Jay Conners is a Democrat running to serve the 154th district in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. As a longtime resident of the district and father of three, Jay understands what specific issues impact the residents of Cheltenham, Springfield, and Jenkintown.
He knows that we need quality education in a safe and secure environment for our children. He understands the need for environmental protection. He demands immediate action for sensible and responsible gun legislation. As a union member, he is a strong advocate for labor protection.
For the past decade, Jay has served as a member of the Jenkintown Borough Council and has gone on to become their Vice President. He also currently serves as the chair of the Jenkintown Democratic Committee. As an active member of the community, Jay's experience has granted him the knowledge to lead the community in the right direction during these ever-changing times.
Jennifer Lugar will be a fierce advocate for the best interests of District 154. She is running for all of our children, who deserve to go to school without lockdown drills, who deserve a planet that will survive, and who deserve quality, affordable healthcare. She is running for families who need strong unions and fair wages. She is running for Pennsylvania’s future.
Lifelong Activist - Jennifer has been marching, phone banking, canvassing and stuffing envelopes for progressive candidates and causes since she was a teenager. She was demonstrating for LGBTQ rights and marijuana law reform 25 years ago.
Fearless Advocate - Jennifer has spoken to hundreds of people and reached thousands more in print and on television through her gun violence prevention efforts. She has worked with state and federal officials on both sides of the aisle to find common ground toward life-saving legislation.
Skillful Leader - Jennifer considers it an honor and a privilege to serve her community as a member of the Jenkintown Borough Council. Through this work, she has proven that respectful, collaborative efforts achieve the strongest outcomes. She serves as chair of the Fire Commission and Public Safety Committee.
Napoleon Nelson is currently the Finance Officer for the Cheltenham Township. He is a finance professional with more than 16 years of business experience in investment analysis, planning and analysis, and corporate strategy. Prior experiences include roles with Vanguard in Malvern, Pa., Driven Brands in King of Prussia, Pa, and SEI Investments in Oaks, Pa. A Central High School alum, he holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an MBA in Finance and Marketing from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Napoleon is active in the Cheltenham community. In addition to his current elected office, he is also a Trustee for the Montgomery County Community College and one of two Vice-Chairs for the Cheltenham Democratic Committee. Prior to his 2017 election to the Finance Officer role, he served for six years as a member of the Board of Directors of the School District of Cheltenham Township. He chaired the Cheltenham School Board's Finance and Personnel committees and served as past president of the Board. He has actively participated in Democratic Party activities and campaigns throughout the district and past recipient of Cheltenham's Committeeperson of the Year.
Napoleon is married to Shareese Nelson. They live in Wyncote and are raising their two beautiful children, Eon (15) and Kendall (12). They are active in the Cheltenham PTO organizations, the Cheltenham Little League, Website Facebook where Napoleon is a past board member.
With over twenty years’ experience as an activist, educator and advocate for social justice, is the most progressive candidate to represent Pennsylvania’s 154 legislative district. She has a history of community service and deep roots in environmentalism. Adrienne has worked on a range of grassroots projects including the “listening canvass” to engage voters in Montgomery County, the Cross-cultural Dialogue project of the Cheltenham NAACP, and the founding and design of several community parks. It’s not enough to elect a representative who will vote to improve school funding, protect the environment, or reform our criminal justice system. Adrienne is running because Pennsylvania needs creative problem-solvers who comprehend the issues. We need to find common ground and build alliances in order to address our shared social goals.
Adrienne earned her undergraduate degree in English, philosophy and computer science at Lehigh University. She holds a master’s degree in sociology from Temple University and a PhD in human and organizational systems from the Fielding Graduate University. She has written dozens of lectures, articles and white papers on healthcare reform, education, solid waste management and other environmental technologies. She has contributed to several books and is the author of Fallen Walls and Fallen Towers: The Fate of the Nation in a Globalizing World (2010).
Ray Sosa has over 20 years of experience in the private sector providing support and advice to big and small companies. He wants to use that experience to create a more efficient and effective government within the 154th District of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania by addressing and improving the need for ADA compliance within our district, creating better business development through incentives and legislation in our community and continue to work on the already established legislation and programs created by Steve McCarter including gun control, climate change, and making sure our elderly citizens needs are met. Ray currently resides with his wife, Nikki Sosa and daughter Marjory Sosa, in Wyncote and has lived in both Bucks and Montgomery Counties for the last 10 years.
Even though Ray Sosa is a political outsider, he is uniquely qualified to serve in the position of State Representative for the 154th District. Ray was appointed by three different U.S. Governors to lead districts in coordinating Emergency Management and Response. He was Chairman of the Governor's Human Rights Advocacy Committee for 10 years, fighting for hospitals, juvenile justice centers, foster care homes, and nursing homes rights and regulations making sure all the people they serve were cared for properly. Ray Sosa provided legislative policy support for three governors for over ten years and wants to continue to do so in the 154 District. He is the candidate Website Facebook with the most relevant legislative and governmental experience as he has been involved in both local, state, and national appointments. He has also run both local and statewide campaigns in Pennsylvania and Montgomery County. Ray Sosa is currently the President for Round Hills Investments and Services and is a career banker and insurance agent. Ray’s previous appointments in the public and private sectors have prepared him for the role of State Representative in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
As an attorney - Gretchen brings decades of experience in state and local government providing public finance counsel to municipalities, school districts, hospitals, and cultural institutions. From her service to the Commonwealth as Chief Counsel to the Department of Revenue, she brings strong legislative and budget skills. She is an honors graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and Villanova Law School and has clerked in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals, and for Senator Patrick Leahy on the US Senate Judiciary Committee.
As an advocate - Gretchen fights for our neighbors on the Cheltenham Township Economic Development Task Force and Human Rights Commission and has decades of volunteerism on Democratic campaigns and to protect the integrity of the electoral process. She is also a consistent volunteer at the polls and serves as a Judge of Election for her voting precinct (Cheltenham 6-1).
Gretchen Wisehart is a lifelong Democrat and mother who will bring unrivaled experience to Pennsylvania’s 154th House District — experience we need to make real change. As an attorney - Gretchen brings decades of experience in state and local government providing public finance counsel to municipalities, school districts, hospitals, and cultural institutions. From her service to the Commonwealth as Chief Counsel to the Department of Revenue, she brings strong legislative and budget skills. She is an honors graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and Villanova Law School and has clerked in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, the Third Website Facebook Circuit Court of Appeals, and for Senator Patrick Leahy on the US Senate Judiciary Committee.
As an advocate - Gretchen fights for our neighbors on the Cheltenham Township Economic Development Task Force and Human Rights Commission, and has decades of volunteerism on Democratic campaigns and to protect the integrity of the electoral process. She is also a consistent volunteer at the polls and serves as a Judge of Election for her voting precinct (Cheltenham 6-1).