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Margolies gains endorsement in congressional race

Josh Sha­piro, chair­man of the Mont­gomery County com­mis­sion­ers, has en­dorsed Demo­crat Mar­jor­ie Mar­gol­ies in the 13th Con­gres­sion­al Dis­trict race.

“We need more people in gov­ern­ment with the cour­age of their con­vic­tions who can rise above the small polit­ics of the mo­ment and stand up and fight for what they be­lieve in. Mar­jor­ie has demon­strated that she is that type of lead­er, and it is why I am proud to stand with her as she tries to stand up for us in Wash­ing­ton,” he said.

Mar­gol­ies served one term in the House of Rep­res­ent­at­ives in 1993-94.

“Our dis­trict needs a fight­er like Mar­jor­ie in Wash­ing­ton and someone who will go to Con­gress and be ef­fect­ive on Day 1 on the things that mat­ter most to us like job cre­ation, eco­nom­ic de­vel­op­ment, af­ford­able edu­ca­tion and in­vest­ment in our in­fra­struc­ture. Mar­jor­ie not only shares our val­ues, she knows how to ex­ecute and get the job done for us. Her re­la­tion­ships and know-how will be an in­valu­able as­set for the people of Mont­gomery County and North­east Phil­adelphia.”

Earli­er, Mar­gol­ies was en­dorsed by Mont­gomery County Com­mis­sion­er Leslie Richards.

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Dr. Val Arkoosh, who is also seek­ing the Demo­crat­ic nom­in­a­tion in the 13th Con­gres­sion­al Dis­trict, was en­dorsed by Ann Thorn­burg Weiss, the Mont­gomery County Clerk of Courts.

“Val has a strong set of cre­den­tials and re­cent ex­per­i­ence bring­ing people to­geth­er in Wash­ing­ton and across the coun­try to pass sub­stan­tial le­gis­la­tion,” Weiss said. “Val is the policy ex­pert and na­tion­al lead­er we need right now in Con­gress, and it’s why I’m throw­ing my sup­port be­hind her run in the Pennsylvania 13th.”

Olivia Brady, a coun­cil­wo­man in Nor­ris­town, also is back­ing Arkoosh.

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The NAACP’s Wil­low Grove chapter will spon­sor a 13th Con­gres­sion­al Dis­trict can­did­ates for­um on Monday, March 17, at 7 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Crest­mont, at 1678 Fair­view Ave. in Wil­low Grove.

Among those plan­ning to at­tend are Demo­crats Val Arkoosh and Brendan Boyle and Re­pub­lic­an Dee Ad­cock.

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U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz, a Demo­crat­ic can­did­ate for gov­ernor, last week re­leased a plan she be­lieves will safe­guard Pennsylvania’s air, wa­ter and nat­ur­al re­sources and cre­ate jobs.

Schwartz is one of sev­en Demo­crats run­ning in the May 20 primary. The win­ner will face Re­pub­lic­an Gov. Tom Corbett.

Schwartz said, “In­vest­ing in clean and re­new­able en­ergy sources will cre­ate new wealth and job op­por­tun­it­ies for Pennsylvani­ans, and re­spons­ible stew­ard­ship will en­sure that Pennsylvania’s en­vir­on­ment is pre­served for gen­er­a­tions to come. Lead­ing the way on clean en­ergy doesn’t just make eco­nom­ic sense – it is our mor­al ob­lig­a­tion. But Gov. Corbett is fail­ing us with a lack of vis­ion and a re­fus­al to har­ness Pennsylvania’s po­ten­tial to cre­ate jobs while safe­guard­ing the en­vir­on­ment.”

Schwartz would re­quire that Pennsylvania ob­tain 30 per­cent of its elec­tri­city from clean, re­new­able sources by 2030. She calls it an “am­bi­tious but achiev­able” goal that would ex­pand job op­por­tun­it­ies, re­duce car­bon emis­sions and make Pennsylvania a na­tion­al lead­er in re­new­able en­ergy.

In ad­di­tion, she would cre­ate the “Gif­ford Pin­chot Land Con­ser­va­tion Fund,” a pub­lic-private part­ner­ship that will use con­ser­va­tion tech­niques to ad­dress cli­mate change. She’d cre­ate more open space, re­duce car­bon emis­sions by im­prov­ing nat­ur­al car­bon sinks, and fund land re­clam­a­tion pro­jects across the com­mon­wealth. She’d fund the idea by us­ing the profits from her pro­posed 5-per­cent sev­er­ance tax on shale gas pro­duc­tion.

Also, she would re­quire Pennsylvania elec­tric dis­tri­bu­tion com­pan­ies to con­serve elec­tri­city. She would pro­mote green build­ing stand­ards and will use rev­en­ue from the afore­men­tioned sev­er­ance tax on nat­ur­al gas drilling to fund en­ergy ef­fi­ciency up­grades.

Oth­er ini­ti­at­ives would in­clude in­vest­ments in clean en­ergy; the de­vel­op­ment of al­tern­at­ive trans­port­a­tion op­tions; sup­port for green work­force train­ing; and a re­duc­tion in green­house gas emis­sions.

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The Phil­adelphia Build­ing and Con­struc­tion Trades Coun­cil has en­dorsed state Rep. Mark Co­hen for re-elec­tion. The coun­cil is made up of em­ploy­ees from 15 dif­fer­ent in­ter­na­tion­al uni­ons.

Co­hen (D-202nd dist.) faces civic lead­er Jared So­lomon in the May 20 Demo­crat­ic primary.

Pat Gillespie, long­time pres­id­ent of the Phil­adelphia Build­ing and Con­struc­tion Trades Coun­cil, said, “State Rep. Mark Co­hen is an out­stand­ing cham­pi­on for people who work for wages. The Phil­adelphia Build­ing and Con­struc­tion Trades Coun­cil strongly en­dorses his re-elec­tion. Throughout his ca­reer, Mark Co­hen has been with work­ing people and sup­port­ing uni­ons even when many oth­ers were not. We could not ask for a bet­ter friend to labor than state Rep. Mark Co­hen.” ••

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