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Nikil Saval, a political organizer and Democratic leader of South Philly’s 2nd Ward, announced Sunday plans to unseat state Sen. Larry Farnese (D-1st dist.) in the April primary. The announcement was made at Hawthorne Park, 12th and Catharine streets. Saval has worked extensively with left-wing organization Reclaim Philadelphia, a political organization he co-founded that helped elect state Reps. Elizabeth Fiedler and Joe Hohenstein and District Attorney Larry Krasner. According to the group’s website, Saval is part of its steering committee.

“The status quo is not working for us and our neighbors in the district, and we are not satisfied with a leadership in the Pennsylvania legislature that refuses to take seriously the gravity of toxic schools, runaway development, corporate greed,” said Saval. “We could have, if we mobilized, organized and fought, fully funded schools, new affordable homes, renewable energy, vibrant mass transit, universal family care and family-sustaining jobs.”

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