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NEWS ARTICLE

DEMOCRATS, LEE PATEL TRADE SHARP ATTACKS DURING DEBATE IN 12TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT RACE

U.S. Rep. Summer Lee and her Democratic challenger, Bhavini Patel, met for a blistering debate on WPXI-TV Thursday night. And while the event lasted just 30 minutes, it summed up the entire campaign for the 12th Congressional District, with rapid-fire attacks concerning the war in Gaza, the candidates' loyalty to President Joe Biden, and dueling accusations about each other’s supporters.

Apr
5
2024
NEWS ARTICLE

EXCLUSIVE DEBATE FOR 12TH DISTRICT RACE BETWEEN SUMMER LEE, BHAVINI PATEL

PITTSBURGH (PA) — In a win for voters and transparency in the Election process, the two Democratic candidates for the 12th Congressional District in PA have agreed to a single debate to air on WPXI-TV. Channel 11 News Anchor Lisa Sylvester will moderate the debate between incumbent Congresswoman Summer Lee and challenger Bhavini Patel.

The debate will air on WPXI-TV at 10 a.m. on Sunday April 7, immediately following NBC’s Meet The Press. It will also air Thursday night, April 4 at 8 p.m. on

Apr
4
2024
PRESS RELEASE

BHAVINI PATEL CALLS ON SUMMER LEE TO IMMEDIATELY HALT HER STAFF AND ENDORSERS' ANTI-BIDEN EFFORTS

PITTSBURGH (PA) - Today, Bhavini Patel, the Democratic candidate for Pennsylvania's 12th Congressional District, called on Summer Lee to take immediate action to stop her staff and supporters as they organize against President Biden. The Democratic Socialists of America launched “Uncommitted PA,” yesterday with the support of at least one member of Lee’s staff in a direct attempt to weaken President Biden’s re-election efforts in the key battleground state.

Mar
26
2024
PRESS RELEASE

DEMOCRAT BHAVINI PATEL ACCEPTS SECOND TELEVISED DEBATE INVITATION, CHALLENGES LEE TO THREE MORE

PITTSBURGH (PA) - Today, Democrat Bhavini Patel (PA-12) accepted an invitation from CBS-affiliate KDKA to debate Summer Lee. This is the second televised debate Patel has accepted, while Lee has so far declined to accept any.

“Today I am challenging Summer Lee to put her fringe extremist ideas up against the core Democratic principles I stand for on the debate stage,” said Democrat and Candidate for Congress Bhavini Patel.

Mar
21
2024
PRESS RELEASE

DEMOCRAT BHAVINI PATEL ACCEPTS TELEVISED DEBATE INVITATION, CHALLENGES SUMMER LEE TO FOUR MORE

PITTSBURGH (PA) - Today, Democrat Bhavini Patel (PA-12) accepted an invitation to debate Summer Lee from NBC-affiliate WPXI, and challenged Lee to four more, with at least one on advancing President Biden’s economic development agenda, one on building infrastructure for the 21st century, and one on foreign policy including standing up to China, stopping Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and ending Hamas’s war against Israel.

Mar
20
2024
PRESS RELEASE

SUMMER LEE'S ONLY ACCOMPLISHMENT IS A BILLION DOLLAR LIE

Bhavini Patel Calls Out Misleading Claims by Summer Lee as Challenger Picks Up Key Endorsements and Momentum

PITTSBURGH (PA) - Today, Bhavini Patel, the Democratic candidate for Pennsylvania's 12th Congressional District, called out the billion dollar lie in Summer Lee’s  recent TV commercial. The advertisement claims Lee secured $1.2 billion in funding, the bulk of which was in the works long before Lee was elected.

Mar
18
2024
NEWS ARTICLE

PATEL WINS SQUIRREL HILL COMMUNITY ENDORSEMENT, AS WAR IN GAZA CASTS SHADOW

The 14th Ward Independent Democratic Club endorsed Bhavini Patel in her bid to topple first-term Congresswoman Summer Lee Sunday, a potential sign that Lee's criticisms of Israel may be costing her support in one of the state's highest-profile Jewish communities.

In a statement, Patel said she was "honored to earn the endorsement of the 14th Ward Independent Democratic Club. ... In Congress I will live up to their faith in me by delivering on our shared values, such as protecting a woman’s...

Mar
18
2024
PRESS RELEASE

MAJOR PROGRESSIVE ORGANIZATION BREAKS FROM SUMMER LEE, BACKS BHAVINI PATEL

14th Ward Independent Democratic Club Endorses Patel After Backing Lee Consistently Since Her First Campaign In 2018

PITTSBURGH (PA) - Today, Democrat Bhavini Patel (PA-12) issued the following statement after earning the endorsement of the 14th Ward Independent Democratic Club, an historic progressive organization that has consistently endorsed Summer Lee since her first campaign in 2018:

Mar
18
2024
PRESS RELEASE

DEMOCRAT BHAVINI PATEL RELEASES FIRST TV AD, CONTRASTS PRO-BIDEN RECORD WITH EXTREMIST SUMMER LEE

‘Bhavini Builds’ Highlights Patel’s 100% Pro-Infrastructure, Pro-Biden Stance. Hits Summer Lee For Wanting to “Dismantle” the Democratic Party

PITTSBURGH (PA) - Today, Democrat Bhavini Patel (PA-12) released her first television ad, “Bhavini Builds,” which introduces Patel as the principled Democrat in this race and contrasts her with Summer Lee’s fringe positions, including Lee’s calls to dismantle the Democratic Party and abolish the police.

Mar
11
2024
PRESS RELEASE

SUMMER LEE MUST CANCEL FUNDRAISING APPEARANCE WITH EXTREMISTS

PITTSBURGH, PA - Today, Democrat Bhavini Patel called on Summer Lee to immediately cancel her upcoming fundraising appearance with antisemitic and homophobic extremists. Lee is scheduled to appear with the controversial individuals at an event hosted by CAIR despite condemnations of their hate speech from Governor Josh Shapiro, Senator Bob Casey, Anti-Defamation League CEO Jonathan A. Greenblatt, and the Pennsylvania Jewish Legislative Caucus including Co-Chair and State Representative Dan Frank

Feb
27
2024
PRESS RELEASE

PATEL CALLS ON LEE TO RETURN CONTRIBUTIONS FROM HAMAS SYMPATHIZERS, ANTI-SEMITIC DONORS

PITTSBURGH, PA - Today, Democrat Bhavini Patel called on Summer Lee to return contributions Lee took from a number of Hamas sympathizers and anti-Semites, including the leader of a controversial organization who was caught “seemingly celebrating and justifying” the terrorist attacks on October 7th. His remarks were condemned by the White House.

Lee also received financial support from a founder of Students for Justice in Palestine, another controversial organization which has been suspended on ca

Feb
20
2024
NEWS ARTICLE

POSTPONED PATEL EVENT AT PITT SPARKS CONTROVERSY IN U.S. HOUSE 12TH DISTRICT PRIMARY

Congressional candidate Bhavini Patel’s campaign said a planned Feb. 7 appearance at the University of Pittsburgh was called off the night before because of concerns about “disruption."

Patel, who is a Pitt alumna, had been slated to speak Wednesday evening as part of an alumni speaker series hosted by Pitt's Frederick Honors College. But she said in social media postings that Pitt had “canceled my speaking engagement citing concerns of disruption and my safety."

Feb
8
2024

news article

PATEL BATTLES IDENTITY POLITICS ATTACKS IN 12TH DISTRICT HOUSE RACE

Bhavini Patel, an Edgewood Borough Council member, entered the race for District 12’s House seat in October, challenging Rep. Summer Lee in the Democratic primary. Since then, she says she has been targeted by some of Lee’s backers, in part because of her support for Israel. Bhavini Patel, an Edgewood Borough Council member, entered the race for District 12’s House seat in October, challenging Rep. Summer Lee in the Democratic primary. Since then, she says she has been targeted by some of Lee’s

Feb
8
2024
NEWS ARTICLE

DISTRICT 12 CANDIDATES SPAR OVER ISRAEL, CAMPAIGN FINANCE AT CMU FORUM

During a political forum that was frequently interrupted by cheers from the candidates’ supporters, or jeers from their hecklers, the three Democratic challengers for Pennsylvania’s 12th congressional district faced off at Carnegie Mellon University on Sunday.

Jan
29
2024
PRESS RELEASE

PATEL ANNOUNCES 32 LOCAL GOVERNMENT ENDORSEMENTS WITHIN PA-12

Pittsburgh, PA – Bhavini Patel, the dynamic candidate vying for the PA-12 seat, proudly announces the backing of 32 esteemed local elected officials within the district. This groundswell of support includes prominent figures dedicated to serving their communities, reflecting a broad and diverse democratic endorsement base. With the support of these local leaders the campaign will continue to build a community that thrives economically, prioritizes public safety, and ensures that the voices of ev

Jan
25
2024
PRESS RELEASE

BHAVINI PATEL, PA-12 CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE, AFFIRMS STRONG SUPPORT FOR ROE V. WADE

"Roe v. Wade is a cornerstone of women's reproductive rights, and I firmly stand by its principles, that is not negotiable. Every woman should have the right to make decisions about her own body, free from government interference. It’s a fundamental right that we must defend at all costs. My opponent may shy away from the tough fights, but I am here to confront the challenges head-on. I am here to stand up against the Republican extremism that threatens the very fabric of our democracy."

Jan
22
2024
PRESS RELEASE

BHAVINI PATEL GAINS STRONG ENDORSEMENTS FROM HARDWORKING MIDDLE-CLASS LABOR UNIONS IN PA-12 CONGRESS

Pittsburgh, PA – Bhavini Patel, the dedicated congressional candidate for Western Pennsylvania's 12th District, proudly announces significant endorsements from the hard-working middle class labor unions representing the Operating Engineers Local #66, Steamfitters Local Union 449, and SMART (Sheet, Metal, Air, Railroad and Transportation Workers).

Jan
16
2024
PRESS RELEASE

CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE BHAVINI PATEL SHATTERS FUNDRAISING GOALS RAISING OVER $310,000 IN Q4 2023

Pittsburgh, PA – In a resounding display of grassroots support and overwhelming commitment to her vision for a better future, Congressional candidate Bhavini Patel announced today a staggering fundraising total over $310,000 for the fourth quarter of 2023. Patel's robust financial support spans across the diverse communities of Pennsylvania's 12th congressional district, with an impressive coalition of donors fueling her campaign.

Jan
8
2024

NEWS ARTICLE

THE COOK POLITICAL REPORT - "PATEL HAS POTENTIAL."

PA-12: Summer Lee (D) - Pittsburgh and eastern suburbs: Monroeville

Solid Democrat. Iconically scrappy Pittsburgh has quietly emerged as one of the Democratic Party’s biggest ideological flashpoints, hosting a slew of primary melees since 2020. Now, still icing their knuckles after brutal 2023 brawls over races for Allegheny County executive and district attorney, the Steel City’s progressive and moderate factions are gearing up for what could become their most bitter showdown yet.

Dec
13
2023
PRESS RELEASE

BHAVINI PATEL'S "PATEL'S PROMISE TO PA-12" DISTRICT TOUR KICKS OFF AT PAPA ROCKS IN MONROEVILLE

Monroeville, PA - Bhavini Patel, a proud Monroeville native and candidate for PA-12, is set to launch her district tour, "Patel's Promise to PA-12," demonstrating her commitment to being deeply connected with the community she aims to serve. The tour will commence on Wednesday, December 13th, from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM, at Papa Rocks in Monroeville.

Dec
13
2023
NEWS ARTICLE

POLITICAL NEWCOMER BHAVINI PATEL TO CHALLENGE SUMMER LEE IN SPRING PRIMARY ELECTION

Pittsburgh, PA — Local candidates are already looking ahead to the spring primary election. Channel 11 News sat down with a new face: Bhavini Patel.

Patel is a Monroeville native who plans to take on Congresswoman Summer Lee to represent the 12th District.

“The story of the American dream that’s who we are,” Patel said.

Dec
6
2023
PRESS RELEASE

BHAVINI PATEL GAINS BIG FUNDRAISING MOMENTUM SURPASSING LEE’S ENTIRE PREVIOUS QUARTER  

In one month, Patel fundraising surpassed incumbent Lee’s entire previous quarter.

Pittsburgh, PA – Bhavini Patel has seen a remarkable surge in fundraising, surpassing $201K in one month, with 75% of the donations coming from Western PA and 99.2% coming from individuals, not PACs. Patel eclipsed the total amount raised by Summer Lee in the entire previous quarter in 30 days. 

Nov
9
2023
PRESS RELEASE

BHAVINI PATEL STATEMENT ON VANDALISM AT THE PARKLET IN SUMMERSET AT FRICK

Pittsburgh, PA I am deeply saddened and disheartened about the incident that occurred at The Parklet in Summerset at Frick. On Sunday, my team and I were diligently door-knocking in this community to connect with our fellow neighbors and advocate for the Democratic candidates on the November 7th ballot.

Oct
31
2023
NEWS ARTICLE

PRIMARY BATTLES BREW OVER PROGRESSIVE DEMOCRATS' STANCES ON ISRAEL

As Congregation Beth Shalom in Pittsburgh observed a special evening of prayer on Oct. 22 for the Israeli captives in Gaza, Representative Summer Lee, the progressive Democrat whose district includes the synagogue, paid her respects. She was late to arrive and could not stay long, but the rabbi, Seth Adelson, called her chief of staff the next day to offer his thanks.

Oct
29
2023
PRESS RELEASE

PATEL CRITICIZES SUMMER LEE ON TECH HUB 

Pittsburgh, PA – Bhavini Patel, a tech entrepreneur and creator of the innovative start-up, Beamdata, today expressed her profound disappointment in the ineffective leadership of Congresswoman Summer Lee, who has fallen short on her promises to transform Western PA into a thriving tech hub, a designation recently awarded by the Department of Commerce. 

Oct
27
2023
PRESS RELEASE

STATEMENT FROM PATEL (PA-12) REGARDING U.S. REP. SUMMER LEE’S VOTE ON MEEKS-MCCAUL RESOLUTION 

Pittsburgh, PA – “Congresswoman Summer Lee today was one of only ten “NO” votes against Israel’s right to defend against Hamas’ deadly terrorism. I would have been a strong “YES” vote on the Meeks-McCaul resolution.  Congresswoman Lee’s vote today was unacceptable and put her on the fringe and out of touch with the people of this district. 

Oct
25
2023
PRESS RELEASE

PATEL CHALLENGES LEE’S FRINGE AND OUT OF TOUCH SOCIAL MEDIA POSTS ABOUT ISRAEL-HAMAS-GAZA CRISIS

Pittsburgh, PA – Bhavini Patel issued the following statement in regards to Summer Lee’s irresponsible social media posts: “The Congresswoman failed to condemn the initial Hamas attack swiftly and without qualification and has put herself on the fringe once again. 

Oct
19
2023
NEWS ARTICLE

BHAVINI PATEL TO CHALLENGE SUMMER LEE IN 2024 CONGRESSIONAL RACE

Touting a lifelong commitment to the region and a classic immigrant success story, Bhavini Patel is launching a bid Monday to challenge 12th Congressional District Rep. Summer Lee next year.

“We need a member of Congress in touch and laser-focused on helping real people in this district,” said Patel, a Democrat, in a statement announcing her campaign. “We need a leader who wants to bring people together to get things done, not divide us.”

Oct
2
2023
PRESS RELEASE

BHAVINI PATEL ANNOUNCES FOR U.S. CONGRESS (PA-12), COMMITTED TO PUTTING LOCAL COMMUNITIES FIRST

Pittsburgh, PA – “I believe in the power of unity and collaboration, and as the daughter of an immigrant and a single mother who grew up working in my family’s food truck, I know firsthand what hard work and grit can do, as so many of you do too. And the power of that American Dream, that's what makes this region, our home, great.”

Oct
2
2023