Both PA-7 Dems Live Outside the District
PoliticsPA has learned that Democrat Molly Sheehan, who announced yesterday she is running in the 7th Congressional district, does not live in the district. She currently lives in Philadelphia.
The other Democratic candidate for the seat Dan Muroff also lives in Philadelphia, where he is a ward leader and ran for Congress in 2016.
“There is a difference between running where you are moving, and moving where you are running,” Sheehan said, taking a slight swipe at Muroff who says he is looking to move into the district in the next six weeks and resign his ward leader position.
“We are in the process of looking for housing in the district,” Sheehan said in a phone interview with PoliticsPA.
Sheehan is finishing up her fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania, and is looking to move back to the district by the end of the year. She grew up and went to college in the district.
The law does not require a congressional candidate to live in the district where he or she runs or lives. Someone in Erie could theoretically run in Pa-7.
The 7th district’s unusual shape means that it does not have a core local identity. It is the most oddly shaped in southeast Pa., stretching from the Bucks County line to the outskirts of Lancaster and from the Delaware/Maryland border to north of Reading.
Muroff did not respond to requests for comment.