Bucks County Dem Boockvar to challenge Fitzpatrick in 8th district

Democrat Kathryn Boockvar lost the November race for Commonwealth Court judge to fellow Bucks County resident Ann Covey.

Now she's back on the campaign trail again.

Boockvar, a Doylestown attorney, said today she is running for the 8th District U.S. House seat held by Republican Mike Fitzpatrick in what is likely to be one of the few competitive congressional races in Pennsylvania.

Boockvar, 43, said in an interview that one of the motivating factors for her was Congressional inaction and partisanship. 

"The current Congress, including Mike Fitzpatrick, is doing nothing," she said. "And the level of hostility and failure to compromise has shrunk to an all-time low."

Boockvar said she is not aware of another Democrats who have filed to run in the primary. The filing deadline is Feb. 24.

Talk about a swing seat, the 8th District is about as narrowly divided between Democrats and Republicans as they come.

President Obama carried the district with 54 percent of the vote in 2008, the same year Democratic challenger Patrick Murphy ousted Fitzpatrick who had held the seat since 2004.

Two years later voters returned Fitzpatrick to the seat.

In the newly-drafted Pennsylvania congressional boundary map the district was largely untouched by GOP mapmakers.

Boockvar, a career attorney and mediator, represented low-income clients in legal services agencies in the 1990s, before spending 10 years in private practice.

She also worked as a senior attorney in the voting-rights division of Advancement Project, a nonpartisan national civil rights organization.



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