Wednesday, January 21, 2015

NE Times: Taylor Backs Young Candidate to Replace Boyle

Taylor backs young candidate to replace Boyle
By: Tom Waring
State Rep. John Taylor, chair­man of the Re­pub­lic­an City Com­mit­tee, will act­ively sup­port Mar­tina White in the up­com­ing spe­cial elec­tion for the 170th Le­gis­lat­ive Dis­trict seat.
The seat is va­cant be­cause former Demo­crat­ic Rep. Brendan Boyle resigned pri­or to his swear­ing-in as a mem­ber of Con­gress.
White, 26, is a fin­an­cial ad­viser. The elec­tion is set for March 24.
Re­pub­lic­ans hold a com­mand­ing 119-83 ad­vant­age in the Pennsylvania House of Rep­res­ent­at­ives, with two West Phil­adelphia Demo­crats likely to leave after be­ing charged with bribery.
“Mar­tina White is the type of per­son I will need to join me in the ma­jor­ity caucus in Har­ris­burg to ad­voc­ate for North­east Phil­adelphia,” Taylor said. “It is rare to find a can­did­ate that has the com­bin­a­tion of tenacity, cre­ativ­ity and in­tel­lect that Mar­tina pos­sesses.”
Demo­crats are ex­pec­ted to nom­in­ate John Del Ricci, vice pres­id­ent of the Park­wood Civic As­so­ci­ation and a road­way op­er­a­tions man­ager with the Pennsylvania Turn­pike, where he’s worked for 18 years.
Seth Ka­plan, pres­id­ent of the Somer­ton Civic As­so­ci­ation, re­cently resigned as chief of staff for Demo­crat­ic state Rep. Kev­in Boyle to run as an in­de­pend­ent.
Joe De­Fe­lice, ex­ec­ut­ive dir­ect­or of the city Re­pub­lic­an Party, is hope­ful of a vic­tory by White.
“This race will be all about get­ting our people out to the polls,” he said. “This seat was re­cently held by Re­pub­lic­an George Ken­ney, and new por­tions of this dis­trict were part of the former 169th Dis­trict formerly held by fel­low Re­pub­lic­an and former House Speak­er and cur­rent City Coun­cil­man Denny O’Bri­en. Re­pub­lic­ans routinely do well in this sec­tion of the city and are tired of the high­er taxes and poor ser­vices they have re­ceived. Mar­tina will not al­low this sec­tion of the city to con­tin­ue to be for­got­ten.”

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