Why you should support Molly Sheehan

Science is under attack at the Federal level. When we do not value science, all Americans suffer. The recent budget proposal to slash NIH funding by 19% is reckless and would harm nearly every district across the country by cutting jobs and preventing healthcare advances, with Pennsylvania particularly hard-hit. Scientists are no longer being listened to as advisors, with climate change denial rampant in US Congress and legislation that endangers our environment and drinking water being passed at increasing levels. I am running as a Democrat to unseat Pat Meehan, who has been lining up with the Trump agenda to slash our environmental safeguards, like the EPA, voting for both the HONEST and REINS Acts which will dismantle scientific integrity. With science on the menu, it is necessary to put scientists at the table.

I am not another career politician who is removed from the struggles of everyday Americans. I grew up in a family of modest means that instilled in me the values of fighting for economic and social justice for others when I have the privilege. Now, I am a scientist and mother working to improve the lives of those in southeast Pennsylvania. I work to improve healthcare through scientific innovation and serve my communities locally and abroad through youth community building. 

I am an internationally-awarded biophysicist for my current work as a research fellow in bioengineering developing new types of medical imaging for cancer treatment. I have also worked towards developing battlefield- and remote hospital-ready blood substitutes. I love developing new technologies, but I know the healthcare needs of Americans are urgent and first based in affordable access. I served on the insurance-buying board at the University of Pennsylvania, negotiating insurance plans for all students, during the ACA rollout. I am aware of the complicated nature of health insurance reform. I am ready to advocate for the needs of all Americans to achieve universal healthcare coverage and access.

I will bring creative problem-solving to issues such as the environment, healthcare reform, science funding, and making evidence-based decisions on all types of policy. As the wife of a naturalized citizen and a mother, I will also serve as an advocate for early childhood education, paid maternity leave, civil rights and inclusive immigration reform.

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  • Lorena Bonilla endorsed

    “Her training in science will be valuable as an advocate for environmental justice, climate change, funding for medical and scientific research as well as being a voice for logic balance with compassion for policies.”

  • Lisa Lippert endorsed

    “Not only is Molly an amazing scientist, she is knowledgeable about political issues, and genuinely cares about social justice. She is brilliant, but still willing to listen to other expertise.”

  • Steve Pipitone endorsed

    “I endorse Molly Sheehan because... SCIENCE. There needs to be a presence in Washington to counteract the absurd anti-fact based policy being pumped out by Big Oil's stooges”

Apr 25 2017

Feature on TIME: I run for our future

This Earth Day was different. Rather than just a celebration and appreciation of our planet giving us life, it is a call for us to rise to defend its ability to do so. The Trump Administration and Congress, including Pat Meehan, are showing a disregard for evidence and working full-speed to enhance profits for the 1% at the expense of our health and future. 

We must defend our basic liberty to live in an inhabitable world, where we can breathe and drink our tap water freely, where we aren't afraid that our child will drink the bath water, where we fund life-saving scientific research. We must invest in our future by electing better representatives.

I spoke about my concerns for our future and why I am running for Congress in a video interview on TIME this weekend and wrote up why our anti-fact government is so disastrous. It is too easy for us to be complacent. If you are comfortable, it is time to get uncomfortable. It is time to work to improve our country for everybody who does not share those comforts right now and who will not have them in the near future.

With care,

Molly

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Apr 14 2017

Action Items to Keep It Going!

Thank you all for your support and helping build this amazing energy and momentum over our first week! We need to keep it going to ensure our Congressional vision of evidence-based decision making is possible.

Please consider taking one (or all!) of the actions today:

1) Spread the word! Share on Facebook, Twitter, or call/email your network or listservs who may also be passionate about our mission.

2) Make a(nother) donation. I'm officially a candidate now and committed to fighting for scientific integrity, healthcare for all and rational policy making. Please consider another donation or asking a friend to donate.

3) Visit mollysheehan.org and sign up to volunteer! My campaign relies on a variety of grassroots support.

With care,

Molly

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Apr 10 2017

Filed with FEC!

We are filed with the FEC today as an official candidate! Thank you all for your support. 

You can sign up for updates and volunteer with the campaign at www.mollysheehan.org.

With care,

Molly

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Mar 26 2017

First 100 pledges! Thank you!

Thank you for all of your support! Over 100 have pledged over $5k in the past 2 days. Momentum is growing to unseat Rep. Pat Meehan.

Meehan is continuing to show his inadequate understanding of healthcare policy and compassion for Pennsylvanians this week by finishing up "undecided" on the AHCA. Congresspeople have a responsibility to be vocal advocates for their constituents, not just vote. In this case, he managed to both be a coward and fail to come out on the right side of history after rushing to pass it through his committee. I promise I will advocate for comprehensive healthcare reform that works for Americans, not advocate for insurance companies or tax breaks for the ultra-rich.

Thank you again for your generous pledges and endorsements!

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Mar 23 2017

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  • Morgan DeSantis endorsed

  • Lorena Bonilla endorsed

    “Her training in science will be valuable as an advocate for environmental justice, climate change, funding for medical and scientific research as well as being a voice for logic balance with compassion for policies.”

  • Gabriel Gonzalez endorsed

  • Lisa Lippert endorsed

    “Not only is Molly an amazing scientist, she is knowledgeable about political issues, and genuinely cares about social justice. She is brilliant, but still willing to listen to other expertise.”

  • Glennis Amelia Logsdon endorsed

  • Steve Pipitone endorsed

    “I endorse Molly Sheehan because... SCIENCE. There needs to be a presence in Washington to counteract the absurd anti-fact based policy being pumped out by Big Oil's stooges”

  • Kelly Johnson endorsed

    “Evidence-based science should be the basis of sound policy decisions, and this is lacking in Washington today.”

  • Giles Geetooah endorsed

    “I Am A Frim And Deep Beliver of Science. Unlike Religion and it's Made up Fairy Tale nonsense, Science Tells You How to Get The Answer or How The Answer Came About.”

  • Haley Stevens endorsed

    “Molly is inspiration! The U.S science and research agenda is paramount. Thanks for dipping a toe in Molly, keep going with your crowdpac!”

  • Sarah Willie-LeBreton endorsed

    “I support Molly Sheehan because I believe that science is the universe evolving to study and know itself; that to refuse to study and know ourselves is a radical act not of ignorance but of resistance to our humanity; that in living into our humanity we take responsibility for each other and the earth; and that our little piece of that begins with electing thoughtful and courageous people from a variety of disciplines, particularly people of ethical intelligence like scientist Molly Sheehan.”

  • Erin Berlew endorsed

  • Alison Love endorsed

    “I endorse Molly Sheehan because we need scientific, political, and sociological perspectives working together to mitigate climate change effects”

  • Nate Ennist endorsed

  • Melanie Douty-Snipes endorsed

    “I support Molly Sheehan because she is one of the most capable, focused and caring people that I have ever known. That she would consider setting scientific research that she has devoted so many years to aside to become a public servant as an elected official speaks volumes to the concern that she has for our country at present. Molly would bring a great mind and heart and immense organizational skill to this endeavor. It will take all of us to work as we are able to uphold civility, reason and compassion in these troubling times. I am proud of Molly for generously and courageously taking this step to run for office.”

  • Barbara Slott endorsed

    “We need more women, more scientists in governmental offices. The Xtian right wing has hijacked the republican party and we need to return to a secular government.”

  • lina aguirre endorsed

  • Byron D. Taylor endorsed

    “Molly geniunly cares about the issues in her platform. She' is one of the brightest and most resourceful people I know. I am confident that she will use her unique perspective as a mother, wife, scientist and friend to improve the lives of people in the community where she grew up.”

  • Michael Magaraci endorsed

  • Ian Yuan endorsed

  • Rachel Thomas endorsed

  • Lisa Ruby Raedler endorsed

  • Christie Houlihan endorsed

  • Isabelle Auffret endorsed

  • Kathryn Montalbano endorsed

  • Charlotte Lellman endorsed

  • Kathleen Sheehan endorsed

  • Toni Gorkin endorsed

  • Brian Krisch endorsed

    “Molly's candidacy is a great opportunity for the people of Pennsylvania's 7th District. We need more young, intelligent, motivated, and thoughtful candidates who are willing to work for and represent all Americans.”

  • Larissa Sorge endorsed

  • Aileen Keogh endorsed