Cheri Honkala announces candidacy, 1/28, 10:00 am


Cheri Honkala Announces Candidacy Before Mural of Former Senator Roxanne Jones

WHAT: On Tuesday, March 21st there will be a special election to replace Leslie Acosta as Representative of Pennsylvania House District 197. On Saturday, January 28, Cheri Honkala will officially announce her decision to run as the Green Party candidate for this seat with tremendous support and excitement from the local and larger community.

WHO: Cheri Honkala, American anti-poverty advocate, co-founder of the Kensington Welfare Rights Union (KWRU), co-founder and National Coordinator of the Poor People's Economic Human Rights Campaign. 

WHEN: January 28, 2017, 10:00 am. 

WHERE: Mural of Former Senator Roxanne Jones, Broad and Clearfield Streets, Philadelphia. 

WHY: Cheri Honkala, a formerly homeless single mother, knows the struggles of District 197, which is the poorest district in Philadelphia. She has advocated for the rights and needs of people without homes and suffering in poverty for years. Her love and understanding of the community has compelled her to step forward in her district, “because it’s hurting,” says Honkala, “and I know its pain.”

After secretly pleading guilty to felony charges last year, Leslie Acosta resigned as Representative of PA House District 197 in Philadelphia. Her resignation became official January 3, 2017, and a special election will be held to fill the seat on March 21, 2017. Cheri Honkala will run to serve the district as their Representative in Harrisburg. She was recently endorsed by the membership of the Green Party of Philadelphia (GPOP, and will be seeking the Green Party of Pennsylvania endorsement on January 29 in Harrisburg.

HOW: For interviews or additional information please contact Learn more about Cheri Honkala at



You can also watch Cheri's announcement from the PA Greens Conference in Harrisburg here.