Elizabeth Moro said she has always been active in public service and passionate about helping people. But Moro, a Chester County Democrat, was content watching Washington politics play out from a distance.
Donald Trump changed that.
"All the issues I care about are under attack," she said. "And you can't be quiet when your liberties are at risk. I'm going to fight for people like me who want our progressive values preserved in this country and want our working families to have opportunities."
A real estate agent, Moro is announcing today that she is hoping to channel that energy into a 2018 campaign to represent the 7th Congressional District.
Moro will first have to battle attorney Dan Muroff, scientist Molly Sheehan and information technology consultant Drew McGinty for the party's nomination in the district that includes parts of Berks, Chester, Delaware, Lancaster and Montgomery counties. The winner of that race will face incumbent Republican Pat Meehan of Delaware County in the general election in November.
"I'm sick and tired of Washington politicians not showing up for the people they represent," she said. "I think Congressman Meehan has forgotten that his job is to serve the people. His voting record shows he's more beholden to President Trump and the Republican Party."
According to an analysis by FiveThirtyEight's data crunchers, Meehan has voted in line with Trump's position 92 percent of the time.
Moro, 44, said that if elected to Congress she will fight for a woman's right to choose, equal pay for equal work, affordable higher education, a strong environmental future and an economy that gives everyone a chance to get ahead.
While Moro was raised in a Republican household, she left the GOP years ago when she said it became clear to her that the party was no longer interested in trying to be inclusive or work across the aisle.
"Growing up, we would have a vigorous exchange of ideas but every voice was heard," the Kennett Square resident said. "I want to bring those big table values to Washington because politicians aren't listening to each other and nothing is getting done."