Wilson Goode, Jr. failed to earn a Democratic nomination to run for re-election, and he fully admits that his defeat is due mainly to not playing the political game.
City officials are moving ahead with a plan developed by Temple University to assign specific locations to the many food trucks and vendors who feed thousands of Temple students each day.
Controversy is growing over Mayor Nutter’s plan to purchase land in the Northeast, potentially for a new prison. In the face of that, he seems to be trying to distance himself from the idea of a new jail house.
This past Tuesday’s primary battle for City Council at-large nominations ended with a relatively new name –Derek Green — as the top vote-getter.
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.