by Dave Davies, Newsworks, 5/27/17
They’re popping up like mushrooms — Democratic candidates for Congress that is, a crop apparently fertilized by the election of Donald Trump.
Though congressional elections won’t happen until 2018, several Democrats have already announced they want to challenge Republican representatives in the Philadelphia suburbs next year.
It’s by no means just a Philadelphia phenomenon.
“Our office has received more unsolicited calls from potential candidates than we ever have in the past,” said Ken Snyder, a Chicago-based consultant who works on races here and around the country.
“Everywhere you look, there are Democratic primaries happening in districts where Republicans have traditionally won by 20 points,” Snyder said. “I’ve been talking to candidates in central Texas where there’s an incumbent who hasn’t been challenged significantly since the ’90s.”
Democratic strategist Mark Nevins said the burst of political activism spurred by the Trump election is real.
“There’s a feeling among Democrats that perhaps they did not play as hard as they needed to in 2016, and now they’re seeing the result,” Nevins said. “They’re not going to let that happen again. So there’s a lot of energy and a lot of passion — and a lot of new candidates running for office.”
A number of potential candidates have emerged to challenge two Republican congressmen in the in the Philadelphia suburbs.
Former congressional staffer and former Cease Fire PA head Dan Muroff is challenging U.S. Rep. Pat Meehan in the 7th Congressional District, along with biomedical researcher Molly Sheehan and tech consultant Drew McGinty.
Also considering a run in the 7th is veteran Montgomery County state Sen. Daylin Leach.
In the 6th Congressional District, Chrissy Houlahan is up and running against two-term incumbent Ryan Costello. Houlahan was most recently chief operating and financial officer for Springboard Collaborative, a nonprofit that seeks to boost literacy among low-income kids.
Democrat Bob Dettorre of Berwyn is also in the race, and the field may grow….
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