A sense of patriotism and duty inspired a Chalfont-born naval officer to join the armed services after graduating law school. That same feeling brought Rachel Reddick back to her home state to make a run for the 8th Congressional District seat in the 2018 elections.
Reddick announced this weekend her candidacy for the Democratic nomination in the 2018 primary, looking to be the one who can flip the 8th district after what would be eight years of Republican control.
“I’ve always been interested in serving my community,” Reddick said. “Toward the end of the summer, my husband and I moved back home. I was looking for the best way to become involved, and this avenue stuck out. A Democrat needed to step up in this district, and I was willing to do it.”
Reddick talked about her upbringing and jumping into the political world over a pot of coffee at the Eagle Diner in Warminster, the same diner where she waitressed during her college years at Temple University. Born and raised in the borough by her parents, Jonathan and Donna Weidemann, Reddick graduated from Christopher Dock High School in Towamencin in the early 2000s and later earned a bachelor’s degree in political science at Temple in 2006.
She started her career in earnest as a legal aide for A Woman’s Place, a Doylestown-based organization that advocates for women suffering from domestic abuse. After witnessing the power of the law to help people, Reddick went to law school at Rutgers University’s Camden campus. She interned with the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office family violence and sexual assault unit, but then took a different path after earning her law degree.
Her grandfather and father both served in the Navy, and her brother was an active Marine during the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Reddick could not resist the urge to follow their footsteps.
“I’m incredibly proud of my family’s service,” said Reddick. “They instilled in me a deep sense of patriotism and also the need to serve. I wanted to go on this grand adventure and help out sailors and marines across the world.”
After completing officer training in 2011, Reddick deployed to Hawaii for the next two years, serving with the Navy’s Judge Advocate General and working her way up to lieutenant. She was then sent back east to clerk at the Navy and Marine Corps Court of Criminal Appeals in Washington, D.C., until her recent move to the Fountainville section of Bedminster with her husband, Nick, a federal prosecutor, and their 13-month-old son, Sawyer. She is now an officer in the Naval reserves as she ramps up her first political campaign.
“At the end of the day, you can only complain so much if you haven’t put in the work to serve your community,” Reddick said. “I see a lot of disarray in Washington, a lot of folks refusing to work together and a lot of people not accomplishing what they said they would do.”