Kristine Howard for PA House 167
About Kristine Howard
Kristine Howard is known in suburban Philadelphia as a political activist working for progressive Democratic candidates. She served as a member of the Chester County Democratic Committee while balancing the responsibilities of work and parenting.
She worked her way through college at the University of Pennsylvania and law school at Rutgers in Camden. After law school, she planned to pursue a career in public interest law, but like many women, her career plans took a detour after getting married and having children.
After law school, she spent five years in New Mexico, where she ran a small legal and social services organization. When she came back to Pennsylvania, she devoted the next several years to raising her three boys and four girls. It was not easy to combine a “real” career with raising a large family. Still, she always found a way to stay engaged in civic interests and social activism. She worked for Philadelphia Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts and was a child advocate for children in foster care in Philadelphia.
Kristine Howard On The Issues
Her keen interest in children and child welfare opened the door to her current position, working for the County investigating child abuse cases. She has seen a darker side of the wealthy and beautiful Chester County communities where she has raised her family. Her experiences as a social worker, mother and political activist drove her decision to enter the Democratic Primary for State Representative in the 167th District, located in eastern region of Chester County.
Kristine understands the challenges working people face raising a family, wanting good schools for their children and opportunities for higher education and careers. She knows how difficult it can be for a woman to find career equality, even with a first class education and strong skill sets. She has been on the front line with kids falling through the cracks and suffering abuse, neglect and missed opportunities in one of the wealthiest counties in the country.
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