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Adcock making second bid for Congress

Busi­ness­man Dee Ad­cock will seek the Re­pub­lic­an nom­in­a­tion in the 13th Con­gres­sion­al Dis­trict in the May 20 primary.

Ad­cock is a swim­ming pool com­pany own­er from Abing­ton who is act­ive with the Na­tion­al Fed­er­a­tion of In­de­pend­ent Busi­ness.

John Fritz, a Far North­east act­iv­ist, has also an­nounced his bid for the GOP nod.

Four Demo­crats are also run­ning to re­place Demo­crat­ic Rep. Allyson Schwartz, who is run­ning for gov­ernor.

Ad­cock chal­lenged Schwartz in 2010, tak­ing al­most 44 per­cent of the vote, in­clud­ing about 47 per­cent in Mont­gomery County. That was a par­tic­u­larly strong year for Re­pub­lic­ans, as voters ex­pressed an­ger at the job per­form­ance of Pres­id­ent Barack Obama and con­gres­sion­al Demo­crats. Re­dis­trict­ing made the 13th more Demo­crat­ic in 2012. That year, Schwartz beat Re­pub­lic­an Joe Rooney with 31 per­cent of the vote.

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State Rep. Brendan Boyle, a Demo­crat­ic can­did­ate in the 13th Con­gres­sion­al Dis­trict, has been en­dorsed by 16 elec­ted of­fi­cials and party lead­ers from Mont­gomery County.

Boyle, of Somer­ton, is the only Phil­adelphia can­did­ate in the Demo­crat­ic primary. His three op­pon­ents are from Mont­gomery County.

His group of sup­port­ers in­cludes Mark Levy, the county’s pro­tho­not­ary.

“Brendan rep­res­ents the hard work and val­ues that the res­id­ents of Mont­gomery County hold true,” Levy said. “He un­der­stands the di­verse needs of both Mont­gomery County and Phil­adelphia County, and will con­tin­ue to be a voice for both in Con­gress, the same way he has rep­res­en­ted both in Har­ris­burg. Brendan has my full sup­port in this race, and I am ex­cited to see his strong lead­er­ship shine on a na­tion­al scale.”

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Boyle, state Sen. Daylin Leach and Dr. Val Arkoosh will par­ti­cip­ate in a can­did­ates for­um hos­ted by Montco Demo­cracy for Amer­ica and the Area 6 Demo­crat­ic Com­mit­tee.

The for­um is set for Sunday from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Up­per Dub­lin Town­ship Build­ing, at 801 Loch Alsh Ave. in Fort Wash­ing­ton.

Mar­jor­ie Mar­gol­ies de­clined to take part.

The mod­er­at­or will be Will Bunch, writer for the Phil­adelphia Daily News.

Doors open at 1 p.m. Only re­gistered Demo­crats in the 13th Con­gres­sion­al Dis­trict may at­tend.

No food, drink or can­did­ate badges, signs, ban­ners or ap­par­el will be al­lowed.

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Jared So­lomon, who is chal­len­ging state Rep. Mark Co­hen (D-202nd dist.) in the primary, at­trac­ted about 100 people last week to a din­ner at Casa Brasil, at 622 Bustleton Ave.

“The feed­back we’ve got­ten to these din­ners - and this cam­paign - is noth­ing short of amaz­ing,” So­lomon said. “Since an­noun­cing my can­did­acy just over a month ago, the re­sponse has been over­whelm­ingly pos­it­ive. We’re already hit­ting the streets with dozens of vo­lun­teers a week, and hear­ing dir­ectly from the voters. It’s very clear. Our vo­lun­teers are ready, our donors are ready, and the voters are ready. They want ac­tion, and we are go­ing to bring it.”

Friends of Jared So­lomon raised more than $65,000 from 450-plus donors in 2013.

So­lomon is pres­id­ent of the Take Back Your Neigh­bor­hood civic as­so­ci­ation.

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Tom Wolf, who is seek­ing the Demo­crat­ic nom­in­a­tion for gov­ernor, an­nounced he’d in­sti­tute a gift ban for his staff and ap­pointees and sign an ex­ec­ut­ive or­der ban­ning no-bid con­tracts to private law firms.

“It is time to clean up Har­ris­burg, and these two simple, com­mon­sense meas­ures are a good start,” Wolf said. “Pennsylvani­ans need to trust that their gov­ern­ment is do­ing the right things for the right reas­ons, and with politi­cians ac­cept­ing gifts from donors and spe­cial in­terests and the gov­ernor’s of­fice as­sign­ing no-bid leg­al con­tracts, the pub­lic’s trust in gov­ern­ment has been shaken.”

Wolf is a York County busi­ness­man who served as sec­ret­ary of the De­part­ment of Rev­en­ue un­der Gov. Ed Rendell and was once a mem­ber of the Peace Corps.

The can­did­ate last week re­ceived an en­dorse­ment from state Rep. Dwight Evans (D-203rd dist.).

“We need a gov­ernor who is a true part­ner to our com­munity and who knows that we can change lives and change com­munit­ies for the bet­ter,” Evans said. “I’ve known Tom for 20 years, work­ing on is­sues ran­ging from eco­nom­ic fair­ness to bet­ter schools, He’s no or­din­ary can­did­ate, build­ing a busi­ness and giv­ing back 20-30 per­cent of his profits to his em­ploy­ees. He’ll bring the change we need in Har­ris­burg. Tom’s the real deal, and he’s the gov­ernor we des­per­ately need.”

In oth­er cam­paign news, Wolf raised $3.27 mil­lion in 2013. That fig­ure goes along with the $10 mil­lion that the can­did­ate and his wife Frances con­trib­uted to the cam­paign.

“It is clear that his unique ex­per­i­ence and back­ground is res­on­at­ing with Pennsylvani­ans,” said Joe Shafer, Wolf’s cam­paign man­ager. “Pennsylvani­ans are ready for fresh ideas and a dif­fer­ent type of lead­er. Tom Wolf is a suc­cess­ful busi­ness­man who has done things the right way - shar­ing 20 to 30 per­cent of his profits with em­ploy­ees, re­ject­ing perks when he was the sec­ret­ary of rev­en­ue and sav­ing his fam­ily’s busi­ness by in­vest­ing in people. That is why people throughout Pennsylvania are re­spond­ing to his cam­paign.”

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State Treas­urer Rob Mc­Cord, who is also seek­ing the Demo­crat­ic nom­in­a­tion for gov­ernor, has been en­dorsed by the In­ter­na­tion­al Broth­er­hood of Elec­tric­al Work­ers Loc­al 163 and Loc­al 81, which are based in the Wilkes-Barre and Scrant­on areas.

Mean­while, Mc­Cord re­por­ted rais­ing $6.6 mil­lion in 2013, with $6 mil­lion re­main­ing in his ac­count.

The Mc­Cord cam­paign claims the sup­port of uni­ons con­sist­ing of about 216,000 act­ive and re­tired mem­bers, com­par­ing that total to the uni­ons rep­res­ent­ing roughly 30,000 mem­bers back­ing one of his primary foes, Allyson Schwartz.

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In­de­pend­ence Hall Tea Party Polit­ic­al Ac­tion Com­mit­tee pres­id­ent Don Adams is call­ing on Gov. Tom Corbett to ap­peal a Com­mon­wealth Court rul­ing in­val­id­at­ing the state’s voter iden­ti­fic­a­tion law.

Judge Bern­ard Mc­Gin­ley, a Demo­crat, ruled that the law “un­reas­on­ably bur­dens the right to vote.”

Adams wants Corbett to ap­peal the rul­ing to either the full Com­mon­wealth Court or the Pennsylvania Su­preme Court.

“Bot­tom line, we are con­cerned that the judge’s de­cision will al­low voter fraud to con­tin­ue in the com­mon­wealth, par­tic­u­larly in Phil­adelphia and Al­legheny counties,” Adams said.

The law is op­posed by, among oth­ers, the NAACP, the Home­less Ad­vocacy Pro­ject and the League of Wo­men Voters.

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Start­ing on Feb. 1, May­fair res­id­ent and U.S. Mar­ine Corps Vi­et­nam War vet­er­an Joseph Buckley will hold of­fice hours every Wed­nes­day at Re­pub­lic­an City Com­mit­tee headquar­ters at 3525-27 Cottman Ave.

“I have got­ten to know Joe over time, and we are ex­tremely ex­cited to have him in our of­fice as­sist­ing our vet­er­ans with any is­sues that they face,” said state Rep. John Taylor, chair­man of the Re­pub­lic­an City Com­mit­tee. “We owe our free­dom to these in­di­vidu­als, and if we can help ease their cur­rent situ­ations in any way, we are proud to do it. Joe has wide-ran­ging ex­per­i­ence work­ing in le­gis­lat­ive of­fices throughout the re­gion, and I know that he can and will bring his ex­tens­ive know­ledge of vet­er­ans’ is­sues to our of­fice.”

Any vet­er­an who would like to make an ap­point­ment to vis­it with Buckley can call 215-561-0650. ••

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