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Alvarez announces self-imposed term limit if elected

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.”

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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.”

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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. ••

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