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Arkoosh raises $203K, has more than $643,000 cash on hand

Dr. Val Arkoosh raised more than $935,000 in 2013 for her con­gres­sion­al cam­paign.

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. ••

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