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Margo L Davidson
Member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives
from the 164th district
Assumed office
January 4, 2011 [1]
Preceded by Mario Civera
Personal details
Born (1962-09-27) September 27, 1962 (age 56)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s)Robert
ChildrenNadar, Joel, Joshua, Rob
Residence Upper Darby, Pennsylvania
Alma mater Temple University

Margo L Davidson (born September 27, 1962) is a Democratic member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, representing the 164th Legislative District since 2011. The district includes parts of Upper Darby Township, and the boroughs of East Lansdowne and Millbourne. Davidson ran as a Democratic candidate for U.S. Congress in Pennsylvania's 5th congressional district, despite not securing endorsements from either the Lansdowne or Upper Darby Democrats. Lansdowne Democrats actually endorsed the eventual primary winner, Mary Gay Scanlon.

Early life and education

The oldest of three children, Davidson was born in West Philadelphia, where she and her siblings were raised by their single mother. [2] She graduated from the Philadelphia High School for the Creative and Performing Arts in 1980. [3] The first in her family to graduate college, she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from Temple University in 1988. [3]

Career

She began her career as a broadcast journalist, hosting a show on WDAS and often covering politics. [4] She also started two non-profit organizations: the Anti-drug and Alcohol Crusaders, which offers programs for children whose parents are struggling with addiction, and the African American Female Entrepreneurs Alliance, which focuses on small business development. [4] She worked on Barack Obama's presidential campaign during the 2008 election, traveling as far as Montana to work for the campaign. [2]

Davidson announced her candidacy for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives after longtime Republican incumbent Mario Civera was elected to the Delaware County Council. Civera eventually resigned his state House seat, and Davidson defeated Republican school board member Maureen Carey in the general election. She is the first Democrat, first woman, and first African American to represent the 164th district. [4]

Davidson assumed office on January 4, 2011.

Controversy

On October 28, 2016, Davidson was evicted from her campaign office in Lansdowne, Delaware County. The landlord filed suit demanding $2,796.77. He was awarded the judgement by a district judge in Upper Darby. Davidson filed a countersuit that was ultimately dismissed by the court. [5]

Davidson was charged in 2018 for two accidents while using a taxpayer-funded vehicle. The story went national after yc.news announced charges had been filed against Davidson for crashing her taxpayer-funded vehicle while leaving a political fundraiser February 3, 2018 in Concord Township, Delaware County. [6] After further investigation, yc.news discovered Davidson was involved in a second accident one month prior on January 11, 2018 where Pennsylvania State Police informed the media outlet that Davidson had fled the scene of the crash. [7] Shortly after the news broke, it was picked up by Philly.com and distributed nationally. [8] According to the Associated Press, Davidson was driving under a suspended license on all accidents involving the taxpayer-funded vehicle. [9]

On April 10, 2018, Pennsylvania State Representative Brad Roae and State Rep. Kristin Phillips-Hill proposed legislation to rid lawmakers of all state-lease vehicles, citing the two accidents Margo Davidson was involved in that year. [10]

Following the two accidents in her taxpayer-funded vehicle, yc.news released leaked documents on August 3, 2018 that indicated the Office of the Attorney General paid $12,000.00 to victims of a third accident but declined to make the documents public until after the primary election. [11] The couple originally filed suit against the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and Margo Davidson demanding $100,000.00. [12]

2010 election

PA House election, 2010:
Pennsylvania House, District 164
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Margo L. Davidson 10,083 53.65
Republican Maureen Carey 8,711 46.35
Margin of victory 1,372 7.3
Turnout 18,794 100

2012 election

PA House election, 2012:
Pennsylvania House, District 164
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Margo L. Davidson 17,240 66.6
Republican Earl Toole 8,649 33.4
Margin of victory 8,591 33.2 Increase 12.95
Turnout 25,889 100

2014 election

PA House election, 2014:
Pennsylvania House, District 164
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Margo L. Davidson 12,272 80.1
Republican Saud Siddiqui 3,056 19.9
Margin of victory 9,216 60.2 Increase 13.5
Turnout 15,328 100

2016 election

PA House election, 2016:
Pennsylvania House, District 164
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Margo L. Davidson 20,448 79.04
Republican Inderjit Singh Bains 5,423 20.96
Margin of victory 15,025 58.14 Decrease 1.06
Turnout 25,871 100

2018 Failed Congressional Bid

Democratic primary results
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Mary Gay Scanlon 16,804 28.4
Democratic Ashley Lunkenheimer 9,044 15.3
Democratic Richard Lazer 8,892 15.0
Democratic Molly Sheehan 6,099 10.3
Democratic Greg Vitali 5,558 9.4
Democratic Lindy Li 4,126 7.0
Democratic Theresa Wright 3,046 5.2
Democratic Thaddeus Kirkland 2,327 3.9
Democratic Margo L. Davidson 2,275 3.9
Democratic Larry Arata 913 1.5
Total votes 59,084 100.0

References

  1. ^ "SESSION OF 2011 - 195TH OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY - No. 1" (PDF). Legislative Journal. Pennsylvania House of Representatives. 2011-01-04.
  2. ^ a b Farrell, Joelle (2011-01-24). "Delaware County's Rep. Davidson blazed a trail of firsts". Philadelphia Inquirer.
  3. ^ a b "Margo L. Davidson". Pennsylvania General Assembly.
  4. ^ a b c "Rep. Margo Davidson". Pennsylvania House of Representatives.
  5. ^ "EXCLUSIVE: State Rep. Margo Davidson EVICTED from Campaign Office – YC.NEWS". YC.NEWS. 2016-10-28. Retrieved 2018-08-05.
  6. ^ "State Police: State Rep. Margo Davidson can't perform her job .. on a suspended license". YC.NEWS. 2018-02-14. Retrieved 2018-08-05.
  7. ^ "Delco Rep. Davidson charged while driving with suspended license in taxpayer-funded car.. again – YC.NEWS". YC.NEWS. 2018-02-14. Retrieved 2018-08-05.
  8. ^ "Police: State Rep. Margo Davidson did 'hit and run'". Philly.com. Retrieved 2018-08-05.
  9. ^ "Lawmaker charged in hit-and-run with suspended license". AP News. Retrieved 2018-08-05.
  10. ^ "Proposed bill does away with state-funded vehicle leases for lawmakers". WPMT FOX43. 2018-04-10. Retrieved 2018-08-05.
  11. ^ "Pa. AG Office Demanded Settlement Documents of Margo Davidson Be Hidden from Media – YC.NEWS". YC.NEWS. 2018-08-04. Retrieved 2018-08-05.
  12. ^ "Couple suing Davidson and Pennsylvania for $100k following crash in 2015 – YC.NEWS". YC.NEWS. 2018-03-21. Retrieved 2018-08-05.