Erin Willman announces write-in campaign to challenge Rapp in state House

Erin Willman, founder and CEO of White Cane Coffee, is pictured during her testimony in February in front of the U.S. Senate.

Erin Willman, founder and CEO of White Cane Coffee, has launched a write-in campaign to challenge incumbent Kathy Rapp in the state House’s 65th District.

This year’s primary election is set for next Tuesday.

“With a focus on inclusivity and accountability, Erin Willman’s campaign aims to secure enough votes in the upcoming primary on April 23rd to secure her spot on the General Election Ballot this November,” a statement explained.

Willman cited recent testimony before a US Senate Committee as well as a visit from Sen. Bob Casey as helping her recognize “the urgent need for effective leadership that reflects the diverse needs and voices of District 65.”

“I am extremely pleased to endorse Erin Willman as the write-in candidate for State Representative,” Dan Glotz, Warren County Commissioner, said. “Erin’s commitment to serving the community and her demonstrated leadership in both entrepreneurship and advocacy make her the ideal candidate to represent District 65.”

“With a vision for a more inclusive and prosperous future, Erin Willman stands ready to champion the interests of all constituents in Harrisburg,” the release explained.

“What set Willman’s campaign apart was not just her vision but also her journey to this moment of leadership,” Campaign Chair Doug Hearn told the Times Observer. “With humility and pride, she shared how US Senators and staffers had encouraged her to seek this position after she testified before the US Senate recently. This endorsement only bolstered her resolve to be a voice for the community, advocating for their needs and aspirations at the highest levels of government. As she spoke, it was clear that Willman’s candidacy was not just about seeking office but about answering a call to service, driven by a genuine desire to make a difference in the lives of those she seeks to represent.”

Willman lost her sight at the age of 15 and started her own business – White Cane Coffee, headquartered at Third and Conewango avenues in Warren – at the age of 22. She has been recognized by CEO Monthly with a Global CEO Excellence Award for Best Organic Coffee Manufacturing CEO (USA). She was recognized in 2022 by CEO Monthly with a Global CEO Excellence Award for Best Organic Coffee Manufacturing CEO (USA) and testified earlier this year in front of the U.S. Senate, which prompted U.S. Sen. Bob Casey to visit White Cane Coffee.


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