“Enough is enough,” said Chauncey. “Our children … have spent way too much time now being afraid to go to school, and demanding a ban on weapons that are designed to kill mass quantities of people as quickly as possible is not unreasonable.”
As a student, she worked in the Appellate Litigation Clinic and co-authored an article, with Professor Donald Tibbs, “From Slavery to Hip-Hop: Punishing Black Speech and What’s ‘Unconstitutional’ About Prosecuting Young Black Men Through Art,” which appeared in 2017 in the Washington University Journal of Law & Policy.
Shelly Chauncey, a former officer for the Central Intelligence Agency, could emerge as a potent force in the race.
The party appears to have a new candidate with a strong resume — Shelly Chauncey, a former CIA agent who announced her bid Monday. But Chauncey, who filed her statement of candidacy days before the news about Meehan broke, will have less than four months to get her campaign up and running before the May 15 primary.
Chauncey, 37, a political newcomer, grew up on a family farm, and graduated from Meredith College in Raleigh, N.C., with a bachelor’s degree in political science. She joined the CIA as a secretary and spent more than a decade with the agency, where she rose through the ranks to become a counterintelligence officer.
“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.
A new Democrat has emerged to run for the suburban congressional seat held by Republican U.S. Rep. Pat Meehan, who was named in a sexual harassment case over the weekend. The newcomer to the race is Shelly Chauncey, a 37-year-old veteran of the CIA and a first-time candidate for office.
Delaware County Democratic Party Chairman David Landau described Chauncey as “impressive” Monday, saying her credentials as a service member and story as a self-made woman would resonate well with voters looking for a strong female candidate.
Chauncey, who lives in Glen Mills, has never run for office before. She said she worked for 15 years at the CIA, where she began as a secretary and moved up to work undercover in Latin America and East Asia. She “grew up on a small family farm” in North Carolina and is the “daughter of a prison guard and a teacher,” according to an embargoed press release.