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Former city controller endorses Margolies

Former City Con­trol­ler Jonath­an Saidel last week en­dorsed Mar­jor­ie Mar­gol­ies in the Demo­crat­ic primary in the 13th Con­gres­sion­al Dis­trict.

Saidel will be her cam­paign chair­man in Phil­adelphia. The dis­trict also in­cludes por­tions of Mont­gomery County.

Saidel said, “When Mar­jor­ie entered this race, she asked me for my en­dorse­ment. I told her that I wanted to wait and see if she would mount a cam­paign in Phil­adelphia that spoke to the hopes and dreams of these neigh­bor­hoods. Over the past sev­en months, she has done just this.

“I am proud to join Sens. Kit­chen and Wash­ing­ton and Coun­cil­wo­men Tasco, Bass, Reyn­olds Brown, Black­well and Quinones Sanc­hez in en­dors­ing Mar­jor­ie and pledge to work hard in the North­east to en­sure her re­turn to Con­gress.

“I look for­ward to work­ing side by side with Mar­jor­ie over the com­ing months to se­cure her suc­cess at the bal­lot box next year.”

Mar­gol­ies said, “I am honored to have Jonath­an Saidel chair my cam­paign in Phil­adelphia. No one knows the polit­ics of North­east Philly, or has had great­er suc­cess at the bal­lot box in these neigh­bor­hoods than Jonath­an. I in­tend to lean heav­ily on his ex­pert­ise, his lar­ger-than-life per­son­al­ity and, most of all, his friend­ship as we work to­geth­er to­ward vic­tory in May and Novem­ber.”

Mean­while, Roll Call last week named Mar­gol­ies the most likely former mem­ber of Con­gress to win back a seat in 2014. She is one of nine former House mem­bers look­ing to re­turn to Wash­ing­ton. Also, former Sen. Scott Brown, of Mas­sachu­setts, is eye­ing a run for a Sen­ate seat in New Hamp­shire.

Mar­gol­ies faces state Sen. Daylin Leach, state Rep. Brendan Boyle and Dr. Val Arkoosh in the primary on May 20.

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The In­ter­na­tion­al Broth­er­hood of Elec­tric­al Work­ers Loc­al 98 an­nounced its en­dorse­ment of Allyson Schwartz for gov­ernor.

“Allyson Schwartz has al­ways stood up for work­ing fam­il­ies, and as gov­ernor, she will be our ad­voc­ate in Har­ris­burg,” said John Dougherty, busi­ness man­ager for IBEW 98. “Allyson is the per­son to beat Tom Corbett and give work­ing fam­il­ies a gov­ernor who will stand up for them.”

Schwartz has also 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, Iron Work­ers 401 and Pennsylvania As­so­ci­ation of Staff Nurses and Al­lied Pro­fes­sion­als.

In ad­di­tion, she is backed by Rep. Bob Brady and the Phil­adelphia Demo­crat­ic City Com­mit­tee.

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The Pennsylvania Cham­ber of Busi­ness and In­dustry’s bi­par­tis­an polit­ic­al ac­tion com­mit­tee, Cham­ber­PAC, en­dorsed Gov. Tom Corbett and Lt. Gov. Jim Caw­ley for a second four-year term.

“This dy­nam­ic gubernat­ori­al tick­et has kept the prom­ises that they made four years ago as can­did­ates to put the tax-and-spend policies of the past be­hind and rees­tab­lish Pennsylvania as a world eco­nom­ic lead­er,” said Gene Barr, pres­id­ent of the group.

“Since tak­ing of­fice in 2011, we have ex­per­i­enced on-time, fisc­ally re­spons­ible budgets that pri­or­it­ize state gov­ern­ment spend­ing and wisely in­vest tax­pay­er dol­lars. The gov­ernor and lieu­ten­ant gov­ernor have also partnered with us and with pro-busi­ness law­makers to en­act ini­ti­at­ives that have stim­u­lated private sec­tor in­vest­ment and en­cour­aged job growth. And, they have proven to value the com­mon­wealth’s fu­ture busi­ness lead­ers and work­ers, as we are now spend­ing more money on pre-K through grade 12 edu­ca­tion than at any oth­er time in state his­tory.”

The group sup­ports Corbett’s ef­fort to privat­ize the state-run li­quor store sys­tem to of­fer con­sumers more choice and con­veni­ence.

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Coun­cil for a Liv­able World has an­nounced its early en­dorse­ment of former con­gress­man and U.S. Navy vet­er­an Joe Ses­tak for Pennsylvania’s Sen­ate seat held by Sen. Pat Toomey.

Ses­tak, a Demo­crat, hopes to chal­lenge Toomey, a Re­pub­lic­an, in 2016. Toomey edged Ses­tak in 2010.

“Dur­ing his mil­it­ary ca­reer and ten­ure in the House of Rep­res­ent­at­ives, Adm. Ses­tak has been a cham­pi­on for a prag­mat­ic for­eign and na­tion­al se­cur­ity policy that ad­dresses Amer­ica’s 21st-cen­tury se­cur­ity threats,” said Ju­les Zach­er, a mem­ber of Coun­cil for a Liv­able World’s board of dir­ect­ors. “We’ve proudly sup­por­ted Adm. Ses­tak in his pre­vi­ous House and Sen­ate races and are ex­cited to of­fer our sup­port again.”

Coun­cil for a Liv­able World sup­por­ted Ses­tak in his suc­cess­ful 2006 and 2008 races for the U.S. House of Rep­res­ent­at­ives and for his 2010 run for the U.S. Sen­ate.

“Adm. Ses­tak is fol­low­ing a bril­liant strategy of or­gan­iz­ing and fun­drais­ing for the 2016 cam­paign re­mark­ably early in what is sure to be a chal­len­ging con­test,” said John Isaacs, the Coun­cil’s ex­ec­ut­ive dir­ect­or. ••

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