Solebury, Pennsylvania, January 24, 2018
The Committee to Elect Helen Tai announced today that the Pennsylvania Democratic Party has nominated Tai as its candidate for state representative of Pennsylvania’s 178th district.  A special election will be held on May 15 to fill the unexpired term of Republican Scott Petri, who recently resigned as the state legislator for the 178th district.  The term ends Dec. 31.

In addition to her four years of public service as a Solebury Township Supervisor and current board chair, Tai brings 30 years of business experience to her candidacy.  Ten years ago she founded Enabling Innovation, LLC, a consulting firm that uses proven business improvement methodologies to help organizations drive transformational innovation.  Previously she was with the Consumer Products Division of Johnson & Johnson, Inc. where she coached senior management in developing and implementing business vision, mission, and strategies, and led global process improvement projects.

“At the state level, I will employ the same collaborative skills and tried and true business approaches that I’ve used successfully to address local issues, particularly keeping our water clean and safe and eliminating government waste,” said Tai.

Tai also pointed out, “Last November several local races were extremely competitive, so it’s critical that voters from New Hope as well as Northampton, Solebury, Upper Makefield and Wrightstown Townships vote on May 15 to make their voices heard.”

Tai will also be running in the primary election on the same day as the special election. While the special election determines who fills the term through the end of the year, the primary election determines which Democratic candidate is on the ballot in November.

With a fourth degree black belt in the martial art of aikido, Tai and her husband cofounded Fearless Heart Aikido in New Hope, where they teach their students the philosophy and wisdom of aikido. Additionally, she is a long-time Penn State Master Gardener volunteer, in which she educates the public about best practices in sustainable horticulture and environmental stewardship.

Tai earned her bachelor of science in statistics from the University of Michigan and a masters of arts in statistics from Penn State.  She and her husband sculptor John McDevitt reside in Solebury.

More information about Helen’s candidacy is available at and about her Solebury public service at

Media Contact:
John McDevitt, Chair of Committee to Elect Helen Tai