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Pro-school choice Dem elected in Philly

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In Pennsylvania’s 2nd congressional district (Philadelphia) state representative Dwight E. Evans (D) crushed his opponent James A. Jones (R) by a margin of more than 10 to 1.

Evans is a rare bird in the Democratic Party. He has been attacked by fellow Democrats for years for supporting school choice, but he took down a corrupt incumbent congressman, Chaka Fattah, in April primaries. Fattah resigned from Congress in June after being convicted on federal corruption charges.

Evans believes in school choice so strongly that he co-founded a group called Black Alliance for Educational Options.

Evans will be a freshman congressman to watch.