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.”