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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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Race for Brady’s seat gets crowded

Race for Brady’s seat gets crowded

John N. Mitchell Phillip Jackson Tribune Staff Writer Feb 1, 2018

As the Rev. Kevin Johnson makes the drive from West Philadelphia to his office at the Philadelphia Opportunities Industrialization Center on North Broad Street, he is confronted daily by the towering poverty in the city.

It is that same poverty and the people living in it that have inspired Johnson, the founder and senior pastor of Dare to Imagine Church and the CEO at OIC Philadelphia, to enter May’s Democratic primary for the soon-to-be vacant 1st Congressional District seat.

Johnson is joining what is shaping up to be a crowded field in the May 15 primary. Nina Ahmad, Michele Lawrence and William Singletary have already announced their candidacies. State Rep. Joanna McClinton (D-191), a two-term legislator whose district spans parts of Southwest Philadelphia and Delaware County, may also be planning a run. Read More