Dee Adcock isn’t just talking the talk.
The president/co-owner of distributor W.W. Adcock Inc. in
Huntingdon Valley, Pa., is seeking the Republican nomination for
the 13th Congressional District, which covers portions of
Southeastern Pennsylvania and the northeast suburbs of
A desire to help fix what he sees as flawed policies coming out of
Washington spurred Adcock, a 30-year pool and spa industry veteran,
to enter the race.
“I’m not a politician — that’s not my
background,” he said. “The current mindset seems to be
that government is the answer. My philosophy is more Reaganesque,
which is that big government may be the problem.”
Adcock, 58, is vying for the Republican nod against a dentist, a
lawyer and a firefighter. The U.S. House district currently is
represented by Democrat Allyson Schwartz.
Adcock enters the fray armed with a degree in economics and a
three-pronged agenda: fiscal responsibility, national and
international security, and energy independence by 2020. He has
hired a political consultant, and enlisted a treasurer and
assistant treasurer to support his bid, which at the moment is
aimed at securing the GOP’s endorsement.
“Right now, I’m working on winning the backing of the
local GOP folks,” he said, noting that a party’s formal
endorsement typically comes in March, followed by primary elections
Adcock is focused on meeting as many community and business leaders
as possible, and crafting positions on local and national
On the government’s federal stimulus package, he favors
ending it as it currently stands — with conditions.
“Yes, government must keep its promises, and we already have
commitments to the FDIC,” he said. “And I’m in
favor of keeping the banking system healthy and solvent as a
“But injecting ourselves into the private sector is not
OK,” he added. “Everyone was in trouble last year,
including the pool industry, so why didn’t we get any bailout
funds? If we’re going to stimulate the economy, let’s
do it broadly through a tax holiday for everyone.”
As for the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act, the first
piece of federal legislation addressing drowning and entrapment
prevention among the industry, Adcock called it an example of
“government working well. Ultimately, it’s good for the