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Dwight Evans

Evans to challenge Fattah in congressional primary

State Rep. Dwight Evans has announced plans to challenge U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah, a fellow Democrat seeking a 12th term in Congress while under federal indictment.

The Philadelphia Inquirer ( ) reports that Evans filed papers Monday evening for the 2nd Congressional District, which covers parts of Philadelphia and Montgomery County. He is in his 18th term representing the 203rd state House District.

Evans said he hopes to push Washington, D.C., to develop a new plan to renew American cities "block by block."

Federal prosecutors accuse Fattah of bribery, fraud, money laundering and other crimes. He has said he is "innocent of any...