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Republican candidates attend annual clambake

The Re­pub­lic­an can­did­ates for dis­trict at­tor­ney and city con­trol­ler were at the party’s an­nu­al clam­bake Sunday at Cannstat­ter’s, ar­guing that the GOP needs to fight harder against the en­trenched Demo­crat­ic ma­chine.

“We de­mand demo­cracy back in­to Phil­adelphia, not to­mor­row, but today,” said Danny Al­varez, who is chal­len­ging Dis­trict At­tor­ney Seth Wil­li­ams.

Al­varez, a law­yer from Somer­ton, prom­ised to fight to keep all Phil­adelphi­ans safe, par­tic­u­larly ones liv­ing in crime-rid­den neigh­bor­hoods.

Terry Tracy, who is chal­len­ging City Con­trol­ler Alan Butkovitz, said it’s been an hon­or to go through the pro­cess of run­ning a city­wide race and urged fel­low Re­pub­lic­ans to get to the polls on Nov. 5.

“Demo­cracy is not a spec­tat­or sport,” Tracy told the party faith­ful.

State Rep. John Taylor, the loc­al party chair­man, cred­ited Al­varez and Tracy with run­ning good cam­paigns and spread­ing the Re­pub­lic­an mes­sage.

“Both of these guys have been across the city mak­ing the case,” he said.

Com­mon Pleas Court Judge Ken Pow­ell was in at­tend­ance. He is seek­ing a full term fol­low­ing an ap­point­ment by the gov­ernor, but faces an up­hill battle be­cause his name will ap­pear on only the Re­pub­lic­an tick­et.

The party honored long­time Re­pub­lic­an City Com­mit­tee of­fice man­ager and clam­bake or­gan­izer Car­mella Fitzpatrick, present­ing her with flowers on stage with elec­ted of­fi­cials and can­did­ates. 

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The cam­paign of Allyson Schwartz last week re­leased a poll show­ing her lead­ing the Demo­crat­ic race for gov­ernor.

The poll in­cluded only four can­did­ates, though an­oth­er half-dozen have either an­nounced or are con­sid­er­ing bids.

The Ben­en­son Strategy Group in­ter­viewed 800 people who are con­sidered likely to vote in the 2014 Demo­crat­ic primary. Schwartz took 34 per­cent, fol­lowed by Katie Mc­Ginty with 15 per­cent, Tom Wolf with 11 per­cent and Rob Mc­Cord with 10 per­cent. Thirty per­cent were un­de­cided.

People liv­ing in the Phil­adelphia me­dia mar­ket are ex­pec­ted to make up about 40 per­cent of the primary vote, and the poll showed Schwartz tak­ing 60 per­cent in the mar­ket. She’s a five-term con­gress­wo­man and a former state sen­at­or.

Earli­er this month, Ben­en­son sur­veyed 600 people likely to vote in the Novem­ber 2014 gen­er­al elec­tion. The poll showed Schwartz lead­ing Gov. Tom Corbett, 49 per­cent to 41 per­cent. Ten per­cent were un­de­cided.

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Schwartz is not run­ning for re-elec­tion in the 13th Con­gres­sion­al Dis­trict, and four Demo­crats are vy­ing to suc­ceed her.

Former con­gress­wo­man Mar­jor­ie Mar­gol­ies last week re­leased a poll giv­ing her a wide lead. Mar­gol­ies re­ceived 43 per­cent, fol­lowed by state Rep. Brendan Boyle with 15 per­cent, state Sen. Daylin Leach with 7 per­cent and Dr. Valer­ie Arkoosh with 2 per­cent.

The Glob­al Strategy Group in­ter­viewed 422 re­gistered Demo­crats who are likely to par­ti­cip­ate in the May 2014 primary elec­tion.

The poll showed Mar­gol­ies tak­ing 51 per­cent in Mont­gomery County and 33 per­cent in Phil­adelphia. Boyle, the only Phil­adelphi­an in the race, took 28 per­cent of the city vote.

A polling memor­andum by Glob­al Strategy Group linked her lead to high­er name re­cog­ni­tion than her op­pon­ents. The oth­er can­did­ates will al­most cer­tainly make strides in name re­cog­ni­tion and polling num­bers once they start ad­vert­ising on tele­vi­sion.

Leach led the way in second-quarter fun­drais­ing. Arkoosh, who star­ted her cam­paign in the first quarter, has raised the most money over­all. Boyle had a pretty strong fun­drais­ing re­port. Mar­gol­ies was last in money raised through June 30, but she was also the last can­did­ate to join the race.

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A pos­sible Re­pub­lic­an can­did­ate in the 13th Con­gres­sion­al Dis­trict at­ten­ded Sunday’s clam­bake.

Beverly Plosa-Bow­ser is a re­tired U.S. Air Force col­on­el, as is her hus­band, Camer­on. They have five adult chil­dren.

“I’m try­ing to meet people and learn the lay of the land,” she said of her po­ten­tial can­did­acy. ••

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