Swarthmore businesswoman running for state House

Swarthmore businesswoman Leanne Krueger-Braneky announced her campaign for the state House of Representatives this morning.

Krueger-Braneky, a Democrat, is seeking election in the 161st Legislative District. The seat is held by state Rep. Joe Hackett, a Republican from Ridley Township. Hackett announced Monday that he has earned the endorsement of Republican leadership in the district.

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Leanne Krueger-Braneky

Krueger-Braneky, 37, is the director of fellowship and alumni for the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies, a nonprofit connecting more than 30,000 businesses nationwide.

Krueger-Braneky was the first executive director of the Sustainable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia, a network of 500 businesses working to build a “just, green and thriving economy” in the region.

The network was named the Regional Economic Development Program of the Year by the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission in 2011.

Krueger-Braneky is advocating for increased investments in public education and job creation. She also favors better support for small businesses.

“The residents of the 161st District are being hurt by the policies of Gov. Corbett and the Republicans in Harrisburg,” Krueger-Braneky said in a statement. “Our current elected officials are failing us. We need new leadership to ensure a fair, sustainable public education funding formula and real support for local business in order to create jobs and make our economy work for the people of Delaware County and the rest of the Commonwealth.

“As a parent, I want the same thing for my son that everyone wants – good schools and a safe and healthy environment. Governor Corbett and the House Republicans have cut millions from public education while handing out tax breaks to large, out-of-state corporations. Delaware County has the highest asthma hospitalization rate among the four counties outside of Philadelphia while the State has gutted environmental protection over the last three years. I will make sure Harrisburg fights for our children’s future instead of helping make millionaires richer.”

Krueger-Braneky earned a Masters in Business Administration from Eastern University and a Bachelor’s Degree from Rutgers University.

She has lived in Swarthmore for two years with her son, Wendell, and husband, David Braneky.

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