He envisions Northeast Philadelphia as a microcosm of diversity and a model for the entire Commonwealth, where inclusivity thrives, and every voice is heard. (Photo provided)

Pennsylvania voters will choose a new Attorney general in November, but Democrats and Republicans must first select their candidates on April 23rd.

Michelle Henry, the interim Attorney General, is not running to retain the position she inherited from Governor Shapiro when he ran for governor.

Democrats Keir Bradford-Grey, Eugene DePasquale, Joe Khan, Jack Stollsteimer, and Jared Solomon are vying for their party’s nomination. On the Republican side, Dave Sunday and Craig Williams are competing.

The Attorney General is responsible for representing the interests of the state and the public, as well as defending Pennsylvania laws in court. In recent years, the office has defended the results of presidential elections, as it did in 2020 against numerous attempts to overturn them.

State Representative Jared Solomon is running as a Democratic candidate for Attorney General, marking the sole member of the General Assembly in this race.

A familiar face to Latino voters, Solomon has represented District 202 in the State House since 2017. This district encompasses parts of Northeast Philadelphia, a region with a large immigrant population.

After working at a Philadelphia law firm, he joined the Army Reserves as a judge advocate general (JAG) officer and remains active as a Pennsylvania National Guard defense attorney.

As Attorney General, his priorities include combating gun violence and fighting corruption and apathy, demonstrating that, as he has done in his jurisdiction, transformative changes that restore trust in politicians are possible.

Solomon facilitated state funding for the nonprofit organization People Acting To Help, which works with the Philadelphia police to provide diversion services, and for the Gun Violence Task Force; the latter is a collaborative effort between the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office and the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office that provides additional resources to investigate firearm-related crimes.

Solomon voted against legislation that created Act 40 and does not believe a special prosecutor will solve violence on SEPTA. He has repeatedly voted in favor of more funding for public transportation, including the recent increase in the state sales tax allocation that will provide around $300 million to public transit systems statewide.

In Harrisburg, he helped fund a new police precinct within his district and brought in a mental health provider.

Solomon emerges as a transformative leader seeking to extend accomplishments in his jurisdiction, with a compelling vision grounded in diversity, justice, and community engagement.

During a recent interview, Solomon described his vision for the state, blending personal anecdotes, professional experience, and core values, painting a vivid picture of leadership and dedication.

In the heart of Northeast Philadelphia, Solomon’s district brims with diversity. Reflecting on his community’s changing demographics, he noted its evolving mosaic. From a burgeoning Brazilian community to growing Chinese and Indian American populations, Solomon’s district embodies multiculturalism. He envisions Northeast Philadelphia as not just a microcosm of diversity but also a model for the entire Commonwealth, where inclusivity thrives, and every voice is heard.

As a former securities and antitrust lawyer, Solomon brings a wealth of experience in navigating complex legal landscapes and advocating for the rights of the marginalized. «The model that I’ve developed in Northeast Philadelphia of creating a safer, thriving neighborhood and taking on special interests,» he explained, «has shown time and time again that with determination and resilience, positive change is possible.»

The upcoming presidential election casts a long shadow over Pennsylvania, with Solomon warning of the impending threats to fundamental rights and freedoms. «Our rights are at stake,» he cautioned, highlighting the need for a steadfast defender against the onslaught of attacks targeting immigrant and New American communities. As the Republican presidential nominee sets his sights on the Commonwealth, Solomon positions himself as a «seasoned fighter with the values and work ethic to push Trump and special interests out of Pennsylvania and protect our values.»

Addressing concerns about voter fraud, Solomon emphasized the importance of distinguishing between genuine threats and «scare tactics.» Drawing on his experience in the state legislature, he debunked claims of widespread undocumented voting, pledging to prioritize real issues such as voter intimidation and suppression. «As your next Attorney General,» he declared, «I’ll ensure that every Pennsylvanian can exercise their right to vote without fear or discrimination.»

Solomon advocates for comprehensive gun violence reforms, including banning assault weapons and expanding mental health services. He proposes addressing root causes through enforcement, socioeconomic measures, and community protection, envisioning a safer Commonwealth.

At the heart of Solomon’s candidacy lies a deep sense of social responsibility rooted in his Jewish faith. «My faith teaches me the importance of giving back and healing the world,» he reflected, underscoring his commitment to compassion and empathy in public service. Through initiatives like the northeast services hub, which provides essential resources to new immigrants, Solomon aims to create a more inclusive and equitable society, one where everyone has the opportunity to thrive.

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Adrian R. Morales González
Es periodista, editor, poeta, traductor y corrector de estilo, licenciado en Lengua Inglesa por la Universidad de La Habana y magíster en Periodismo y Comunicación Social por esa casa de altos estudios. En su natal Cuba se desempeñó como reportero de la Agencia Informativa Latinoamericana Prensa Latina y de la revista Somos Jóvenes. En el 2002 se mudó a Santo Domingo, República Dominicana, país del que obtuvo la nacionalidad y donde ha laborado como editor de las revistas Mercado, Refugios y Deleite y de otros medios impresos y digitales. En la actualidad es editor de contenido de la revista Bohío, editor de la sección de turismo del periódico Dominican Today, y corrector editorial del Departamento de Publicaciones del Instituto Superior de Formación Docente Salomé Ureña (ISFODOSU). En el año 2000 obtuvo el Premio ESTI a la Prensa por su artículo “El traductor: ¿ente anónimo o creador?”, que otorga la Unión de Periodistas de Cuba (UPEC) y el Equipo de Servicios de Traductores e Intérpretes (ESTI). En 1998, Prensa Latina lo reconoció por ser el primer periodista de prensa escrita en divulgar el descubrimiento en Cuba de la familia negra del pintor español Pablo Picasso. Por sus más de 20 años en el periodismo turístico, la Organización Mundial de Periodismo Turístico (OMPT) le otorgó en 2018, en Panamá, el Premio Internacional Pasaporte Abierto “A la Trayectoria”. En 2023 obtuvo el premio Pasaporte Abierto en la categoría “Investigación periodística”. Adrian Rafael Morales González, también fue corresponsal de Alhucema: Revista de Literatura y Teatro, que se edita en Granada, España, en la que ha publicado teatro, poesía, traducciones y artículos. Tiene en proceso de publicación el cuaderno de poesía Vals de los ogros y se encuentra inmerso en la creación de su primera novela.


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