Parents want to work political races. But who will watch the kids? | Maria Panaritis

September 14, 2018

The South Philly campaign office for progressive Democratic state House hopeful Elizabeth Fiedler was transformed earlier this year into a child care nook. She’s one of the few who’s managed to recruit parents of little kids to help knock on doors, though at least one campaign in the suburbs tried to do the same in July.

By Staff

The problem, to Michael Diaz, was one that many moms and dads of young kids face all the time. He and his wife wanted to volunteer on a suburban Philadelphia political campaign this summer. But who would watch the kids?

This wasn’t a choice between a $15-an-hour babysitter or a $13 movie ticket. This was about a class of voters, ones too often sidelined from civic engagement due to the all-encompassing act of being a parent, unable to participate deeply in what will be a historic election year in Pennsylvania.

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