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Senator will continue to focus on economic issues

Daylin Leach

State Sen. Daylin Leach is known for push­ing pro­gress­ive ideas, and he plans to do the same if elec­ted to the U.S. House of Rep­res­ent­at­ives.

“Con­gress is just a big­ger plat­form,” he said last week dur­ing an in­ter­view at his Con­sho­hock­en cam­paign of­fice.

Leach, a law­yer, served in the state House from 2003-09 and has been in the Sen­ate for four years. He lived in the North­east un­til he was 11. He moved to Al­lentown when his mom took a job there. He lives in Up­per Merion.

In the run for Con­gress, he sees eco­nom­ic is­sues as the center­piece of his cam­paign. Among oth­er things, he wants to raise the min­im­um wage and tie fu­ture raises to the in­fla­tion rate.

“I think a 12-dol­lar-an-hour min­im­um wage is reas­on­able,” he said.

Leach plans to con­tin­ue to push back against pro­posed voter-iden­ti­fic­a­tion laws, changes to the way states di­vide their votes in the pres­id­en­tial Elect­or­al Col­lege, curbs on early vot­ing and what he sees as un­fair re­dis­trict­ing maps. He sees those pro­pos­als as an at­tempt to “rig” elec­tions.

“Our founders would be rolling over in their graves,” he said.

Leach, 52, is one of four Demo­crats seek­ing his party’s nom­in­a­tion in the 13th Con­gres­sion­al Dis­trict. The oth­ers are state Rep. Brendan Boyle, former con­gress­wo­man Mar­jor­ie Mar­gol­ies and Dr. Val Arkoosh, a health-care re­form ad­voc­ate.

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Mar­gol­ies last week picked up an en­dorse­ment from Joanne Cisco Olszewski, first vice chair­wo­man of the Mont­gomery County Demo­crat­ic Party and a county jury com­mis­sion­er.

Olszewski linked her party’s re­cent suc­cess in the county to Mar­gol­ies’ elec­tion to Con­gress in 1992.

“Mar­jor­ie’s time in of­fice brought na­tion­al at­ten­tion to Mont­gomery County, which not only brought fed­er­al re­sources in­to our coun­try, but cre­ated a strong found­a­tion upon which to build our party,” she said.

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A Frank­lin & Mar­shall Col­lege poll re­leased last week showed Gov. Tom Corbett with weak ap­prov­al num­bers.

Corbett, a Re­pub­lic­an, will be seek­ing re-elec­tion next year. Up to a dozen Demo­crats have either entered or are con­sid­er­ing jump­ing in­to the race.

Only 20 per­cent of re­gistered voters polled said Corbett de­serves re-elec­tion. Just 17 per­cent be­lieve he is do­ing an “ex­cel­lent” or “good” job.

The res­ults were based on in­ter­views of 594 re­gistered voters from Aug. 21-26. ••

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