Meet the Candidate: Marlene Katz (Pennsylvania)

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Candidate Name:

Marlene Katz

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Candidate’s Preferred Pronouns


What office are you running for?

Pennsylvania State House, District 29

With which party are you running for office?

Democratic Party

Election Date


Why are you running for office?

I am running for office because I care deeply about our kids, families, and communities and I know that with hard work and coalition building, I can bring real improvement to their lives. As a mother, I am concerned about how bullying and cyberbullying are hurting our kids. There are far too many teenage suicides, and we must address the opioid crisis with quality drug treatment and recovery programs. As a business woman I see and understand the challenges that our small and local businesses face. And as an Interfaith Minister, I know that the divisiveness that has entered into our politics is a real problem. I strongly believe that we need to change the conversation so we can begin to shift back to good-faith politics that bring unity to our families and communities. I have been in communication with mothers and fathers, business owners and workers, and single millenials and seniors in order to learn about the issues that matter to them. I am committed to making a difference by listening and leading to build a stronger community.

What is the biggest issue facing your community and how do you propose helping?

I originally ran because of some serious issues facing my district including environmental crises and the opioid epidemic. Now, however, we’re all facing the same major problem. CoViD-19 has presented us with an unprecedented set of problems that it will be incumbent upon our elected representatives to help guide us all out of. I believe Governor Wolf has shown great leadership already and I am so grateful for his office stepping up, especially in the leadership vacuum left by the President. I intend to support Governor Wolf and provide the families, communities, and businesses of PA with the resources they’ll need to get back to normal and salvage everything for which they’ve worked so hard.

How do we fix the partisan divide in our country and start working together again?

Fixing the partisan divide will take real leadership, and representatives who will take the time to listen to, and really learn about, the issues affecting the voters.

Who is your hero?

My shero is Jane Goodall

What are your hobbies?

I love to cook! I practice yoga, I jog, and I love to read and write poetry.

What is the most recent book you read?

I have two: Dare To Lead by Brene Brown and Educated by Tara Westover

Do you have any kids/pets/talking houseplants?

I have a teenage daughter and a 27 year old step-daughter. I also have 3 dogs, a hamster, and a horse!

How can our readers get involved in your campaign?

We would love for you to get involved! please visit our website: There, you can sign up to volunteer, give a donation, or even just send a message to the campaign.

What question do you wish we’d asked, and what is your answer?

I would like to have been asked why I will be a good legislator.
My answer is that throughout my life, if found myself in leadership positions, mainly due to my natural abilities to build and lead teams and to find common ground and create solutions. I am most comfortable when I am hands-on with an issue; getting in the trenches, so I understand things from the ground up. These qualities helped my to be successful running my business and as an interfaith minister. In fact, people who know me often say, “If you want it done, give it to Marlene!”

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