STATE REP. Angel Cruz is going after his seventh term in the Legislature facing the same two opponents he had two years ago - retired Police Officer Jonathan Ramos and social worker Anthony Johnson.
For most veterans with party backing, re-election is a cakewalk. But Cruz, 46, defeated Ramos by just 139 votes in 2010 and figures to have another tight race, thanks in part to an ongoing feud with Carlos Matos, a continuing political power in the city's Latino community despite a recent federal-prison term for bribery.
Cruz said he has worked hard to support housing and business development and secure funding for nonprofit groups helping the community. He said he was working with City Councilman Bobby Henon on a program to remove abandoned automobile tires now littering the 180th District, which includes parts of North Philadelphia, Fairhill, West Kensington, Feltonville and Harrowgate.