The Philadelphia Democratic Party endorsed State Representative Brendan Boyle (D-Philadelphia) in Pennsylvania’s 13th Congressional District race.
Boyle, the only candidate running for the seat who is from Philadelphia proper, received widespread support from city officials, including official endorsements from State Senator Mike Stack, City Controller Alan Butkovitz and Councilman Bobby Henon.
“I am proud to have the support of the Democratic Party in Philadelphia’s portion of the 13th district,” said Boyle. “This endorsement is another sign that our campaign continues to build momentum every day. We have received backing from the overwhelming majority of elected officials across Philadelphia, and it shows that our message of advocating for working families rather than just the hyper wealthy is clearly resonating with voters across the district.”
Boyle aired his first ad this week which discussed how he plans to change that culture of “the hyper wealthy” in Washington.
Butkovitz nominated Boyle for the endorsement, and that nomination was then seconded by 55th Ward leader Bob Dellavella. Boyle then received votes of support from State Sen. Stack and Ward leaders Pat Parkinson, Lorraine Bednarik, Sharon Losier, Shawn Dillon, Bernice Hill and Danny Savage.
“We need representation in Washington that will fight for families in communities across Philadelphia,” said 61st Ward leader Sharon Losier. “I’ve been privileged to work with Brendan on a variety of issues over the past several years, and look forward to continuing that work when he becomes our next Congressman. Electing Brendan will ensure that we have an advocate in Congress who understands the needs of our community because they are part our community, something that is important to keep moving Philadelphia forward.”
This endorsement is a big pickup for Boyle who faces a dense field for the Democratic primary in May. Boyle is campaigning against physician Val Arkoosh, State Senator Daylin Leach and former Congresswoman Marjorie Margolies as he attempts to win the Democratic nomination.