Republican candidate enters 13th Congressional race

Beverly Plosa-Bow­ser, a re­tired col­on­el in the U.S. Air Force, last week entered the Re­pub­lic­an primary in the 13th Con­gres­sion­al Dis­trict.

Bow­ser an­nounced her can­did­acy at the Cpl. John Loudensla­ger Amer­ic­an Le­gion Post 366 in Fox Chase and at a Vet­er­ans of For­eign Wars post in Glen­side. She plans to stress fix­ing the stag­nant eco­nomy, rein­ing in gov­ern­ment spend­ing and im­prov­ing health care.

The oth­er Re­pub­lic­an can­did­ate in the race is Dee Ad­cock, own­er of a swim­ming pool com­pany and a can­did­ate for the seat in 2010. Bow­ser calls him a “very nice man,” but said she would be a stronger can­did­ate in the gen­er­al elec­tion.

“The Re­pub­lic­ans have a chance, and I be­lieve I’m the best can­did­ate,” she said.

Bow­ser spent more than 30 years in the Air Force and Re­serve, re­tir­ing in June 2010. She is a com­bat vet­er­an, earn­ing a Bronze Star for ne­go­ti­at­ing and build­ing a se­cur­ity co­oper­a­tion re­la­tion­ship with seni­or Ir­aqi of­fi­cials.

The can­did­ate said she con­tin­ues to live by the Air Force motto of “In­teg­rity First, Ser­vice Be­fore Self and Ex­cel­lence In All We Do.”

Bow­ser has mas­ter’s de­grees in pub­lic ad­min­is­tra­tion and polit­ic­al man­age­ment. She is mar­ried with five chil­dren and a grand­son.


The Pro­gress­ive Change Cam­paign Com­mit­tee en­dorsed state Sen. Daylin Leach in the Demo­crat­ic primary in the 13th Con­gres­sion­al Dis­trict.

“Alan Grayson and Eliza­beth War­ren have proven that bold pro­gress­ives in Con­gress can change the na­tion­al con­ver­sa­tion,” said PCCC co-founder Adam Green, speak­ing of the lib­er­al Flor­ida con­gress­man and Mas­sachu­setts sen­at­or. “Daylin is one of those game-changers.”

Leach’s primary op­pon­ents are state Rep. Brendan Boyle, Dr. Val Arkoosh and former con­gress­wo­man Mar­jor­ie Mar­gol­ies.

The PCCC is back­ing Leach, in part, be­cause of his sup­port for ex­pand­ing So­cial Se­cur­ity be­ne­fits, mak­ing stu­dent loans in­terest-free, rais­ing the min­im­um wage and ty­ing it to in­fla­tion and leg­al­iz­ing same-sex mar­riage, along with his op­pos­i­tion to Re­pub­lic­an ger­ry­man­der­ing.

In a fun­drais­ing ap­peal, Green told PCCC sup­port­ers that Leach is run­ning against op­pon­ents who are “pro-vouch­er, anti-choice and gen­er­ally not that in­spir­ing.”


Dr. Val Arkoosh raised $203,089 in the fourth quarter of 2013. In all, she raised more than $935,000 in 2013. She has more than $643,000 cash on hand, out­pa­cing her three primary op­pon­ents.

“Over the last 25 years serving in Phil­adelphia’s hos­pit­als, I’ve ex­per­i­enced firsthand grow­ing eco­nom­ic hard­ships in the pa­tients I care for – fam­il­ies thrown in­to poverty be­cause of an un­ex­pec­ted ill­ness – brought on by a Con­gress play­ing polit­ics rather than solv­ing prob­lems,” she said. “That’s why I chose to step up for my pa­tients when few in Wash­ing­ton would to get health­care re­form passed, and it’s that track re­cord of get­ting things done that has people ex­cited about my cam­paign.”

Arkoosh is mak­ing her first bid for of­fice. The primary is May 20. The dis­trict in­cludes most of North­east Phil­adelphia and much of Mont­gomery County.

“I am proud of the mo­mentum we’ve built from the ground up so far and mo­tiv­ated to con­tin­ue run­ning an as­sert­ive, grass­roots-driv­en cam­paign in the next months that con­nects with each and every voter on the ground,” she said.

The seat is open be­cause Demo­crat­ic Rep. Allyson Schwartz is run­ning for gov­ernor


Brendan Boyle, one of Arkoosh’s primary op­pon­ents, is­sued a state­ment after last week’s State of the Uni­on speech, ar­guing that he is the best can­did­ate to strengthen the middle class.

“The gap between the wealth­i­est Amer­ic­ans and the rest of us con­tin­ues to grow, but this Re­pub­lic­an Con­gress has done noth­ing to ad­dress this prob­lem that threatens the middle class,” he said. “I’m run­ning for Con­gress to join Pres­id­ent Obama to grow the eco­nomy from the middle class out and raise the min­im­um wage. Rais­ing the min­im­um wage in­creases the spend­ing power of low-wage work­ers, help­ing grow the en­tire eco­nomy, res­ult­ing in in­creased wages for middle-class earners as well. As the only can­did­ate in this race who is not a mil­lion­aire or mar­ried to one, work­ing people in the 13th dis­trict can count on me to fight for policies that help their fam­il­ies, grow the eco­nomy and strengthen the middle class.”


Joe De­Fe­lice, ex­ec­ut­ive dir­ect­or of the Phil­adelphia Re­pub­lic­an City Com­mit­tee, faul­ted Obama for pro­mot­ing tax-and-spend policies in his ad­dress.

“In­stead of rolling out the old stale policies of big gov­ern­ment, we would like to see the pres­id­ent work with Con­gress to greatly re­duce fed­er­al taxes and bur­den­some reg­u­la­tions in cit­ies strug­gling with above-av­er­age un­em­ploy­ment such as Phil­adelphia,” De­Fe­lice said.

De­Fe­lice noted that the city’s of­fi­cial un­em­ploy­ment rate is 9.5 per­cent, but that the rate is be­lieved to be high­er be­cause so many long-term un­em­ployed people have giv­en up look­ing for work. He called on the city to re­duce the Busi­ness In­come and Re­ceipts Tax.


Demo­crat­ic ward lead­ers in the 2nd Sen­at­ori­al Dis­trict en­dorsed state Sen. Tina Tartagli­one, who is ex­pec­ted to be chal­lenged by Dan Sav­age, a former city coun­cil­man and Demo­crat­ic lead­er of the 23rd Ward.

“She has served our com­munit­ies with de­term­in­a­tion and a strong spir­it, and has tre­mend­ous ex­pert­ise in the Sen­ate as Demo­crat­ic chair of the Sen­ate Labor Com­mit­tee,” said Bill Dol­bow, Demo­crat­ic lead­er of the 35th Ward. “I know that she has a keen un­der­stand­ing of the di­verse chal­lenges fa­cing the people of our dis­trict.”

Tartagli­one was first elec­ted in 1994, edging Re­pub­lic­an Sen. Bruce Marks.

“Our en­dorse­ment should con­vey the great amount of con­fid­ence we have in Sen. Tartagli­one’s abil­ity to rep­res­ent us, our chil­dren, our fam­il­ies and our neigh­bors,” said Bob Del­lavella, Demo­crat­ic lead­er of the 55th Ward. “Her re­cord demon­strates that she fights for us, and that she is in­deed our ad­voc­ate in Har­ris­burg.”


State Rep. John Taylor (R-177th dist.), first elec­ted in 1984, an­nounced that he would seek an­oth­er two-year term.

Taylor said his pri­or­it­ies will be try­ing to cre­ate jobs, fight blight, keep taxes low and im­prove edu­ca­tion.

“Blight leads to an in­crease in crime and can spread rap­idly and des­troy whole neigh­bor­hoods if not stopped,” he said.

The dis­trict in­cludes Frank­ford, North­wood, Ta­cony, May­fair, Brides­burg and Port Rich­mond.


Jared So­lomon, who is chal­len­ging state Rep. Mark Co­hen (D-202nd dist.) in the primary, was en­dorsed by former con­gress­man Joe Ses­tak.

“Jared So­lomon rep­res­ents the next gen­er­a­tion of lead­ers we need in Pennsylvania,” Ses­tak said. “Jared will roll up his sleeves and fight for the res­id­ents of North­east Phil­adelphia, work­ing to en­sure all Pennsylvani­ans have ac­cess to qual­ity edu­ca­tion, well-pay­ing jobs and safe neigh­bor­hoods.”

Ses­tak poin­ted to So­lomon’s found­ing of the Take Back Your Neigh­bor­hood civic as­so­ci­ation and ser­vice as an of­ficer in the U.S. Army JAG Re­serve.

“I highly re­com­mend that North­east Phil­adelphia voters join me in sup­port­ing Jared So­lomon,” he said.

So­lomon served as Ses­tak’s statewide field dir­ect­or when he ran for Sen­ate in 2010.

The can­did­ate has been meet­ing voters at free com­munity din­ners. The next one is sched­uled for Feb. 18 at 6:30 p.m. at Nick’s Roast Beef, 2212 Cottman Ave.


In news from the Demo­crat­ic cam­paign for gov­ernor, former state De­part­ment of En­vir­on­ment­al Pro­tec­tion Sec­ret­ary Katie Mc­Ginty ran 30-second tele­vi­sion com­mer­cials on CNN and MS­N­BC throughout Pennsylvania be­fore and after Pres­id­ent Obama’s State of the Uni­on ad­dress.

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

In the com­mer­cial, Mc­Ginty says, “I grew up in a house­hold where hard work was the or­der of the day. My dad was a po­lice­man, and my mom worked nights in a res­taur­ant. And all 10 of us kids un­der­stood the value of hard work. We had a good middle-class life.

“My con­cern today is that hard-work­ing men and wo­men are not able to of­fer that same prom­ise for their chil­dren. That’s why we need good jobs, with good pay, that provide a bright op­por­tun­ity and fu­ture for Pennsylvani­ans.” ••

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