Endorsed Candidate: Greg Vitali: As state assemblyman from the 166th legislative district since 1992, Vitali is best known as an uncompromising advocate for environmental protection, particularly in relation to the effects of natural gas drilling in PA. Vitali, age 63, was born in Havertown, graduated from Saint Joseph’s Preparatory School in 1974, earned a B.S. in Economics from Villanova University in 1978, and a Villanova law degree in 1981. As a state legislator, Vitali has supported a severance tax on natural gas drilling in PA. but opposed 2017’s (failed) tax proposal because it limited the state’s ability to regulate the natural gas industry. He has proposed legislation to prohibit further leasing of state forest land for drilling and called for full restoration of budget cuts to the PA. Department of Environmental Protection.
Jen Leith: Formerly Haverford Township’s Ward 6 Leader and Chair of the township’s Human Relations Commission, Leith is now running for state assembly to give the 166th a “new voice” in Harrisburg. Leith, age 47, grew up in Philadelphia’s working-class neighborhood of Kensington. Scholarships made possible a B.A. from Bucknell University and M.A. in History from Rutgers. Her professional experience is in nonprofit organizations that advocate for women’s advancement as well as those assisting the unemployed, the homeless, and other marginalized groups seeking economic opportunity. She is currently the Executive Director of The Alfred and Mary Douty Foundation, which funds grassroots initiatives for social change, especially among youth. A former Peace Corps volunteer in Mauritania, Leith is on the board of the Women’s Opportunities Resource Center of Philadelphia. She, her husband, and 2 children live in Ardmore.