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Campaign ’12: It’s deadline time for nominating petitions

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The dead­line to file nom­in­at­ing pe­ti­tions for the U.S. House and Sen­ate and state at­tor­ney gen­er­al, aud­it­or gen­er­al and treas­urer races was Tues­day, after the Times went to press.

The dead­line is Thursday for state House and Sen­ate can­did­ates. They were giv­en two ad­di­tion­al days be­cause the Pennsylvania Su­preme Court ruled the Le­gis­lat­ive Re­ap­por­tion­ment Com­mis­sion’s plan un­con­sti­tu­tion­al.

For now, the primary will be held on April 24. Demo­crats hope the cur­rent le­gis­lat­ive lines re­main in place so they can eat in­to the big Re­pub­lic­an ad­vant­ages in the state House and Sen­ate.

Re­pub­lic­ans could seek to draw new lines in the next week or so. The pub­lic and Su­preme Court would get an­oth­er long look, mean­ing the primary could be moved to a later date.

If the lines stay the same, there could be a re­match in the 172nd Le­gis­lat­ive Dis­trict Demo­crat­ic primary.

Teach­er and 64th Ward com­mit­tee­man Dan Collins, of May­fair, plans to chal­lenge fresh­man Rep. Kev­in Boyle. Collins fin­ished third in 2010 be­hind Boyle and Tim Kear­ney.

Boyle went on to de­feat Rep. John Perzel, a former speak­er first elec­ted in 1978. Perzel was un­der in­dict­ment at the time and later pleaded guilty to cor­rup­tion charges.

Collins was un­avail­able to con­firm his can­did­acy, but Boyle said he’d prefer a united party for Novem­ber.

Al Tauben­ber­ger and Joe Mc­Gar­rity were bat­tling for the Re­pub­lic­an nom­in­a­tion, but Mc­Gar­rity sus­pen­ded cam­paign activ­ity on Monday.

Can­did­ates for House seats need to file 300 nom­in­at­ing pe­ti­tions, and Mc­Gar­rity was just shy of 200. He didn’t be­lieve he could reach his goal of 400 to 500. If he filed less than 400, a chal­lenge to the pe­ti­tions would be likely.

As the un­en­dorsed can­did­ate, Mc­Gar­rity said it was dif­fi­cult to put to­geth­er a team to col­lect pe­ti­tions, es­pe­cially when it’s dark dur­ing the prime gath­er­ing time of 5 to 8 p.m.

Mc­Gar­rity will keep his sig­na­tures in case new bound­ar­ies are drawn for this year.

“I’ll re-eval­u­ate if there are new cir­cum­stances,” he said.

Un­der the lines that were re­jec­ted, Collins’ home was in Rep. John Taylor’s dis­trict. Boyle has an un­easy re­la­tion­ship with sev­er­al Demo­crat­ic ward lead­ers in the dis­trict but is count­ing on sup­port from com­mit­tee people. He cited his op­pos­i­tion to a planned meth­adone clin­ic in Holmes­burg and fo­cus on ab­sent­ee land­lords as two signs he has been an act­ive law­maker.

“I’m very con­fid­ent,” he said. “I’ve only been in of­fice for thir­teen months, but I’m go­ing to run on my re­cord.”

Boyle be­lieves he has the best chance to hold the seat for Demo­crats. In 2010, he de­feated Perzel des­pite the fact that Re­pub­lic­an Tom Corbett won the dis­trict in the gov­ernor’s race.

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Rep. Brendan Boyle (D-170th dist.), Kev­in’s older broth­er, might face a primary chal­lenge. He twice lost to Re­pub­lic­an Rep. George Ken­ney be­fore cap­tur­ing the seat in 2008, when Ken­ney re­tired.

The Re­pub­lic­an can­did­ate is George Weiss, a real es­tate broker/own­er from Somer­ton.

“I’m fol­low­ing in the foot­steps of George Ken­ney,” he said.

Weiss, 46, is a gradu­ate of Ma­ter­nity BVM Ele­ment­ary School and La Salle High School. He’s a former pres­id­ent and treas­urer of the Great­er Bustleton Civic League; a foot­ball and bas­ket­ball coach and former pres­id­ent of the Bustleton Bengals; a former 58th Ward com­mit­tee­man; and a board mem­ber of the North­east Sub­urb­an Ath­let­ic Con­fer­ence (NESAC).

A fath­er of five, he’s worked in real es­tate since 1986. His of­fice is at 1828 Grant Ave. He sup­ports vouch­ers for non-pub­lic schools and will mon­it­or the city’s forth­com­ing Ac­tu­al Value Ini­ti­at­ive, which skep­tics claim will res­ult in high­er prop­erty taxes.

“I’m go­ing to meet the en­tire dis­trict,” he said. “I’m go­ing to be knock­ing on doors from now un­til Novem­ber.” ••

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