systemic poverty, affordable education and political accountability. He’s a champion for public education, for challenging economic inequality and for building a democracy that works for voters.

“We are thrilled to put all our resources behind these two incredible candidates.”

Statement from Sara Innamorato:

“I am honored to be endorsed by People for the American Way today, and to fight with them for better healthcare and affordable housing and against increasing income inequality and dark money in politics. We need strong progressive voices in Pennsylvania to support our communities and make sure we put people over profits, always. I’m thrilled to count PFAW as a partner in this fight.”

Statement from Malcolm Kenyatta:

“I am so grateful to have Next Up’s support in our fight for justice in North Philly. Our community is full of untapped potential, but with the right resources, we could truly shine. We need access better affordable housing, stronger public schools, and universal healthcare. As a representative, I will use my platform to fight for the rights and dignity every person deserves no matter who they love, what they look like or who they pray to.”

People For the American Way’s Next Up Victory Fund helps young progressive candidates age 40 and under win races for state and local offices across the country. The goal of Next Up is to build a deep bench of progressive candidates well positioned to control state legislatures, win statewide, and run for federal offices in the years and decades to come. We’re committed to winning the elections that will lead to progressive outcomes that reflect our true American values and the American Way.

Note to press: PFAW spokespeople are available for interviews on this historic race. To schedule, please contact Inarú Melendez,[email protected], 413-331-9530.

People For the American Way is a progressive advocacy organization founded to fight right-wing extremism and defend constitutional values including free expression, religious liberty, equal justice under the law, and the right to meaningfully participate in our democracy.