Seventeen months ago, a working mom from Leola made a big decision: to run for Congress. Jess King ran one of the most vibrant Congressional campaigns in the country and in the history of Lancaster County.
Over the past 17 months, thousands of everyday working people across Lancaster and York counties made a similar choice: we chose action over resignation, and solidarity over division. In Jess, we found a leader with political courage. Someone who stands up to the establishment of both political parties. Someone who refused all contributions from corporate Super PACs. A leader who shows up, who listens, and who cares deeply about every person she encounters, regardless of their party affiliation. We found someone who believes that America is for all of us, and who works hard every day to make that aspirational slogan a reality.
Last night, we came up short. But today we’re so proud of the dedicated work our members did to elect Jess King in an uphill race. Together we turned out unprecedented numbers on Election Day: over 112,000 voters in small towns, suburbs, and cities across our district.
When Lancaster Stands Up members voted to endorse Jess King for Congress in December of last year, we knew it was an uphill fight. After redistricting, it seemed impossible. But we decided to trust each other, and throw ourselves even more fully into the work. We started building across our district, knocking doors, organizing town halls, and meeting more and more of our neighbors. This year Lancaster Stands Up volunteers knocked 46,688 doors.
This race took courage and strength from every one of us. In trying moments we didn’t turn on each other, but instead lifted each other up. We listened more than we talked. We affirmed the dignity of every volunteer and every person we encountered at the door.
We are on our way. The road may be long. But because of Jess—and because of all of us—there is a bigger sense of political possibility in Lancaster County than we have ever seen.
Please join us next Saturday, November 17 at Bright Side Opportunities Center to celebrate all we’ve accomplished together, and to vision the work ahead. We’re so proud to welcome Jess King as our keynote speaker. For details and to RSVP, go to lancasterstandsup.org/2years
Jess King would have been such a great asset as our representative. She ran a great race. Ethical, moral, upstanding race. It was a pleasure to watch.
Lancaster Stands Up has also given groups outside of your community hope and strength during these troubled times. Our best to you, Wendy from Berkeley Calif
Jess would have represented us well. Her strength, courage, and honesty stood above others in politics. Thank you, Jess King.
Thank you Jess! It was an honor to vote for you and I can’t wait to hear what’s next. ❤️
Jess would have been that rare person - a politician that represents that people - all of the people. Jess I'm so interested to see what you do next.
we will be there to support Jess’ next move. Our admiration of her ethics in public service continues. She’s the perfect model for the kind of leadership we need moving forward 👍🏼🇺🇸
Your movement has been a source of inspiration and Light to many of us in these difficult times. Thank you for persisting! Lynn from Harrisburg PA
I was so sad last night, JESS is such a Bright Light in the Darkness that our Government has become. I was so Proud to VOTE for her, and hope she comes back in 2 years with her Honesty and Integrity and gives it another run! Thank You Jess King. You're Amazing! 👍❤🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸
Yes, a huge thank you to Jess King! 🇺🇸💙🇺🇸
Thank you, Lancaster Stands Up!
I look forward to more great things from Jess!!!
With love and admiration for Jess and for LSU from Chester County.
Yes Jess - a campaign with integrity !
With admiration and respect for Jess King and for LSU .
Thanks Jess, for bringing integrity and honesty back into the election process. Hope to be able to vote for you again in the future!
Thank you Jess !
We were proud to vote for Jess King! Thanks to her and all the volunteers who truly made a difference!
Jess King would have worked hard for every one of us! I have such respect for the way she ran her campaign. It was a breath of fresh air!
Didn’t they say there are 100,000 more Republicans in Lancaster Co than Democrats? The margin is much smaller! Either they didn’t vote or they actually made an intelligent choice!
Thank you to all who worked so hard and to Jess King for running.
I am beyond thankful to everyone who helped in anyway with this campaign. it made me love Lancaster so much more and gave me hope for our future here. Jess King is amazing and I will always appreciate what she did for us. I can't say thanks enough to all of you. <3
Articulate and admirable candidate...
Jess..you have shown all of us what energy, integrity, honesty and standing up for all people looks like. I had a text conversation with one of your young volunteers who told me she was too young to vote, but was working for you to energize those of us who could. Keep standing up for all Americans and the young will follow you. Thank you!!
Thank you for this important message and for inspiring others. It was an honor to meet you at Millersville and you treated my daughter wonderfully and helped her with her start into Psychology ❤️ May your journey be as comfortable as it can be. God Bless You!
As a former student I say thank you for your commitment! Thank you for your incredible contributions to our school and our community
I was so very lucky to have Dr. Smith Wade-El as my Psychology of Racism professor at Millersville University in 1990 (she was pregnant back then). Still one of the BEST classes I ever took and I wish everyone had this as a mandatory graduation requirement. You are such a beautiful and smart woman and I send you all my blessings!!
Thank you and God bless!
Thank you Dr. Smith Wade-El. Blessings.
Thank you so much. I was one of the lucky people of having been one of your students. You were committed to fairness and equality all your life and I respect that you now spend your energy on helping us to get Jess King elected. God bless you. I am so sorry you became so ill. Maybe a miracle will safe you.
Hello Rita, this is Glenn Kellum.
It has been a long time since we had the opportunity to see each other.
I don't want to take to much of your time, but one thing that I should have said to you years ago
and is, you were the most amazingly important person that I have ever encountered.
I didn't realize that at the time because I was a self centered
little child. You were really tough on me at times but it was out of love.
Of course I didn't realize it at the time! Thank you for that brief moment of trying to make me open my eyes. Oh yes, I told my daughters many stories about you when you were working on your doctorate days at U Penn. I'll never forget you Rita.
Get some rest.
I voted early this morning
Although you used to whoop my ego I still love you
Sending you love and light, Rita. Thank you for planting a seed you won't see bloom. Your dedication is meaningful. ❤
So amazing ❤️
Thank you, Dr. Smith Wade-El. I am deeply touched by your caring commitment. Namaste.
God bless you! Thank you for voting! 🦋🇺🇸🌊❤️ I already voted and no lines in SHREWSBURY, PA!
Powerful Rita — and thank you
Thank you Professor. Our prayers are with you.
Thank you. God Bless
God bless you, Rita Smith Wade-El ❤️
Bless your beautiful brave heart.
Thank you and God bless!
Thank you and so powerful for you to record this message.
They’re scared, and we’re motivated. Let’s go to the polls! #WeVoteJessLloyd Smucker is so desperate to scare and divide us, that he’s breaking election law by illegally interfering in polling stations and posting these disgusting signs outside. This is a new low for the corrupt establishment.
We MUST all turn out and vote NOW, and stand up for Lancaster and York values. #VetsVsHate
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Where is this? It needs to be reported to the PA Department of State right away.
That is disgusting. More fearmongering and hate.
Vote blue! For hope! For decency!
That first one is soooo ridiculous!
As long as they don’t say “paid for by Smucker for Congress” you can totally tear these down. And you should.
Do you think those tattoos are photoshopped?
"Fear and Loathing", A New Smell from Old Stench! Found exclusively in desperate political parties where they feature the brands Trump & Smucker.
Tearing them down might be problematic but there are reports one person who put them up is doing so elsewhere. What can be be done:
1. File complaints with everyone you can think of
2. Call WGAL and LNP and demand they cover the story. Send pics.
3. Call local Republican committee and demand they take them down.
4. Stand the hell in front of them.
5. Stack up some Wolf/Jess signs and put em right in front
Obviously they are seriously desperate. I hope tonight burns out their flame 🔥
Did u all see the post on the attempted voter suppression? I’m not from Lancaster but praying Jess IBS.
GOP Desperation. WE know what to do. Your vote is the only thing that counts when the tally is complete.
I smell burnt toast. Go blue, go Jess!!!
I have lost all respect for Lloyd Smucker
Just goes to show there are some real demented people out there.
People should really step back and question their involvement with the republican party.
Love this picture of my grandson, Chip Prentiss, looking into your eyes!
From the time she sat next to me and asked what I cared about, she had my vote! Jess King all the way! 💙💙
Real, caring, approachable, listener.
We were honored to cast our votes for you this morning! Thank you for giving us your time, energy, and your all! 🇺🇸
I am happy to say that my wife and I voted this morning for Jess, straight Democrat!!! Crossing our fingers!!!
Vote Blue VOTE JESS KING, WE DID!🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸
#jesswecan proud to give Jess my vote!!! 💙
You Got My Vote Beautiful Jess King!
WE VOTED FOR YOU JESS !!!
All three of us voted for you!
Sending you all grateful tears of hope.
Voted straight Blue! 🌊💙🌊💙🌊💙
We voted for Jess King for Congress!
You all have given so much for this campaign. Thank you.
"At Lancaster City's polling place at St. Peter's UCC Church, a Franklin & Marshall College professor 10 hours into labor came in with a entourage of helpers - just in case- to cast her vote. And she walked there." #WeVoteJess ... See MoreSee Less
Voter suppression is real don’t let them stop you from voting
Bless her !
Why PA needs early voting.
One of MANY reasons we need early voting in PA!!!!!! But, good job to her!
That's dedication! She's needs a trophy. She also needs to share the name of her kid if they're born tonight!
In a perfect world, everyone would vote: Whites, Blacks, Native Americans, old, young, and in-between. I love what Oregon has done. I don't have all the detail, but here is automatic voter registration. When you get or renew a driver's license, you are automatically registered. If you don't drive, there is also online voter registration. All registered voters receive their ballots by postal delivery and can vote from their homes. I think that is FABULOUS!