By Steve Tawa
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The six Mayoral candidates in Philadelphia are getting a last chance to make their case, before Tuesday’s Democratic primary.READ MORE: Fired-Up Sixers Fans Pack Wells Fargo Center For Home Opener
Meet and Greets at shopping plazas, SEPTA stops, senior centers, restaurants, food courts, block parties and Philadelphia landmarks all factored into their campaign stops.
Jim Kenney, the former Councilman first elected in 1991 who took a gamble and resigned from office to run for mayor after serving six consecutive terms, stopped at the Mayfair Community Center in the Northeast. While there, he reflected on previously complaining about Philadelphia’s resign to run law.
“You can never really run as intensely as it takes to run for mayor and do your duties as a council member. So, I learned a lesson.”
State Senator Anthony Williams hit food courts at Liberty Place and the Reading Terminal Market in Center City. A Southwest senior center and a Point Breeze block party were also on his agenda.
Former District Attorney Lynne Abraham stopped at the Clothespin, at 15th and Market Streets. She tried not to pay attention to the polls show Kenney with a substantial lead.READ MORE: Student Shoots Himself In Leg Inside West Philadelphia School With Metal Detectors, Police Say
“Here’s what the problem is releasing a poll so close to the election. It tends to stifle outcome and turnout.”
Former Judge Nelson Diaz greeted commuters early Monday at Frankford Transit Center, and then did a walking tour in his strong neighborhood, the commercial strip of North Fifth Street. He doesn’t think the media has been fair to him or the Latino community.
“They wrote me off from the beginning, not knowing that there are 125,000 Latinos who are registered in this city, and not giving them any hope or aspiration.”
Former mayoral press aide and PGW spokesman Doug Oliver included the Broad and Olney SEPTA stop, saying he made do without funding and special interest support.
“From the time we started to now, I’ve met 50,000 people, looked them in the eye and shook their hand, asking them for their consideration.”MORE NEWS: Man Shot, Killed Inside West Philadelphia Corner Store, Police Say
Milton Street concentrated his Monday along the 52nd and Market Street corridor.