Attorney and recently retired judge Jimmie Moore said a formal announcement as a candidate in the 2012 race for Congress will come in July.
Moore announced on Tuesday that he filed paperwork with the Federal Election Commission to begin the process of his candidacy to represent Pennsylvania’s First Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives.
“Over the coming weeks, I will continue to build my team and travel around the district talking to residents about the issues they find most pressing,” said Moore in a written statement.
U.S. Rep. Bob Brady (D) is serving an eighth term representing the First District, which includes portions of Philadelphia and Delaware County. Brady also chairs the Philadelphia Democratic City Committee.
For the past 12 years, Moore served on Philadelphia’s Municipal Court.
His bio also says he founded and directed a community-based diploma program to giving underemployed people and ex-offenders a chance to become legal secretaries and paralegals and in turn, turning “tax-takers into taxpayers.”
"Washington is out of touch with what's happening to our families and communities. Special interests have more power than the people,” Moore said.
Moore, 60, said he learned about the struggles if inner-city life while growing up in federal housing projects and living on welfare. He was the first person in his family to graduate from college, later earning a master’s degree in Urban Education and a law degree from Rutgers University School of Law.
Moore said he has lived in the Philadelphia area, raising his two children and practicing law for almost four decades.
“Just like a young community organizer from Chicago, I have hope, a vision, and a belief in giving back and helping others,” said Moore.