by Anne Dicker, Wed Mar 08, 2006 at 06:56:37 PM EST
Two weeks ago, at Philadelphia's Blarney Stone, I announced that I would be running for State Representative in Pennsylvania's 175th District. And as there was a huge rush to get petitions signed, there was no time to talk about why I was running. On Monday afternoon, I handed in 850 signatures at the Board of Elections making me an official candidate.
As I now have a second to draw a quick breath, I'd like to start telling you why I am running, and why winning this particular seat is important step in transforming the district, the city, the state, and the eventually the country.
Pennsylvania's 175th district lies in the heart of Philadelphia. With an eastern boarder of the Delaware River, a southern border near the historic Gloria Dei Church, encompassing all-American sites such as Liberty Bell and South Street, and embracing Philadelphia neighborhoods from Queen Village up to Fishtown - the 175th District is a microcosm of America's rich urban history.