Fiedler announces re-election bid

State Rep. Elizabeth Fiedler. Photo/Mark Zimmaro
State Rep. Elizabeth Fiedler. Photo/Mark Zimmaro

State Rep. Elizabeth Fiedler announced she is seeking a fourth term in the 184th district, which covers a large part of South Philadelphia.

Fielder made the announcement on Jan. 18 that she is hoping to serve a fourth consecutive two-year term in the House of Representatives.

“Every day, the residents of South Philadelphia inspire me to work even harder, in the 184th District and in Harrisburg, on their behalf,” said Fiedler. “Whether it’s the students who deserve fully and fairly funded schools that prepare them for their future, the workers who are trying to form a union at their workplace or the seniors on a fixed income trying to afford food, medical care and stay in their homes, I am committed to serving my neighbors. I believe in the ability of government to make a positive difference in our lives.”

The 184th is located east of Broad Street in South Philly, mostly south of Wharton Street. The diverse district is home to people speaking more than 40 languages and dialects.

A staunch supporter of the public school system, Fiedler is the child of two union public school teachers and the mother of two young children. The former reporter at WHYY, Philadelphia’s NPR station, announced her first grassroots people-powered campaign in 2018 as the parent of a 3-month-old baby and a toddler, winning the election that November.

Since she took office, Fiedler has worked to bring back more than $263 million in grant money for education, job training, violence prevention, youth sports, senior programs and literacy events to her district. In addition, she’s authored bipartisan legislation to create a solar energy grant program for schools, co-authored right-to-organize legislation and had her bill requiring informed consent for pelvic exams pass unanimously in the General Assembly and signed into law by Gov. Josh Shapiro.

“My work on behalf of the residents of South Philadelphia is far from done and I hope they will send me back to Harrisburg again this November,” she said. 

Fielder’s campaign committee heads into reelection with nearly $100,000 cash on hand and backing from small dollar donors and labor unions. She has support from many community leaders, colleagues, seniors, families and unions.

Fiedler has endorsements of local and state elected officials, including City Council President Kenyatta Johnson, First District Councilman Mark Squilla, PA House Speaker Joanna McClinton, PA House Majority Leader Matt Bradford and PA House Philadelphia Delegation Chair Morgan Cephas.

Fiedler announced that she will officially kick off her re-election campaign for the April 23 Democratic primary at an in-person event on Jan. 27, at 10 a.m., at 6th and Tasker streets.