Rep. Bob Brady (D) will retire after 10 terms. He revealed his decision at a meeting Wednesday with “ward leaders at the Democratic City Committee’s headquarters. Brady said his family and pending congressional redistricting drove his decision.” “He was adamant that last year’s federal investigation into his campaign finances, which snared two of his closest political aides, played no role.”
“Brady said he did not want his status as a local party chairman to influence that process in his favor, to the detriment of” Philadelphia-area Reps. Brendan Boyle (D-13) and Dwight Evans (D-02).
“Brady said he would leave it up to the city party to decide if it wants to support a candidate in the primary election for his seat,” but he “did not think that selection would be any of the already declared candidates:” former PA-06 candidate Lindy Li (D), former traffic court Judge Willie Singletary, minister Michele Lawrence (D) or former Deputy Philadelphia Mayor Nina Ahmad (D). He suggested Philadelphia Deputy Mayor for Labor Richie Lazer (D) could be a good successor (Philadelphia Inquirer)
Three other Democrats are already running and more are likely to enter: “Campaign advisers for Kevin R. Johnson, a pastor and head of a workforce development group,” said he’s running for the seat. (Philadelphia Inquirer) “Sources say that” state Rep. Joanna McClinton (D) “is currently registering a Congressional PAC and will announce her candidacy within a matter of days.” (Philadelphia Weekly)