What to know about his Senate bid in Pennsylvania’s 2022 primary election

Alex Khalil is a member of Jenkintown Borough Council and a longtime Democratic activist from Montgomery County, who is currently running for the party’s nomination for the U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania.

She has a background in information technology and small business consulting. Khalil is the only woman to run in the Democratic primary. She is relatively unknown in the race.

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Khalil, 60, was born in Hackensack, NJ, and grew up in Glassboro and New York.

She represents Montgomery County on the state association of boroughs and is a board member of the Jenkintown Education Foundation, a nonprofit organization that raises funds for the district.

She has been an active supporter of Bernie Sanders’ two presidential campaigns and served as a delegate for his run for the White House in 2016.

Khalil holds a degree in Electrical Engineering Technology from Temple, a degree in Library and Information Science from Drexel, and a law degree from Temple.

She has a small business consulting firm based in New Jersey, and she previously taught business courses at Gwynedd Mercy College.

Khalil said her interest in running for office began as she watched small businesses struggle during the pandemic.

“We really didn’t have enough help for small businesses in this country,” she said in an interview. “Big businesses got loans – Walmarts and Targets and Home Depots were able to open and yet the family store was told, ‘Well, good luck’.”

Khalil says she would focus on making prescription drugs more affordable, bringing manufacturing jobs back to the United States, and reforming schools to include more job training for students.

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“Our kids should leave public schools saying, ‘I’m fine. I can start my own business, I can do trades, I can go to college, or I can do all three,” she said.

Khalil also cites environmental justice as a priority.

Some of his other priorities include rebuilding the Philadelphia textile industry that once employed 60,000 people and supported Pennsylvania artists with government funding.

Khalil did not win any major mentions.

His campaign raised $13,000 last quarter and had less than $2,000 in the bank at the end of March, according to federal documents by far the smallest amount of anyone in the race.

“I find myself in this circle where people don’t know me because I wasn’t getting any press, so I wasn’t getting any donations,” she said.

She is the only candidate from Montgomery County (or any county in suburban Philadelphia) and the only woman in the Democratic primary. Pennsylvania has never elected a woman to the US Senate.

Khalil would also be the country’s first Muslim senator.

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