Boyle, Saidel File to Run for Schwartz Seat
In what’s shaping up to be a highly contested and crowded democratic primary, PA-13 has two newcomers who are vying for the seat. State Rep. Brendan Boyle and Jonathan Saidel have both filed their papers to set up exploratory committees in Rep. Allyson Schwartz’s district.
With their filings, they are the first Philadelphians to run for the seat that many believe Schwartz will vacate in order to run for the Governor’s mansion.
“I’ve heard from working families I represent, labor leaders, and grassroots leaders. I know how much work goes into a race like this and I don’t plan on letting a moment go by without doing what it takes to get the job done,” Boyle said in a Monday press release.
Brendan Boyle is currently the State House Representative for the 170th District. He was elected in 2008 as the first democrat to ever hold that seat. He served as the chairman of the House Democratic Campaign Committee during the 2012 election cycle. His district lies entirely within PA-13, and covers portions of Northeast Philadelphia and Montgomery County.
He boasted the support of several prominent unions, including, the release said, “most of the Philadelphia Building Trades unions, including IBEW Local 98, Sprinklerfitters Local 592, Plumbers Local 690, Steamfitters Local 420, Iron Workers Local 401, and the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 5.”
Jonathan Saidel is the former City Controller for the city of Philadelphia. He stepped down after three terms to run for mayor in 2007 before dropping out of the race. He also made an attempt to run for the Lieutenant Governor’s seat in 2010 but lost in the Democratic primary. He hasn’t made an announcement yet, but formed an exploratory committee last week.
Bloomberg’s Greg Giroux caught Boyle filing his FEC forms.
Physician Valerie Arkoosh and State Senator Daylin Leach have already filed their papers for Schwartz’s PA-13 seat, and are the two Montgomery County candidates who have announced they are running so far. With Boyle and Saidel joining the field, bringing the grand total of candidates to four.
Although it seems very likely that Schwartz will give up her seat in order to run for Governor, there has been no official announcement of her candidacy.