Two Democratic candidates have thrown their hats in the ring, hoping to fill the House of Representatives seat in Pennsylvania’s 143rd district.
Wendy Ullman, a longtime English teacher at Bucks and Montgomery County community colleges, and Doylestown Borough Councilman and attorney Tim Brennan, both will seek the Democratic nomination for the seat currently held by state Rep. Marguerite Quinn.
The 143rd district seat serves part of Buckingham, as well as Bedminster, Bridgeton, Doylestown, Durham, Haycock, Nockamixon, Plumstead and Tinicum townships and Doylestown and Riegelsville boroughs.
Last month, Quinn announced her campaign for the 10th district senate seat that will be vacated by Republican Sen. Chuck McIlhinney, who is retiring from office at the end of the year.
Brennan is the second member of Doylestown’s council to enter the race. He joins Joe Flood, a Republican who announced his candidacy Thursday.
“Doylestown is a well-run town,” said Brennan during a phone interview Friday. “We have responsible budgets and a great quality of life. I hope to bring those things to the legislature.”
Brennan, 40, serves as solicitor for Northampton County. He runs Brennan Law Offices, which specializes in worker’s compensation cases.
If elected, Brennan says, he’ll work to eliminate partisan gerrymandering and strive to create “a fair economy for working people.”
“I am concerned about the priorities being set in Harrisburg and Washington. And I hear the same things from Republicans and Democrats ... I want to help restore people’s faith in the government,” Brennan said.
Reached by phone on Friday, Ullman described herself as “one of many people who is determined to make a change.”
“I plan to fight for issues that are important to working families. I’ve watched from the sidelines with a certain sense of uneasy complacency, thinking that somebody else can do this, somebody else can fix this terrible mess. But I could no longer sit by ... when I know I could make a real contribution,” said Ullman, a 65-year-old resident of Plumstead.
Ullman hopes to work with the business community to develop a “phased-in, incremental increase” of the minimum wage and help ensure that health care continues to cover free birth control for women.
Ullman says she is an advocate for environmental protection, clean energy production and the preservation of state parks.
She’d also “curb the spread of fracking and regulating where it already exists” if elected.