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Adcock promises to donate salary to charity

Dee Ad­cock, the Re­pub­lic­an can­did­ate in the 13th Con­gres­sion­al Dis­trict, has prom­ised to donate his salary to char­ity, if elec­ted.

Ad­cock, who faces Demo­crat Brendan Boyle, made the an­nounce­ment last week dur­ing a news con­fer­ence out­side the Bustleton Bengals youth sports or­gan­iz­a­tion.

“If you send me to Wash­ing­ton, while I’m work­ing to fix the sys­tem to re­store the Amer­ic­an Dream for the for­got­ten work­er, I will donate my en­tire after-tax paycheck to loc­al char­it­able or­gan­iz­a­tions here in North­east Philly and Mont­gomery County,” he said. “My hope is that this ex­ample of per­son­al ac­tion will let people know I’m one of them and that I’m run­ning for of­fice for the right reas­ons, to serve oth­ers rather than to serve my­self. I’m con­fid­ent this policy will set the right tone for me and my staff, both now and in the years ahead.

“More than that, this idea really en­er­gizes and ex­cites me… the fun of work­ing with the com­munity to in­vest real money in­to loc­al schools, youth or­gan­iz­a­tions, civic groups, green space and trail pro­jects, soup kit­chens, ad­op­tion agen­cies, wo­men’s shel­ters and more. It’s bet­ter to give than to re­ceive, and I in­vite you, my friends and neigh­bors here in North­east Philly and Mont­gomery County, to join me in a new at­ti­tude to­ward hold­ing of­fice, an at­ti­tude of serving oth­ers rather than serving your­self, an at­ti­tude of char­ity, an at­ti­tude of ac­tion.”

Ad­cock’s de­cision could blunt a pos­sible line of at­tack from Boyle, who cri­ti­cized his three primary op­pon­ents as “Mont­gomery County mil­lion­aires.”

Ad­cock, who owns a swim­ming pool com­pany that em­ploys 120 people, be­lieves he might still be at­tacked as a mil­lion­aire.

“It worked the first time around,” he said of the Demo­crat­ic primary.

While at the news con­fer­ence, Ad­cock donated $500 to the Bustleton Bengals, who hope to build a gym. He pre­vi­ously has donated to the Holmes­burg and May­fair civic as­so­ci­ations, which are fight­ing the open­ing of a meth­adone clin­ic.

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State Sen. Mike Stack, the Demo­crat­ic can­did­ate for lieu­ten­ant gov­ernor, is eager to hit the cam­paign trail on be­half of Tom Wolf, his party’s nom­in­ee for gov­ernor.

Stack got to know Wolf, a wealthy York County busi­ness­man, when he served as sec­ret­ary of the state De­part­ment of Rev­en­ue. Wolf ap­peared in front of the Sen­ate Ap­pro­pri­ations Com­mit­tee, and Stack de­scribes him as smart and down to earth.

“He’s got a very pos­it­ive, fresh mes­sage,” he said. “We think Re­pub­lic­ans will vote for Wolf-Stack as well.”

In the Demo­crat­ic primary, Stack eas­ily topped a field of five, fin­ish­ing either first or second in 50 of the state’s 67 counties. He be­lieves he’ll be an as­set to Wolf in pulling votes from south­east­ern Pennsylvania.

Stack’s top is­sues in­clude in­creases in the min­im­um wage and pub­lic edu­ca­tion fund­ing.

The nat­ur­al gas in­dustry is thriv­ing in Pennsylvania, he said, and money from a tax on drilling can be ear­marked for pub­lic edu­ca­tion.

“Every oth­er state in Amer­ica has an ex­trac­tion tax,” he said. “That is­sue is res­on­at­ing with folks.”

The Wolf-Stack team will face Re­pub­lic­an Gov. Tom Corbett and Lt. Gov. Jim Caw­ley. Stack be­lieves the elec­tion will come down to a battle of ideas.

“I think we have the bet­ter ideas,” he said.

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State Sen. An­thony Wil­li­ams last Fri­day took an­oth­er step to­ward his all-but-cer­tain may­or­al cam­paign.

Wil­li­ams met with po­ten­tial sup­port­ers over lunch at the Hilton hotel on City Line Av­en­ue. The group in­cluded Dis­trict At­tor­ney Seth Wil­li­ams, City Coun­cil mem­bers Jan­nie Black­well, Curtis Jones and Kenyatta John­son, state Sen. Shir­ley Kit­chen, former Coun­cil­man George Bur­rell, former may­or­al can­did­ate Tom Knox, at­tor­ney George Bochetto and mu­sic mogul Kenny Gamble.

“We talked about a path­way to win­ning,” Sen. Wil­li­ams said.

Former may­or­al can­did­ate Marty Wein­berg has been by Wil­li­ams’ side as he’s traveled the city gauging sup­port for a run. Wil­li­ams has also hired Jeremy Bird, a part­ner in the 270 Strategies con­sult­ing firm.

Wil­li­ams liked the di­versity of the people with whom he met, say­ing it would help him in a cam­paign and in City Hall.

“I think you need someone who can build co­ali­tions,” he said.

Wil­li­ams said his top is­sues in­clude in­creas­ing pub­lic edu­ca­tion fund­ing and ad­dress­ing the city’s 30-per­cent poverty rate. Wil­li­ams made a re­cent stop at Ben­s­alem High School for an In­di­an-Amer­ic­an fest­iv­al that at­trac­ted a lot of North­east res­id­ents. He said he em­braced the fam­ily, edu­ca­tion and eco­nom­ic val­ues of the In­di­an com­munity. He was in­tro­duced on stage as the “fu­ture may­or of the city of Broth­erly Love.” ••

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