PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Philadelphia city councilman Darrell Clarke appears to have locked up enough support among his colleagues to be chosen as the next Council president, in January.

Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell confirms that she has agreed to support Clarke for Council president, apparently as part of a deal.

“We made an agreement,” she tells KYW Newsradio.  “I am also running for majority leader.”

Also supporting Clarke is Councilman Curtis Jones.  “He’s insightful and has value added when it comes to solving some of the city’s problems,” Jones said today.

Clarke, who represents the 5th District, did not respond to our calls.

Mayor Nutter had supported Marian Tasco for Council president, but with Clarke the apparent victor he is, publicly at least, taking the high road.

“Whatever ultimately happens, I’m going to work with all the members and their leadership, their elected leadership,” Nutter said.

A formal vote for Council president comes after the inauguration of councilmembers, in early January.

Reported by KYW City Hall bureau chief Mike Dunn


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