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Kevin Johnson seeks to unseat congressional incumbent in 3rd District

Kevin Johnson seeks to unseat congressional incumbent in 3rd District

Rev. Kevin Johnson is aiming to go from the pulpit to Congress.

Johnson, a political newcomer, will compete in the May 15 Democratic primary for the 3rd Congressional District.

He will face off against incumbent Dwight Evans, a Democrat who has represented the 2nd District since 2016. The newly crafted congressional district put in place this year will move Evans from the 2nd to the 3rd district.

As Johnson prepares to compete for the Democratic line against Evans, he assailed the incumbent’s nearly four decades in the State House and said, “It’s time for change.”

“I am not a career politician,” Johnson said during a recent Philadelphia Tribune editorial board meeting. “I am a person who is committed to the community. … When you look at someone who has been in office for nearly 40 years, that’s not change. We have to begin to plan for the future of Philadelphia.” Read More

PFT backing Johnson in the 3rd Congressional District

PFT backing Johnson in the 3rd Congressional District

John N. Mitchell Tribune Staff Writer Mar 23, 2018

The Rev. Kevin Johnson picked up the crucial endorsement of the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers earlier this week in his bid to defeat Congressman Dwight Evans in the newly drawn 3rd Congressional District in next month’s primary.

“We believe that Kevin is the right person to take the fight for the future of public education and working people to Washington,” said PFT President Jerry Jordan. “Our students and communities need strong advocates in Washington fighting for them and with them. Educators and families across the 3rd District must have a representative committed to investing in public education, workers’ rights, and marginalized communities. Kevin’s platform can bring that change to Capitol Hill.”

Johnson, the lead Pastor at Dare to Imagine Church in the Mount Airy section of the city and the CEO of Philadelphia Opportunities Industrialization Center, Inc. (OIC) originally announced that he was running for the 1st Congressional district under the old map. However, with the redraw, Johnson lives in the new 3rd District, which includes most of the city west of Broad Street.

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Candidates scramble to get edge in new congressional boundaries

Candidates scramble to get edge in new congressional boundaries

Johann Calhoun Tribune Staff Writer Feb 28, 2018

The state’s new congressional boundaries have former candidates of the now old 1st district seat scrambling to find their political footing.

Before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court approved the new congressional boundaries last week, Democratic U.S. Rep. Bob Brady’s 1st Congressional district witnessed six candidates announcing their bid to replace the long-time congressman.

Brady announced in January he would not seek another term in Congress, giving up the seat he’s held for two decades. The FBI last year filed charges against four people in an investigation into a payment his campaign made to a primary opponent in 2012. Three people have pleaded guilty, including a political consultant to Brady.

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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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Bob Brady exits, candidacy flood gates open in First Congressional District

Bob Brady exits, candidacy flood gates open in First Congressional District

Updated: JANUARY 31, 2018 — 6:44 PM EST

by Claudia Vargas & Holly Otterbein – Staff Writers
When Democratic U.S. Rep. Bob Brady announced Wednesday that he won’t stand for reelection this year, it instantly changed the race for Pennsylvania’s First Congressional District.

The proof: A new candidate officially threw his hat in the ring hours after the incumbent took his out, and another politician said she is considering doing the same thing.

Campaign advisers for Kevin R. Johnson, a pastor and head of a workforce development group, told the Inquirer and Daily News that he is running in the Democratic primary for Brady’s seat. He is one of five Democrats currently campaigning in the district. Read More

NBC News’ Kristen Welker got married in Philly over the weekend

NBC News’ Kristen Welker got married in Philly over the weekend

Philly wedding bells recently rang for NBC White House correspondent Kristen Welker, who married fiancé John Hughes in a ceremony at the Hyatt at the Bellevue over the weekend.

As HughE Dillon reports, Welker’s wedding took place in the Hyatt’s Rose Ballroom this past weekend, with attendees including NBC reporter Kelly O’Donnell, Meet the Press’ Chuck Todd, CNBC’s (and former NBC10 favorite) Aditi Roy, and Alan Greenspan, among others.

The pair were married by Dare to Imagine Church’s Rev. Kevin Johnson, who posted some photos of the ceremony to social media:

Another guest shared an image showing Welker and Hughes’ first dance as a couple, which Dillon reports was to “At Last” by Etta James:

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