Philadelphia City Council President Darrell Clarke Thursday endorsed state Rep. Brendan Boyle in the Democratic primary for the 13th District U.S. House seat.
Incumbent U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz (D) is not standing for reelection because she is running for the party’s gubernatorial nomination. Her move has sparked a four-way primary fight to succeed her.
“I am proud to support Brendan Boyle for Congress. I know he cares deeply about our city and our region,” Clarke said in a statement. “He will do a great job for us in D.C.”
Boyle, of Northeast Philadelphia, is serving his third term in the state House. As Council president, Clarke is a citywide official, though he is based in the 5th District. That district overlapped with a portion of Boyle’s House district from 2003 until June, when new Council boundaries were phased in.
The nod from Clarke came one day after a rival for the congressional seat, former U.S. Rep. Marjorie Margolies, received the backing of Philadelphia Councilwoman Cindy Bass.
Eighteen separate labor unions have already endorsed Boyle, and he has received the blessing of Bob Brady, the congressman and chairman of Democratic City Committee.
Democrats Valerie Arkoosh, an activist physician who was a leading campaigner for President Obama and state Sen. Daylin Leach are also vying for their party’s nomination in the heavily Democratic district, which is split between Montgomery County and the Northeast section of the city.
Arkoosh, Margolies and Leach are residents of Montgomery County.