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Show­ing his sup­port: Former Pres­id­ent Bill Clin­ton ad­dresses the crowd dur­ing a fun­draiser for 13th Con­gres­sion­al Dis­trict can­did­ate Mar­jor­ie Mar­gol­ies on April 10 at the War­wick Hotel. The event raised about $200,000. MARIA POUCH­NIKOVA / TIMES PHOTO

Former Pres­id­ent Bill Clin­ton last week head­lined a fun­draiser for 13th Con­gres­sion­al Dis­trict can­did­ate Mar­jor­ie Mar­gol­ies, and he urged the crowd to send her back to Wash­ing­ton after a 20-year ab­sence.

“I know if you send Mar­jor­ie to Con­gress, she’ll make you proud,” he told a couple of hun­dred people at the War­wick Hotel, at 17th and Lo­cust streets.

The event raised about $200,000.

Mar­gol­ies is a Clin­ton in-law. Her son Marc is mar­ried to Chelsea Clin­ton.

“I would be here if her son was not my son-in-law,” Bill Clin­ton said.

Mar­gol­ies served in the House of Rep­res­ent­at­ives in 1993-94. She cast a tiebreak­ing vote for Clin­ton’s eco­nom­ic plan, which in­cluded tax hikes, and she lost a re-elec­tion bid.

Sup­port­ers of that plan con­tend that it led to eco­nom­ic ex­pan­sion.

Clin­ton said 13th Con­gres­sion­al Dis­trict Demo­crats should look at that vote to see how Mar­gol­ies - who faces three Demo­crats in the primary - would serve today. He also noted her past votes for an as­sault-weapons ban and the Fam­ily and Med­ic­al Leave Act.

“Mar­jor­ie is the best po­si­tioned to do the right thing for the fu­ture,” he said. “…What happened be­fore is a good in­dic­at­or of what will hap­pen in the fu­ture.”

Former Pennsylvania Gov. and Phil­adelphia May­or Ed Rendell said Mar­gol­ies would not mer­it a men­tion in his book, A Na­tion of Wusses, but would be a bet­ter fit for John F. Kennedy’s Pro­files in Cour­age. He said her vote “turned the United States of Amer­ica around.”

Oth­ers in at­tend­ance in­cluded state Rep. John Sabat­ina Jr., former City Con­trol­ler Jonath­an Saidel and ward lead­ers Bill Dol­bow, Janice Sul­man and John Sabat­ina.

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State Sen. Daylin Leach, a Demo­crat­ic can­did­ate in the 13th Con­gres­sion­al Dis­trict, raised $335,399 in the first quarter of 2014.

Leach has $659,817 cash on hand, with $577,392 avail­able to spend in the primary. The can­did­ate has re­ceived con­tri­bu­tions from about 4,800 in­di­vidu­als from all 50 states.

“These are people who sup­port Daylin’s mes­sage of clos­ing the gap between the rich and every­one else, mak­ing the wealth­i­est Amer­ic­ans pay their fair share, pro­tect­ing a wo­man’s right to choose, and pro­tect­ing and ex­pand­ing So­cial Se­cur­ity,” said Aren Platt, Leach’s cam­paign man­ager.

The av­er­age con­tri­bu­tion was less than $105. Platt noted that some people paid $5,000 to meet former Pres­id­ent Clin­ton last week at a fun­draiser for Mar­jor­ie Mar­gol­ies.

“Her cam­paign seems to be run by and for the 1 per­cent, as op­posed to the thou­sands of Daylin sup­port­ers who our op­pon­ent would turn away at the door from her events,” Platt said.

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Leach has been en­dorsed by the Pennsylvania State Edu­ca­tion As­so­ci­ation and the Na­tion­al Edu­ca­tion As­so­ci­ation.

“Since join­ing the Pennsylvania Le­gis­lature in 2002, Daylin has stood out as a tire­less ad­voc­ate for pub­lic edu­ca­tion, and we know that he will con­tin­ue fight­ing for our schools, our stu­dents, and our pro­fes­sion as a mem­ber of Con­gress,” said Mike Cros­sey, pres­id­ent of the PSEA.

The PSEA has more than 5,600 mem­bers in the 13th Con­gres­sion­al Dis­trict.

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Leach and his three primary op­pon­ents — Brendan Boyle, Mar­jor­ie Mar­gol­ies and Val Arkoosh - are sched­uled to de­bate on Tues­day, April 29, at 7 p.m. at the Por­tuguese Club, at 2019 Rhawn St. The de­bate is be­ing or­gan­ized by John Sabat­ina, Demo­crat­ic lead­er of the 56th Ward. 

Sabat­ina has en­dorsed Mar­gol­ies.

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U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz, a Demo­crat­ic can­did­ate for gov­ernor, last week re­leased her first tele­vi­sion ad, which high­lights her fight to pass the Chil­dren’s Health In­sur­ance Pro­gram through the state Sen­ate.

Schwartz worked with former state Rep. Al­len Kukovich and former Pennsylvania Gov. Bob Ca­sey to pass the land­mark health-care plan for Pennsylvania’s chil­dren.

“The Chil­dren’s Health In­sur­ance Pro­gram be­came a mod­el for Pres­id­ent Clin­ton,” Schwartz said. “Now, hun­dreds of thou­sands of Pennsylvania chil­dren - and mil­lions more across the county - have ac­cess to qual­ity af­ford­able health care. We star­ted it in Pennsylvania and led the na­tion. That’s ex­actly the type of ex­per­i­ence and lead­er­ship I will bring as gov­ernor.”

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Jared So­lomon, a Demo­crat­ic can­did­ate in the 202nd Le­gis­lat­ive Dis­trict, on Fri­day hos­ted a news con­fer­ence at his cam­paign of­fice, where of­fi­cials from En­vir­on­ment­al Con­struc­tion Ser­vices Inc. an­nounced they would re­lo­cate from an in­dus­tri­al park on By­berry Road to an un­deter­mined loc­a­tion in the Lower North­east, where the 202nd is based.

En­vir­on­ment­al Con­struc­tion Ser­vices is a mech­an­ic­al and sheet met­al con­tract­ing firm spe­cial­iz­ing in en­ergy ef­fi­ciency. It is look­ing to ex­pand man­u­fac­tur­ing and fab­ric­a­tion, with hopes of cre­at­ing 10 to 20 new jobs in ad­di­tion to the 32 already em­ployed.

CEO Mi­chael Brown and chief op­er­at­ing of­ficer Domin­ic Men­ta at­ten­ded the news con­fer­ence.

“Over the past few dec­ades, our rep­res­ent­at­ives have sat si­lently as our man­u­fac­tur­ing and tex­tile in­dus­tries, once the lifeblood of North­east Phil­adelphia, have evap­or­ated,” So­lomon said. “This has led to a massive in­crease in un­em­ploy­ment, poverty, and crime. As of today, that changes. I have lob­bied tire­lessly to bring good ca­reers to the North­east to re­duce un­em­ploy­ment and re­in­vig­or­ate our neigh­bor­hoods. In co­ordin­a­tion with Mi­chael and his com­pany, En­vir­on­ment­al Con­struc­tion Ser­vices Inc., we’re do­ing just that.”

“Both in our em­ploy­ees and our elec­ted of­fi­cials, we’re look­ing for in­di­vidu­als who are de­term­ined, in­tel­li­gent and have a strong sense of com­munity,” Brown said. “It is clear Jared So­lomon em­bod­ies those char­ac­ter­ist­ics, and he has shown me that the Lower North­east does as well.”

So­lomon is chal­len­ging Rep. Mark Co­hen in the primary. He ended a court chal­lenge to the in­cum­bent’s nom­in­at­ing pe­ti­tions.

“Bring­ing the suit showed a total lack of re­spons­ib­il­ity,” Co­hen said.

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Com­mon­wealth Court of Pennsylvania re­cently struck down a chal­lenge to the nom­in­at­ing pe­ti­tions of Jason Dawkins, Demo­crat­ic can­did­ate in the 179th Le­gis­lat­ive Dis­trict. Dawkins is chal­len­ging Rep. James Clay in the primary. His pe­ti­tions were chal­lenged on al­leg­a­tions he did not live in the dis­trict.

“Phil­adelphia polit­ics can be rough and tumble, so un­for­tu­nately I’m not sur­prised by this tac­tic to get me off the bal­lot,” he said. “Un­for­tu­nately for the plaintiff, the case was without mer­it. I’m glad to have weathered this chal­lenge, and I’m ready to move for­ward. I’m con­fid­ent that I will fin­ish this race strong and give the res­id­ents of the 179th the lead­er­ship and vis­ion they de­serve.”

Dav­id Hall, who also filed to run in the primary, lost a court chal­lenge and is off the bal­lot. ••

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