Margolies picks up support for congressional run

State Sen. LeAnna Wash­ing­ton last week en­dorsed Mar­jor­ie Mar­gol­ies in next year’s Demo­crat­ic primary for the 13th Con­gres­sion­al Dis­trict seat.

Wash­ing­ton is a city res­id­ent whose dis­trict in­cludes por­tions of North­w­est Phil­adelphia and Mont­gomery County. She is a former state rep­res­ent­at­ive who won her Sen­ate seat in a 2005 spe­cial elec­tion. She suc­ceeded Allyson Schwartz, who resigned after be­ing elec­ted to Con­gress.

Schwartz is run­ning for gov­ernor in­stead of seek­ing re-elec­tion to the U.S. House.

The 13th dis­trict is roughly evenly di­vided between Phil­adelphia and Mont­gomery County. Oth­er Demo­crat­ic can­did­ates are state Rep. Brendan Boyle, state Sen. Daylin Leach and Dr. Valer­ie Arkoosh, a health-care re­form ad­voc­ate. Boyle is in the only Phil­adelphi­an in the race.

Wash­ing­ton’s Sen­ate dis­trict com­prises about 20 per­cent of the con­gres­sion­al dis­trict, spe­cific­ally Abing­ton, Jen­k­in­town and Chel­ten­ham.

Wash­ing­ton noted that she first ran for of­fice in 1993 — win­ning a spe­cial elec­tion to re­place state Rep. Gor­don Lin­ton, who resigned to be­come a fed­er­al trans­it ad­min­is­trat­or — the same year that Mar­gol­ies cast the de­cid­ing vote for Pres­id­ent Bill Clin­ton’s eco­nom­ic plan.

Mar­gol­ies lost her seat the fol­low­ing year for vot­ing for the plan, which raised taxes, but Wash­ing­ton de­scribed it as a “vote of con­science and cour­age” that set the U.S. on a path of eco­nom­ic growth.

“While most people re­mem­ber Mar­jor­ie for that one vote, I re­mem­ber her as a tire­less ad­voc­ate for le­gis­la­tion that made a dif­fer­ence to those whose voices were not al­ways heard in Con­gress: wo­men forced to choose between a job and rais­ing a fam­ily now pro­tec­ted by the Fam­ily and Med­ic­al Leave Act, and kids caught in the cross­fire pro­tec­ted in 1993 by an as­sault weapons ban,” Wash­ing­ton said.

Mar­gol­ies said that, if she re­turns to Con­gress, she will fight for two of Wash­ing­ton’s fa­vor­ite causes — eld­erly care­giver back­ground checks and edu­ca­tion­al sup­port for foster youth.

Mean­while, Schwartz picked up an en­dorse­ment last week from the Pennsylvania As­so­ci­ation of Staff Nurses and Al­lied Pro­fes­sion­als.

The uni­on rep­res­ents about 5,000 nurses across Pennsylvania.

Spe­cific­ally, the uni­on cited Schwartz’s ad­vocacy for safe prac­tices for nurses and pa­tients and her sup­port for loan for­give­ness for nurs­ing edu­ca­tion.

“Just as nurses struggle every day to ad­voc­ate for pa­tients un­der fre­quently dif­fi­cult con­di­tions, we all de­serve a gov­ernor who will work every day to ad­voc­ate for the in­terests of work­ing fam­il­ies and the middle class. That per­son is Allyson Schwartz,” said Bill Cruice, the uni­on’s ex­ec­ut­ive dir­ect­or. ••

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