Daylin Leach with students and staff from the Armenian Sisters’ Academy in Radnor, Penn.

Daylin Leach, with Deep Roots in Armenian Community, Runs for US Congress

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PHILADELPHIA — Daylin Leach, a staunch advocate of Armenian rights, is running for Congress for the Pennslyania 7th Congressional District. He is the son-in-law of Dr. Robert Mirak, well known community leader, author of Armenian studies and philanthropist.

Educated at Temple University and the University of Houston Law Center, Leach was elected in 2002 to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and the Pennsylvania Senate in 2008, where he has served on various important committees.

During his 15 years in the legislature, he has been a champion of the Armenian community. He has introduced and passed the Armenian Genocide resolution every year. Two years ago, the Turkish Consulate in New York sent a diplomat down to Leach’s office to persuade him that the Genocide never happened. That meeting did not go well.

He has been the featured speaker at numerous Martyrs’ Day commemorations in Philadelphia. He spoke movingly about what remembering the Genocide means to him. He has also introduced a resolution on Nagorno-Karabakh. Daylin Leach, and his wife of 19 years, Jennifer Mirak, are currently planning a trip to Armenia to expose their two children to their Armenian heritage.

Leach has championed good government, advocating repeal of Citizens United, eliminating gerrymandering and restoring civility to the political arena. His priorities also include investing in infrastructure to create good jobs, raising the minimum wage, and creating a free college option.

For more information on the campaign, visit www.votedaylin.com.

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