By Mike Dunn

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – One of Philadelphia’s political watchdogs fears that negative advertising for a number of races through the campaign season will prompt many disgusted voters to simply stay home. 

Zack Stalberg, CEO of the election watchdog group Committee of 70, has been through dozens of campaigns. He feels this campaign season has been particularly mean exemplified by a handful of races. He fears the nastiness could easily translate to voter apathy:

“The public is not happy about either government or politicians these days. This deluge of advertising hasn’t helped, so I’m a little more worried about people staying home.”

Stalberg also says that apathy is likely to be very evident within the city limits because there are no city-specific races on tap. That will all change next year when the mayor and city council are up for re-election.

Reported by: Mike Dunn, KYW Newsradio