PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia’s longtime U.S. Rep. Bob Brady is getting a challenge in next year’s Democratic primary from Nina Ahmad, who is resigning her deputy mayor’s post to run.
Ahmad revealed her candidacy Thursday, barely a week after unsealed federal court documents included an FBI agent saying there’s reason to believe Brady unlawfully concealed a $90,000 campaign payment to get an opponent to quit a 2012 primary race.
The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that the 58-year-old Ahmad says there isn’t a progressive voice in Congress from the region and people are ready for a change.
The 72-year-old Brady’s been in Congress since 1998 and has chaired the city’s Democratic Party for three decades.
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The FBI’s obtained Brady’s emails, although he’s not been charged. Four others have pleaded guilty or been charged in the case.