Kerith Strano Taylor, a family law attorney, announced she is running for the Fifth District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.
According to her campaign website, Strano Taylor is running for the Democratic Party nomination in the May 20 primary election.
"I am humbled by the presence of so many supporters that are here today. I am filled with great excitement and a sense of responsibility as I announce my candidacy for the office of Representative in the United States Congress of Pennsylvania's Fifth Congressional District," said Strano Taylor in a release sent to the Times Observer on Friday.
Kerith Strano Taylor
A graduate of Penn State University and George Mason School of Law, Strano Taylor returned to her hometown of Brookville and opened her own law firm where she practices family law.
Since 2004, Strano Taylor has served as Guardian ad Litem for Jefferson County, representing children in the foster care system.
Strano Taylor also serves as president of the Brookville Area School Board and was appointed to the Federal Relations Network, a national advocacy organization that works to improve education policy.
Strano Taylor cited the issues of national debt, policy and political gridlock, education, and sustainability among those to be addressed throughout her candidacy and service in Congress.
"I am a concerned citizen that sees a fundamental lack of leadership in Pennsylvania's Fifth Congressional District and in Washington. I will bring a new perspective to Congress. Negotiation works when the needs of the people are put first. As a small business owner, I understand the need for sound fiscal judgment, a balanced budget, and providing a stable and open environment that enables growth for employees and businesses," said Strano Taylor.
Strano Taylor concluded by saying, "I believe Pennsylvania and the nation are still a place of opportunity and that brighter days are ahead of us. Together, we can strengthen our communities and prepare the next generation for success."