Sunday afternoon, Sekela Coles, Democratic Councilwoman for the 7th District of Upper Darby announced she will run against fellow Democrat Pennsylvania State Representative Margo Davidson, of the164th Legislative District seat in the upcoming primary. Electors, who have asked to remain anonymous, have come forward with charges of voter fraud. Democratic poll workers have stepped forward with accusations that State Representative Davidson gave implicit instructions to tell voters that her husband Robert, who was in a tight race for District Judge, had passed a qualification test for the role as Judge. Records show that Mr. Davidson had in fact failed the competency exam twice.
Ms. Coles by announcing her candidacy only proves that the Democratic Party has been divided over Davidson’s candidacy for re-election. In 2014 Davidson faced a challenge from Defense Attorney Billy Smith, whose political campaign was supported by the Pennsylvania State Education Association. Smith lost in a tough primary race, but by taking on Davidson he proved that the area Democrats were not behind Davidson 100%. In February, 2014 Keystonepolitics.com followed the accusations of voter intimidation by the Davidson campaign while attending The Delaware County Democratic Committee. Keytonepolicitics.com included a video that purports to show Davidson herself telling me to stop raising their hands during a vote.
According to a Coles’ biography, Coles’ received her MBA from Penn State University in 2003. The following year she came back to school full time in a doctoral program and in 2010 completed her Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration, specializing in Nonprofit Management & Leadership, from Walden University. In November of 2014 she received the ‘Outstanding Elected Democratic Woman Award’ from the Pennsylvania Federation of Democratic Women (PFDW) and in March of 2015 she received the ‘HERSTORY Award’ from the Women’s Federation of World Peace (WFWP) Pennsylvania Chapter. On November 5th, 2013, Dr. Sekela Coles was elected to serve as Councilwoman for the 7th District of Upper Darby. Coles went to work immediately worked towards establishing solid and positive relationship with the residents in Upper Darby. Coles has been busy by including community meetings, a Domestic Violence Awareness Workshop, a Discussion Panel is celebrating Black History Month, a Spring Food Drive, and presenting to various community groups at their respective consequences.
The announcement of a fellow Democrat to go head to head with Davidson made signal that there is a divide in the Democratic Party of Upper Darby. Others have said that “Competition is good,” and that with the race this spring constituents will be better served with a choice between the candidates.