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Boyle easily gets nod for second term

“Turnout was an­em­ic.” — Rep. Kev­in Boyle

Brendan Boyle, left, con­grat­u­lates his broth­er Kev­in Boyle, who cel­eb­rates at Hop An­gel Brauhaus on Ox­ford Ave. after win­ning the State House Dis­trict 172 Demo­crat­ic Primary on Tues­day, April 24, 2012. Kev­in Cook / for the Times

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Fresh­man state Rep. Kev­in Boyle was re-nom­in­ated dur­ing last week’s primary, an elec­tion he had pre­dicted he would win by a “very healthy ma­jor­ity” des­pite op­pos­i­tion from some ward lead­ers. He de­feated chal­lenger Dan Collins by al­most 2 to 1.

Boyle, a Demo­crat who rep­res­ents the 172nd Le­gis­lat­ive Dis­trict, will meet Re­pub­lic­an Al Tauben­ber­ger in the Novem­ber gen­er­al elec­tion. The well-known Tauben­ber­ger, who is pres­id­ent of the Great­er North­east Phil­adelphia Cham­ber of Com­merce, had no chal­lengers in the GOP primary.

The dis­trict, which cuts across the cen­ter of North­east Philly, had long been rep­res­en­ted by Re­pub­lic­an John Perzel, who pleaded guilty to cor­rup­tion charges last year and was sen­tenced a month ago to two-and-a-half to five years in pris­on. Boyle had de­feated Perzel at the polls in 2010, end­ing the in­cum­bent’s more than 30 years in the state House as his leg­al woes in­tens­i­fied.

Last week, on the April 24 elec­tion night, Boyle said he was dis­ap­poin­ted by the light turnout of few­er than 4,000 in a dis­trict of about 37,000 re­gistered voters.

ldquo;Turnout was an­em­ic,” he said, adding that he ex­pec­ted the fall pres­id­en­tial con­test to bring out the elect­or­ate. “It’s ex­pec­ted to be a bil­lion-dol­lar cam­paign between Barack Obama and Mitt Rom­ney. So people will come out in a pres­id­en­tial-year elec­tion.”

Boyle said he had been con­fid­ent of vic­tory, based on dir­ect ap­peals to voters by go­ing door to door, along with the breadth of ser­vices that Boyle said he and his staff have provided to con­stitu­ents.

Those con­stitu­ents, he said, are con­cerned about qual­ity-of-life is­sues — gen­er­al neigh­bor­hood de­cline, crime and poor prop­erty main­ten­ance by out-of-town land­lords.

“Everything gets back to the same is­sue. People want to make sure that their part of North­east Phil­adelphia, the parts that I rep­res­ent — May­fair, Ta­cony, Holmes­burg, Fox Chase, Bustleton — that they see strong, vi­brant, blue-col­lar middle-class neigh­bor­hoods. They don’t want to see the con­tin­ued spread of blight in North­east Phil­adelphia,” Boyle said.

The law­maker, who lives in Fox Chase, thanked his staff as he spoke to the elec­tion-night crowd of sup­port­ers gathered in the Hop An­gel Brauhaus on Ox­ford Av­en­ue. “They have giv­en me a pos­it­ive repu­ta­tion in the com­munity,” he said.

“I am es­pe­cially ap­pre­ci­at­ive of the com­mit­tee people of the sixty-third ward who went against their ward lead­er today,” Boyle said.

The lead­er of the 63rd, Ber­nice Hill, sup­por­ted Collins, as did John Sabat­ina of the 56th Ward and Pat Par­kin­son of the 57th.

Even though Hill sup­por­ted his op­pon­ent, Boyle re­ceived more than 72 per­cent of the vote in the 63rd.

Boyle had the back­ing of 55th Ward lead­er Bob Del­lavella; Mike Stack in the 58th; Lorri Bed­narek in the 64th; and Mike McAleer in 66-B.

Collins, a May­fair res­id­ent and teach­er at the Ben­jamin Frank­lin Ele­ment­ary School in Lawndale, sur­vived chal­lenges to his nom­in­at­ing pe­ti­tions by Boyle sup­port­er Terry Devlin this year and in 2010. Collins, a CYO coach and mem­ber of the May­fair Civic As­so­ci­ation and the May­fair Town Watch, op­posed state cuts in pub­lic-edu­ca­tion spend­ing and favored state grants to tar­get Phil­adelphia is­sues like il­leg­al guns and to help Town Watch groups.

The chal­lenger claimed that Boyle had taken cred­it for the com­munity op­pos­i­tion to a planned meth­adone clin­ic in Holmes­burg. The neigh­bor­hood took the ini­ti­at­ive for that op­pos­i­tion, Collins said dur­ing the cam­paign, and he also rapped Boyle for his in­volve­ment in is­sues that Collins said should be the province of city of­fi­cials, not state le­gis­lat­ors.

Be­fore the elec­tion, Boyle had said he would con­tin­ue work­ing on city is­sues if he felt he could have an im­pact that would be­ne­fit res­id­ents. ••

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172nd chart

 

Vote in the 172nd Le­gis­lat­ive Dis­trict Demo­crat­ic primary

 

Ward    Collins  Boyle

55    467    795 

56    26    27   

57    130    194 

58    42    154 

63    236    672

64    386    619 

66    4    15

Over­all  1,291    2,476

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