State Sen. Daylin Leach, D-17, of Upper Merion, announced that he is pursuing a run for the seat held by U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz, D-13, of Montgomery County.
Schwartz is expected to seek the Democratic nod for governor in 2014.
“I grew up in the district in northeast Philadelphia under tough economic circumstances,” said Leach.
Leach, 51, of Upper Merion, attributed his success in life to the way his community invested in him when he was growing up. He said he wants to make sure other children have the same types of opportunities when they are growing up.
Leach lives “a couple hundred yards” outside of the 13th congressional district, according to his campaign spokesman Aren Platt. However, U.S. congressional candidates do not need to live inside the district – they just need to be a resident of Pennsylvania, he added.
Leach is the chairman of the state Senate Democratic Campaign Committee. He also currently serves as minority chairman of the state Senate Judiciary Committee.
Leach said he was unsure who would run for his state Senate seat. He said it was premature to discuss who might be eyeing the seat.