Stalwarts Alice Wolf and Marjorie Decker have this to say for the Senator seeking re-election:
Please join us tomorrow sending Senator Pat Jehlen back as our State Senator. We have both worked with Senator Jehlen closely on issues impacting education, the elderly, transportation, environment, affordable housing, and public safety.
We have experienced Pat’s thoughtfulness and appreciate her longstanding commitment to people who need a voice and to all of us who need informed, experienced representation. She is also very smart.
Pat is a progressive leader who has proven to be effective and respected by her colleagues in the Legislature, advocates across the Commonwealth, and most importantly by her constituents. She now serves us in an important role in the Senate – Assistant Vice Chair of the Senate ways and Means Committee, setting finance policy and budgets within the Senate. We would not want to lose that representation. She is also the Chair of the Elder Affairs Committee which influences policy and budget for our seniors.
It is also not lost on either of us that the number of women serving in the Legislature has remained stagnant in the last two decades. Women make up just over 20% of the House and Senate. That is a lower percentage than in 1996 when Alice entered the House.
So vote for Pat Jehlen tomorrow (yes, Thursday) to keep strong, informed, progressive leadership representing us.
Alice K. Wolf, Former State Representative
Marjorie C. Decker, State Representative
Words to the wise.