jessica-benham

Amid unrest, Pa. Rep. Austin Davis steps down as vice chair of Allegheny County Dems

BY: - February 24, 2020

Davis has thrown his support to disability rights activist Jessica Benham and incumbent Rep. Summer Lee, D-Allegheny, both were passed over for endorsement.

Top W. Pa. labor leader says he’s ‘appalled’ by Allegheny Dems’ state House endorsements

BY: - February 18, 2020

Jessica Benham, a disability rights advocate who lost Sunday's endorsement vote to Heather Kass, told the Pittbsurgh Current that she's staying in the race.

Readshaw announces retirement, clearing the way for progressive challenger

BY: - January 7, 2020

Progressive Jessica Benham, a local advocate for people with disabilities and first-time candidate for office, wished Readshaw well in retirment.

The number of disabled people who live at state-run centers has dwindled. That doesn’t mean closing them isn’t controversial

BY: - October 15, 2019

Why is closing state centers for the disabled controversial? Funding is tight, change is scary, and many are not happy with the process.