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PA House Primary Preview: Northeast Philly, Delco

Through the final days, PoliticsPA is watching House races in Northeast Philadelphia and Delaware County.

NORTHEAST PHILADELPHIA

172nd State House Legislative District
Kevin Boyle (D) vs. Sean Dougherty (D)
Aizaz Gill (R) vs. Patrick Gushue (R)

Boyle, who faces an arrest warrant for violating a restraining order obtained by his ex-wife, is the incumbent president but faces a major challenge to keep Dougherty’s seat in Harrisburg.

Representative Kevin J. Boyle – PA House of RepresentativesKevin Boyle

  • Party. Democrat
  • Residence. Northeast Philadelphia
  • Experience. State representative. Majority Chairman of the Home Insurance Committee.
  • Top priorities. Lead sponsor of legislation that would expand the state’s hate crimes law. Legislation has been introduced limiting the size of firearm magazines one can carry or sell.
  • Last elections (2022). Defeated Al Taubenberger, 57-43%, in the general election
  • Education. BA, La Salle University; M.Ed., Harvard University.
  • Left: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Vote411 Voter Guide
  • Campaign Finance Report (from 1/1/2024 to 31/3/2024)

Sean Dougherty in the race for Pa.  House District 172 |  RecommendationSean Dougherty

  • Party. Democrat
  • Residence. Fox hunting
  • Experience. Public defender
  • Top priorities. Access to abortion. School financing. Union Jobs.
  • Recommendations. Philadelphia researcher
  • Education. B.A., Chestnut Hill College; JD, Temple University
  • Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Vote411 Voter Guide
  • Campaign Finance Report (from 1/1/2024 to 4/8/2024)
    • Raised: $167,605 | Spent: $12,372.62 | Cash on hand: $45,232.38

Aizaz Gill

  • Party. Republican
  • Residence. Northeast Philadelphia
  • Experience. Community Outreach Coordinator, Philadelphia City Commissioners. Pennsylvania Policy Director for Business for America
  • Top priorities. Improve public safety, ensure economic security and opportunity for all, and ensure our education system prepares our children for success.
  • Recommendations. US Senate candidate Dave McCormick.
  • Quotable. “People are ready for change. The most important thing is public safety.”
  • Education. B.A., Chestnut Hill College
  • Left: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Vote411 Voter Guide
  • Campaign Finance Report (from 1/1/2024 to 3/31/2024)
    • Raised: $11,618.96 | Spent: $31,845.21 | Cash on hand: $30,327.47
    • Debts and Liabilities: $17,200

No photo description available.Patrick Gushue

  • Party. Republican
  • Residence. Northeast Philadelphia
  • Experience. US Army Ranger veteran
  • Top priorities. Cost of living, crime and education
  • Quotable. “I am running for State Representative because I want to bring back active, present and effective representation to the district. The current representative in this district has been distant and even completely absent for too long.”
  • Education. BS, Gwynedd Mercy University.
  • Left: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Vote411 Voter Guide
  • Campaign Finance Report (from 1/1/2024 to 3/31/2024)
    • Raised: $21,619.71 | Spent: $15,969.47 | Cash on hand: $5,650.24

District Composition: A portion of PHILADELPHIA County, consisting of the CITY of Philadelphia (PART, Wards 56 (PART, Divisions 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08, 09, 10, 13, 14, 15, 16, 33, 34, 36, 37 and 40), 58 (PART, divisions 01, 02, 09, 10, 11, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 26, 27, 28, 36, 42 and 44) and 63).


DELAWARE COUNTY

159th State House Legislative District
Carol Kazeem (D) vs. Darren Laws, Sr. (D)

Kazeem, the incumbent, faces a primary challenge from Laws. The winner would be the presumptive winner as there is no Republican candidate for the district so far unless the loser decides to run and make a comeback.

Carol Kazeem

  • Party. Democrat
  • Residence. Chester
  • Experience. State representative
  • Home assignments. Children and young people; Education; Environmental resources and energy; Game and fishing; Local government.
  • Top priorities. Critical concerns for her include veterans, education, affordable housing, increasing homeownership, gun violence, economic development and employment, support for youth, especially in the area of ​​recreation programs, and removing barriers for county residents to access and thrive in secondary education.
  • Last elections (2022). Defeated Ruth Moton, 66-34%, in the general election
  • Recommendations.
  • Quotable. “Personally, I feel like this is not enough time in a year,” she said. “I just want to get another chance to do those things. I ask people to give me that opportunity… I want to see the neighborhood continue to flourish.”
  • Left: Website | Facebook | Tweet | Instagram | Vote411 Voter Guide
  • Campaign Finance Report (from 1-1-2024 to 8-4-2024)
    • Raised: $49,584.64 | Spent: $21,408.22 | Cash on hand: $28,176.42

Darren Laws is running in the state's 159th legislative race in part, he said, because of his sense of duty and his desire to make a positive impact.  (courtesy of DARREN's laws)Darren Laws

  • Party. Democrat
  • Residence. Chester
  • Experience. Community activist
  • Top priorities. Mental health problems that have a significant impact on society as a whole and affect individuals, families and communities,
  • Quotable. “Throughout my years, I have worked tirelessly to advocate for adults, youth, families, seniors, veterans and the interests of our constituents and to address the pressing issues facing our communities within the 159th District.”
  • Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Vote411 Voter Guide
  • Campaign Finance Report (from 1/1/2024 to 31/3/2024)

District Composition: A portion of PHILADELPHIA County, consisting of the CITY of Philadelphia (PART, Wards 08 (PART, Divisions 25, 26, 30 and 32), 14, 15 (PART, Divisions 03, 07 and 10), 18 (PART, Divisions 09, 14, 15 and 16), 20, 37 (PART, divisions 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12, 14, 17 and 18) and 47).