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Inquirer Endorses Naughton in Democratic Race for Congress

Shaughnessy Naughton, 35, is running against Kevin Strouse, 34, for a chance to take on Republican Mike Fitzpatrick in the general election

The Philadelphia Inquirer has endorsed Democrat Shaughnessy Naughton in the primary race for the 8th Congressional District.

Naughton, 35, is running against Kevin Strouse, 34, for a chance to take on Republican Mike Fitzpatrick in the general election. Naughton, a Plumstead Township native, is a scientist and small business owner. She graduated from Bryn Mawr College in 1999 with a degree in chemistry.

“Kevin Strouse's background as an Army Ranger and CIA analyst suggests relevant experience in national security matters. But scientist and businesswoman Shaughnessy Naughton’s grasp of a broad range of issues would make her a better match for Fitzpatrick in the fall. So would the Plumstead Township native's roots in the district compared with Strouse, who moved to Bensalem last year,” the Inquirer wrote in its endorsement, which was published Wednesday.

“Naughton is cut from the middle-class cloth of the Eighth District, and she has the experience and ideas to represent it well in Washington,” the endorsement continued. Click here to read the full endorsement.

The Democratic primary for the 8th Congressional District is May 20. The winner will face Fitzpatrick on Nov. 4.

Strouse is a 2001 Columbia University graduate and a former Army Ranger and CIA officer. He served three tours in Afghanistan and one in Iraq. He lives in Middletown Township with his wife and two young children

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