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Businessman Enters Race for Congress to Replace Gerlach

Former self-proclaimed Republican will run as a Democrat.

Mike Parrish is running as a Democrat for Congress in the 6th Congressional District.  Photo Courtesy: Parrish Campaign
Mike Parrish is running as a Democrat for Congress in the 6th Congressional District. Photo Courtesy: Parrish Campaign
A West Point grad and Army vet turned Chester County Businessman is throwing his hat in the ring for the Democrat party nomination in the Sixth Congressional District Race.

Mike Parrish says he is a former Republican now running as a democrat for the seat currently held by retiring six term Congressman Jim Gerlach (R-PA6).

in addition to his military service (he is currently a Colonel in the reserves) Parrish brings an extensive background in big business working with military contractors. According to the Parrish campaign website: "starting at General Electric in 1998, Mike helped modernize global delivery services in order to save millions of dollars while improving on time delivery performance.  In 2003, he founded Equisol LLC, an environmental services company, and grew the business into a $10 million company with 100 employees in four years. Mike went on to serve as the Chairman and CEO of Environmental Infrastructure Holdings Corporation where he increased profitability by 115% and improved shareholders equity by over 200% in less than two years.  Currently, Mike is the CEO of Daleco Resources Corporation in West Chester, Pennsylvania."

According to his website, Parrish lives in Malvern and has three children, ages 11, 8 and 4.  The site makes no mention of a spouse or former spouse.  According his biography on the Daleco site Parrish is 49 years old.
Devon Resident January 15, 2014 at 07:34 AM
I wonder what made him switch political parties.
Dave January 15, 2014 at 07:53 AM
I agree with "Devon Resident" that the BIG question is why the switch in party affiliation. Thanks for alerting us to his candidacy.
Randell Jesup January 15, 2014 at 06:27 PM
The Inquirer has more info; he contributed to McCain and Romney, and to Corbett. The "straw" that caused him to switch was the shutdown, he says. I'd be interested in knowing more about why, how, and what his positions *before* announcing were (and when he switched).
C. L. Bittner January 16, 2014 at 09:08 AM
According to philly.com Parrish donated to Gov. Corbett's 2010 race and to the presidential campaigns of John McCain in 2008 and Mitt Romney in 2012. Read more at http://www.philly.com/philly/news/politics/20140114_Malvern_Democrat_to_run_for_Gerlach_seat.html#GIpkAXrtIA0vBTA8.99

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