Women, particularly Democrats, are determined to break the “good old boys network” by seeking political office in Pennsylvania, where the number of women legislators is among the lowest in the country.
Eleven woman are vying for spots on the general election ballot in November for seats in the state legislature in Bucks and Eastern Montgomery counties.
And in the May 15 special election in the 178th district — encompassing Solebury, New Hope, Wrightstown, Northampton and Upper Makefield — voters will choose between two women candidates, Helen Tai and Wendi Thomas, to determine who serves the remainder of former GOP state Rep. Scott Petri’s term, ending Nov. 30.
Tai and Thomas also are running in the separate May 15 Democratic and Republican primaries, respectively. Because both candidates are uncontested in their primaries, they’re poised to square off again for a full two-year term on Nov. 6.