Ginny Kerslake is a mother, earth scientist, small business owner, and community leader running for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives for the 167th District. Born in California and raised in Canada, Ginny earned a Bachelors in Earth Science and a Masters in Soil Chemistry from the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada.
Ginny managed an analytical services laboratory, specializing in environmental and agricultural testing, for 15 years. A career opportunity for her husband Brian brought them to Chester County in 2004, and they settled in West Whiteland where Ginny focused on raising their two sons, restoring their historic home, and turning a passion for sewing into a small business.
In 2017, drilling on the Marine East pipeline project began across the road from the Kerslakes’ home. Their lives changed forever. Private water wells in their community were impacted and sinkholes forced five local families from their homes and neighborhood. The pipelines, when finished, would carry dangerous highly volatile liquids for overseas exportation to make single use plastics. Ginny stepped up and co-founded Del-Chesco United for Pipeline Safety and West Whiteland Residents for Pipeline Safety to raise public awareness. She became very active in state and local politics as an advocate for public safety and protection of the environment, earning a reputation as a courageous, dedicated and knowledgeable community leader.
It became clear that elected state representatives were not listening to the concerns of their constituents. At that time, another local community leader, Danielle Friel Otten decided to throw her hat into the ring to run for State Representative in the 155th District. Ginny joined forces with Danielle, and managed her successful campaign beating a third term incumbent.
On the heels of this success, Ginny ran for County Commissioner in the 2019 Democratic Primary, and proudly accepted the endorsement and support of several environmental groups. While she didn’t win the primary, Ginny earned an impressive number of votes from across the county as a first-time candidate.
Every two years voters have the opportunity to decide who will represent them. Once Democrats take control of our State House in 2020, we will need a leader who shares our community values, and someone who will prioritize putting people and our planet over profits. With so much at stake, Ginny has decided to challenge an incumbent to ensure that 167th district constituents have a representative they can count on.
Among many important issues, Ginny plans to initially focus on the opioid epidemic, fair funding for quality education, and ethical government as well as all the critical environmental issues, of which Mariner East is only one. Ginny is the strongest candidate to face a formidable Republican challenger in November and asks for your support in the Primary.