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Brady endorses Boyle in 13th Congressional District contest

DONNA DIPAOLO / TIMES PHOTO this photo was taken on Thursday, Au­gust 24 for Tom War­ing Story. Door to Door with Brendan Boyle and his wife Jen­nifer The guy in the photo is Ca­m­illo Iovino.

Now that Allyson Schwartz is of­fi­cially in the gov­ernor’s race, Demo­crats are po­s­i­tion­ing them­selves for her con­gres­sion­al seat.

State Rep. Brendan Boyle scored a big en­dorse­ment on Tues­day from U.S. Rep. Bob Brady, chair­man of the Demo­crat­ic City Com­mit­tee.

Brady planned to back former City Con­trol­ler Jonath­an Saidel, but he de­cided not to run.

“I’m one-hun­dred per­cent be­hind Boyle,” Brady said. “We need smart, hard-work­ing guys like him down in Wash­ing­ton. I look for­ward to cam­paign­ing with him and work­ing to­geth­er with him in Con­gress.”

Boyle could have a big ad­vant­age if he is the only Phil­adelphi­an in a race that in­cludes sev­er­al can­did­ates from Mont­gomery County.

Already, he has the back­ing of uni­ons rep­res­ent­ing elec­tri­cians, sprink­ler fit­ters, plumb­ers, steam­fit­ters, iron­work­ers, op­er­at­ing en­gin­eers, trans­it work­ers and po­lice of­ficers.

“Boyle is smart, hard-work­ing, and he fights for work­ing people. We are sup­port­ing him, and every uni­on lead­er I talk to is sup­port­ing him,” said Wayne Miller, busi­ness man­ager of Sprink­ler Fit­ters Loc­al 692.

Mean­while, state Sen. Daylin Leach has hired a seni­or ad­viser, fun­drais­ing and me­dia con­sult­ants, a poll­ster and a cam­paign coun­sel, Somer­ton nat­ive and George Wash­ing­ton High School gradu­ate Adam Bon­in.

Oth­er likely can­did­ates are former con­gress­wo­man Mar­jor­ie Mar­gol­ies and Dr. Valer­ie Arkoosh, a health-care re­form ad­voc­ate. Pos­sible con­tenders in­clude state Rep. Mark Co­hen and Mont­gomery County Pro­tho­not­ary Mark Levy.

The race will be costly. Boyle ex­pects the primary win­ner will have to spend $1.2 mil­lion to $1.5 mil­lion, and he is glad to have ex­per­i­enced na­tion­al fun­draisers Bri­an Smoot and Nicole D’Er­cole on his side.

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The Demo­crat­ic City Com­mit­tee last week en­dorsed Dis­trict At­tor­ney Seth Wil­li­ams and City Con­trol­ler Alan Butkovitz for the May 21 primary elec­tion. Wil­li­ams is run­ning un­op­posed in the primary. Butkovitz faces Brett Man­del and Mark Zecca. A very small turnout is ex­pec­ted in the primary.

There are six open­ings on Com­mon Pleas Court. In the 24-can­did­ate field, Demo­crats en­dorsed Dan Mc­Caf­fery, Dawn Tan­credi, Timi­ka Lane, Gio­vanni Camp­bell, Le­on King and Daine Grey. Mc­Caf­fery, of East Tor­res­dale, and Tan­credi are rep­res­ent­ing op­pon­ents of two planned meth­adone clin­ics in Holmes­burg.

A dozen people are run­ning for three spots on Mu­ni­cip­al Court. The en­dorsed can­did­ates are ap­poin­ted Judge Fran Shields, of Lawndale, Mar­tin Cole­man and Henry Le­wan­dowski.

Twenty-five in­di­vidu­als are seek­ing three seats on Traffic Court. The en­dorsed can­did­ates are Fox Chase res­id­ent Donna DeR­ose, Marnie Aument-Loughrey and Omar Sabir.

The state le­gis­lature is con­sid­er­ing a bill to trans­fer re­spons­ib­il­it­ies for the scan­dal-plagued Traffic Court to Mu­ni­cip­al Court, so the fu­ture makeup of Traffic Court is un­known.

The Demo­crat­ic City Com­mit­tee looks at oth­er factors be­sides qual­i­fic­a­tions when mak­ing en­dorse­ments. Ward lead­ers try to have an equal num­ber of whites and blacks. Law­yers who have done pro bono work for the party are looked upon fa­vor­ably as are those with close ties to ward lead­ers or in­flu­en­tial uni­on bosses.  Demo­crats gen­er­ally do not en­dorse Re­pub­lic­ans for ju­di­cial races, where can­did­ates are per­mit­ted to file to run on both tick­ets.

Thus, ap­poin­ted Com­mon Pleas Court Judge Ken Pow­ell, a Re­pub­lic­an, does not have Demo­crat­ic Party back­ing. 

Of­ten, a good bal­lot po­s­i­tion trumps a Demo­crat­ic Party en­dorse­ment. So, Far North­east Re­pub­lic­an Anne Mar­ie Coyle, who is lis­ted No. 1 on the Demo­crat­ic bal­lot for Com­mon Please Court, prob­ably has a good chance to win.

Some ward lead­ers push the en­tire en­dorsed tick­et on Elec­tion Day. Un­en­dorsed can­did­ates, though, can use much of their cam­paign treas­ury to per­suade oth­er ward lead­ers to carry their names on sample bal­lots.

Pre­vi­ously, city Demo­crats en­dorsed Phil­adelphia Mu­ni­cip­al Court Judge Joe Wa­ters for Su­per­i­or Court. Wa­ters also has state party back­ing, but faces a tough primary chal­lenge from Al­legheny County Com­mon Pleas Court Judge Jack McVay.

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The Phil­adelphia Bar As­so­ci­ation has re­leased its first batch of rat­ings of ju­di­cial can­did­ates for seats on Com­mon Pleas and Mu­ni­cip­al Courts.

Kath­leen D. Wilkin­son, chan­cel­lor of the loc­al bar as­so­ci­ation, de­scribed the rat­ings as thor­ough, non­par­tis­an and ob­ject­ive.

The group’s Com­mis­sion on Ju­di­cial Se­lec­tion and Re­ten­tion con­duc­ted the eval­u­ation pro­cess.

The com­mis­sion in­cludes com­munity lead­ers, the city so­li­cit­or, the chief pub­lic de­fend­er, rep­res­ent­at­ives of minor­ity leg­al groups and the pres­id­ent judges of Com­mon Pleas and Mu­ni­cip­al Court.

Can­did­ates were eval­u­ated on leg­al abil­ity, ex­per­i­ence, in­teg­rity, tem­pera­ment, com­munity in­volve­ment and judg­ment.

The fol­low­ing can­did­ates were found “Re­com­men­ded”: Fran Shields, Daniel D. Mc­Caf­fery, Ken­neth J. Pow­ell Jr., Chris Mal­lios, Gio­vanni Camp­bell, James C. Crum­l­ish, Daine A. Grey Jr., Stephanie M. Saw­yer, Katie Scrivn­er and Mar­tin Cole­man.

The fol­low­ing can­did­ates were found “Not Re­com­men­ded”: De­borah D. Cian­frani, Con­or Corcor­an, Ra­nia Ma­jor, Jon Mar­shall, Si­erra Thomas Street, Shoshana Brick­lin, Dawn M. Tan­credi and Frank Ben­nett.

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Monday is the dead­line to re­gister to vote in the May 21 primary.

In­di­vidu­als already re­gistered can also change their party af­fil­i­ations by that date.

Re­gis­tra­tion forms are avail­able at the Com­mit­tee of Sev­enty’s web­site, sev­enty.org ••

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