DA Seth Williams backing Billy Smith for state House

Democratic state House candidate Billy Smith announced today that he has received the endorsement of Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams.

Smith, an attorney from Lansdowne, is challenging state Rep. Margo Davidson, of Upper Darby, in the May 20 primary for the 164th Legislative District seat.

Dafan Zhang, an East Lansdowne law student, also is running in the Democratic primary. Saud Siddiqui, chief executive officer of the Upper Darby Caring Foundation, is running as a Republican.

Smith worked under Williams while serving as a Philadelphia assistant district attorney. He now has his own lawfirm in Philadelphia, where he primarily serves as a defense lawyer.

“We need true progressives in the Pennsylvania legislature who will stand up and be champions for what’s right,” Williams said in a statement released by Smith’s campaign. “I had the privilege of supervising Mr. Smith when he was a prosecutor in Philadelphia and I know he will take that commitment to excellence and justice to Harrisburg as he fights for Delaware County.”

Smith, a former Lansdowne councilman, added Williams to an endorsement list that also includes the Pennsylvania State Education Association and state Rep. Brian Sims, D-182, of Philadelphia.

“Seth Williams commitment to progressive values and making our city and region safe is something I admire,” Smith said in a statement. “Having worked for Seth Williams as an assistant district attorney, it means a great deal to have the district attorney on board. His support and the support of my neighbors in the 164th district will help send another true progressive to Harrisburg to fight Tom Corbett’s extreme agenda and get Pennsylvania back on the right track.”

Davidson is seeking a third term in Harrisburg. She earned the endorsement of the Delaware County Democratic Party last month and also has the backing of the International Brotherhood of Teamster Local 830.

Zhang has not announced any endorsements.

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