Former Congresswoman Marjorie Margolies-Mezvinsky will run for Congress. She represented this district for one term in the 1990s.
Update: Her newly-formed campaign made its official announcement Thursday morning.
My desire to serve today is rooted firmly in the very same belief I held when I first won this seat — a belief in the power of different voices in Congress to make a difference: the voices of a mother and grandmother who today make up less than 20% of Congress; the voice of one who fights to empower women in emerging democracies around the world ‒ leading an international organization that was to become the first to bring Bosnian and Serbian women together and double the number of women in several parliaments in Africa; the voice of an educator and author who has encouraged the next generation of women to seek office and serve. These voices are not better or worse than the voices of those now serving in Congress but they are different. And that difference can make a difference.
WHYY Newsworks was the first to report what appears to be a concerted push by the Margolies team to publicize her FEC filing, set for tomorrow.
Several news outlets cited sources close to the former congresswoman on the announcement. PoliticsPA is seeking comment from Margolies.
Her intent to run has been clear for several weeks. A former adviser, Ken Smukler, set up a 527 committee for her in late April.
She joins several other contenders including activist Dr. Valerie Arkoosh, state Rep. Brendan Boyle (D-Phila) and state Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montco). \
Margolies cast the deciding vote for President Bill Clinton’s 1993 budget, a vote which is credited for her defeat a year later. Another Clinton connection? His daughter Chelsea married Margolies’ son.
The safe Democratic seat comprises southern Montgomery County and northeast Philadelphia. It is currently represented by Rep. Allyson Schwartz, who is running for Governor.