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Sara Innamorato

Running for State Representative, 21st District
Election: Nov. 6, 2018

I am a lifetime Pittsburgh-area resident born to a middle-class family in Ross Township. When I was a teenager, our family found out my father had an addiction to opioids, having been prescribed them after a car accident before I was born. Uncertainty became my new reality. After my father went through multiple stints in rehab, my mother, sister and I fled our home and overnight I went from having everything – a college savings account, a home, a future, to an uncertain future. After graduating from North Hills High School, I was thrilled to find out despite my financial situation, I would be able to attend the University of Pittsburgh

I did everything I could to pay my way through my years at Pitt – I cleaned locker rooms, nannied children, and worked restaurant shifts. I also managed to squeeze in an unpaid internship. After working in the private sector, I wanted to do more with my skills. I sought volunteer opportunities with community groups, and soon landed a life-changing job at a small nonprofit who worked on environmental justice, job creation and community development.  

Knowing that nonprofits, community groups, and government agencies can benefit from business acumen and problem-solving strategies, I embraced my entrepreneurial drive and started my own business. Through my own company, I delivered as much of an impact to the community as possible, working with the local and city government to develop events and initiatives around technology, food  access, social justice, and women’s rights.

Inspired by stories of women who serve in elected office and reports of Pennsylvania ranking 49th in terms of women in office during my time in a civic leadership program through the nonprofit Coro, I co-founded an initiative called She Runs SWPA, which aims to empower more women into running for elected office in the region.  

I’ve been a proud Lawrenceville resident for nine years, and I volunteer my time in my neighborhood as a member of the Lawrenceville United Housing Committee and steward to our community gardens.  

I am running because I believe Pennsylvania's government is in desperate need of young, fresh faces who won’t back down from hard work, aren’t afraid to take a risk to get things done, are strong-willed and resistant to corruption, and truly have a vision for the future of our communities.