We have our first candidate in PA-13. Dr. Valerie Arkoosh, a Democratic health care activist and anesthesiologist, has filed a statement of candidacy for Rep. Allyson Schwartz’s congressional seat.
Arkoosh is a professor at U Penn and the president of the National Physicians Alliance, which loudly advocated for the Affordable Care Act. She’s been on TV on that subject (Martha Stewart in 2009) and Medicaid (last month on MSNBC). Last week, she headlined a panel at the Pa. Progressive Summit. She’s an active donor, fundraiser, and advocate for women getting involved in politics.
Greg Giroux of Bloomberg News caught the FEC filing.
It’s another sign that Schwartz is likely to run for Governor and not also Congress. Arkoosh’s husband is Jeffrey Harbison, Schwartz’s current campaign treasurer. He’d know as well as or better than anyone what Schwartz plans to do next year, and under no circumstances is it conceivable that his wife would attempt to primary the Congresswoman.
Plus, several Democrats who tell PoliticsPA that Schwartz has called them for support say she ruled out a simultaneous run for Congress.
PA-13 is ground zero for top tier Democratic candidates in Pa., so it’s no surprise that so many are chomping at the bit to succeed Schwartz.