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Minister joins the hunt for Brady’s seat in Congress

Minister joins the hunt for Brady’s seat in Congress

By Dave Davies February 3, 2018

Another candidate has joined the crowded field of Democrats hoping to replace U.S. Rep Bob Brady, who announced Wednesday he won’t seek re-election this year.

Kevin Johnson, a minister and CEO of Philadelphia OIC, a 50-year-old job training program, declared his candidacy Friday morning to about 100 cheering supporters.

Johnson praised Brady, calling him “a champion for our region,” then quickly said he would not be a candidate “connected to the non-progressive political structure.”

And he promised to be a “bold, innovative and progressive” candidate who fights for the poor and forgotten.

Johnson, who has headed Philadelphia OIC since 2015, said he’d tripled its budget and expanded its job-training reach.

Before taking that job, Johnson was pastor for seven years at Bright Hope Baptist Church, the venerable 107-year-old house of worship in North Philadelphia that was led for years by U.S. Rep. William H. Gray III. Read More

Minister joins the hunt for Brady’s seat in Congress

Minister joins the hunt for Brady’s seat in Congress

By Dave Davies February 3, 2018

Another candidate has joined the crowded field of Democrats hoping to replace U.S. Rep Bob Brady, who announced Wednesday he won’t seek re-election this year.

Kevin Johnson, a minister and CEO of Philadelphia OIC, a 50-year-old job training program, declared his candidacy Friday morning to about 100 cheering supporters.

Johnson praised Brady, calling him “a champion for our region,” then quickly said he would not be a candidate “connected to the non-progressive political structure.”

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Kirkland ‘seriously’ mulling race for Congress

Kirkland ‘seriously’ mulling race for Congress

By Kathleen E. Carey, Delaware County Daily Times
POSTED: 02/01/18, 8:14 PM EST

With a vacuum created by the retirement announcement of U.S. Rep. Bob Brady, the field of potential candidates in the 1st District is beginning to take form – including the mayor of Chester, Thaddeus Kirkland.

On Wednesday, Democrat Brady announced that he will leave the seat he’s held for two decades at the end of the year to spend more time with his family.

Contenders have thrown their names into the ring, including Deputy Mayor for Public Engagement Nina Ahmad; political newcomer Casey McLeod; former disgraced traffic judge Willie Singletary; Lindy Li, who ran in both the 6th and 7th districts in 2016; and Michele Lawrence, a former Wells Fargo executive.

Philadelphia Deputy Mayor of Labor Rich Lazer is reportedly considering entering the fray – as is Kirkland. Read More