Midterms 2018: A look at Montgomery County’s 4th District race

Jim Melwert
November 03, 2018 - 11:57 am

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NORRISTOWN, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) -- There’s a new congressional map in Pennsylvania for this year’s election, and for the first time in decades, the bulk of Montgomery County is its own district. Here is a look at the candidates vying for that seat in the House of Representatives. 

Montgomery County’s 4th District pits Republican businessman Dan David against Democratic state representative Madeleine Dean.

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David lists economy, healthcare and immigration as key issues, and, he says, Congress could and should be addressing them. Instead, he feels lawmakers pander to special interests, effectively handing power from the legislative branch to the executive.

“We leave it up to the president, because everybody in Congress is so worried about getting elected that they don’t really deal with the issue, they’re dealing with their next campaign," David said. "And that’s not how it’s supposed to work.”

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His opponent, Democrat Madeleine Dean, says she chose to run when she saw the new congressional map which came out after the state Supreme Court ruled the prior map an unconstitutional gerrymander. She says she’s concerned by messaging from President Trump.

“Wanting to divide and stoke fear," Dean said, "wanting to demonize the other, turning a blind eye on sexual assault, on misogyny, turning a blind eye on interference by foreign foes.”

She also lists gun control, affordable tuition and manageable student loans as priorities.