Solomon makes House candidacy official

Look­ing to im­prove: Jared So­lomon says he’s run­ning for the state le­gis­lature to im­prove the look of the Castor, Bustleton and Rising Sun av­en­ue com­mer­cial cor­ridors. PHOTO COUR­TESY OF JARED SO­LOMON

Jared So­lomon said he is run­ning for the state le­gis­lature, in part, to im­prove the look of the Castor, Bustleton and Rising Sun av­en­ue com­mer­cial cor­ridors.

“We can do bet­ter,” he said.

On Sunday af­ter­noon, So­lomon of­fi­cially entered the race in the 202nd Le­gis­lat­ive Dis­trict. He’ll chal­lenge Rep. Mark Co­hen in the Demo­crat­ic primary. Co­hen was first elec­ted in 1974.

So­lomon, a law­yer, has headed the Take Back Your Neigh­bor­hood civic as­so­ci­ation for the last five years.

In that time, the group has star­ted a youth bas­ket­ball pro­gram, built a com­munity garden at Max My­ers Play­ground, im­ple­men­ted a well­ness pro­gram, or­gan­ized block cleanups and ac­quired trash and re­cyc­ling re­cept­acles for the Castor Gar­dens and Ox­ford Circle areas.

“I’m proud of the work that we’ve done,” he said.

So­lomon an­nounced his can­did­acy at his cam­paign headquar­ters at 6601 Rut­land St. The room was once a butcher shop op­er­ated by his great-grand­par­ents, who came here from Rus­sia.

The can­did­ate stood in front of a ban­ner that read, “Jared So­lomon for state rep­res­ent­at­ive. Stand­ing Up for the North­east.” Cam­paign chair­man George Matysik an­nounced him as “the next state rep­res­ent­at­ive from North­east Phil­adelphia.”

The crowd in­cluded mem­bers of Take Back Your Neigh­bor­hood.

“I’m tired of my neigh­bor­hood be­ing neg­lected, and that’s why I’m sup­port­ing Jared,” said Pam Baranack­ie.


Mar­cel Groen, chair­man of the Mont­gomery County Demo­crat­ic Party, last week en­dorsed Mar­jor­ie Mar­gol­ies in the 13th Con­gres­sion­al Dis­trict primary.

Mar­gol­ies served in Con­gress in 1993-94, los­ing a re-elec­tion bid after mak­ing a con­tro­ver­sial vote for Pres­id­ent Bill Clin­ton’s eco­nom­ic plan.

“I first met Mar­jor­ie 20 years ago when she was run­ning for Con­gress. I saw in Mar­jor­ie then what I see today: a trans­form­at­ive lead­er who cares about giv­ing a voice to those who have not tra­di­tion­ally had a seat at the table,” he said.

“Mar­jor­ie’s de­cid­ing vote for the Clin­ton budget — a vote that cost her con­gres­sion­al seat but laid the ground­work for our coun­try’s largest eco­nom­ic ex­pan­sion since World War II — defined for all of us the mean­ing of polit­ic­al cour­age.”

Mar­gol­ies said, “Mar­cel was with me at the be­gin­ning ment­or­ing me in my first run for Con­gress and work­ing by my side to strengthen our party in the brief time I was there. Mar­cel’s tire­less work on be­half of Demo­crats in Mont­gomery at every level has made our party the envy of counties around Pennsylvania and, in­deed, across the na­tion. I am deeply honored by this en­dorse­ment.”

Groen hos­ted a re­cep­tion to sup­port Mar­gol­ies at his home in Jen­k­in­town on Monday.


Dr. Val Arkoosh, an­oth­er Demo­crat­ic can­did­ate in the 13th Dis­trict, has sup­port from vari­ous na­tion­al med­ic­al or­gan­iz­a­tion polit­ic­al ac­tion com­mit­tees. They are sup­port­ing Arkoosh based on re­com­mend­a­tions by their Pennsylvania-based mem­bers.

Med­ic­al groups that are sup­port­ing Arkoosh in­clude: Amer­ic­an So­ci­ety of An­es­thesi­olo­gists Polit­ic­al Ac­tion Com­mit­tee (ASA­PAC), Amer­ic­an Con­gress of Ob­stet­ri­cians and Gyneco­lo­gists Polit­ic­al Ac­tion Com­mit­tee (ACOG PAC), Amer­ic­an Col­lege of Car­di­ology Polit­ic­al Ac­tion Com­mit­tee (ACC PAC), Amer­ic­an Psy­cho­logy As­so­ci­ation Prac­tice Or­gan­iz­a­tion Polit­ic­al Ac­tion Com­mit­tee (APAPO-PAC) and the So­ci­ety of Thoracic Sur­geons Polit­ic­al Ac­tion Com­mit­tee (STS-PAC).

“With health­care con­tinu­ing to lead the dis­cus­sion in Wash­ing­ton, we need law­makers with the ex­per­i­ence and ex­pert­ise to en­sure that our health­care sys­tem con­tin­ues to provide the best qual­ity care,” said Dr. Jeff Mueller, chair­man of the Amer­ic­an So­ci­ety of An­es­thesi­olo­gists PAC.

“For dec­ades, Dr. Arkoosh has been a strong ad­voc­ate for pro­tect­ing wo­men’s health and en­sur­ing bet­ter ac­cess to qual­ity OB-GYN care,” said ACOG pres­id­ent Dr. Jeanne A. Conry. “We can count on Dr. Akoosh to ad­vance our le­gis­lat­ive pri­or­it­ies that will help shape a health sys­tem that be­ne­fits pa­tients and phys­i­cians alike.”

Arkoosh said, “I am honored to re­ceive the sup­port from my col­leagues in the med­ic­al com­munity. We see the neg­at­ive im­pacts of a dys­func­tion­al Con­gress full of ca­reer politi­cians in our com­munity hos­pit­als and clin­ics. As phys­i­cians, we are trained to over­come our dif­fer­ences to treat the pa­tient or the prob­lem in front of us — we don’t get hung up on ideo­logy. This is the ap­proach I will bring to Con­gress.”


Arkoosh and Mar­gol­ies are among four Demo­crats seek­ing the seat be­ing va­cated by Demo­crat­ic Rep. Allyson Schwartz, who is run­ning for gov­ernor. State Sen. Daylin Leach and state Rep. Brendan Boyle are the oth­ers.

Last week, Schwartz was en­dorsed by Far North­east-based Iron­work­ers Loc­al 401.

“The Iron­work­ers Loc­al 401 is proud to en­dorse Con­gress­wo­man Allyson Schwartz for gov­ernor be­cause she has con­sist­ently set out in­nov­at­ive solu­tions in her ‘One Pennsylvania’ plan that show she un­der­stands the needs of work­ing fam­il­ies across the state — new jobs that pay good wages, high-per­form­ing schools for our chil­dren, 21st-cen­tury trans­port­a­tion in­fra­struc­ture, and a com­mit­ment to mak­ing sure that Har­ris­burg starts work­ing for Pennsylvania’s middle class again,” said Joseph Dougherty, the uni­on’s fin­an­cial sec­ret­ary, treas­urer and busi­ness man­ager.

Schwartz wel­comed the en­dorse­ment, say­ing, “I have al­ways been proud to stand with the Iron­work­ers to pro­tect the rights of work­ers to or­gan­ize, earn fair wages and achieve a se­cure re­tire­ment. As gov­ernor, I look for­ward to con­tinu­ing to stand with them as we work to bring real lead­er­ship that fights for work­ing fam­il­ies to Har­ris­burg.”

Schwartz has re­ceived the en­dorse­ments of the Pitt­s­burgh Fed­er­a­tion of Teach­ers, Pennsylvania State Coun­cil of Sheet Met­al Work­ers, United Mine Work­ers of Amer­ica, United Steel Work­ers Loc­al 10-1, Boil­er­makers Loc­al 19 and Pennsylvania As­so­ci­ation of Staff Nurses and Al­lied Pro­fes­sion­als.


Mean­while, Schwartz re­leased the fol­low­ing state­ment on the con­firm­a­tion hear­ings of Chris­toph­er Ab­ruzzo, nom­in­ated by Gov. Tom Corbett to be sec­ret­ary of the De­part­ment of En­vir­on­ment­al Pro­tec­tion.

“Gov. Corbett’s de­cision to nom­in­ate an in­di­vidu­al who denies the dan­ger­ous ef­fects of cli­mate change to head the DEP is un­ac­cept­able. Chris­toph­er Ab­ruzzo not only lacks the qual­i­fic­a­tions to lead the De­part­ment of En­vir­on­ment­al Pro­tec­tion but his dan­ger­ous views could put Pennsylvania’s en­vir­on­ment, nat­ur­al re­sources and safety in jeop­ardy. Giv­en Ab­ruzzo’s state­ments at his con­firm­a­tion hear­ing, I call on Gov. Corbett to with­draw his nom­in­a­tion.” ••

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