Tomorrow night I hope to attend the campaign announcement of yet another candidate for Pennsylvania Congressional Representative Allyson Schwartz‘s (PA 13th Congressional District) vacated seat this November.
Her name is Beverly Plosa-Bowser. If I told you I knew of her before receiving a mailed invite to her campaign announcement just this morning, I would be lying.
(UPDATE: This head cold is probably going to prevent me from attending tonight. Pretty sure I’m not going to feel up to it by the time I get out of work.)
The 13th District seat has been an impossible nut for Republicans to crack, having held the seat for all of 4 years since 1993. Normally, one would surmise that Schwartz’s absence (and with it her substantial war chest and her take-no-prisoners politics) would make this row a bit easier to hoe. But with a huge chunk of the district residing in ultra-liberal Philadelphia and plain old liberal eastern Montgomery County, I wouldn’t be caught counting any chickens.
Plosa-Bowser will surely have a great deal of company on the Republican side in challenging whoever the Democrats put up from their own crowded field of candidates. Besides former 13th District Rep Marjorie Margolies (D), state Rep. Brendan Boyle of Northeast Philly; state Sen. Daylin Leach of Montgomery County; and Dr. Valerie Arkoosh, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine have a lll thrown their headgear into the ring.
On the Republican side, joining Plosa-Bowser, is Dee Adcock who lost to Schwartz handily (like a lot of Republicans have) in 2010. Personally, I am hoping Joe Rooney is willing to take another run at the 13th, but I have not found any indication that he is running in 2014.
Plosa-Bowers’ bio shows her to be a local product. Her father was an assistant principle at Hatboro-Horsham High School; her mother a nurse.
She was one of the first women admitted to the Air Force Academy. She served for over 30 years in the U.S. Air Force and USAF Reserve, rising to the rank of Colonel. Plosa-Bowser served in Iraq, building a Security Cooperation relationship with Iraqi officials.
She retired from the Air Force in 2010 after being awarded the Bronze Star for her efforts in Iraq.
As always I am hoping for sanity to return to the 13th Congressional District in the form of sound Republican guidance in public sector economics, the national economy, and matters of National Security. But in any case, the race is on and it oughta be a darn good one!