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Democratic State Senate candidate Nikil Saval (right), who is running against incumbent Larry Farnese, talks with Anh Nguyen, a census coordinator with VietLead, as he campaigns at the VietLead Lunar Festival in Philadelphia.

In an interview, Saval, a self-described democratic socialist, avoided criticizing Farnese by name, but emphasized his experience as an activist.

“I have a background in labor and community organizing, and that gives me a sense of the way that communities can not only hold legislators accountable, but back them when they want to do ambitious things and stick their neck out,” said Saval, 37. “What we have in mind is vastly more ambitious … than anything we’ve seen thus far in the state legislature.”

Reclaim, which was formed by alumni of Bernie Sanders’ 2016 presidential campaign, is particularly strong in Center City, Fishtown, and the east-of-Broad neighborhoods of South Philadelphia in the district.