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Candidates discuss the issues at Burholme Civic meeting

Can­did­ates in Tues­day’s elec­tion made late pitches to voters at last week’s Burholme Com­munity Town Watch and Civic As­so­ci­ation meet­ing, held at the Wes­ley En­hanced Liv­ing site at 7040 Ox­ford Ave.

Here is a break­down of what was said:

13th Con­gres­sion­al Dis­trict

Re­pub­lic­an Dee Ad­cock, a swim­ming pool com­pany own­er, spoke about his sup­port for small busi­nesses. He also wants to re­form Obama­care and im­prove schools. Primary chal­lenger Beverly Plosa-Bow­ser, a re­tired U.S. Air Force col­on­el, said she wanted to help small busi­nesses so the stag­nant eco­nomy will be­gin to grow. She be­lieves her back­ground will give her a fresh per­spect­ive on what is hap­pen­ing in Wash­ing­ton.

Demo­crat Brendan Boyle, a state rep­res­ent­at­ive, said he’s run­ning to help the “for­got­ten middle class.” He said he is the only one of the four Demo­crats run­ning who is not a mul­ti­mil­lion­aire. He bills him­self as the only Phil­adelphi­an in the race. No North­east res­id­ent has served in Con­gress since Bob Bor­ski re­tired in 2002. “We can change that on May 20th,” Boyle said.

An­oth­er Demo­crat, Dr. Val Arkoosh, por­trayed her­self as an out­sider. “Con­gress is full of ca­reer politi­cians.” She plans to be an “ally” to con­stitu­ents, not just a rep­res­ent­at­ive. She lob­bied for Obama­care as head of the Na­tion­al Phys­i­cians Al­li­ance. She wants the min­im­um wage to be $12 an hour.

Demo­crat Daylin Leach, a state sen­at­or, grew up in the North­east and touts him­self as the most pro­gress­ive mem­ber of the le­gis­lature. He fa­vors paid fam­ily leave and in­terest-free stu­dent loan pay­ments. He likes to say that he will not win every battle, but, “I will fight every battle.”

• 202nd Le­gis­lat­ive Dis­trict

State Rep. Mark Co­hen, a Demo­crat elec­ted in 1974, said he’s been a lead­er in the fights for ex­pan­ded Medi­caid, a high­er min­im­um wage and more fund­ing for prop­erty tax/rent re­bates for seni­or cit­izens. He also wants to keep the Pennsylvania Lot­tery op­er­ated by the state since much of the pro­ceeds go to dis­coun­ted pre­scrip­tion drugs for the eld­erly. “I have stood up to Tom Corbett on is­sue after is­sue.” Co­hen faults primary chal­lenger Jared So­lomon for run­ning a neg­at­ive cam­paign.

So­lomon is the founder of the Castor Gar­dens-based Take Back Your Neigh­bor­hood civic as­so­ci­ation. He’s been go­ing door-to-door since Janu­ary, talk­ing about is­sues such as the strug­gling busi­ness cor­ridors and what he sees as the need to re­place Co­hen. “He has been in of­fice since Wa­ter­gate.”

• 2nd Sen­at­ori­al Dis­trict

Re­pub­lic­an John Jen­kins called for busi­ness-friendly policies, more sup­port for Cath­ol­ic and charter schools and term lim­its. “Eight years was good enough for George Wash­ing­ton.” He also poin­ted to the five Phil­adelphia Demo­crat­ic state rep­res­ent­at­ives who have been ac­cused of tak­ing money and gifts, lament­ing that, “Many of these people are go­ing to sail right in­to re-elec­tion.”

State Sen. Tina Tartagli­one, a Demo­crat, has been in of­fice for 20 years. She has been a long­time sup­port­er of an in­creased min­im­um wage and said it is a “crime” that the tipped min­im­um wage is $2.38 an hour. She op­poses privat­iz­ing the Pennsylvania Lot­tery. She’s been en­dorsed by Fraternal Or­der of Po­lice Lodge 5 and the Pennsylvania State Troop­ers As­so­ci­ation.

Danny Sav­age, a former city coun­cil­man chal­len­ging Tartagli­one in the primary, spoke of im­prov­ing Deni Play­ground dur­ing his 13 months in of­fice. “I love pub­lic ser­vice.” He wants to ex­pand Medi­caid and use taxes on nat­ur­al gas drilling to fund pub­lic edu­ca­tion.

• City Coun­cil at-large

Re­pub­lic­an Matt Wolfe faul­ted May­or Mi­chael Nut­ter and City Coun­cil for rais­ing taxes. His budget pri­or­it­ies would be the po­lice and fire de­part­ments, edu­ca­tion, the De­part­ment of Li­censes and In­spec­tions and city cleanups. He op­poses a pro­posed change to the Home Rule Charter that would al­low city elec­ted of­fi­cials to re­main on the job while run­ning for an­oth­er of­fice. “Vote No on ques­tion No. 2,” he said.

Cam­paign man­ager Bri­an Ed­dis spoke for Demo­crat Ed Neilson, a state rep­res­ent­at­ive. Ed­dis said Neilson’s pri­or­it­ies in­clude pub­lic safety and eco­nom­ic op­por­tun­ity. In Coun­cil, he’d be a “voice for North­east Phil­adelphia.”

• Burholme Com­munity Town Watch and Civic As­so­ci­ation will meet again on Thursday, June 12, at 7 p.m. at United Meth­od­ist Church of the Re­deem­er, at Cottman and Lawndale av­en­ues. Free wa­ter ice and pret­zels will be avail­able, and win­ners of a chil­dren’s es­say con­test will be re­cog­nized. ••

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