The Nation: FIGHTING CITY HALL

Across the state in the 7th District (Philadelphia's western end), Mary Hurtig is angry. A former first-grade teacher in New York City, Hurtig, 34, divides her time among her family (she and her husband, a physician, have two small children), modern dance and reform politics. The oppressive political machine run by Mayor Frank L. Rizzo switched its support to Jackson after Governor Milton J. Shapp dropped out. Now such Udall backers as Hurtig and her running mate, Pamela Reid, 30, a college psychology teacher, are not even permitted to speak at ward meetings.

"It's offensive," says Hurtig. "We believe in primaries, not...