For Democrats in the 14th Congressional District, the primary is a very different kind of contest. Rep. Mike Doyle, 60, of Forest Hills, who has served in the House for 20 years, is being challenged for the party nomination by Janis C. Brooks of North Versailles, who opposed him two years ago.
During an interview with the candidates in 2012, Post-Gazette editors were puzzled why the pastor and social services provider would seek the nomination. Her liberal positions on issues were similar to Mr. Doyle’s, she did not criticize the quality of his service and she failed to articulate why she should be chosen over someone with two decades of House seniority. She said simply that she “would be a voice for the voiceless.”
When the ballots were counted, Mr. Doyle had 77 percent to Ms. Brooks’ 23 percent.
Ms. Brooks, 64, leads the Church of Inclusion International Ministries in North Versailles and is founder and CEO of Citizens to Abolish Domestic Apartheid, a nonprofit that provides family services to the township’s Crestas Terrace neighborhood. She has a doctorate from Pitt’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs.
Mr. Doyle has been a vocal advocate for his district, focusing on jobs, economic development, infrastructure and energy. He has stood up to Tea Party Republicans and differed with the Democratic president on Iraq and Afghanistan.
The 14th District includes Pittsburgh and most of central and eastern Allegheny County, plus Arnold and New Kensington in Westmoreland County.
Since there is no Republican on the ballot, the Democrat is likely to win in the fall.
Ms. Brooks deserves credit for helping the less fortunate in her community, but that’s not enough to send her to Washington. The Post-Gazette endorses Mike Doyle for the Democratic nomination.