Peo­ple-pow­ered cam­paign sparked up­set

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - FRONT PAGE - Dig­i­tal First Me­dia

Danielle Friel Ot­ten said her vic­tory was a man­date from Ch­ester County vot­ers.

First-time can­di­date Danielle Friel Ot­ten, who de­feated in­cum­bent Becky Corbin in the race for Penn­syl­va­nia’s 155th state leg­isla­tive dis­trict, said her vic­tory was a man­date from Ch­ester County vot­ers who have tired of hear­ing about racism and divi­sion.

“To­day, our com­mu­nity showed up to­gether to stand for our Amer­i­can val­ues,” she said. “Our vic­tory is an af­fir­ma­tion of the work we knew needed to hap­pen re­gard­less of tonight’s out­come: hav­ing real con­ver­sa­tions with our neigh­bors to build long-term com­mu­nity power.”

She said her Peo­ple-Pow­ered Cam­paign knocked on more doors than any state House cam­paign.

“We didn’t talk at peo­ple, we talked with peo­ple- about is­sues that mat­ter to them,” she said. “We en­gaged young peo­ple by talk­ing about cli­mate change and the fu­ture that they want. We en­gaged par­ents by talk­ing about ed­u­ca­tion. We en­gaged peo­ple who have loved ones liv­ing with pre-ex­ist­ing con­di­tions by talk­ing about health­care as a hu­man right.

“Our vic­tory in this elec­tion is more than the sum of the votes cast tonight. The re­la­tion­ships we have built in our com­mu­nity will last far be­yond polls clos­ing. We have so much more work to do to put peo­ple and our com­mon life be­fore cor­po­ra­tions, and that work starts to­mor­row.

“It’s up to all of us to cre­ate a world for all of us. I’m so proud of all of the lead­ers who stepped up to knock on their neigh­bors’ doors for the first time, had brave con­ver­sa­tions with their friends and fam­ily, and stepped out of their com­fort zone. Our com­mu­nity mem­bers grew as lead­ers, and we are all that much more pow­er­ful for the next steps we need to take to en­sure ac­cess to af­ford­able health­care, pro­vide qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion for every child, and stop En­ergy Trans­fer Part­ners and the oil and gas in­dus­try from de­stroy­ing our com­mu­ni­ties.

Friel Ot­ten, 40, a mother of two chil­dren, ages 2 and 4, works in the mar­ket­ing and hos­pi­tal­ity busi­ness. She is founder of both Uwch­lan Safety Coali­tion and DelCh­esco United for Pipe­line Safety, and has been a lead­ing voice in the fight for trans­parency, ac­count­abil­ity, and cor­po­rate re­spon­si­bil­ity.

Danielle Friel Ot­ten

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