In the tight four-way Democratic primary for the congressional seat being vacated by Allyson Schwartz, geography may prove pivotal.
The district is roughly split between Northeast Philadelphia and Montgomery County voters, but three of the candidates are from the suburban side. Only state Rep. Brendan Boyle is from Philadelphia.
That's why Dr. Valerie Arkoosh, who worked as a policy advocate on the Affordable Care Act, is emphasizing two city-side endorsements she picked up recently: one from AFSCME District Council 47, which represents white-collar municipal workers; and another from The Philadelphia Tribune, a newspaper that serves the African-American community.
The DC 47 endorsement could be particualrly helpful for the first-time candidate because unions run their own get-out-the-vote operations and could help her ground game in the city.