WYNNEWOOD – Local small business owner, attorney, parent and progressive community leader, Elvira Berry, today announced her bid for the Democratic nomination for Pennsylvania State Senate, District 17.

“We need a new voice in Harrisburg, a progressive voice we can be proud of – one who listens to our community.” said Berry. “As I talk to people across our community, I hear the same things: we need a Senator who understands that health care costs are out of control; that gun violence is putting our kids and families at risk; and that working families are overdue for a pay raise. I believe I AM the person to help bring this change.”

Elvira is a single mom, who immigrated from Nigeria as a child twenty-five years ago. She lives in Wynnewood with her son, Jordan, and dog, Ash. Jordan is a Freshman at Ithaca College.

Elvira worked her way through college and law school, and now runs a successful small business that provides safe, compassionate residential care for people with intellectual disabilities. Elvira employs over two dozen Pennsylvanians, and she provides 100% free health care to her employees.

Elvira’s “Progressive Platform for Pennsylvanians” has four key elements:

  • Supporting Our Students: As the mother of a young African American teenager, Elvira volunteered with her local PTA, and instituted youth court programs in Pennsylvania schools. She’ll push for more uniformity in education across the district so that our kids attend safe, nurturing, high-quality schools. She will also fight for increased apprenticeship, internships and career training so that our kids graduate ready for the college or career of their choice.
  • Holding Drug and Insurance Companies Accountable to Reduce Costs: As a mom and an employer who completely covers health insurance cost for her employees, Elvira has a unique perspective on this issue. Elvira will push the pharmaceutical and insurance companies to put more of our hard-earned dollars into health care.
  • Tackling the Terror of Gun Violence: Like the rest of us, Elvira is haunted by the brutal images of gun violence in the daily news. She’ll stand up to the NRA and reach across the aisle to implement Red Flag laws that will prevent dangerous individuals from obtaining guns. She will lead the fight to ban assault weapons once and for all.
  • Raising Pennsylvania’s Minimum Wage: More than three decades ago, Pennsylvania proved that raising the minimum wage is good for workers and the local economy. Elvira believes Pennsylvanians have waited too long for another raise. She’ll fight for a $15 minimum wage, so that we can get workers closer to a wage that supports a family.

“We can’t wait for change in our community – it needs to start now, for all of our families. The sooner we remove distractions in Harrisburg and hold our leaders accountable for delivering results, the better our community and our families will be.” Berry said.

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