Gralnick Picks Up Two Philadelphia-based Endorsements

Democratic primary challenger Brian Gralnick in the PA-4 Senate race was recently endorsed by the Philadelphia Ward 9 Democratic Committee and the Americans for Democratic Action (ADA) Southeastern PA chapter.

“We honestly felt Brian was the best choice and he certainly is ready to take on the tough job of senator,” said John O’Connell, 9th Ward Leader in a press statement released by the Gralnick campaign.

“We’re excited to endorse Brian Gralnick for the 4th Senatorial District in the upcoming primary,” said Glenavie Norton, chair of the Southeastern Chapter of Americans for Democratic Action. “His background of public service, combined with his energy and vision for our community, makes him a fantastic candidate and someone we are glad to support.” ADA is one of the oldest liberal political organizations in the country, founded in 1947 by progressives aligned with leaders such as Eleanor Roosevelt and Hubert Humphrey. Over the years the chapter has played a significant local political role, including the drafting of the Philadelphia Home Rule Charter in 1951 and leading the movement to recall Mayor Frank Rizzo after his 1975 re-election.

“I am proud to receive the endorsement of the Ward 9 Democratic Committee who have so effectively served the Mt. Airy and Chestnut Hill residents, along with the ADA who unites democrats committed to furthering liberal ideals and progressive issues,” Gralnick said in the release.

Incumbent Sen. LeAnna Washington, a product of Philadelphia’s regular Democratic party organization, has racked up endorsements from ward leaders in the 12th, 17th, 22nd, 50th, and 59th wards covering most of the NW section of Philadelphia in the district. Party endorsements generally trigger, at the least, distribution of sample ballots featuring supported candidates as voters enter the polls on election day. Arthur Haywood, a Cheltenham Township Ward Two commissioner, also is in the race. He has the endorsement of Rep. Dwight Evans (D-203), a power player in the PA House.

Gralnick, 34, a career advocate working for non-profit organizations, is a lifelong resident of the 4th senatorial district. He is running on a platform which includes increased funding for public schools, protecting a woman’s right to choose, bolstering senior services and ending criminal justice system strategies that disproportionately affect people of color.

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