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Jewish Exponent: Congressional Candidate Dan Muroff Says He Relates to the Little Guy

Dan Muroff believes that he can relate to the average voter because he shares the same kinds of experiences and crises that are a part of their everyday lives.

The 50-year-old advocacy attorney, former president of CeaseFire PA and the Conservation Voters of Pennsylvania, and unsuccessful candidate in the 2016 race for Congress in the 2nd District, recently announced he’ll make another run for Congress in 2018.

He joins a crowded Democratic field seeking the nomination against U.S. Rep. Pat Meehan, a Republican representing the state’s 7th District. A change in residence allows Muroff to compete in a different district.

Muroff said some of the recent actions in Washington, D.C., with the House voting to repeal the Affordable Care Act and President Donald Trump committing the U.S. to pull out of the Paris climate accord, hit home on a personal level.

“I had a sister who disappeared in 1997,” said Muroff, who grew up in Havertown. “My sister Marlyn had a substance abuse problem from the time that I remember.

“The opioid addiction crisis is high-profile today, but there are lot of us who lived through the aftermath of a family member who was addicted and really do appreciate and understand the challenges and the impact it has on the family. … So when I hear Trump putting out a budget where he wants to cut programs that provide service to people in recovery, I don’t know how else to characterize it but as radical.”