Phoenixville-Area Woman Announces Candidacy For PA’s 157th District

Local business owner Melissa Shusterman has announced her candidacy to challenge State Rep. Warren Kampf (R) in the 157th District.

Phoenixville-Area Woman Announces Candidacy For PA's 157th District

PHOENIXVILLE, PA — A Democratic challenger has announced her intention to run for Rep. Warren Kampf’s (R-157) seat in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.

Local business owner Melissa Shusterman will vie for the 157th seat, which encompasses parts of Phoenixville, Upper Providence, Schuylkill, and Tredyffrin.

“It is an exciting time to be involved in politics,” Shusterman said in a statement. “When it comes to the government, there is a great deal of activity, energy, sharing of ideas and frustration being expressed throughout my district. People are upset with the status quo and the lack of transparency with the entire election process.”

Shusterman, a Schuylkill Township resident and Conestoga graduate, is involved with TurnPABlue, an organization aimed at increasing the number of elected Democrats in Pennsylvania politics.

Kampf, a Republican has been in office since 2010. In 2016, he soundly defeated Democratic challenger Hans Van Mol.

Shusterman says she wants to “offer the voters a determined citizen not a career politician.”

According to Kampf’s office, his legislative agenda has “focused on job creation, pension reform, crafting sustainable budgets, improving Pennsylvania’s business climate, and increasing competitiveness through regulatory reforms.”

Shusterman has a master’s in Media Studies from American University. She has worked at companies like The Food Network, VH1, MTV, and HGTV, and has also founded her own digital video production company, Fedora Media.

State representatives in Pennsylvania serve two year terms. The election for the 157th seat will be held on Nov. 6, 2018.

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Shusterman announces candidacy for state representative in 157th District

Melissa Shusterman, a fourth-generation Phoenixville-area resident, Conestoga High School graduate, business owner and mother wants to unseat incumbent state Rep. Warren Kampf in the 157th House District.

Shusterman, who has never held elected office before, is running on a “common sense before politics” platform and hopes to utilize recent Democratic Party energy by activists to flip the 157th District.

Shusterman said she is not a career politician, rather she’s a passionate citizen who loves her community and is fed up with the political gridlock in Harrisburg. As state representative, Shusterman said she will fight to protect seniors, put Pennsylvania on the path to fiscal responsibility, and put an end to the Keystone Exams.

She started her career in the media after receiving her master’s degree in media studies from American University. She worked in the field for 20 years at several different startup and national media companies including: The Food Network, VH1, FX, HGTV, MTV, QVC and Fuse network.

While raising her son as a single mother, she founded her own business, Fedora Media, a digital video production company that provides digital video for various devices and platforms. She has been an advocate for positive change and has worked on many political campaigns throughout her life. Recently she founded the Women’s Caucus of the Chester County Democratic Committee.

She states on her website that she will not be pushed around by party leaders or special interests. Instead she will listen to our community and her conscience.

Shusterman currently resides in Schuylkill Township with her husband, Hans, son Paris, and beloved Shih Tzu, Zoey.

For more information, visit her campaign website: www.melissashusterman.com

Republican Kampf has represented the 157th District in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives since 2010, when he upset incumbent Democratic state Rep. Paul Drucker. Kampf is also a private practice attorney.

The 157th House District includes Phoenixville, Schuylkill and Tredyffrin townships in Chester County and about half of Upper Providence in Montgomery County.

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