For the first time in political history, moms will be a force to be reckoned with when determining the outcome of the midterm election. This is what happens when the government and elected officials attempt to strip parents of their rights. 

When I became a mother at the young age of nineteen, the moment my daughter was placed in my arms, I knew without question that I would fight to the ends of the earth for her and her access to the American Dream. If you told me just six months ago that I would be on a statewide campaign for lieutenant governor, I would never have believed it. Yet, here we are: 25,000 miles in twelve weeks and counting! 

This is bigger than me. This is a movement of tens of thousands of parents standing up and saying that enough is enough. We are done co-parenting with the government.

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After starting Back to School PA PAC with the mission to fully reopen our schools, I knew that we could not stop at just opening schools. There are so many issues that need to be addressed within our public education system. At the top of the list are mask and vaccine mandates, radical curriculum, and sexually explicit content in our libraries. Having a voice in the executive branch is essential to address these issues, in addition to parents having a voice in their childrens’ education.

Illustration by Jorja Sedlar, a senior cyber student with Pa Leadership Charter School; lamenting the powerlessness of students and parents in the face of bureaucracy

The past three school years of watching a tyrannical government attempt to destroy our children, their education, and their future was the last straw for many. Just in Pennsylvania, 33% of women left the workforce at the start of the pandemic to be home with their children for virtual learning. The moms that were not able to leave their employment were tasked with finding caregivers, relying on family, or suffering from the guilt of leaving their children unattended while they went to work to ensure they could put food on the table. 

The weight of the world has been placed on women’s shoulders. Even though it has been an incredible lift, the moms have borne this burden admirably, and they will win the midterms. The moms will take back our Commonwealth and our nation. I am honored to be that voice for the moms across Pennsylvania and to stand up to Governor Tom Wolf and Attorney General Josh Shapiro.

Editor’s note: With the primary election rapidly approaching, Broad + Liberty welcomes candidates to share their opinions on issues affecting Pennsylvania, the nation, and the wider world by submitting their thoughts to We sincerely thank Ms. Schillinger for her contribution.

Horsham resident Clarice Schillinger is a candidate for Pennsylvania lieutenant governor.

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