Nina Ahmad Takes Commanding Lead In Race For Lt. Gov.

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For Immediate Release: 9 April 2018 Contact:Vince Rongione rongione@ninaforpa.com, 610.505.8977

PHILADELPHIA — Today, Nina Ahmad, the former Deputy Mayor of Philadelphia and past President of Philadelphia NOW, announced that she has amassed over $600,000 cash-on-hand as of the March 26th campaign finance reports. That total is more than twice her nearest rival and puts her in a strong position heading into the May 15th primary.

“We have been crisscrossing the state receiving tremendous support and I just can’t thank people enough for the trust and confidence they have put in me,” said Ahmad. “I’ve been fighting injustice and discrimination in Pennsylvania for twenty-five years, and I believe we need more truly progressive voices in government. That message is resonating all over Pennsylvania as we push for full and fair education funding and to make the oil and gas companies pay their fair share.”

“As a child of war torn country, I have no fear of the special interests and political bosses that clog up our politics. I have personally witnessed the horrific destruction caused by deadly assault weapons, and I will fight for tough new gun laws to make our schools more secure and our families safer no matter what the NRA says”, continued Ahmad.

In addition to her inspiring personal story, Ahmad pointed out the ground-breaking nature of her candidacy. Currently, Pennsylvania has no women elected to statewide executive offices or Congress. She would be the first person-of-color elected to a non-judicial statewide office in PA, the first Asian-American elected statewide in PA, and only the second woman to serve as Lieutenant Governor.

“Harrisburg has been male-dominated for too long, and its culture won’t change without new voices. I will partner with Governor Wolf to help stamp out sexism and sexual harassment that holds us back. As a woman of color, and an immigrant, education is a top priority for me, which is why Pennsylvania must start taxing shale drillers to help pay for our rural and urban schools. We must create jobs in science and technology and grow green jobs and businesses.”

Ahmad came to the United States after the war for liberation in Bangladesh that saw 3 million people killed for them to realize their freedom and independence. At age twenty-one, and after working her way through college, Ahmad went on to earn a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Pennsylvania. She worked for years as a research scientist at Wills Eye Hospital; the oldest such hospital in the country. Ahmad became an organizer for Howard Dean’s insurgent Presidential Campaign and was a delegate for Barack Obama as well as serving on President Obama’s advisory commission for Asian and Pacific Islanders. As the past President of Philadelphia NOW, Ahmad led the fight against sexism in the Philadelphia District Attorney’s office related to the so-called “porngate” scandal, calling on them to fire three prosecutors in the Attorney General’s office were involved in viewing and/or forwarding emailed pornographic and degrading photos of women on state-issued servers.

Nina also served as the Deputy Mayor of Philadelphia for Public Engagement under Jim Kenney where she earned praise for her dedication to improving representation of underserved communities. As a successful civic leader, she was one of the few women of color to ever serve on the board of the Philadelphia Foundation – which has provided millions of dollars to local non-profits aimed at fighting poverty and educating young people.

Ahmad’s nearest competitor was Mike Stack who filed with $275,086.40 cash-on-hand, followed by John Fetterman with $141,229.39 and Kathi Cozzone with $9,851.23 available cash. Ray Sosa filed a negative cash balance and debt. Meanwhile, Ahmad continues to raise at the fastest clip in the race and filed with $608,654.57 cash-on-hand.

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Nina Ahmad is an activist, mother, scientist, and civic leader. She is running for Lieutenant Governor as the progressive voice of change. She served as Mayor Jim Kenney’s Deputy Mayor for Public Engagement and has led numerous civic organizations, including leading the Philadelphia chapter of the National Organization for Women. She and her husband Ahsan have lived in Philadelphia for over 30 years with their two daughters and their rescue dog named, Oscar.

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