Charisma Presley

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Charisma Presley
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Candidate for
Pennsylvania House of Representatives District 198
High schoolGeorge Washington Carver Engineering & Science High School, 1998
Bachelor'sVillanova University, 2002
Master'sVillanova University, 2006
ProfessionAssistant Director, Center for Multicultural Affairs at Villanova University
[ Campaign website]
Charisma Presley was a 2012 Democratic candidate for District 198 of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.

Presley's professional experience includes working as an assistant director at the Center for Multicultural Affairs at Villanova University. She earned her B.A. in political science from Villanova University in 2002 and her M.S. in higher education administration from Villanova University in 2006.


Campaign themes

Presley's website highlights the following campaign themes:[1]


  • Excerpt:"Education is the key to the future economic success of our city and state, so public education must be a priority. Philadelphia and Pennsylvania as a whole must invest in its future by fully supporting our public schools through our tax dollars, our presence in the schools, and our support for education in our homes. Education reform is everyone’s job—local government alone cannot effect the change we need to improve educational opportunities for our children. Harrisburg must do a better job of allocating funding and other educational resources to the communities that need these resources most."


  • Excerpt:"The 198th has vast untapped resources that need to come back to the table when it comes to revitalization. These resources include (but are certainly not limited to) educational and religious institutions, historic sites, parks, businesses, ideas, and, most importantly, the people! The 198th is full of talented people who have often taken their skills elsewhere, but now is the time to share those skills with the 198th. Successfully implemented community revitalization will bring jobs, new businesses, home ownership, and a stronger sense of pride and community that can be seen and felt throughout the District."

Issues in State Politics

  • "support increased funding for public education K-12 with targeted spending to improve school safety, improve social services to students, improve tutoring services especially for mathematics."
  • "support charter and magnet schools as an structural reforms that enhance public education."
  • "support sustainable economic development that includes preserving open space, cleaning-up/reclaiming vacant lots in Philadelphia and other cities, and promoting transit-oriented development."



See also: Pennsylvania House of Representatives elections, 2012

Presley ran in the 2012 election for Pennsylvania House District 198. Presley was defeated by incumbent Rosita Youngblood in the April 24 Democratic primary[2]

Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 198 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngRosita Youngblood Incumbent 47.5% 4,087
Malik Boyd 24.4% 2,102
Charisma Presley 28.1% 2,424
Total Votes 8,613

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