ICYMI: Val Arkoosh Meets With Local Dem Groups, Lifts Up Key Issues On The Campaign Trail

January 28, 2022

ICYMI: Val Arkoosh Meets With Local Dem Groups, Lifts Up Key Issues On The Campaign Trail 


NORRISTOWN – Dr. Val Arkoosh, Chair of the Montgomery County Board of Commissioners and candidate for U.S. Senate, has joined local Democratic organizations, college students, and clergy for conversations about the importance of flipping Pennsylvania’s U.S. Senate seat while highlighting key issues like abortion, climate change, maternal mortality, and voting rights.


Last Tuesday, Val participated in a forum with southeast Pennsylvania clergy at Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church, where she spoke on the need to address the high rates of Black maternal mortality saying: “We need to acknowledge that for generations, our systems have made obstacles and barriers for people of color that are often insurmountable.”


Val continued to hit the virtual campaign trail last week and this week, meeting with local democratic groups from across the state and the University of Pennsylvania Democrats.


Read more about Val’s appearances below – and in case you missed it, check out her and her daughter Olivia’s op-ed from this weekend on the 49th anniversary of Roe v. Wade. 


Daily Pennsylvanian: Valerie Arkoosh talks U.S. Senate campaign and policy reform at virtual Penn Dems event

By Enrique Roced – January 25, 2022

Key Points

  • In the online event, Arkoosh presented her platform as a U.S. Senate candidate representing Pennsylvania. She highlighted her focus on public health and healthcare access, and stressed that her previous experience as a physician has helped her gain perspective coming into the role of public service, especially during the pandemic.

  • “I share with folks that I fought for my patients in the operating room,” Arkoosh told attendees. “You cannot ‘BS’ your way out of a problem in the operating room.”

  • She spoke about the instances that prompted her to transition from her work as a doctor towards a career in government.

  • “Over time I came to see so clearly that many of the things impacting the health of my patients were things happening outside the exam room,” Arkoosh said. “So many patients didn’t have health insurance or had insurance denials, kids with asthma that could not play outdoors because the air in their neighborhood was too dirty, and pregnant moms that had to take two buses just to get to a grocery store.”

  • Arkoosh currently serves on the Montgomery County Board of Commissioners, where she governs the third largest county in Pennsylvania. During the event she said that she has taken action to reduce the local impact of COVID-19 and worked to increase the usage of renewable energy sources in the area.

  • Looking forward, Cassel-Siskind said that he was very impressed with the ideas that Arkoosh brought to the table. He said that he thinks she will be well-prepared if she is elected into the U.S. senate.

  • “I think [Arkoosh] can bring a new perspective to the Senate as a medical professional. I think that she can counter a lot of misinformation that we’ve been hearing,” Cassel-Siskind said. “I also think that her detailed knowledge of policy is going to allow her to work both with Democratic and Republican Senators to pass legislation that can be impactful.”

Al Dia News: Kenyatta, Lamb and Arkoosh talk priorities in visit to Northwest Philly

By Brittany Valentine – January 19, 2022

  • On Tuesday, Jan. 18, three Democratic PA Senate candidates — Conor Lamb, Malcolm Kenyatta, and Val Arkoosh — gathered at Philadelphia’s Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church to discuss their priorities and answer questions from constituents.

  • “I’m grateful to have many of my friends who have gathered from around the city to have a Senate forum, to have discussions of those from those candidates that are running for the Senate seat here in Pennsylvania,” Reverend Dr. Alyn E. Waller, Enon’s Senior Pastor said in his opening remarks.

  • Waller then introduced the forum moderator, 6ABC anchor, Sharrie Williams, to get the event started.

  • “The timing of this dialogue? Yes, it does fall in line with Dr. Martin Luther King’s holiday. So in keeping with the legacy of a man who taught us and showed us that it takes all sections of society, including the spiritual and power of the state to do right by the people. I believe Dr. King would have called it our moral obligation,” Williams said.

  • Dr. Val Arkoosh, chair of the Montgomery County Board of Commissioners, currently leads the Commonwealth’s third largest county. She is a physician of more than 20 years who has spent her years in operating rooms and on the labor and delivery floor of Philadelphia’s major teaching hospitals.

  • “I believe that the tool that the filibuster has been a tool of obstruction for decades. I will vote to eliminate the filibuster. And I think it’s critically important that senators actually vote on legislation that is what you elect your elected officials to do,” Arkoosh said.

  • The next question came from Idris Abdul Zaher, the resident Imam of Masjidullah Incorporated. He asked what the number one thing that candidates would do for the Black community if elected to the Senate.

  • To answer, Arkoosh tackled the issue of maternal mortality rates among Black women, which she has witnessed “time and time again” through her work as a physician.

  • “We need to acknowledge that for generations, our systems have made obstacles and barriers for people of color that are often insurmountable,” she said.

  • She also spoke on issues of access to education, home ownership, and small business loans.

Ms. Magazine: A New Generation Braces For The Horrors Of Overturning Roe

By Val Arkoosh and Olivia Harbison – January 21, 2022

  • As mother and daughter, we have had countless conversations—from the easy ones like how to do laundry or make Aunt Suzanne’s sweet potato recipe, to the more challenging ones like where to attend college and what to major in. But one of the hardest conversations we’ve had many times has been about the future of abortion care in the United States.

  • Late last year, the Supreme Court heard two abortion cases. In November, the Supreme Court refused, for a second time, to strike down a Texas law banning abortion at just six weeks, before most women even know they are pregnant. And we are still waiting for the Court’s decision on Mississippi’s 15-week abortion ban, a case in which Mississippi literally asked the court to overturn nearly 50 years of this constitutional right decided in Roe v. Wade.

  • For nearly five decades, Roe v. Wade has been the law of the land. But in the last year, we have seen attacks on abortion access like never before. Now, we face the biggest challenge to Roe v. Wade ever.

  • One of us is a doctor with three kids, the other is a 20-year-old college student. One of us is a baby boomer, the other a Gen Zer, so our experiences with abortion rights have been completely different.

  • The women of the pre-Roe era remember a time before abortion was safe and legal, and know the horrors that meant for many women prior to 1973—dangerous procedures and permanent damage to women’s bodies. Now, 49 years since Roe was decided on January 22, 1973, new generations are being educated about the consequences of a post-Roe era—one where women are forced to carry unplanned or dangerous pregnancies to term against their will, where decisions about our own health care are made for us before we even enter a doctor’s office.

  • It’s horrifying.

  • And whether you are a physician or a college student, it is also horrifying to consider where the anti-abortion movement will go next: limiting birth control and other reproductive care.