Philly Rep. Jared Solomon joins Democratic primary race for attorney general nomination – Pennsylvania Capital-Star

Touting his work to reinvigorate the northeast Philadelphia neighborhood where he grew up, state Rep. Jared Solomon announced Tuesday that he’s running to take his fight for vulnerable people and communities to the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office. 

Solomon, a Democrat serving his fourth term in the state House, said that as attorney general he would expand to a statewide level his work to invest in neighborhoods and hold businesses accountable for the harm they cause.

“If you are more interested in padding your bottom line than taking care of our communities, as Attorney General, I am going to come after you,” Solomon said.

A crowded field of Democratic primary candidates has emerged since incumbent Attorney General Michele Henry told a state Senate panel this year that she would not seek election in 2024. Gov. Josh Shapiro appointed Henry to finish his term as attorney general after he was elected chief executive last year.

Solomon joins former Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale, former Bucks County solicitor and federal prosecutor Joe Khan, and former Philadelphia Chief Public Defender Keir Bradford-Grey in the race for the Democratic nomination. Only York County District Attorney David Sunday has declared candidacy in the Republican primary. 

First elected in 2016, Solomon challenged and defeated state Rep. Mark B. Cohen, who had served in Philadelphia’s 202nd Legislative District since 1974 and was the longest-serving state lawmaker at the time. Prior to his public service, Solomon practiced securities and antitrust law at the Philadelphia law firm Kohn Swift and Graf. 

He is also a U.S. Army Reserve captain and serves in the judge advocate general corps.

As a state representative, Solomon has sponsored legislation to open Pennsylvania’s primary elections to non-partisan voters, reform campaign finance laws, ban gifts to public officials, and provide tax exemptions to developers who repair low-cost housing. Solomon was appointed last year as the minority member of a three-lawmaker panel to manage the impeachment trial of Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner.

He also serves as chairperson of the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee.

Solomon told supporters gathered Tuesday morning outside a recreation center in the Oxford Circle section of Philadelphia about his great grandparents, who fled religious persecution in Ukraine.

“They were welcomed here to Northeast Philadelphia. They started a family. They began a business. They felt that this was their community,” Solomon said.

His mother, a special education teacher who raised him in an apartment above his great grandparents’ butcher shop, advocated for students who had been left behind by the system.

“They believed in her and she unleashed opportunities for them that many thought were simply impossible. Her fight inspired my fight,” Solomon said.

After college, law school and starting his legal career, Solomon returned to northeast Philadelphia.

“I saw a neighborhood that was not the community that my great grandparents had been welcomed by,” he said. “It was a neighborhood that had been left behind, forgotten, without a voice. So I brought my fight to this community right here.”

By investing in the community and working with community members to repair streetlights, reinvigorate business corridors, clear streets and parks of trash and illegally dumped debris, and build new recreational opportunities for kids, crime has dropped in northeast Philadelphia, Solomon said.

He later told reporters that he credits Shapiro’s work as attorney general expanding preventative justice programs under the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency with providing the resources for communities to fight crime by putting up cameras, repairing homes and picking trash.

And while Solomon said that kind of investment in building communities and taking on crime is needed at the local level across the commonwealth, his work as attorney general would include defending national threats to Pennsylvania communities and residents.

Solomon said out-of-state landlords, illegal dumpers, gun manufacturers and others would be in his sights as attorney general. And he said he would be prepared to fight national threats to Pennsylvania residents’ fundamental rights and freedoms.

“Our reproductive rights, our LGBTQ rights, workers rights, the very sacred right to vote will all be under attack,” Solomon said. “We can’t play politics. We can’t be thinking about political expediency. We need someone with a track record who stood up to special interests at every turn.” 

Originally published at,by Peter Hall

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