Milton Street goes for the state House; the Sanchez empire expanding?

The state House of Representatives races promise plenty of excitement in the April primaries with the entrance Wednesday of one T. Milton Street — yes, the former mayor’s prodigal brother — in the 195th District, challenging Michelle Brownlee, the first-term, handpicked successor to longtime legislator Frank Oliver.

Street, the former state Senator who gained 24 percent of the vote in a challenge to Mayor Nutter in last year’s Democratic primary -- using his recent jail term on tax charges as a rallying cry for the “Don’t Counts” -- announced his latest candidacy via Facebook. The district includes parts of West Philadelphia, North Philadelphia and Fairmount.

Meanwhile, City Councilwoman Maria Quiñones Sánchez will have a lot at stake in the Democratic primary.

As previously reported by Heard in the Hall, husband Tomas Sánchez is seeking the 197th District seat in North Philadelphia, vacated by Jewell Williams, who became Philadelphia Sheriff.

Now Quetcy Lozada, the Councilwoman’s former office director and close ally, is challenging State Rep. Angel Cruz, a former Sánchez ally who is now a bitter rival. Cruz represents the 180th, in largely Hispanic areas of North Philadelphia and the lower Northeast.

Quiñones Sánchez, the second-term Councilwoman who flexed her muscle last year by trouncing challenger Danny Savage in the Democratic primary, will be more formidable if she can help either win a seat in the state house.

“This is going to be fun,” she said Wednesday, “because I’m not running.”

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