NextGen PAC Endorses Janelle Stelson for PA-10 in Effort to Mobilize Young Voters

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PHILADELPHIA, PA — This week, NextGen PAC announced endorsements for progressive Congressional candidates in key battleground states, including Pennsylvania’s 10th District candidate, Janelle Stelson. These endorsements aim to galvanize young voters ahead of the 2024 election.

Janelle Stelson: A Fresh Voice for PA-10

Janelle Stelson, an Emmy Award-winning broadcast journalist, has long been a trusted voice in Central Pennsylvania. Born in Fairbanks, Alaska, and raised in Seattle, she brings a unique background to her candidacy. Her mother worked as a receptionist at the Naval shipyard in Bremerton, while her father served as a state trooper and teacher.

Stelson graduated from the University of Puget Sound and moved to Harrisburg to join WHTM-TV as a reporter and weather anchor. In 1997, she joined WGAL-TV 8 as a news anchor, where her 11 PM show consistently achieved the highest ratings in the region. Senior News has repeatedly cited her as “Best News Anchor” in its annual poll.

“NextGen PAC is proud to endorse Janelle Stelson for Congress,” NextGen PAC Pennsylvania State Director Cortney Bouse said. “In our nationwide fight to ensure that young people’s values are represented by our leaders, Pennsylvania’s upcoming elections will be critical. As an advocate of reproductive rights who has promised to address the rising cost of living and fight for affordable health care, NextGen PAC is thrilled to endorse Janelle Stelson for Congress so that she may prioritize the values of Pennsylvania’s young voters.”

Importance of PA-10

Pennsylvania’s 10th congressional district covers all of Dauphin County and parts of Cumberland and York counties, including the cities of Harrisburg and York. The district is a critical battleground, making Stelson’s candidacy vital for Democratic efforts to flip the seat.

Championing Youth-Driven Issues

NextGen PAC’s endorsement highlights the importance of addressing issues that resonate with young voters. “In recent years, young voters have been the driving force behind progressive electoral victories across the country,” said Cristina Tzintzún Ramirez, NextGen PAC President and Executive Director. “We’re very excited to endorse this latest wave of candidates, who embody the values and leadership our current moment requires.”

Stelson’s platform focuses on creating green jobs, combating gun violence, and standing up for reproductive rights. These are issues that young voters care about deeply, and her candidacy aims to reflect their concerns.

NextGen PAC’s Impact on Future Elections

NextGen PAC played a pivotal role in the 2020 election, helping mobilize one in every nine young voters who cast a ballot. Their efforts led to the largest youth voter turnout in history. By endorsing candidates like Stelson, NextGen aims to replicate that success in 2024.

With young voters increasingly becoming a decisive force in elections, candidates endorsed by NextGen PAC could shape the future legislative landscape. These endorsements focus on building a more equitable democracy, countering what they describe as the MAGA Republicans’ extremist agenda.

Janelle Stelson’s endorsement by NextGen PAC not only boosts her campaign but also signifies a broader strategy to empower young voters. As she runs for Pennsylvania’s 10th congressional district, her focus on issues like job creation, gun control, and reproductive rights could galvanize a crucial voter base, shaping the political future of the region and beyond.

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