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2018 Women Candidates of PA

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Jessica “Jess” King

District: CD-11

Party Affiliation: Democrat

Jessica “Jess” King

Jess King is a working mom, small business champion, and a leader in local economic development. As a Mennonite, Jess and her family have made a commitment to voluntary service for the common good, and she has fulfilled this by fighting for affordable housing and community development in Pittsburgh’s East End and around the state. In 2007, Jess moved home to Lancaster and began working with Pennsylvanians starting their own business. By 2010, she became Executive Director of ASSETS; while in this position, she expanded ASSETS impact from 150 business leaders to 1,500 in 7 years. Under her leadership, ASSETS supports businesses that hire individuals with barriers to employment, pay family-sustaining wages, and increase employee ownership. King is committed to building stronger communities, and supporting small business that serve the people and planet not just profit. She understands that most Americans want similar things and will advocate for causes that benefit the greater community.

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