Dee Adcock, a 62 year-old businessman who owns and operates a swimming pool equipment distribution company, told me this afternoon he is running for Pennsylvania’s 13th Congressional seat “to restore the American dream for working men and women for the district and the country. The only way we can do that is to get the economy going.”
As the nominee of the Republican Party in 2010, Adcock received 91,987 votes against the winning incumbent Democratic Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz, which earned him a respectable 43.7% of the total vote – an amazingly high percentage that is virtually unheard of for any Republican running for a Congressional seat that has a part of Philadelphia in it.
The Congressional seat is open, as Schwartz has said she is not running for reelection, as she is an announced candidate for governor.
The 13th Congressional district, which encompasses parts of eastern Montgomery County and Northeast Philadelphia, has since been redistricted and has gone through demographic changes, with a voter registration edge improving for the Democrats.