HD-182: Waxman Has $73K COH
Waxman is a top aide to Sen. Vincent Hughes and a former field director for Pennsylvania Voice. In October, he indicated his interest when State Rep. Brian Sims declared that he would be running for Congressman Chaka Fattah’s seat. Nevertheless, Sims intends to also run for re-election at the same time.
Despite Sims’ pledge, Waxman has remained undeterred. He raised $74,301 from the period of August 20th to November 23rd. Waxman spent just $580, leaving him with $73,720 cash on hand.
The challenger is likely trying to send a message both to other Democrats and to the incumbent. To Democratic leaders and voters, Waxman hopes his haul shows he is a legitimate candidate worth supporting. To State Rep. Sims, Waxman seeks to prove he’s a real challenger and maybe even push the incumbent to focus squarely on his congressional contest.
One issue for Sims, however, is that many others are seeking to represent Pennsylvania’s 2nd district. Not only has Congressman Fattah refused to yield under legal trouble but State Rep. Dwight Evans made a major splash when he entered the race. Additionally, Philly Ninth Ward Leader Dan Muroff and Lower Merion Township Commissioner Brian Gordon are also running in the crowded Democratic primary.
The 182nd district consists of central Philadelphia.