Lentz rolls out endorsements from local insiders

In a bid to show that the local Democratic establishment is firmly behind him, state Representative Bryan Lentz (D-Delaware) on Thursday announced endorsements from dozens of elected and party officials, ranging from borough mayors and council members to local party chairs and district school board members.

Taken together, Lentz, who is running for Congress in the 7th District, said the insiders backing him “form the backbone of our party.”

“It is truly an honor to receive the endorsement of so many of our great elected officials and local leaders in the Democratic Party,” Lentz said in a statement.

The endorsements come on the heels of a report about local Democrats still looking to push state Representative Greg Vitali (D-Delaware) into the race, and they demonstrate just how much Lentz has been able to rally Democrats behind him—and how difficult it might be for Vitali to catch up should he decide to run. Lentz has already won the support of leaders from Radnor and Marple in Vitali’s Legislative District—though no one on the list is from Vitali’s strong Haverford base.

Some of the elected officials endorsing Lentz Thursday include Brookhaven Mayor Mike Hess, Landsdowne Mayor Jayne Young and Media Mayor Robert A. McMahon, along with council members and township commissioners from Radnor, Ridley Park, Sharon Hill, Swarthmore and Upper Providence.

“Whether it was in uniform or in the halls of the state capitol, Lentz has proven himself to be an effective leader and a person of great integrity,” Hess, the Brookhaven mayor, said in a statement from the campaign. “I have no doubt that if we send Bryan Lentz to Washington that he will continue to stand up and be a voice for middle-class Americans, fight for what is right and always put the needs of his constituents before his own.”

Political consultant E. Teresa Touey is also seeking the Democratic nomination. Former U.S. Attorney Pat Meehan is expected to be the Republican candidate.

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