Springfield Twp. comish, bizman to run for State House


Jeff Harbison, of Wyndmoor, announced today that he is running for election to the 154th state legislative seat that will be vacated when Lawrence Curry retires at the end of his term.
All State House seats are up for reelection this year.
The 54th district covers Cheltenham, Springfield, Jenkintown, and a small slice of the City of Philadelphia.
Harbison has served for six years on the Springfield Township Board of Commissioners, four as board president.
“I have greatly enjoyed my six years as a township commissioner and hope to bring my zeal for constituent service to the State House,” says Harbison. “Our communities deserve a representative with the energy to stand up for them in Harrisburg.”
Harbison, 53, said his knowledge of local issues and his commitment to constituent services are fueling his run for public office at the state level.
Harbison was elected to the board of commissioners in 2005 as a Democrat representing Wyndmoor. He became board president in 2007, and served four years.
He is a Democratic committeeman, treasurer of the 154th District Democratic Committee, and treasurer of U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz's ‘We the People’ PAC. Harbison is also longtime president of the Wyndmoor Civic Association.
He has raised over $60,000 for the campaign so far. The primary election on April 24 will determine the Democratic nominee. There are likely to be challengers, he said.
Harbison ran a manufacturing business and a software company and sold both of them.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from Harvard University, an M.B.A in finance from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and a law degree from the University of Michigan.
Harbison is an avid runner and outdoorsman and has an extensive record of service to non-profits. A Montgomery County native, he lives in Wyndmoor with his wife and three children.