Dr. Val Arkoosh, a Democratic candidate in the 13th Congressional District, raised $203,089 in the fourth quarter of 2013.
In all, Arkoosh raised more than $935,000 in 2013. She has more than $643,000 cash on hand.
“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 other Democratic candidates are state Sen. Daylin Leach, state Rep. Brendan Boyle and former congresswoman Marjorie Margolies. They have until Friday to file their fourth-quarter expense reports. None are expected to match Arkoosh’s cash on hand.
The Republican candidates are Dee Adcock, a swimming pool company owner who ran in 2010, and Beverly Plosa-Bowser, a retired U.S. Air Force Colonel.
The seat is open because Democratic Rep. Allyson Schwartz is running for governor. ••