Democrat Kilderry announces candidacy

Den­nis Kilderry an­nounced his can­did­acy in the 173rd Le­gis­lat­ive Dis­trict dur­ing a Sat­urday morn­ing news con­fer­ence at Ta­cony’s Roosevelt Play­ground, where he serves as pres­id­ent of the ad­vis­ory com­mit­tee.

Kilderry, 38, an elec­ted of­fi­cial of In­su­lat­ors Uni­on Loc­al 14, is one of four Demo­crats run­ning. The oth­ers are Mike Driscoll, Paul DeFinis and Ar­len Curtis LaRue. The Re­pub­lic­an can­did­ate is Mike Tom­lin­son. Demo­crat­ic Rep. Mike McGee­han is not seek­ing an­oth­er term.

“Den­nis be­lieves in this com­munity,” said Steve Pet­tit, busi­ness man­ager of Loc­al 14.

Kilderry, an Al­gard Street res­id­ent and long­time 55th Ward Demo­crat­ic com­mit­tee­man, thanked McGee­han and his staff for their 24 years of ser­vice. He wants to keep the dis­trict’s neigh­bor­hoods strong, point­ing to their af­ford­able hous­ing, easy ac­cess to Cen­ter City and nice bar/res­taur­ants such as the Grey Lodge Pub and Chick­ie’s & Pete’s.

At Roosevelt Play­ground, Kilderry has helped add sports teams, or­gan­ize cleanups and paint over graf­fiti.

“I’m a ded­ic­ated vo­lun­teer,” he said.

If elec­ted, he’d vote to raise the min­im­um wage, work to im­prove the com­mer­cial cor­ridors on Tor­res­dale and Frank­ford av­en­ues and sup­port Ta­cony Com­munity De­vel­op­ment Cor­por­a­tion man­ager Alex Bal­loon.

Driscoll has the sup­port of the dis­trict’s ward lead­ers and Fraternal Or­der of Po­lice Lodge 5.

“This dis­trict is not a door prize for the polit­ic­al elite to hand out,” Kilderry said.

Kilderry ac­know­ledges that he will not be as well fun­ded as Driscoll.

“I’ll make it up in hard work,” he said.

Kilderry de­scribes him­self as “the people’s choice,” and plans to meet voters at their homes, the way McGee­han did so suc­cess­fully.

“We’re go­ing to win it at the doors,” he said. “I’m an every­day work­er. I live in a rowhome. People are look­ing for that per­son.”


Bas­ket­ball fans say the mean­ing of March Mad­ness is the up­set vic­tor­ies by teams like Dayton and Stan­ford.

The Re­pub­lic­an City Com­mit­tee de­scribes it as the em­bar­rass­ment that Phil­adelphia Demo­crats are bring­ing to the city. The loc­al GOP poin­ted to the re­cent in­dict­ment of state Sen. LeAnna Wash­ing­ton, who al­legedly told an em­ploy­ee ques­tion­ing the use of of­fice staff to plan a birth­day party fun­draiser for her that, “I am the f——— sen­at­or, I do what the f—- I want, and ain’t nobody go­ing to change me.”

Also, state Rep. J.P. Mir­anda faces cor­rup­tion charges. And, four state rep­res­ent­at­ives are ac­cused of tak­ing money and a judge is ac­cused of ac­cept­ing an ex­pens­ive brace­let in a sting.

“They con­tin­ue to show they have no re­spect for the of­fices and du­ties to which they are elec­ted,” said Joe De­Fe­lice, ex­ec­ut­ive dir­ect­or of the Re­pub­lic­an City Com­mit­tee. “It truly is mad­ness.”

The Com­mit­tee of Sev­enty is ur­ging the Gen­er­al As­sembly to al­low for the cre­ation of an in­de­pend­ent coun­sel to de­term­ine why state At­tor­ney Gen­er­al Kath­leen Kane dis­missed a three-year sting op­er­a­tion that al­legedly cap­tured four state rep­res­ent­at­ives on tape ac­cept­ing money from an un­der­cov­er in­form­ant.

The In­de­pend­ence Hall Tea Party is call­ing on the state le­gis­lature to re­move Kane from of­fice.

“Ms. Kane’s re­fus­al to do the right thing in or­der to pro­tect her polit­ic­al al­lies and friends is even more fright­en­ing than the bribery it­self,” said Teri Adams, pres­id­ent of the loc­al Tea Party.

Kane has said she ended the probe, in part, be­cause the sting’s tar­gets were mostly black law­makers. She also noted that the in­form­ant had charges dropped against him in an un­re­lated case.


The Con­greg­a­tions of Shaare Shamay­im, at 9768 Ver­ree Road in Bustleton, will host a 13th Con­gres­sion­al Dis­trict for­um on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The pub­lic is in­vited and will be able to ask ques­tions. Light re­fresh­ments will be served. 

Those at­tend­ing will be Re­pub­lic­ans Dee Ad­cock and Beverly Plosa-Bow­ser and Demo­crats Daylin Leach, Brendan Boyle and Valer­ie Arkoosh. 

Demo­crat Mar­jor­ie Mar­gol­ies, a former con­gress­wo­man, will not at­tend.

Ken Smuk­ler, a seni­or ad­viser to the Mar­gol­ies cam­paign, said he’d prefer a for­um with only his can­did­ate’s primary op­pon­ents.

“Why should we waste time de­bat­ing Re­pub­lic­ans in a Demo­crat­ic primary?” he asked.

Smuk­ler said Mar­gol­ies has agreed to at­tend a for­um sponsored by Up­per Mo­re­land Demo­crats in May. In ad­di­tion, she plans to at­tend a for­um tent­at­ively sched­uled for early April that is be­ing or­gan­ized by John Sabat­ina, Demo­crat­ic lead­er of the 56th Ward.

Back in 1992, when Mar­gol­ies squared off with Re­pub­lic­an Jon Fox, the two de­bated 13 times.

“She has no prob­lem with de­bates, and looks for­ward to them,” Smuk­ler said. 


Jared So­lomon is chal­len­ging the nom­in­at­ing pe­ti­tions of his primary op­pon­ent, state Rep. Mark Co­hen (D-202nd dist.).

“Clearly, Rep. Co­hen didn’t make much of an ef­fort to go door-to-door to talk dir­ectly to North­east Philly voters and get de­cent sig­na­tures,” said Sam Shoap, So­lomon’s cam­paign man­ager.


Jef­frey Voice, who is chal­len­ging state Rep. Kev­in Boyle (D-172nd dist.) in the primary, called it “an af­front to vet­er­ans” that his nom­in­at­ing pe­ti­tions are be­ing chal­lenged.

Voice, a dec­or­ated com­bat vet­er­an, labeled Boyle a “Har­ris­burg in­sider.”

“I in­tend to fight this chal­lenge on be­half of those who want to see the 172nd dis­trict rep­res­en­ted by the Demo­crat­ic wing of the Demo­crat­ic Party,” he said. “I in­tend to de­liv­er rep­res­ent­a­tion that is 100 per­cent pro-pub­lic edu­ca­tion, 100 per­cent pro-wo­men’s rights and 100 per­cent above board. I will fight as hard for my con­stitu­ents in Har­ris­burg as I did for my coun­try over­seas. The people of the 172nd de­serve a Voice in Har­ris­burg.”

Voice is also point­ing out that Boyle re­ceived $2,000 in cam­paign dona­tions from Iron­work­ers Loc­al Uni­on 401. Last month, FBI agents ar­res­ted 10 Loc­al 401 lead­ers on charges that in­clude des­troy­ing the prop­erty of con­tract­ors who ig­nored threats against hir­ing non-uni­on em­ploy­ees.

“Will Kev­in Boyle re­turn the money, or as­sume the same po­s­i­tion as his broth­er did…and keep it?” Voice asked.

Boyle said it would not be right to re­turn the money be­cause that would la­bel all iron­work­ers as be­ing part of the al­leged vi­ol­ence, and that’s not true.

“I am not go­ing to give back the Iron­work­ers’ money,” he said. “The Iron­work­ers are an in­teg­ral part of the North­east Phil­adelphia com­munity. They’re my neigh­bors. They’re my friends.”

State Rep. Brendan Boyle, Kev­in’s older broth­er and a con­gres­sion­al can­did­ate, is also not re­turn­ing the money Loc­al 401 donated to his cam­paign.


State Rep. John Taylor (R-177th dist.) is pleased with the Pennsylvania De­part­ment of Labor and In­dustry’s re­port that the state’s un­em­ploy­ment rate is down to 6.2 per­cent, be­low the na­tion­al rate of 6.7 per­cent.

“Since Gov. Corbett took of­fice, I have been proud to work with him in Har­ris­burg to re­duce taxes and bur­dens on the private sec­tor so we can put more hard­work­ing Pennsylvani­ans back to work,” he said. “Gov. Corbett’s en­ergy and pro-jobs agenda stepped in to save the Phil­adelphia-area re­finer­ies, and have cre­ated new op­por­tun­it­ies to make our shipyards the busiest in dec­ades. Pennsylvania is on the right track, and it couldn’t have been done without Gov. Corbett’s lead­er­ship.”


The Phil­adelphia Re­pub­lic­an City Com­mit­tee un­an­im­ously nom­in­ated West Phil­adelphia’s Matt Wolfe as its can­did­ate to fill the at-large City Coun­cil seat va­cated by School Re­form Com­mis­sion Chair­man Bill Green.

Wolfe is a long­time ward lead­er and former deputy state at­tor­ney gen­er­al.

The Demo­crats nom­in­ated state Rep. Ed Neilson to avoid a House primary with fel­low Rep. John Sabat­ina Jr.


The newly formed Phil­adelphia Teen­age Re­pub­lic­ans will meet on Thursday, March 27, at 6 p.m. at Re­pub­lic­an City Com­mit­tee headquar­ters, at 3525 Cottman Ave. in May­fair.

Joe De­Fe­lice, a May­fair res­id­ent and ex­ec­ut­ive dir­ect­or of the loc­al GOP, has met with the lead­er­ship of the group, in­clud­ing in­ter­im chair­man Kyle Adams, a seni­or at Fath­er Judge High School.

Speak­ers at the meet­ing will in­clude state Rep. John Taylor, chair­man of city com­mit­tee; Dar­in Bartho­lomew, chair­man of Pennsylvania Col­lege Re­pub­lic­ans and stu­dent body pres­id­ent at Temple Uni­versity; and Phil In­nam­or­ato, vice chair­man of the Phil­adelphia Fed­er­a­tion of Young Re­pub­lic­ans.

“We are ex­cited by the en­ergy these young men and wo­men bring to the table. Many of us first star­ted in polit­ics at a young age with no dir­ec­tion from the or­gan­iz­a­tion. Hope­fully, the cre­ation of this group will bet­ter ease their as­cend­ance in­to the Phil­adelphia polit­ic­al struc­ture,” Taylor said. ••

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