Kane's coffers filling in advance of bid for 26th District Pennsylvania Senate seat

Democratic State Senate Candidate John Kane announced Friday that he has so far raised $268,725 in his bid for the 26th State Senatorial seat being vacated by Edwin “Ted” Erickson and will be reporting more than a quarter of a million dollars cash on hand.

“I am grateful for the support of my donors, whose trust and belief in our campaign proves that there is a hunger and desire to bring change to Delaware and Chester Counties and to Harrisburg,” Kane said in a release.

Kane, 53, of Ridley, is the business manager for Plumbers Union Local 690 and sits on SEPTA’s board. He is expected to face Delaware County Council Chairman Tom McGarrigle in next year’s general election.
 
County Republican Party Chairman Andy Reilly confirmed last month that party leadership would recommend backing McGarrigle, 53, of Springfield, in the race next year. Party leaders will vote on the endorsement in late January or early February.

Three other Republicans had also reportedly been considering a run: State Rep. Nick Miccarelli, R-162, of Ridley Park, state Rep. Joe Hackett, R-161, of Ridley Township, and county Executive Director Marianne Grace.

Erickson, 75, of Newtown, announced in August that he would be leaving the seat he had held since 2001 because he felt it was time to let someone else take over.

The 26th District was redrawn as part of the legislative redistricting process last year and encompasses Easttown and Willistown in Chester County, as well as Marple, Newtown, Ridley, Springfield, Tinicum, Upper Darby and Upper Providence townships in Delaware County.

The district also picks up Ridley Park and Media boroughs in addition to the boroughs of Aldan, Clifton Heights, East Lansdowne, Glenolden, Millbourne, Morton, Prospect Park, Rutledge and Swarthmore.

— Staff writer Danielle Lynch contributed to this report