Luisa Sonnek has announced her candidacy for the Democratic Party's nomination for the U.S. House of Representatives 16th Congressional District in Pennsylvania.
The 16th District includes all of Crawford, Erie, Mercer and Lawrence counties and part of Butler County.
Sonnek is a community counselor and art therapist at Fluid Mind Counseling in Meadville and is working toward her Ph.D. As a small business owner within the 16th District, Sonnek said she is fully invested in the economic future of northwestern Pennsylvania.
While hosting outreach for women’s groups, mental health groups and fair borders, Sonnek’s daily counseling work and community efforts connect her to the real issues and inequalities facing countless Pennsylvanians.
Sonnek said many of those she works with every day "think we need a fresh voice in the House of Representatives who truly listens to the struggles facing this region."
Sonnek said she believes there is room for kindness and compassion in politics and that government should be working harder to benefit its people.
She said she vows "to never take big money donations and will always focus on prioritizing healthcare, education, and socioeconomic needs when it comes to spending the hard-earned dollars of Pennsylvania’s taxpayers."
Sonnek said she plans to address the needs of all residents of the 16th District of Pennsylvania, regardless of political party or ideology.