Susan Wild won her Democratic primary on May 15 to represent Pennsylvania’s 7th District. After the Pennsylvania Supreme Court struck down the state’s unconstitutional congressional district map, Pennsylvania has a new map for 2018. Pennsylvania’s new 7th District is an open seat because no incumbents have filed to run in this district. Through an impressive legal career, Susan Wild has proven she is a champion for Pennsylvania women and a highly qualified candidate who can turn this new district blue.
Background and Achievements
Susan Wild grew up in a military family. She earned her B.A. from American University and her J.D. from George Washington University Law School. Wild then moved to Lehigh Valley, where she raised her two children and built a successful career as an attorney. After being confirmed by a unanimous City Council vote, she served as the Solicitor of the City of Allentown from 2015 to 2017, the first woman to hold the position. She has been on the Board of Directors of Second Harvest Food Bank, Program for Women & Families, and the Jewish Federation of the Lehigh Valley. In 2017, Wild was recognized by Governor Tom Wolf for her leadership and contributions to Pennsylvania.
Positions on Key Issues
- Supports abortion and reproductive rights
- Advocates for LGBT rights
- Believes in affordable health care for all
- Supports DACA and DREAMers
Prospects & Opponents
After the Supreme Court ordered redistricting, Pennsylvania’s 5th District is an open District made up of the old 15th, 17th, and 10th Districts. No incumbent filed to run in this new district. On May 15, Wild won the crowded Democratic primary against 6 other candidates. Hillary Clinton won this district in 2016 and Cook Political Report has rated the November 6 general election as Lean Democratic.