Women and Girls Foundation CEO Heather Arnet Selected to be Democratic Candidate in State Senate Special Election

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On Saturday, August 1st, the Allegheny and Washington County Democratic Committees formally voted to elect Heather Arnet to serve as the Democratic Candidate in the Special Election for Pennsylvania Senate District 37. The election will take place on November 3, 2015 to fill the State Senate seat vacated by Matt Smith.

“As an organization that works to increase female leadership and encourage women and girls to become more involved in civic life, we are very proud of this recognition of Heather’s many years of dedicated service to our community,” shared WGF Board Chair, Candi Castleberry Singleton. She continued, “For the roughly 90 days of the campaign, WGF’s Vice President Tara Simmons, who has managed finance and operations for the Foundation for the last eight years, will lead day-to-day operations at the Foundation as the Interim CEO. Blayre Holmes, WGF Program Manager, will continue her leadership of WGF’s GirlGov program, and Stephanie Fedro-Byrom, WGF Public Liaison, will lead public relations and community outreach. Heather Arnet will serve as the Chief Strategy Officer for WGF during that same period, providing consistent support to the foundation to fulfill its mission.”

“It has been my honor to lead this wonderful organization for these last twelve years,” said Heather Arnet. “I am grateful to have the support of my board, staff, and family as I pursue this opportunity to serve our community in new ways while continuing my work empowering women and girls and strengthening the economic security of families throughout our state.”

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The mission of the Women and Girls Foundation (WGF) is to achieve equality for women and girls, now and for generations to come. To realize this mission, the organization’s active work is focused on developing the female leaders of tomorrow while advancing women’s rights today.  Learn more by visiting http://wgfpa.org/ or contacting the Women and Girls Foundation by phone (412-434-4883) or email (info@wgfpa.org).

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