Jay Ting Walker is running to be your Pennsylvania state representative in the 23rd district. You can vote for him in the general election on November 6th, 2018. Read on below to learn more about Jay and the 23rd district.
Endorsements for Jay Walker
- Our Revolution PA
- Mark Dixon (NoPetroPA)
- Green Party of Allegheny County
- Green Party of Pennsylvania
Hi my name is Jay Walker and I’m running as a Green Party candidate in November 2018 to be District 23’s next state representative. My top goal in office is to end gerrymandering in Pennsylvania. My background is in transit and environmental advocacy and I would take on those fights head-on in Harrisburg. I’m looking to create a new model of civic engagement where everyone’s voice is heard and not just those who can attend meetings, make big donations, or have the right friends.
I’m the son of an immigrant single mother. Like so many other single parent households, we were a working poor family. I was always the kid who loved reading and asked tons of question. My politics developed in college with exposure to environmental activism and Democracy Now. I’ve been a strong believer in racial justice from an early age due to amazing public school teachers and from my own personal background. This combination of a working class perspective, exposure to progressive values, and a strong sense of racial justice have led to who I am today.
I (like many others) got a major civic engagement wake up call after the November 2016 election. In environmental and transit activism groups, we always lamented that our elected representatives didn’t listen. It felt like nothing ever changed. This became readily apparent when I learned about gerrymandering from Fair Districts PA. I decided that instead of having our words fall on deaf ears, I’d step up and drive the change I believed in.
The 23rd District
The 23rd district consists of the following neighborhoods of Pittsburgh: Greenfield, Oakland, Point Breeze, Regent Square, Shadyside, Squirrel Hill.
Here is an interactive map of the 23rd district: