- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 17, 2016

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A longtime Philadelphia congressman who’s facing criminal charges will have three opponents in the April 26 Democratic primary.

The challengers to U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah who filed paperwork by Tuesday’s deadline are state Rep. Dwight Evans, lawyer and ward leader Daniel Muroff and lawyer and township commissioner Brian Anthony Gordon.

State Rep. Brian Sims had declared himself a candidate, but says he’s now backing Evans. He says he made the decision after analyzing the race and concluding Evans was a better candidate.

One Republican, James Jones, has filed to run for Fattah’s seat.

Fattah, an 11-term Democrat, faces a May trial on charges that include bribery and money laundering. He maintains he’ll be exonerated.

Sims is running against three other Democrats in the primary to keep his state House seat.

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