By Steve Tawa

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A Philadelphia city councilman wants voters to decide about a proposed change to the city’s Home Rule Charter that would require candidates to resign from other elected offices before running in Philadelphia.

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Currently, only elected officials in Philadelphia city government are forced to resign from one office before running for another.

Councilman Jim Kenney introduced a measure in 2006 that would have allowed elected city officials to remain in office even while they sought another — such as a councilman who wanted to run for mayor.

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“The voters disagreed,” Kenney recalls of his earlier effort, “and that charter change amendment went down in flames.”

Last year, three newly elected city officials — councilmen Kenyatta Johnson and Dennis O’Brien, and sheriff Jewell Williams — all ran for their current jobs while serving in the Pennsylvania House.

Kenney says his proposal to put the question on the November ballot would “level the playing field.”

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“Nothing against them personally,” Kenney says, “but, it gave them the unfair advantage of holding public office, getting a paycheck, having the ability to raise money in a public office — and if you lose, you don’t lose your public office.”