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Daylin Leach Running for U.S. Congress

The Pennsylvania State Senator hopes to succeed Allyson Schwartz in the 13th Congressional District seat in 2014.

Pennsylvania State Senator Daylin Leach announced Tuesday that he will seek election to U.S. Congress in the 13th Congressional District in 2014, hoping to succeed Rep. Allyson Schwartz (D).

Schwartz has announced her own intention to challenge incumbent Tom Corbett for Governor of Pennsylvania in 2014.

Leach, calling himself the “Liberal Lion of Pennsylvania” in a YouTube video announcing his candidacy, represents Norristown, Upper Merion, Conshohocken, and much of the Main Line area in the State Legislature. He said he is running for Congress to end injustice and discrimination, based on his experiences as a Jewish American and watching the civil rights struggle as a child, according to a letter on his website.

Also, Leach learned from his childhood that “sometimes people need help.” According to Leach, he was only able to succeed because “the community invested in me”  - and he wants to give back.

Leach has fought for legalizing marijuana and gay marriage, and has been outspoken in his opposition to new voter identification requirements.

“We used to do big things in America, and we stopped doing big things, in a sense,” Leach said in the video. “We need to take that energy again and start investing in people, education, infrastructure – that is what’s going to get the economy moving.”

Leach served as a state representative from 2003 to 2009, before running for state senate to replace retiring senator Connie Williams.  Leach currently represents portions of Lower Merion and Delaware County.

Leach will run to represent a large portion of Northeast Philadelphia, as well as the eastern part of Montgomery County, Norristown, and Lansdale. For a full map, click here

While Leach now lives on the Main Line, he was raised in Northeast Philadelphia by a single mother who had to put him in foster home at times, out of necessity.

“Northeast Philadelphia raised me,” Leach said in the video.

While Leach lives outside of the 13th Congressional District, U.S. Election code does not prevent him from running for the office.

gerhard sweetman April 06, 2013 at 02:36 PM
Homes searched by code enforcements, OK by both. 4th admend dead, crime lives!
PG April 06, 2013 at 04:30 PM
Go Daylin! Too bad I was gerrymandered out of the 13th District, so I won't be able to vote for you.
Dot April 07, 2013 at 02:30 AM
Exactly. Schwartz does not meet with her constituents. No one can find out her stance on any issue unless, per her staff, "She has made a public statement. Just wait & see how she votes". While she was on break these past 2 weeks, she was "meeting with stakeholders". Obviously, she does not consider her constituents stakeholders.
Stop the madness April 07, 2013 at 11:37 AM
Schwartz is an example of what is wrong with our Gov't. She is a absentee Congresswomen . I don't think she even knows exactly the boundaries of her district. Tax spend, tax spend, hand out money and goodies, tax , spend, tax, spend , give favors to my friends, tax, spend, tax , spend, tax , spend.
Dot April 07, 2013 at 12:06 PM
Hi,Stop. Exactly right. No recognition that she works for us. Look at what she has done...or hasn't done...as far as her job in DC. Few bills introduced, fewer bills passed (before 2010, now none). I understand she keeps getting elected because her staff is superior in constituent services. If folks were interested in the work she was elected to do, would this continue?.

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