State Senator Daylin Leach announced on July 1 that he is running for Pennsylvania’s 7th Congressional District, currently represented by Republican Pat Meehan. Daylin has served in the Pennsylvania House since 2003 and in the state Senate since 2009, where he has a well-earned reputation for working across the aisle to pass some of the most meaningful legislation in state history. The official campaign kickoff event will take place this Thursday, July 6, 6:00 – 8:00 PM at the Radnor Hotel (591 E. Lancaster Avenue in Radnor). All are welcome. Click here to RSVP.
Meehan is expected to face a highly competitive re-election battle in 2018 due, in part, to his support for Donald Trump’s agenda in Congress. Despite Meehan’s attempts to portray himself as not beholden to Trump, he has voted in line with Trump’s position 88% of the time (click here to view the figures). It’s also worth noting that Hillary Clinton won the 7th District, which covers parts of Delaware, Montgomery, Berks, Chester, and Lancaster Counties, in 2016.
Daylin’s campaign released a video on www.VoteDaylin.com citing three crises affecting the country, including Donald Trump, that spurred him to run. With his legislative accomplishments, outspoken nature, and reputation as a champion of progressive causes, Daylin would be a strong contender for Congress.
Daylin received his undergraduate degree in political science from Temple University, and his J.D. from the University of Houston Law School. He is married to Jennifer, a psychologist who received her Ph.D. from Bryn Mawr College. They live in Upper Merion with their two children, Brennan and Justin. Daylin was honored in May by the Democratic Committee of Lower Merion and Narberth at its annual spring dinner (see photo above). Daughter Brennan was also recognized by the committee’s as its first-ever Youth Advocate of the Year.