Endorsed Candidate: Amanda Cappelletti Cappelletti currently serves as the Vice Chair of the East Norriton Board of Supervisors. An attorney with a Master’s in Public Health, she was a member of the first group awarded the William Penn Fellowship through the Governor’s Office. In that post, she served first as an advocate for children at the Office of Child Development and Early Learning, and then at the Department of Human Services as a policy specialist tracking legislation to assess implementation. She was also a Fellow for the ACLU of Pennsylvania and has worked with Representative Donna Bullock in Harrisburg to advance progressive policies. Most recently, Cappelletti served as the Director of Policy for Planned Parenthood, advocating for proactive reproductive legislation.
Daylin Leach Leach is the three-term state senator from District 17, having first been elected in 2009. Previously, he served in the PA House of Representatives, representing the 149th district from 2003 to 2009. During his tenure in the PA State Senate, Leach has chaired the Judiciary Committee and served on the Consumer Protection & Professional Licensure Committee, the Education Committee, the Environmental Resources and Energy Committee, and the Policy Committee. He initiated successful legislation to legalize medical marijuana and currently advocates for legalization of recreational marijuana for adults. In 2019, he sponsored or co-sponsored 48 bills, including legislation to enact “ranked choice voting,” a ban on hydraulic fracking, repeal of the death penalty, retail plastic ban, installation of a vote-by-mail system in PA, paid parental leave, and prohibition of employment discrimination based on marital or familiar status. Leach is a graduate of Parkland High School in Allentown, has a B.A. in political science from Temple University, and a J.D. from the University of Houston Law Center. He practiced law for 16 years, specializing in family and education law, and co-hosted a weekly political debate program, “Lehigh Valley Firing Line.”