Danny Alvarez, the Republican nominee for district attorney, has announced a self-imposed term limit of one four-year term if he were to win the office.
“I think self-imposing a term limit shows the public that I’m very serious about combating corruption in this city,” he said. “I will quite literally apply a policy of ‘scorched earth’ toward corruption in this city if given the chance to serve. There will be no sacred cows. There will be no eyes to re-election. I’ll do what’s right.”
Alvarez is challenging Democratic District Attorney Seth Williams.
“Look, if I can’t do what I need to do in four years, I certainly don’t need another four,” he said. “I’m here for a reason, not to collect a paycheck and try to get re-elected.”
The four Democratic candidates in the hotly contested race in the 13th Congressional District last week released their third-quarter fundraising figures.
Former U.S. Rep. Marjorie Margolies led the way with more than $237,000, followed by Dr. Valerie Arkoosh ($228,000), state Sen. Daylin Leach ($171,000) and state Rep. Brendan Boyle ($151,000).
Margolies, though, has the least cash on hand, a little more than $190,000. Arkoosh is ahead of the pack with $588,000, followed by Leach ($376,000) and Boyle ($308,000).
Among the contributors to Margolies were former President Bill Clinton, former House Majority Leader Dick Gephardt, Sens. Debbie Stabenow of Michigan and Maria Cantwell of Washington and entertainer Barbra Streisand.
Arkoosh has raised more than $732,000 since announcing her candidacy in March.
Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright will be in the area for an upcoming fundraiser for Margolies.
Albright, who served in the Clinton administration, will appear on behalf of Margolies on the evening of Oct. 31. The event will take place at the Jenkintown home of state Rep. Madeleine Dean.
U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz, a Democratic candidate for governor, criticized Gov. Tom Corbett for a delayed release of $45 million in state aid to support the School District of Philadelphia.
“Gov. Corbett finally did what he should have done months ago to support Philadelphia’s public schools,” she said. “Because of Gov. Corbett’s drastic cuts to public education and delay in promised state aid to Philadelphia schools, there are fewer teachers, fewer librarians and counselors, fewer safety personnel, and fewer books and learning materials necessary to ensure a quality education for Philadelphia’s children.
“Philadelphia schools are a state responsibility, and Gov. Corbett should not have slashed funding for the schools and spent months withholding critical support for politically motivated reasons. As a parent who has seen public education work for my children and as an elected official, I know we can and must do better. As governor, my top priority will be to recommit Pennsylvania to public education.”
U.S. Rep. Bob Brady, who also heads the Democratic City Committee, has endorsed Schwartz for governor.
Brady’s announcement came on the heels of a decision by state Sen. Mike Stack to forego a run for governor and instead seek the Democratic nomination for lieutenant governor.
“I have gotten the opportunity to work with Allyson for almost 10 years in Washington,” Brady said. “There is no one who is more effective at fighting for Pennsylvania families. As governor, she will bring that record of accomplishment and effective leadership to our commonwealth. Allyson is smart, tough and principled. I am proud to strongly support her for governor.”
The Men’s Club of of the Congregations of Shaare Shamayim is holding a “Meet the Candidates” brunch on Sunday from 9 a.m. to noon.
The hosts are Ruth Horwitz and former state Sen. Bob Rovner.
Brunch is at 9, and candidate talks begin at 10.
The synagogue is located at 9768 Verree Road in Bustleton. ••