By Brad Segall
NORRISTOWN, Pa. (CBS) — A Montgomery County man is believed to be the first member of the “Occupy” movement to announce his intention to run for US Congress.READ MORE: Allegations Of Sexual Misconduct Involving Ocean City Beach Patrol Members Under Investigation
Nathan Kleinman, 29, is a Democrat from Jenkintown. He is unemployed and refers to himself as a human rights activist and organizer.
During a news conference today on the steps of the county courthouse in Norristown, Kleinman told reporters he was challenging incumbent Allyson Schwartz in the 13th District primary.READ MORE: Multiple Faiths Joining Forces To Combat Philadelphia's Rising Gun Violence
“I want to be clear that I am an autonomous candidate running on my own platform, though I am incredibly proud of my participation in Occupy Philly and Occupy Wall Street, and I do plan to continue that,” he said.
That platform, he says, includes economic fairness and equality for all.
He pledged not take any corporate money and vowed not to spend any time raising money when he’s elected to Congress.MORE NEWS: 2 Mothers, Babies Rushed To Hospital After Being Rescued From Burning Frankford Apartment Building, Officials Say
Standing beside Kleinman was retired Philadelphia police captain Ray Lewis, who made national headlines when he was arrested in New York City as part of the “Occupy” protests.