PA-13: Sims, Hoeffel Back Leach
Endorsements continue to roll in for the candidates in PA-13 as the race to replace Allyson Schwartz takes shape.
Today belonged to State Sen. Daylin Leach who scored three endorsements, including those of former Congressman Joe Hoeffel and State Rep. and prominent LGBT activist Brian Sims.
“I have endorsed Daylin’s campaign and agreed to be its Chair because I know that Daylin Leach is the progressive leader that we must have in Congress,” Hoeffel said in a statement published on Daylin’s campaign website. “We NEED someone who will show the courage to stand up the Tea Party and far right wingers that seem to dominate the debate in the U.S. House of Representatives these days — and Daylin is the only candidate running who has the record of taking them on, and beating them.”
Hoeffel was Schwartz’s predecessor in the U.S. House and the 2004 Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate against then-Republican incumbent Arlen Specter. Hoeffel remains a prominent voice in the thirteenth district and his support is a big win for the Leach campaign.
State Representative Brian Sims (D-Phila.), a prominent voice for the LGBT community in Pa., also threw his support behind Leach.
“Daylin Leach has been a leader on LGBT civil rights in the Pennsylvania legislature for the last decade, which is why I have endorsed him,” Sims said. “This is a pivotal time in Washington for issues of equality, and we need proven leaders like Daylin who have a record of fighting for our rights. I know that Daylin will be our champion in DC.”
Late last month, Leach officiated at the wedding of two women in Montgomery County in Southeast Pa., adding to his longtime support for same-sex marriage.
In addition, Leach secured the backing of his colleague State Senator Judy Schwank (D-Berks), who cited his support of women’s rights and education.
“In the State Senate, I have come to know Daylin as a passionate fighter working with him challenging the Corbett Administration and the Republican’s most draconian ideological initiatives — limiting women’s access to health care, cutting funding for education, and ending life saving programs that serve the neediest Pennsylvanians,” Schwank said in her endorsement.
Leach is competing for the PA-13 Democratic nomination against former Congresswoman Marjorie Margolies, State Rep. Brendan Boyle and medical practitioner Valerie Arkoosh.