State College Mayor Elizabeth Goreham threw her support behind Pennsylvania U.S. Senate Democratic candidate Katie McGinty in a Tuesday afternoon conference call between Goreham, McGinty, U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., and the news media.
McGinty announced her agenda for women and working families during the call, noting a need to level the playing field to give women a shot at “good paying, family-sustaining” work.
McGinty faces Joe Sestak, Ed Pawlowski and John Fetterman in the primary in a bid to challenge Republican Sen. Pat Toomey in November.
“We need policies that actually help women and their families move forward, not hold them back,” she said.
McGinty outlined a multi-point plan, which included ending gender discrimination in pay, establishing paid family and medical leave, raising wages for all workers, allowing workers to earn paid sick and safe days, making child care affordable to all, protecting women’s health and supporting women-owned small businesses.
Goreham said Pennsylvania needs a senator who will build on the gains women have made.
“(McGinty) gets that when women succeed, we all benefit,” she said, “both here in the rural counties of central Pennsylvania and nationwide.”