Kim will face Scan­lon in 7th District spe­cial elec­tion

The Boyertown Area Times - - LOCAL NEWS - By Kath­leen E. Carey kcarey@21st-cen­tu­ry­media. com @dt­busi­ness on Twit­ter

The Repub­li­can can­di­date in the 7th Con­gres­sional District spe­cial elec­tion this Novem­ber will be Pearl Kim, who also hap­pens to be the GOP nom­i­nee for the 5th Con­gres­sional District race the same day.

Kim, a for­mer se­nior deputy at­tor­ney gen­eral of Penn­syl­va­nia and spe­cial vic­tims unit pros­e­cu­tor, was se­lected by Repub­li­can con­fer­ees to fill the va­cancy left in the 7th District by for­mer U.S. Rep. Pa­trick Mee­han, who re­signed in April after a con­tro­versy be­cause he used tax­payer money to set­tle a ha­rass­ment claim brought by a for­mer fe­male staffer.

Gov. Tom Wolf then called for a spe­cial elec­tion to be held in con­junc­tion with the gen­eral elec­tion on Nov. 6. That’s also when vot­ers will elect a new member of Congress to rep­re­sent the 5th District, which re­places the 7th District un­der the re­drawn maps ap­proved by the Penn­syl­va­nia Supreme Court.

The winner of the 7th District race will fill Mee­han’s un­ex­pired term un­til Jan­uary when the winner of the 5th District seat will join Congress.

Kim, who won the Repub­li­can pri­mary in May, thanked her sup­port­ers for nom­i­nat­ing her for the spe­cial elec­tion.

“I ap­pre­ci­ate the sup­port and faith placed in my by the con­fer­ees,” she said. “My par­ents came to the United States from South Korea with next to noth­ing to pur­sue the Amer­i­can dream. I in­tend to fight to en­sure that fu­ture gen­er­a­tions have that same op­por­tu­nity.”

Kim’s op­po­nent in both the spe­cial elec­tion and the 5th Dist. elec­tion will be Demo­crat Mary Gay Mary Gay Scan­lon.

This will be the fi­nal elec­tion for the 7th Con­gres­sional District as it cur­rently ex­ists. In ad­di­tion to Delaware County, the 7th District stretches into Mont­gomery, Ch­ester, Berks and Lan­caster coun­ties.

The Penn­syl­va­nia Supreme Court re­drew the districts ear­lier this year fol­low­ing a ger­ry­man­der­ing law­suit and a large por­tion of the 7th District is in the new 5th District. Both Kim and Scan­lon are run­ning in the 5th District race as well. The new 5th District in­cludes Delaware County and a por­tion of Philadel­phia.

Kim ex­pressed her reser­va­tions about the move to­ward so­cial­ism in the United States.

“I am greatly con­cerned by the cur­rent po­lit­i­cal cli­mate in our coun­try, par­tic­u­larly the rise of the demo­cratic so­cial­ist move­ment,” Kim said. “So­cial­ist and com­mu­nist economies do not work. North Korea, where the peo­ple are starv­ing and suf­fer­ing from mas­sive hu­man rights vi­o­la­tions and Venezuela, which is un­der­go­ing an eco­nomic col­lapse, are just two cur­rent ex­am­ples that il­lus­trate that point. In con­trast, South Korea is flour­ish­ing with one of the strong­est economies in the world.”

She said it was her own his­tory that led her to be­lieve the role of the gov­ern­ment is to serve peo­ple and that the role and scope of the fed­eral gov­ern­ment needs to be lim­ited.

“As a fis­cal con­ser­va­tive, I be­lieve we need to hold the line on taxes and elim­i­nate waste­ful spend­ing,” Kim said. “We need to re­duce ex­ces­sive reg­u­la­tions and red tape to sup­port our small busi­nesses which are the eco­nomic en­gine and back­bone of Amer­ica.”

She added that the borders need to be se­cure and im­mi­gra­tion laws need to be en­forced while at the same time hav­ing Amer­i­cans be com­pas­sion­ate to the plight of oth­ers.

“And we all need to work to­gether in com­bat­ting the opi­oid cri­sis be­cause if we don’t find bet­ter treat­ment and im­prove ac­cess to treat­ment, we run the risk of los­ing a gen­er­a­tion of Amer­i­cans,” Kim said.

The Democrats picked Scan­lon in May as their 7th District can­di­date.

Her cam­paign is­sued a state­ment after Kim’s 7th District can­di­dacy was an­nounced. It read, “Pat Mee­han’s res­ig­na­tion from of­fice, amidst an ethics in­ves­ti­ga­tion into sex­ual ha­rass­ment al­le­ga­tions and his use of tax­payer dol­lars to set­tle them, has left con­stituents in the old PA-7 district with­out a voice in Congress.

“Rec­og­niz­ing this, the Penn­syl­va­nia Demo­cratic Party chose Mary Gay Scan­lon as their nom­i­nee nearly 70 days ago, so that vot­ers have time to vet her, like they did in the com­pet­i­tive pri­mary in the new PA-5,” it con­tin­ued. “Since then, Mary Gay has been meet­ing vot­ers in the district and con­nect­ing with com­mu­nity lead­ers.”

Scan­lon’s cam­paign likened Kim’s des­ig­na­tion to pres­i­den­tial pol­i­tics.

“The GOP’s de­ci­sion to de­lay nom­i­nat­ing their can­di­date re­sem­bles sim­i­lar be­hav­ior that we’ve con­tin­u­ously seen from this ad­min­is­tra­tion, where po­lit­i­cal games­man­ship trumps democ­racy on the list of pri­or­i­ties,” they said. “PA-7 con­stituents de­serve bet­ter and Mary Gay looks for­ward to con­tin­u­ing to meet them and the op­por­tu­nity to fight for them in Congress.”

Pearl Kim

Mary Gay Scan­lon

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Repub­li­can Con­gres­sional can­di­date Pearl Kim re­laxes with her dog “Scottie.”

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Mary Gay Scan­lon greets a voter as she works a neigh­bor­hood. She’s the Demo­cratic can­di­date in the newly cre­ated 5th Con­gres­sional district.

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