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Kristy Gnibus Applauds the Signing of SB 421 Expanding Access to Vote


November 1, 2019


Erie, PA – This morning, Democratic candidate for Congress in Pennsylvania’s 16th Congressional District, Kristy Gnibus, applauded Governor Wolf’s signing of SB 421, a historic election reform bill. This will help expand access to voting for hardworking Pennsylvanians, including adding no excuse mail-in voting, creating a 50-day mail-in voting period and moving the voter registration deadline back to 15 days before an election, as opposed to 30 days before an election.

“As a single mother of two young girls, who works two jobs, I know how hard it can be to find time to vote in such a small window of time," said Gnibus. “This bill is a great first step toward expanding the opportunity to vote for people, like me, who work multiple jobs. Because of the restrictive voting laws, many Pennsylvanians have had to choose between working a shift and voting.”




Erie Teacher Kristy Gnibus Launches Campaign in Pennsylvania’s 16th Congressional District


October 10, 2019

ERIE, PA – Today, Kristy Gnibus, a mom of two young girls, a cancer survivor, community leader, and a public-school teacher in Erie filed paperwork to run against Congressman Mike Kelly in western Pennsylvania’s 16th congressional district.

Gnibus, a Democrat, was raised rural Erie county by her mother, a Navy veteran and U.S. Postal worker. She lives in Erie, where she raises her daughters, teaches at McDowell Intermediate School, and volunteers in her community. Like too many teachers, she knows what it’s like to struggle, and sometimes works a second or third job just to make ends meet for her family. As the first person in her family to graduate from college, Gnibus grew up understanding first-hand the importance of hard work and putting family first.

“I’m not like most members of Congress,” said Kristy Gnibus. “They just don’t understand what people like me go through every day. My mom taught me from an early age that I’d have to work for everything I got. I’m passing that lesson on to my daughters and I’m running for Congress so families like ours in western Pennsylvania – families who work for a living – will finally have someone in Washington representing them.”

“I know this won’t be easy, but the deck has been stacked against me before – and I didn’t quit then. While I was in college, I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer when I was pregnant with my first daughter. That gave me a real understanding of how difficult it can be for people who aren’t millionaires to get the care they need. Now I’m going through it again with my own kids, navigating insurance companies and bureaucracy to make sure they can get the medicine they need.”

“We need a representative who understands that you shouldn’t have to work two or three jobs to provide for your family, that getting sick shouldn’t bankrupt you, and a pre-existing condition shouldn’t be a death sentence. Young people shouldn’t have to take on crushing debt just to go to college and kids shouldn’t have to worry about getting shot at school.”

“I’m going to work night and day to build a grassroots campaign that can win all across this district - and I won’t take a dime from corporate political action committees because this campaign isn’t about them – it’s about people.”

Gnibus’ life experience is a clear contrast with Washington politician Mike Kelly who in his near decade in Congress has only done the bidding of corporations, greedy CEO’s, and the wealthy. The people of the 16th congressional district deserve someone who understands them and is on their side. Mike Kelly has never once held an in-person town hall listening to people in this district – it’s no surprise whose side he is on and his long record in Congress proves it.




Vice President Joe Biden Endorses Kristy Gnibus for Congress


October 9, 2020

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Erie, PA - Today Vice President Joe Biden endorsed Kristy Gnibus to represent Pennsylvania's 16th Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives. "Kristy Gnibus is a public school teacher, single mom, and cancer survivor. She knows what it means to have to work two jobs to make ends meet. Kristy is a proven fighter and is going to fight for health care and education for working families in Western Pennsylvania. I'm proud to support Kristy Gnibus for Congress," said Vice President Biden. "I'm honored to have Vice President Biden's endorsement and I look forward to working alongside our next President to fight for affordable health care, better education, and serving the hardworking families of Pennsylvania, " said Gnibus. "Together, I am confident we can flip Pennsylvania Blue on November 3rd."




With Growing Momentum, Kristy Gnibus Announces New Round of Key Local Endorsements


January 24, 2020


Erie, PA – Kristy Gnibus’s campaign for Congress today announced a new round of local endorsements, building momentum after End Citizens United, the grassroots reform organization, backed her campaign earlier this week.

Local and state elected officials including Erie County Council Members Kim Clear and Carl Anderson, State Representative Ryan Bizzarro, and State Auditor General Eugene DePasquale announced their endorsement of Democrat Kristy Gnibus to represent Pennsylvania’s 16th congressional district.

“I am honored to have earned the support of these great community leaders,” said Gnibus. “We all share the same passion, and that is to serve. I promise to work hard on behalf of the people of western Pennsylvania and to bring the voice of the everyday citizen back to Washington D.C.”

“Most members of Congress just don’t understand what people like me go through every day. My mom taught me from an early age that I’d have to work for everything I got. I’m passing that lesson on to my daughters and I’m running for Congress so families like ours in western Pennsylvania – families who work for a living – will finally have someone in Washington representing them.”

Local and State Leaders Supporting Kristy Gnibus for Congress

Kim Clear, Erie County Council- “As a fellow public school teacher, I am excited to endorse Kristy Gnibus for U.S. Congress. It’s time that we have someone who understands real working people representing us in Washington and someone who will put education first. Kristy has the grit and determination to fight for every family in our district.”

Carl Anderson, Erie County Council- “Kristy Gnibus will be a champion for working people and expanding educational opportunities for all. I am excited to support her campaign for Congress.’’

Ryan Bizzaro, PA House Rep.- “I want our next member of Congress to be someone who really understands Western Pennsylvania and that’s why I am endorsing Kristy Gnibus for Congress. She won’t stop fighting for people in the cities and towns across our district because she has lived the same experience they have. I know she has what it takes to win and I look forward to helping her out any way I can.”

Eugene DePasquale, Pennsylvania Auditor General- “I am excited to support Kristy Gnibus for Congress in Pennsylvania's 16th district. As a teacher and a mom, she has what it takes to get things done and I know she'll be a tireless champion for women and families across our state. Congress needs people like Kristy that will fight hard for her constituents and against politics as usual. She knows D.C. isn't working for the people of Northwest PA. I look forward to helping her win and working with her on behalf of all Pennsylvanians.”




Teacher Kristy Gnibus Earns Democratic Nomination in PA-16


June 2, 2020

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Erie, PA – With polls closing Kristy Gnibus, a mom of two young girls, a cancer survivor, community leader, and a public-school teacher, declared victory in her bid for the Democratic Nomination to Congress in Pennsylvania's 16th District.

Kristy was running unopposed for the Democratic Nomination after uniting the field behind her candidacy earlier this year.

Kristy has earned the support of tens of thousands of voters across the district and has built a grassroots campaign that effectively mobilized around Pennsylvania's new vote by mail process.

"Thank you to everyone who voted in today's unprecedented Primary," said Kristy Gnibus. "I never imagined that we would be running this campaign during a pandemic. Since transitioning our campaign 100% online, I have been honored by the outpouring of support and enthusiasm we have received. I'm running for Congress to be a voice for all the people across this district and I'm going to work hard to earn everyone's vote in November"

Kristy will face Mike Kelly in the November election. In Washington, Kelly has repeatedly voted for his own interests over the well-being of Pennsylvanians. In 2018 he personally pushed for provisions in the GOP tax bill to give auto dealers like himself a tax break. Kelly also has a documented history of selling cars with open safety recalls at his dealership. Additionally, He has voted numerous times to gut access to health care and remove protections for pre-existing conditions.

Voters will have a clear choice between Mike Kelly and Kristy Gnibus. Kristy's deep ties in this blue-collar district contrast sharply with Kelly's disastrous record voting against hard-working Pennsylvanians, making PA-16 a unique pick-up opportunity for Democrats in 2020.




New Polling Shows Tight Race in PA-16


June 26, 2020

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Erie, PA – A new June Public Policy Polling survey of 726 voters in Pennsylvania's 16th Congressional District shows political newcomer and teacher Kristy Gnibus within single digits of incumbent Republican Congressman Mike Kelly.

Kelly is earning less than 50% of the vote in the district and narrowly leads Gnibus 48-40 in a close race for Congress. Voters are divided on their opinions of Kelly, with only 43% saying they would vote to re-elect him.

Just 37% of respondents hold a favorable opinion of Kelly. The Presidential race is also very competitive in PA-16. Despite Trump winning the district by 20 points in 2016, Trump only leads Biden by 4 points, 49-45.

"This recent polling confirms what we’re seeing on the ground: that Pennsylvanians are tired of a Congressman who prioritizes his own personal profit" said Ray Schein, Campaign Manager for Kristy for Congress. "Kristy is a real fighter for the hardworking families across the district and her focus on affordable health care and serving constituents not Washington special interests resonates with voters."

About the District: PA-16 is located in the northwestern corner of Pennsylvania, and includes Erie, Crawford, Mercer, Lawrence and much of Butler county. Trump won the district by 20 points in 2016. About 4% of the voting aged population is African American, and 26% of the district has a college degree. The district is 54.7% rural and 36.2% suburban. Clinton lost the district with 37.9% of the vote. Erie County is also one of the three critical pivot counties in Pennsylvania for the 2020 Election.




Endorsement Alert: Pennsylvania's Congresswomen support Kristy Gnibus


June 30, 2020

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Erie, PA – Teacher Kristy Gnibus today received the endorsements of Pennsylvania Congresswomen Madeleine Dean (PA-04), Mary Gay Scanlon (PA-05), Chrissy Houlahan (PA-06) and Susan Wild (PA-07) to represent Pennsylvania's 16th Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives.

"For real progress to be made for constituents in Pennsylvania and all Americans, we need more teachers, more women, and more moms in Congress. We are confident Kristy is a leader who will stand up for her constituents and put Pennsylvanians before partisan politics. Kristy encompasses the values that bind us. She will bring her lifetime of experience as an educator and understanding of the issues real people and families are facing every day to Congress. Kristy is a fighter for education, health care, and our economy and we look forward to working with her in Congress" said the Pennsylvania Congresswomen in a joint statement.

"I'm running because a teacher who has to work two jobs, a cancer survivor, and a single mom is exactly the kind of problem solver we need in Congress right now," said Kristy Gnibus. "I'm honored to have the support of our Pennsylvania Congresswomen and look forward to working with them to flip this district and Pennsylvania blue in November."

Polling released just last week in PA-16 showed a tight race between Congressman Mike Kelly and Kristy Gnibus. Kristy is trailing by single-digits and Mike Kelly is under 50 in a district Trump won by twenty points in 2016. Biden and Trump are neck and neck, polling at 45-49. These results confirm the energy and grassroots momentum building around Kristy's candidacy in Western Pennsylvania.




U.S. Senator Bob Casey Endorses Kristy Gnibus for Congress


June 30, 2020

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Erie, PA – Today U.S. Senator Bob Casey endorsed Kristy Gnibus to represent Pennsylvania's 16th Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives.

"I am proud to support Kristy Gnibus because she understands the needs of the people of Northwestern Pennsylvania and she will fight for them every day in Washington," said Senator Casey. "As a single mother, teacher, and cancer survivor, Kristy understands the struggles of hardworking Pennsylvania families and the critical importance of creating and preserving jobs, raising wages, ensuring our children are safe at school, and fighting for quality and affordable health care. Kristy will be a champion for the issues that matter most to Pennsylvania's working families, and I look forward to working with her in Washington."

"I'm honored to have Senator Casey's endorsement and I look forward to working alongside Senator Casey to fight for affordable healthcare, better education, and serving the hard working families of Pennsylvania." said Gnibus. "Together, I am confident we can flip this seat and Pennsylvania Blue in November."

Polling released just last week in PA-16 showed a tight race between Congressman Mike Kelly and Kristy Gnibus. Kristy is trailing by single-digits and Mike Kelly is under 50 in a district Trump won by twenty points in 2016. Biden and Trump are neck and neck, polling at 45-49. These results confirm the energy and grassroots momentum building around Kristy's candidacy in Western Pennsylvania.




Kristy Gnibus for Congress Releases First TV Ad of 2020 Campaign


September 16, 2020

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"All You Need to Know" begins airing today across PA-16

Erie, PA - Today, Kristy Gnibus for Congress released the first television ad of the 2020 campaign. The ad, titled "All You Need to Know" will air across PA-16 on broadcast, cable, and digital platforms. "We are excited to launch our ads and start communicating with voters all across Pennsylvania's 16th congressional district," said Kristy Gnibus. "There is so much at stake in this election and it's important for people to know there is a real choice between Mike Kelly, millionaire Congressman and car dealer who only looks out for himself, and me, a single mom, teacher, and cancer survivor who's had to work two jobs to make ends meet. I'm running for Congress because working people deserve someone who understands them, someone who is them. That's what this campaign is all about." Congressman Mike Kelly is a millionaire car dealer who fights for special tax breaks for car dealers just like him. That's all you need to know. [Wall Street Journal, 11/9/2017; Brady Amendment Vote, 11/6/2017; HR 1, Vote #699, 12/20/17; Mike Kelly Press Release, 12/19/17] WATCH: "All You Need to Know"




Yet Another Example of Mike Kelly Using Office to Benefit Mike Kelly


September 21, 2020

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Kristy Gnibus' statement on Rep. Kelly's Stock Purchase

Erie, PA - Recent reporting brings more news of millionaire Congressman Mike Kelly caught using his office once again to benefit himself.

In a clear violation of the House Ethics Code, Kelly and his wife, purchased thousands of dollars in stock in a company they knew would be on the rise because as the Pittsburgh Journal-Gazette reported, Congressman Kelly was personally "front and center on Capitol Hill in pressing the Trump administration to launch an investigation" that would help the very same company.

Kelly and his wife "just five days earlier on April 29, had purchased $15,001 to $50,000 in stock in Cleveland-Cliffs, the company he had advocated for."

In response, Kristy Gnibus, a single mom, teacher, cancer survivor, and candidate for Congress released the following statement:"Once again, Mike Kelly has been caught using his office to personally enrich himself. Time and time again, Mike Kelly has shown his true colors as a self-serving Washington politician, who cares more about helping himself than the needs of Western Pennsylvania. As a single mom, public school teacher, and cancer survivor, I understand what hardworking families are going though, and what it means to work several jobs to make ends meet. To me and to every constituent of Kelly's - this simply outrageous. Let me be very clear: In Congress, I will never use my position to make myself rich."

This news is just the latest example of Mike Kelly helping himself in Congress. Kelly has previously used the power of his office to expand fracking to land investments he had a stake in, that were then sold to ExxonMobil, as well as pass numerous pieces of legislation including special tax breaks that have directly benefited car dealers like himself. ["Rep. Kelly, Millionaire Investor In Oil And Gas Companies, Defends Subsidies Against Angry Town Hall Constituents" & "State's House delegation split on free trade"]

"All You Need to Know" the Gnibus campaign's first ad of the General Election, highlighting how Mike Kelly is only working for himself, is running across the district. Watch: "All You Need to Know"





About Kristy Gnibus
 

Kristy Gnibus is a mother, teacher and leader in our community. Raised by her mother – a Navy veteran and U.S. Postal worker – Kristy graduated from Seneca High School in Erie, Pa. and was the first in her family to attend college. During her sophomore year of college, Kristy was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Scheduling her treatment and surgeries around her classes and work schedule, Kristy persisted and graduated from Mercyhurst University with a degree in education and later earned her principal certification from Edinboro University. Today, she is also completing her dissertation for her Phd. in Leadership at Gannon University. She also teaches at McDowell Intermediate School and raises her daughters, Josephine (11) and Zoey (14). Kristy is also a Big Sister and an advocate for women and mental health. In addition to teaching, parenting, mentoring and getting her daughters to swimming, gymnastics and other activities, Kristy works evenings as a bartender and occasionally drives for Uber to make sure she has the money for essentials and, occasionally, a fun trip with her girls.

 

Kristy knows firsthand how hardworking Pennsylvanians live and the kinds of sacrifices they make every day to provide for their families. She understands the value of a living wage and what it means to work hard – often at multiple jobs – to afford health care and medications. She wants all of our kids and grandkids to have safe schools to attend and strong tools to succeed in a changing economy. And she understands that western Pennsylvanians deserve a member of Congress who will be present and fight for our families every day.

 

About Pennsylvania’s 16th Congressional District
 

Last year, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court threw out the state’s Republican-gerrymandered congressional maps, putting new maps in place that were later upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court. The new PA-16 includes all of Erie, Crawford, Mercer and Lawrence counties and a portion of Butler County. PA-16 was a DCCC Red-to-Blue district in 2018 and will be a true swing district in 2020 with a heated presidential contest on the ballot. Erie County, a likely 2020 battleground, will be heavily targeted by both Republicans and Democrats.

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