Mary Gay Scanlon’s career has been dedicated to serving others and fighting for children, women, the disenfranchised and underserved. Mary Gay Scanlon has been fighting for progressive values for over 35 years.
Mary Gay began her advocacy for children with the Support Center for Child Advocates where she has served as a volunteer attorney or board member since 1985. This led to her appointment as co-chair of the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Commission on Children at Risk and many other boards and initiatives fighting for better lives for our children.
Her expertise in education law and policy led to her being appointed to state-wide interagency councils implementing federal special education laws. She testified before the Pennsylvania legislature about the ill-effects of zero-tolerance policies, drafted legislative and regulatory proposals and produced training materials about many other areas surrounding Pennsylvania education policy.
From 2007 until 2015 Mary Gay was an elected Democrat on the Wallingford Swarthmore School Board where she was elected as Vice President and President of the Board.
Mary Gay has served as the national Pro Bono Counsel at Ballard Spahr for 14 years. In that role, she directs and supervises over 650 lawyers in 15 offices providing more than 43,000 hours of pro bono legal services annually to low-income clients and nonprofit organizations.
This nationally-recognized pro bono practice has worked on critical issues such as fighting for fair pay and equitable treatment for women. This includes representing the U.S. Women’s Hockey Team in their strike in 2017 and the U.S. Women’s Soccer Team. In both cases women athletes were able to gain more equitable working conditions and compensation.
The practice also has a long history of assisting those fleeing violence and persecution. They represent refugees, seekers of political asylum, victims of crime, domestic violence, and human trafficking. This work has taken on fresh urgency with the Trump administration seeking to implement unconstitutional restrictions and bans on travel to the United States and deportation of long term residents. When President Trump, shortly after his inauguration ordered a travel ban that stranded thousands of legal immigrants, attorneys from the program sprang into action, arriving at airports and writing habeas petitions from airport waiting rooms.
Mary Gay has fought to protect the right to vote, serving as Co-Chair of the Voting Rights Task Force of the Association of Pro Bono Counsel, a program that combats voter suppression and gerrymandering. She has been fighting for voting rights for decades and has the experience and knowledge to take the fight to those who would deny this basic right to citizens of this country.
With her leadership, the law firm embraced the Wills for Heroes program which provides free estate planning for veterans and first responders. She organizes and volunteers for dozens of Wills for Heroes clinics annually, giving peace of mind to first responders, veterans and their families.
Jennifer O’Mara – House District 165
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Bio: Jennifer was raised in Delaware County and comes from a working class background. She is a certified to teach social studies in Pennsylvania and currently works at the University of Pennsylvania in Development. In her spare time, she serves on the Board of Directors for Pennsylvania Association of Student Councils, a statewide leadership development program for high school students.
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Tim Kearney - PA 26th District.
Mayor of Swarthmore, and an experienced public servant, a husband, a father, and a small business owner and architect.
Tim agrees with the vast majority of Pennsylvanians that every child deserves access to a good education so we can all enjoy the benefits of a well-educated population. That means it’s time to stop penalizing children for their zip code and fund schools realistically and properly. He also believes that Pennsylvania must be fair to everyone when it collects taxes and pays for programs: a balanced budget must benefit everyone; a fair budget cannot burden the most vulnerable while rewarding the wealthiest among us.
Architects like Tim are trained to see the big picture while working out the many details and individual concerns that make that future possible. Tim Kearney is the experienced man of action the 26th District needs to make sure that we live inthe Pennsylvania we want right now and that we leave the Pennsylvania we want to our children.