Manuel (Manny) Guzman is a second-generation Latino who comes from a working-class family. Before reuniting with his father during later years, Manny’s mother Peggy, was a single mother of 5 kids struggling to make ends meet. Peggy did the best she could to provide for Manny and his siblings, but there was never enough money to cover mounting bills and medical expenses. Sometimes the electricity was cut off, at other times the water. But the family persisted and finally persevered. These struggles have stayed with Manny his entire life, and is the fuel that powers his passion to help working-class families climb out of poverty. He knew from an early age that his calling in life was service to others.
While away at college at Kutztown University, Manny became involved in then Sen. Barack Obama’s Presidential campaign. It is during this campaign where Manny learn the ropes as a organizer, and started working towards his dream of becoming a political organizer. Throughout his time at KU, Manny was also actively involved with the Student Government Association, and University Senate. In both roles, he became an advocate against rising tuition costs, and for increasing academic standards.
After getting back home from college, Manny recognized the need for leadership within his community. It was at this point when he decided that in order to be the change he wished to see, he needed to step up to the plate and run for office himself. In 2013, the Reading community elected him to the Reading School Board.
More recently, Manny has been actively involved in electing democrats all across the Commonwealth as the Coalitions Director with the Pennsylvania Democratic Party. In that role, Manny was key in engaging communities of color in cities that are often overlooked, and disenfranchised by politicians and parties alike. In 2018, Manny led of team of organizers to help Governor Tom Wolf and Senator Bob Casey in their reelection campaigns. Under that leadership, both the Governor and Senator we’re re-elected by double-digit margins in large part to excellent results out of the cities of color along the 222 corridor. Manny has already built relationships with many elected officials, and community leaders across the state, and is ready to leverage those relationships on day one.
The road Manny has travelled on has brought us to this monumental moment in history.
Our time is now.