“I’m writing to share some big news: I’m running for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives!,” Waxman writes in his announcement email. “Harrisburg is a mess. Lawmakers can’t even manage to pass a real state budget, including desperately needed funds for Philadelphia’s public schools. Philadelphia needs a champion and it’s time for new leadership that can move Pennsylvania forward.”
“I have over 15 years of experience as a community organizer, labor activist, award-winning journalist, and senior legislative staffer,” he continues. “I bring a unique combination of progressive values and practical experience that is desperately needed in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.”
“Together, we can make 2016 a year of real change for Philadelphia and Pennsylvania,” he concludes.
Waxman is running against Sims at the same time that the latter is seeking to challenge Congressman Chaka Fattah in the PA-2 Democratic primary. Fattah is in trouble (he’s currently facing 29 indictments) but there are three other opponents in the race, including State Rep. Dwight Evans.
The 182nd district consists of Center City Philadelphia, specifically Rittenhouse Square and Washington Square West.