After the state Supreme Court redrew Pennsylvania’s Congressional maps ahead of this year’s election, the math for a lot of potential candidates changed, including for state Rep. Mary Jo Daley (D-Montgomery) who announced for the newly drawn 4th Congressional district.
The new 4th district, which covers a large amount of Montgomery county and part of Berks county, will be an open seat in the election.
“Today, I filed the paperwork to declare my candidacy for Pennsylvania’s 4th Congressional District. I have spent my life fighting for progressive causes including women’s rights, defending and growing the middle class, and increasing funding for public education, and I look forward to continuing this fight in Congress,” Daley said.
Daley has served in the state House since 2012, after serving 10 years as the Narberth Borough Council President.
Daley took aim at President Trump and the Republicans in Congress in her announcement.
“Currently, we have a President and Congress who are completely out of touch with reality,” Daley said.
Her release pointed to mainly the tax reform law, protecting women’s and LGBT rights, and gun control as major issues for her decision.
“They believe that prioritizing the wealthy few at the expense of the rest of us — while increasing the national debt — is responsible fiscal policy. They believe that limiting and reducing the rights of women, minorities, the LGBT community, immigrants, and so many other groups is good social policy. And they believe that allowing for greater access to machine guns at the expense of our children and families is good public safety policy.”