On Sunday, April 8, 2018, the Delaware County Democratic Committee is set to meet and decide to endorse a candidate in the PA-5 Congressional primary, or not to endorse any candidate.
“ I urge all committee members, both those who support my candidacy as well as all others, to first approve a motion not to endorse any candidates,” said Arata.
“There are 14 talented candidates representing every part and every facet of the County, and the Democratic voters should pick a candidate on May 15. That is what primaries are for.”
“The people are tired of back room deals, special interest endorsements, and elections bought and paid for. The Democratic voters in Delaware County are smart,engagged and completely capable of choosing the best candidate in the primary,” said Arata.
“The first, and hopefully the final, vote should be not to endorse any candidate,” Arata said.
“I am not a lawyer, professional politician, or perennial candidate,” said Arata.
“I competed on the football field at Princeton University and then in the software industry for 20 years. Competition is a positive force in all facets of society. Yes, it will be a tough environment but fifteen years ago, I took a $100K pay cut to become a public school teacher in inner city Philadelphia. I am the only union member and experienced union organizer in the race. I am used to tough environments and it will make all 14 of us and the party stronger.”
“I strongly believe that it is more fair to each and every candidate and thevoters that the Democratic Committee not play favorites until the people's voices are heard on primary day,” Arata said. It will also be better for the party if our party leadership chooses to encourage us to continue to connect with voters and generate positive energy throughout the District, Arata said.
“Conversely, the party leadership telling 13 candidates that their campaigns are not legitimate, not blessed by the party, will only create a negative reaction in the electorate from which it will be difficult to recover,” Arata explained.
“Competition will strengthen each campaign, and therefore the party as a whole, and will make the primary winner a better, more tested candidate to go after the Republicans in the Fall,” Arata exclaimed.