State Rep. Brendan F. Boyle (D.,Phila.) officially jumped into the race for Congress in the 13th District Monday, announcing he has filed papers with federal officials to establish a campaign committee.
He is one of a crush of Democrats eyeing their chances to succeed incumbent U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz, who is running for governor, in the overwhelmingly blue district in Northeast Philadelphia and Montgomery County.
"The American Dream should be open to all, that’s why I’m filing to run,” Boyle, born and raised in Philadelphia’s Olney section, said in a statement. “In Congress, I will continue to fight to expand opportunities for all Americans.”
Boyle says he can count on support from important segments of labor, especially in the building trades, including IBEW Local 98, Sprinklerfitters Local 592, Plumbers Local 690, Steamfitters Local 420, Ironworkers Local 401. He also has support from Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 5. "Boyle is smart, hard working, and he fights for working people,” said Wayne Miller, business manager of the Sprinklerfitters.
Boyle was elected to represent Pa. House District 170 in 2008. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame and earned a master’s in public policy from Harvard University.
Montgomery County has owned the 13th District seat in the past, but after redistricting prior to the 2012 election, 52 percent of the district's registered Democrats now live in Northeast Philadelphia.
Boyle could have plenty of company. State Sen. Daylin Leach of Montgomery County, a leading liberal voice in Harrisburg, has announced he is running to succeed Schwartz. Former City Controller Jonathan Saidel also has filed committee papers with the Federal Election Commission to run for the seat. State Sen. Mike Stack, also of the Northeast, wants to be governor but also has gained mention as a possible candidate for Congress.
Others include: State Sen. LeAnna Washington of Philadelphia; State Reps. Mark Cohen of Philadelphia; Madeleine Dean and Mary Jo Daley of Montgomery County; and Ed Neilson of Philadelphia; Mark Levy, the Montgomery County prothonotary; and Valerie A. Arkoosh, a physician and Democratic activist from Montgomery.