Mayor Nutter’s plan to hike property taxes 9% for more school funding continues to draw skepticism from City Council members.
Nutter formally endorsed Kenney, despite Kenney’s frequent criticisms of Nutter’s administration.
Green, now a member of the School Reform Commission, says his occasional sparring with Kenney when they served together on City Council won’t factor into his decision about running against him.
Helen Gym, Allan Domb, and Derek Green edged out incumbents Ed Neilson and Wilson Goode Jr. for nominations. Kenyatta Johnson and Maria Quiñones-Sánchez survived district challenges.
Deputy city commissioner Fred Voigt estimated turnout as of 5pm in the 30-percent range.
In addition to candidates for mayor, Philadelphia voters today are also choosing their party’s nominees for all 17 seats on City Council.
Today’s primary election has the parties choosing not only nominees for mayor, but for all 17 seats on City Council.
Voters are being asked to approve commissions for women and universal pre-kindergarten, a rule promoting multi-language access to city services, and a referendum on school district governance.
“Controlled chaos would be an understatement,” said police inspector Mike McCarrick, who runs the police department’s East Division, where the derailment occurred.
In the Philadelphia mayor’s race, former City Councilman Jim Kenney has picked up a prize endorsement from City Council President Darrell Clarke.
Several candidates were canceling appearances out of respect for those killed and injured in the train derailment.
Businesses with ten or more workers in Philadelphia face a new mandate from City Hall starting today: they must offer their workers earned paid sick leave.
Philadelphia businessman Sam Katz, a three-time candidate for mayor, announced Tuesday he will not run again this year.
Prisons commissioner Louis Giorla said the site, on State Road, is both close to other city prisons and far from residential areas.
The mayor’s chief of staff, Everett Gillison, was testifying at a hearing to consider the administration’s plan to consolidate the 911 and 311 centers at the old Quartermaster Depot, at 20th and Oregon.