With the recent upheaval of Rep. Gerlach’s retirement in the PA-6 race, Democratic candidate Mike Parrish is trying to seize the moment with a new biographical web video.
Parrish, the only declared Democratic candidate before Gerlach’s announcement, formally announces his campaign in the new ad. The spot seeks to highlight Parrish’s service to his country and his experience in the economy.
Parrish filmed the ad in Valley Forge, literally standing in front of cannons, as he describes his family’s history of military service. Parrish graduated from West Point and served in the Gulf War.
Additionally, Parrish also received his Master’s from Stanford and an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania. For the last decade, he has worked in the private sector working on environmental infrastructure. He is currently the CEO of Daleco Resources Corporation, which is located in West Chester.
The primary focus of the video is on how Parrish’s experience in the military and private sector gave him the skills necessary to get Congress and the economy working again.
“Congress refuses to take on the tough fights. There is no excuse for shutting down the government instead of coming up with solutions,” Parrish states. “My father always taught me to ‘put up, or shut up.’ And, that’s why I’m running for Congress, to hold Washington accountable – to our veterans, our seniors, and our economy.”
“We need to invest in our young people, improve our schools, and create an environment where small businesses can thrive again. Because that’s how you create jobs.”
Pennsylvania’s Sixth Congressional District is a toss-up seat with a Cook Political Index rating of R+2. Parrish tailored the video to the independent nature of the district by emphasizing his experience with the economy and his call to balance the budget while avoiding calling himself a Democrat and sticking to issues that are broadly supported by the electorate.
Parrish has a headstart in this race, since he decided to run before Gerlach even announced his retirement. His campaign raised $100,000 during the final two weeks of 2013.