DEJA for PA

Real Work. Real Progress. Real Results.

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"Everyday, I work to make sure everyone has access to healthcare, employment, and housing. We need a pragmatic leader who knows how to navigate government. I will lead the charge to grow our economy and improve our quality of life."

With more than two decades of community advocacy and professional experience in the nonprofit and public health field, Deja Alvarez is committed to building on progressive values, economic recovery, and historic LGBTQ representation in Harrisburg. If elected, Deja would be the first openly trans member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and the first trans Latina representative in the nation. 

Deja’s life experiences have shaped her boots-on-the-ground approach in addressing prejudice, hunger, homelessness, and implicit bias. She will not stand aside as people struggle. In March of 2020, when the pandemic hit, Deja started an emergency food distribution program for those hardest hit by COVID. That program grew from buying groceries for a few families to becoming one of the city's largest distribution sites, feeding approximately 1,000 families each week.

 

Her priorities include healthcare reform, improved infrastructure, fully-funded public education, government transparency, marijuana legalization, public safety, the creation of more family-sustaining union jobs, and policies that address economic resurgence in the district.

Deja currently serves as the Director of Community Engagement for World Healthcare Infrastructures and the LGBTQ Care Coordinator for the Department of Public Health. She is also a core Trainer and Educator for the Transgender Training Institute. 

In May of 2022, we have an opportunity to continue to grow representation in our legislative body in Harrisburg that closely reflects the needs, interests, and diversity of the 182nd District. Join us as we get the work done.

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