Former CIA Counter-Intelligence Officer Enters PA-7 Race

Written by Paul Engelkemier, Managing Editor

Former CIA Counter-Intelligence Officer Shelly Chauncey announced her bid Monday for the Democratic nomination in the 7th Congressional district.

“I’m running for Congress in the community where I’ve lived for years because I see it as a moral obligation.  I’m running because we aren’t going to see real change in Washington unless we send different kinds of people there,” Chauncey said in a release announcing her bid.  

Chauncey began her campaign in earnest last week, prior to the bombshell report that current 7th district Congressman Pat Meehan (R-Delaware) settled the sexual harassment claim with a former staffer.  Meehan has denied the allegations.  

Chauncey worked at the CIA for 10 years after graduating college.  In her announcement, Chauncey says she is a “cancer survivor and an advocate for children with special needs, having adopted a child from foster care with special needs.”

Chauncey joins Democrats Drew McGinty, an IT professional; Elizabeth Moro, a realtor; attorney Dan Muroff; and Molly Sheehan, a biomedical researcher in the race.  State Sen. Daylin Leach entered the race, but is “taking a step back” after sexual harassment allegations against him.

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