U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz’s campaign for state governor has left a deep and cloudy field vying for representation in Pennsylvania’s 13th Congressional District.
Upon the closing of Tuesday’s primary filing deadline, six candidates have declared their candidacy to fill Schwartz’s vacancy.
Marjorie Margolies, Daylin Leach, Brendan Boyle and Val Akroosh all seek to replace Schwartz on the Democratic ticket while Dee Adcock and Bev Plosa-Bowser stand in opposition for the Republicans.
Along with being an ex-congresswoman, Margolies is also a former television news reporter at Philadelphia’s WCAU.
As the President of the Women’s Campaign International and former Chair of the National Women’s Business Council, Margolies has advocated for the rights of women around the world.
Daylin Leach began his career as an attorney before serving terms on Pennsylvania’s General Assembly in 2002 and Senate in 2008.
In his tenures he has fought for women’s reproductive rights, LGBT rights, voters’ rights and several other equality initiatives which he hopes to bring with him to the federal level.
Democratic candidate Brendan Boyle currently represents the 170th District in the state legislature.
He was the first Democrat to ever win that district when he did so in 2008.
Boyle holds the support of numerous labor organizations that support his policies.
He proposes to raise the minimum wage and close tax loopholes.
Rounding out the field for the Democrats is Val Arkoosh, a physician and health care activist who grew up in Nebraska but later moved to Philadelphia in 1986 to pursue her career.
She is a supporter of the Affordable Care Act and says its results can already be seen shaping Pennsylvania residents.
Arkoosh is also a proponent of reproductive rights as well as the need to reduce gun violence.
Republican candidates Adcock and Plosa-Bowser face the arduous task of overcoming a deep blue field in what is traditionally a decisively left-leaning urban district.
Adcock did however previously run against the exiting incumbent, Schwartz, and obtained a strong 44 percent of the popular vote.
Adcock is a 62-year-old business man whose campaign prioritizes removing restraints from the economy.
Ben Plosa Bowser is a retired air force officer and a veteran of the Iraq War.
She is pro-union, pro-military and counterterrorism spending, and anti-Affordable Care Act.
Polsa-Bowser grew up in Southeast Pennsylvania.
The 13th District is composed of parts of Philadelphia and lower Montgomery County.
Pennsylvania primary elections will be held May 20.