Northeast Times

Schwartz brings campaign to Northeast

  • On the campaign trail: U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz made stops at the Country Club Restaurant, the Dining Car, the Northeast Older Adult Center and her campaign field office at 8566 Bustleton Ave. last week. MARIA POUCHNIKOVA / TIMES PHOTO

  • Former Sheriff Barbara Deeley has endorsed state Rep. Brendan Boyle in the 13th Congressional District Democratic primary.

U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz, a Demo­crat­ic can­did­ate for gov­ernor, last week made a cam­paign swing through the North­east.

On April 17, Schwartz made stops at the Coun­try Club Res­taur­ant, the Din­ing Car, the North­east Older Adult Cen­ter and her cam­paign field of­fice at 8566 Bustleton Ave.

Schwartz, who served 14 years in the state Sen­ate be­fore be­ing elec­ted to Con­gress in 2004, be­lieves she is a bet­ter choice than primary op­pon­ents Tom Wolf, Rob Mc­Cord and Katie Mc­Ginty.

“The dif­fer­ence is ex­per­i­ence and a re­cord of ac­com­plish­ment,” she said.

Schwartz said she wants to go to Har­ris­burg to shake up the status quo. Her top is­sues in­clude edu­ca­tion, health care, jobs and ser­vices for vet­er­ans, seni­or cit­izens and chil­dren.

In her time in the state Sen­ate and Con­gress, she has rep­res­en­ted two-thirds of Phil­adelphia. She also has rep­res­en­ted large por­tions of Mont­gomery County. She is count­ing on those re­la­tion­ships to win big in the city and Mont­gomery County.

“They know they can count on me,” she said.

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Katie Mc­Ginty, a Demo­crat­ic can­did­ate for gov­ernor, last week re­leased two new 15-second statewide tele­vi­sion com­mer­cials.

One ad talks about Mc­Ginty’s re­cord as a “job-cre­at­ing en­vir­on­ment­al­ist” who at­trac­ted clean en­ergy com­pan­ies to Pennsylvania, lured $1 bil­lion in new in­vest­ment and helped cre­ate thou­sands of jobs as sec­ret­ary of Pennsylvania’s De­part­ment of En­vir­on­ment­al Pro­tec­tion.

Ap­poin­ted by Gov. Ed Rendell, Mc­Ginty served as DEP sec­ret­ary from 2003-2008. A former chair­wo­man of the White House Coun­cil on En­vir­on­ment­al Qual­ity, she’s been en­dorsed by former Vice Pres­id­ent Al Gore.

The oth­er ad fo­cuses on Mc­Ginty’s pro­pos­al to im­pose a sev­er­ance tax on oil and nat­ur­al gas com­pan­ies, and use the money for edu­ca­tion in kinder­garten through 12th grade. In the ad, Mc­Ginty states that, “When oil and gas com­pan­ies don’t pay their fair share, the middle class pays more in prop­erty taxes.”

Mc­Ginty is a Rhawn­hurst nat­ive who at­ten­ded St. Hubert High School.

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A Frank­lin & Mar­shall Col­lege Poll of re­gistered Demo­crats finds that Tom Wolf re­tains a siz­able lead in the primary race for gov­ernor, al­though many voters (46 per­cent) re­main un­de­cided at the mo­ment.

Wolf, a wealthy York County busi­ness­man and former sec­ret­ary of the state De­part­ment of Rev­en­ue, leads his closest chal­lenger, Schwartz, 33 per­cent to 7 per­cent, sim­il­ar to the lead he held in the Feb­ru­ary poll. State Treas­urer Rob Mc­Cord (6 per­cent) and former state De­part­ment of En­vir­on­ment­al Pro­tec­tion Sec­ret­ary Katie Mc­Ginty (4 per­cent) re­main well be­hind.

Most voters sur­veyed said they had seen one of Wolf’s nu­mer­ous tele­vi­sion com­mer­cials.

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Former Sher­iff Bar­bara Dee­ley has en­dorsed state Rep. Brendan Boyle in the 13th Con­gres­sion­al Dis­trict Demo­crat­ic primary.

“Brendan’s re­cord on crime and safety is un­par­alleled in this race, and no one will do more to sup­port both our loc­al and re­gion­al law en­force­ment than Brendan will in Wash­ing­ton,” she said.

Dee­ley noted the sup­port for Boyle by or­gan­iz­a­tions as­so­ci­ated with law en­force­ment.

“The fact that Brendan has been en­dorsed by the Fraternal Or­der of Po­lice Lodges 5 and 37 speaks volumes about his com­mit­ment to keep­ing our streets and neigh­bor­hoods safe,” she said.

Dee­ley, of Rhawn­hurst, also poin­ted out that no North­east res­id­ent has served in Con­gress since former Rep. Bob Bor­ski re­tired in 2002.

“This elec­tion is a great op­por­tun­ity to send someone to Con­gress who un­der­stands our neigh­bor­hoods be­cause they are from our neigh­bor­hood, and Brendan is that per­son for North­east Phil­adelphia,” she said.

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Boyle and his three primary op­pon­ents — Daylin Leach, Mar­jor­ie Mar­gol­ies and Val Arkoosh — are sched­uled to de­bate on Tues­day, April 29, at 7 p.m. at the Por­tuguese Club, 2019 Rhawn St.

The pub­lic is in­vited.

The de­bate is be­ing or­gan­ized by John Sabat­ina, Demo­crat­ic lead­er of the 56th Ward.

Sabat­ina has en­dorsed Mar­gol­ies.

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Leach has picked up the en­dorse­ment of the Liberty City LGBT Demo­crat­ic Club, which sup­ports is­sues of con­cern to the les­bi­an, gay, bi­sexu­al and trans­gender com­munity.

The club did not make an en­dorse­ment for gov­ernor.

For lieu­ten­ant gov­ernor, it’s back­ing state Sen. Mike Stack.

The nod went to state Sen. Tina Tartagli­one in the Demo­crat­ic primary in the 2nd Sen­at­ori­al Dis­trict.

State Rep. Mark Co­hen earned the en­dorse­ment in the 202nd Le­gis­lat­ive Dis­trict.

The group also is be­hind state Rep. Ed Neilson, the Demo­crat­ic can­did­ate in a spe­cial elec­tion for an at-large City Coun­cil seat.

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The Phil­adelphia Re­pub­lic­an City Com­mit­tee voted over­whelm­ingly to op­pose the pro­posed change to the Home Rule Charter that would al­low Phil­adelphia elec­ted of­fi­cials to run for an­oth­er of­fice without resign­ing.

“Cur­rently, if someone in City Hall wants to run for an­oth­er of­fice, they have to quit first. City Coun­cil wants to change that so they can cam­paign for a dif­fer­ent of­fice while the tax­pay­ers are pay­ing them to do their job,” said Joe De­Fe­lice, ex­ec­ut­ive dir­ect­or of the Re­pub­lic­an City Com­mit­tee. “To that, we say: ‘Not on our dime.’” ••

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