Dee Adcock, a 62 year-old businessman who owns and operates a swimming pool equipment distribution company, told me this afternoon he is running for Pennsylvania's 13th Congressional seat "to restore the American dream for working men and women for the district and the country. The only way we can do that is to get the economy going."
As the nominee of the Republican Party in 2010, Adcock received 91,987 votes against the winning incumbent Democratic Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz, which earned him a respectable 43.7% of the total vote – an amazingly high percentage that is virtually unheard of for any Republican running for a Congressional seat that has a part of Philadelphia in it.
The Congressional seat is open, as Schwartz has said she is not running for reelection, as she is an announced candidate for governor.
The 13th Congressional district, which encompasses parts of eastern Montgomery County and Northeast Philadelphia, has since been redistricted and has gone through demographic changes, with a voter registration edge improving for the Democrats.
Adcock will be formally announcing his entrance into the race tonight at a series of Republican events throughout Philadelphia and Montgomery County. He plans to make an announcement tonight in Society Hill at Paddy Whacks, at 150 South Street, at approximately 6:45.
Adcock and his brother Dale have owned and operated W.W. Adcock Inc. for over 40 years, according to Adcock. The family business started by their father, W.W. Adock, currently employes over 100 employees in 9 locations in 7 states.
Adcock has been an Abington resident for 24 years and grew up in Lower Moreland. Married for 35 years, with three children ranging from 25 to 32 years-old, Adcock said a primary reason to seek the seat again is because he sees "the country going in the wrong direction," specifically the economy.
Ready for Round 2, Adcock confided, "Battles that are never fought are never won. If we don't fight the battle, we won't win the war."