As a political science professor, I teach "we the people, for the people" but now government is "by the rich, for the rich." Using my work in the classroom, my studies as a Fulbright Scholar, and my government experience, I'm running for Congress to change that.

We need to bring the government back to the people. Take the values of the 7th to Washington, not the other way around. I will fight for economic fairness, common sense legislation to stop gun violence and getting money out of politics. I will work for more opportunities for women and those that need a extra hand up. And you can count on me to take care of our veterans and prevent our environment from being polluted.

I have been in all five counties in the 7th many times and plan to be there many more times. I would be honored if you joined me on this journey throughout the 7th District. I am excited about our campaign and welcome you to take a look at the website to learn more about me and volunteer and donate.

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Hillary lecturing to Mary Ellen's student.
Mary Ellen & her daughter invited to the signing ceremony at White House for their work on the Baby Bill to increase Maternity stays from 24 hours to a minimum of 48 hours.
Mary Ellen & her daughter at the Million Mom March, Washington, D.C.
Mary Ellen as Vice Chair of the Delaware County Democrats greeting Joe Biden and his grandson.
Mary Ellen with her daughter.
Mary Ellen and Tom Wolf at Planned Parenthood.
Quote about Mary Ellen from Bob Brady.
Mary Ellen joined by Rep. Tammy Duckworth and candidate for U.S. Senate, Montgomery County Commissioner Dr. Valerie Arkoosh, and Dottie Miller, President, OPEIU, Local 1937.
Mary Ellen at 2012 DNC Convention.
Mary Ellen joined the Crozer Chester nurses in their strike.
Mary Ellen Balchunis
Mary Ellen and Delaware County Leaders
Mary Ellen with Sen. Elizabeth Warren.
Mary Ellen spoke to Democracy Spring on the dangers of having big money in politics
Mary Ellen greeting members at the Delaware County Democratic Convention.
Mary Ellen with Emerge colleagues, candidates for State Representative Movita Johnson, Elaine Paul Schaefer, Barbarian Keffer, and Diane Corman-Levy, supporting sensible gun laws including a ban on assault weapons.
A Women's Place is in the House and Senate, Mary Ellen for Congress and Katie McGinty for Senate. Joined by Richard Negrin, Shawn Kraemer and a future political leader.
Mary Ellen talking and walking with Verizon strikers.
Mary Ellen, a Fulbright Scholar, teaching in Sweden and studying their generous maternity and paternity benefits with her daughter, Lauren.
Mary Ellen and Lauren at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.



  • The Philadelphia Inquirer Endorsement, April 2016
  • Chester County Democratic Committee
  • Delaware County Democratic Committee
  • Montgomery County Democratic Committee
  • Pennsylvania AFL-CIO
  • Planned Parenthood Pennsylvania PAC (PP PA PAC)
  • National Organization For Women - Pennsylvania and National Chapters
  • National Women's Political Caucus
  • Lynn Yeakel, Former Founder of Women's Way & Women's Advocate
  • Pennsylvania Democratic Party - Women's Caucus
  • Pennsylvania Democratic Party - Black Caucus
  • Liberty City Democrats
  • Montgomery County Democracy for America
  • National Democracy for America


  • Congressional Progressive Caucus
  • Congressman Bob Brady (PA-1)
  • Former Congressman Joe Sestak (PA- 7)
  • Fmr. Congressman Joe Hoeffel (PA-13)
  • Former Congresswoman Marjorie Margolies (PA 13)
  • State Senator Andrew Dinniman
  • State Senator Art Haywood
  • State Senator Daylin Leach
  • State Senator Judy Schwank
  • State Representative Tim Briggs
  • State Representative Mary Jo Daley
  • State Representative & Chester Mayor Thaddeus Kirkland
  • Mayor of Braddock John Fetterman
  • Montgomery County Commissioner Josh Shapiro
  • Philadelphia City Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown
  • AFSCME Local 1199C
  • Plumbers Local 690
  • SEIU Local 668
  • College-100


  • Gov. Jennifer Granholm
  • Tom Herman, President SEIU 668
  • John Kane, Business Manager, Plumber Local 690
  • Dottie M. Miller, President, Office & Professional Employees Intl Union (OPEIU), Local 1937
  • Henry Nicholas, President AFSCME 1199C
  • Tom Bugio, Chester County Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence
  • George Badey, 2012 Democratic Nominee, PA-7 Congressional District
  • David Landau, Delaware County Chair
  • Joe Foster, Montgomery County Democratic Chair
  • Sally Lyall, Lancaster County Democratic Chair
  • Brian McGinnis, Chester County Democratic Chair
  • Greater Reading PAC
  • West Chester Mayor Carolyn Comitta
  • Brad Kirsch, Chair, Senior Caucus, Pennsylvania Democratic Party
  • Candace Stitzman-Duley, Chair, Women's Caucus, Pennsylvania Democratic Party
  • Tony Campisi, Co-Chair, Liberty City Democratic Club; Past 1st Vice Chair, Delaware County Democratic Committee
  • Anne Wakabayashi, Co-Chair, Liberty City Democratic Club
  • Angela Giampolo, Esq., LGBT Specialization
  • Rev. Keith Collins
  • Dr. Bayard Storey, Renowned Women's Health Advocate