Boy meets voters

Child actor Ben Savage running for Adam Schiff’s seat in Congress

‘Boy Meets World’ star aiming for Los Angeles area district with campaign focusing on good governance, says he wants to restore faith in government

Actor Ben Savage arrives at night one of the Creative Arts Emmy Awards in Los Angeles on September 10, 2016.  (Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
Actor Ben Savage arrives at night one of the Creative Arts Emmy Awards in Los Angeles on September 10, 2016. (Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)

JTA — Ben Savage, the Jewish actor best known for the 1990s coming of age series “Boy Meets World,” is running to replace Adam Schiff, the Jewish Democratic congressman from California who is running for United States Senate.

Savage, 42, is among at least four Democrats running in the primary to replace Schiff in his Los Angeles-area congressional district. His Instagram post on Monday announcing the campaign focused on good governance.

“I’m running for Congress because it’s time to restore faith in government by offering reasonable, innovative and compassionate solutions to our country’s most pressing issues,” Savage wrote in the post. “And it’s time for new and passionate leaders who can help move our country forward. Leaders who want to see the government operating at maximum capacity, unhindered by political divisions and special interests.”

Schiff, who is running to replace the retiring Sen. Dianne Feinstein, gained a national profile for his role in prosecuting former US president Donald Trump in his first impeachment, as well as for his position on the congressional committee investigating the insurrection on January 6, 2021.

Alongside his acting career, Savage has some political experience. He graduated with a degree in political science from Stanford University and interned for Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter, who was Jewish, in 2003, when Specter was a Republican. Specter later became a Democrat.

And this isn’t his first campaign: Last year, Savage garnered less than 7% of the vote in a run for West Hollywood City Council.

He became famous, however, for his starring role in “Boy Meets World” as lovable goof Cory Matthews. The show ran on ABC in 1993-2000, and was rebooted on the Disney Channel in 2014-2017 as “Girl Meets World,” which focused on Riley, the daughter of Savage’s character, and his wife, Topanga.

Savage’s older brother is Fred Savage, the former star of another coming of age series, “The Wonder Years,” who has faced allegations of sexual misconduct. In adulthood, Ben Savage has gravitated to playing Jewish characters. In a flashback episode of the drama “Homeland,” he played a younger version of Saul Berenson, the Jewish spymaster played by Mandy Patinkin. He also played the Jewish love interest of a woman who discovers she has Jewish heritage in the 2020 Hallmark movie, “Love, Lights, Hanukkah!”

In real life, Topanga — the canyon, if not Cory’s fictional love interest — remains out of reach. It’s in California’s 32nd congressional district, right next to where Savage is running.

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