We are fighting for the future of our democracy. This moment calls for courage, a bold vision for justice, and people power to get us there. That’s why I’m running for state representative in the 188th District.Meet Rick
An Agenda for Mass Liberation
A Dignified Education For All
As someone who was fortunate enough to receive a scholarship for low-income students of color, I know what a difference access to a well-funded, well-supported school environment can make in a child’s life.
Mass Liberation for Our People
Philadelphia has become a national leader in criminal justice reform. With the election of Larry Krasner as District Attorney, the decarceration movement has pushed a transformation that’s led to our jail population being its lowest in 20 years.
Healthy Housing For All
Home is a human right and every person should have safe, accessible, sustainable, and permanently affordable housing. Our community is threatened by a racist housing system that concentrates poverty for the profit of big developers.
Care For All
We believe healthcare is a human right and it is our Commonwealth’s responsibility to ensure the wellbeing of all of its people, including our children, our infirmed, and our elderly. The rising costs of healthcare, combined with efforts by the current federal administration to dismantle gains made through the Affordable Care Act, have resulted in an environment where people are often unable to seek the treatment they desperately need. We demand quality healthcare that is accessible to everyone, and a medical system that is accountable to its patients instead of insurance and pharmaceutical companies seeking to increase their profits.
Ending The War On Drugs
I was raised in a community that was devastated by the War on Drugs. Seeing the disinvestment and policing of my neighborhood, then learning it was manufactured by Reagan-era tactics of crackdowns on black neighborhoods, solidified my belief that we need to drastically redefine how we address crime and drug use. We must face the opioid crisis we currently face in Philadelphia, and we must hold our government accountable for its failure to acknowledge the human rights crisis the War on Drugs wrought upon black and brown communities for the past 40 years.
Upholding Workers' Rights
We are living in a time of immoral inequality. While many of us struggle to pay our bills, pay for food and housing, pay to live, the wealthy and well-connected continue to make more money than at any time in our nation’s history. It is time for us to build an economy that meets the needs of working people and communities rather than the super rich. We must reclaim our value as workers, and that starts with supporting unions, raising wages, and demanding all workers have the right to organize in their workplace to get what we deserve.
Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employees Division, International Brotherhood of Teamsters
Food & Water Action
Free The Ballot!
Free The Ballot! Incarcerated Voter Family Network
Kehinde For PA
Kehinde Whetstone, former candidate for the 188th District
In Philly, progressive candidates slug it out with Democratic incumbents
“Instead, Krajewski said he’s running to build a progressive blueprint for a Democratic majority.
Together with such like-minded lawmakers as Philadelphia Democratic Reps. Chris Rabb and Elizabeth Fiedler, Krajewski argued that his election would clear the way to accomplish big policy goals, from abolishing the death penalty to a fair education funding formula, when Democrats are on top.”
POLS ON THE STREET: Statewide Races Go Official
“State representative candidates Rick Krajewski and Kehinde Whetstone held a joint press conference with a major announcement in the primary election for the 188th District: They’re teaming up.
Whetstone announced that he is suspending his campaign and endorsing Krajewski. Krajewski and Whetstone have been meeting since the late summer and have always maintained a positive relationship and recognition that they align on the major issues facing West Philadelphia and the leadership needed to confront these challenges.”
35-year West Philly lawmaker sees heat from newcomers
State Rep. James Roebuck Jr., who has represented the 188th District since 1985, has already accrued three prospective Democratic challengers.
Longtime criminal justice organizer Rick Krajewski is already well into his campaign for the West Philly district. Krajewski was an early ally of city District Attorney Larry Krasner and worked with progressive group Reclaim Philadelphia. His campaign will have a heavy focus on criminal justice reform at the state level.
188th State Rep District
Our district includes: West and SouthWest Philadelphia neighborhoods including Spruce Hill, Squirrel Hill, Garden Court, Cedar Park, Kingsessing, and Cobbs Creek.