In response to the threats facing democrats today, such as voter suppression and tribalism in the current political climate, Kennedy Democrats will focus on gaining democratic control of county and statewide-level races. Winning these offices in 2019 could mean victory in 2020.
WHAT WE DO
American democracy today is faced with structural and ideological questions in dire need of answers. Structurally, economic and demographic trends hollow out rural communities, concentrate voters in suburbs and cities, and exacerbate tribalism. What’s red is getting redder, and what’s blue is getting bluer.
Voter concentration, partnered with partisan gerrymandering create a massive structural disadvantage for Democrats. When Democrats manage to overcome these structural disadvantages, Republicans change the rules by restricting access to the ballot box to further consolidate power. Voter suppression is a core Republican strategy, and as long as Republicans are in a position to restrict voting access, we can expect the will of the voters to continue to be ignored.
We see our path to a 2020 victory through the work we do in 2019 in preparing the infrastructure we’ll need for success, engaging the next generation of voters and leaders, and contributing to the political conversation that defines the Pennsylvania political atmosphere.
Meet The Founders
Patrick J Murphy
The Honorable Patrick J. Murphy is America's first Iraq War veteran elected to the U.S. Congress and later served as the 32nd Under Secretary of the Army until January 2017. Secretary Murphy is currently the Distinguished Chair of Innovation at the United States Military Academy at West Point, a Senior Fellow at the Association of the U.S. Army, a media executive, and the Executive Chairman of Work Merk, a professional education platform that bridges the gap between corporations and higher education.
Scott Wallace is Co-Chair of the Wallace Global Fund, a private charitable foundation founded by his grandfather, former US Vice President Henry A. Wallace. The foundation is dedicated to Henry A. Wallace’s progressive legacy of empowering what he called the “common man” against the moneyed elites in the struggle for control of government and the planet’s precious resources. An attorney since 1978, Scott specialized in criminal and constitutional law, and legislation and public policy. He was the 2018 Democratic nominee for Congress in Pennsylvania’s First District.
Born and raised in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, Rachel began working in politics as a teenager by volunteering and interning for multiple Bucks County politicians, including then-Congressman Patrick Murphy. A graduate of The George Washington University, Rachel spent years in Washington, DC working in campaign finance compliance for the firm PCMS before leaving Washington to work on campaigns during the 2018 election cycle. Rachel is devoted to helping elect Democrats across the state and using the platform of Kennedy Democrats to encourage young people to become engaged in politics at an early age as she did.
Former U.S. Representative for Pennsylvania’s 10th Congressional District
Philadelphia City Councilmember
Centre County Commissioner
State Representative, PA-103
PA Young Dems, President
Maeve Kennedy McKean
Executive Director of Georgetown University’s Global Health Initiatives
Former Chairman of Chester County Democratic Committee
State Representative, PA-140