Why you should support this campaign

At this moment, political interests are polarized in such a way that true progress has been hard to come by. There are so many opportunities for partnerships that will move our communities forward, but political entrenchment and an unwillingness among elected officials to work toward identifying shared interests between the needs of their constituencies and that of their elected counterparts has left these opportunities unrealized. There is a need for establishing and sustaining across-the-aisle relationships in an effort to provide our communities with effective legislation and, in turn, access to essential resources and fair means of accountability. ______________________________________________________ There is a need for fair funding of education at all levels with a particular emphasis on elementary and secondary education and to make post-secondary training more accessible and reflective of the state's growing industries. There is also a need for more support of a consolidated yet holistic state human services program, an overhaul of our state corrections system with a focus on making incarceration more rehabilitative and decreasing recidivism, and to continue streamlining voter registration. Additionally, there is a need to provide more support to Pennsylvania's National Guardsmen and veterans to include incentivizing the employment of Guardsmen and veterans, awarding state job applicants more points for military service, and extending the Education Assistance Program to cover the cost of graduate level education for Guardsmen. ______________________________________________________ Each of these issues represent my areas of personal and professional expertise. I have served in the military for six years as an Intelligence Analyst, including a tour in Iraq, all for the love of my country and comrades and the opportunity to afford a college education. Before and after my return home, I served my community as a mentor for national organizations such as Big Brothers Big Sisters and Minds Matter and in various other capacities to include my recently launched not-for-profit organization, PhillyThink. My work as a college educator has also illustrated my understanding of and commitment to securing the future economic viability of Philadelphia, Delaware, and Chester County neighborhoods having supported college completion and job attainment for students for more than five years. This all stems from my childhood experience with poverty and a reliance on state human services that, in many instances, offered too little support for other children in my neighborhood that would later end up dead or in jail instead of on Crowdpac sharing their accomplishments. I have committed a significant piece of my life to ensuring that others from backgrounds similar to mine are afforded the opportunities that my childhood peers were not, from helping to forge relationships between high schools and college to the sophisticated coordination of a prison to college reentry program. Now, at 30 and a dissertation away from a doctoral degree in Higher Education Leadership, the commitment is just as strong. The only differences are my deeper understanding of the complexities that accompany addressing these issues and that there are more doors open. ______________________________________________________ __ My past and current work along with securing a chance to collaborate with 202 state representatives and 50 state senators to address the aforementioned issues, and my unswerving commitment to seeing progress in our communities are the reasons why I am considering running for State Representative. #BlackVotersMatter

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  • Chris Uhrinek endorsed

    “Darren has dedicated himself to making a positive difference in our local community and I have complete confidence he will do the same for the state of PA. I am excited to endorse him fully.”

  • Kyle Price endorsed

    “I endorse Darren Lipscomb because he is the hardest working man I know After God himself!!!!”

  • Mike Arrington endorsed

    “I endorse Darren because his love and passion for Philadelphia solidifies him as a great candidate for the district.”

Dec 1 2015

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Show your support for this campaign by endorsing it and sharing why!

  • Chris Uhrinek endorsed

    “Darren has dedicated himself to making a positive difference in our local community and I have complete confidence he will do the same for the state of PA. I am excited to endorse him fully.”

  • Kyle Price endorsed

    “I endorse Darren Lipscomb because he is the hardest working man I know After God himself!!!!”

  • Mike Arrington endorsed

    “I endorse Darren because his love and passion for Philadelphia solidifies him as a great candidate for the district.”

  • Dr. Daryl Howard endorsed

    “Optimistic, Intelligent, Consistent, and Caring; Darren Lipscomb is the future of leadership in this region. He has my full support!”

  • Karina Phillips endorsed

    “I endorse Darren because he is a "man of the people". Focuses on making his community better, addresses tough issues head-on, and is an amazing innovator.”

  • david lipscomb endorsed

    “He's a community activist who cares about people, he's very responsible, he wants to make a difference in the world, and hrs honest and hard working.”

  • Minita Ford endorsed

    “I wholeheartedly endorse Darren Lipscomb for PA State Representative. I believe him to be a man of great purpose and will breathe new life into the city of Philadelphia. Darren is caring, honest, and above all honorable. I know he will always do the right thing above anything else, which can already been seen through his many acts of charity, such as volunteering to mentor the youth. Darren knows the struggles most people face and will be a great advocate to get them the resources needed or to simply be that listening ear. The city of Philadelphia needs a man of Darren Lipscomb's character and I cannot think that he is anything less than perfect to represent our great city and state.”

  • Jummy Kirby endorsed

    “Without a doubt I endorse Darren Lipscomb! Not only does he have so much pride in his city, but he is dedicated to make a solid difference. I have known Darren for many years and he has shown commitment, enthusiasm, and perseverance in anything he puts his mind too. It is my honor to pledge my support for Darren. I know he will make a difference for the state!”

  • Nemadia Ochiagha endorsed

    “I endorse Darren Lipscomb because, he cares about the city of Philadelphia more than any man or women that I have ever encountered. He is interested in helping those in need, simply because it is the right thing to do. He is a one man army, changing lives in ways that matter, through the education spectrum, community service, donations and more. He loves to be involved, if that means putting himself last for the greater good of the city, you can count on Darren Lipscomb to be that man.”

  • Stephanie Allen endorsed

    “I fully endorse Darren Lipscomb. The city of Philadelphia can, could, and would benefit from a change agent of Darren's magnitude. He genuinely loves the city and the people and wants to see it thrive in the coming years.”

  • Jamal Walker endorsed

    “I endorse Darren Lipscomb because of his comment to witch ever task is in front of him. He has a pride in his community and he loves this city. Things will only improve if he is involved.”

  • Kellie Myles endorsed

    “I endorse Darren Lipscomb because he is a passionate, dedicated, and empowering leader who has the vision that is necessary to make the changes in our community that will advance an underprivileged and underrepresented population. He has the courage to fight for the rights of people who otherwise would not have a voice. Darren is an advocate for education who fully understands the needs of the people of Philadelphia. The time is now to take back our communities, invest in public education, and revitalize our neighborhoods! Please stand with me in supporting Darren Lipscomb to be the champion that we need to be our PA state representative!”

  • Iris Lipscomb-Woods endorsed

    “I endorse Darren Lipscomb for State Representative of PA because he is committed to the growth of the City of Philadelphia and the State of PA in many ways. He put his words into action through his activism to help keep local communities clean and eliciting volunteers in these efforts. For many years, he has been committed to create opportunities through his involvement in mentoring programs for high school students which encourages youth to strive for higher education. Darren has been an excellent example of what it means to "give back" and has always believed in the importance of sharing his gifts. Darren truly has the spirit of giving of himself and pushing others to be their very best! It is my sincere honor to pledge my support for Darren Lioscomb as State Representative of PA!”

  • Kiarrah Newsome endorsed

    “It is with great pleasure and honor that I fully support Darren Lipscomb as a potential candidate for PA, State House. Darren was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and has shown great concern for the residents of the community and his willingness to listen to people's problems is commendable. I am writing today to show my allegiance and support for him. I will also spread word of his abilities and competence. I cannot think of anyone more suited for the job.”