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Sun Jan 13, 2019, 08:37 AM

Quinones-Sanchez and Cruz, after years of fighting, face off in the 7th District

PHILADELPHIA -- Call it Round Four in “the Battle of the Barrio."

In one corner is the undisputed champion of the 7th District, City Councilwoman Maria Quiñones-Sánchez, who has won election three times since 2007 without the endorsement of local ward leaders or the Democratic City Committee. In the other corner, State Rep. Angel Cruz, a longtime political sparring partner, who was just sworn in for his 10th two-year term in Harrisburg.

Cruz, who last week created a political action committee to challenge Quiñones-Sánchez in the May 21 primary, also leads the 7th Ward, which is part of her district. He has been at the heart of Democrats in the majority-Latino district denying her political support for more than a decade.

Even for Philadelphia Democrats, the pugilism in this district continues to be unusually punchy.

Cruz said he’d been approached by people in the community who want “real leadership."

Read more: http://www.philly.com/politics/clout/quinones-sanchez-cruz-after-years-fighting-face-off-th-district-philly-clout-20190111.html

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