POLS ON THE STREET: 2011 Primary Is Becoming Pols’ Focus

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Sherrie Cohen ... shades of David

With the General Election moving onto center stage after the conclusion of Labor Day and the official ending of the summer holidays, more and more local political activists are turning their attention instead to next year’s May Primary.

From the scuttlebutt that has been making the rounds among ward leaders and political campaign managers, it is expected there will be at least 30 entering the race for City Council at Large.

At least 20 will be in the Democrat Primary, with a minimum of 10 in the Republican Primary. The numbers on the Democrat side are expected to increase as the city’s two dailies begin to pound away at their misconceived anti-DROP program. The negative publicity they will dish out will also awaken ambition in some political wannabees.

Making her intention known early to claim her day as a Councilwoman at Large is Sherrie Cohen, the daughter of the late David Cohen, who was known as the “conscience of the city”. Her last effort failed, but not by much.

She can be reached at Cohen4Council@gmail.com or by telephone (215) 620-3396. She hopes to get labor support and began her campaign at the Labor Day Parade.

Other positions attracting attention will be judicial candidates for vacancies in the Court of Common Pleas and Municipal Court as well as Traffic Court. At least a half dozen will be going through this gauntlet for the second time, which often has proven to be successful.

AFL-CIO ENDORSES REP. BRENDAN BOYLE

State Rep. Brendan F. Boyle (D-Northeast) has received the endorsement of the AFL-CIO, the nation’s largest labor organization. The endorsement was given to Boyle due to his support for working families and organized labor. “Working families know they have a strong supporter in Brendan Boyle,” said Rick Bloomingdale, president of the AFL-CIO for Pennsylvania.

In accepting the endorsement, Boyle said, “Today families are fighting just to get by and keep bread on the table. Unions like the AFL-CIO fight for those working families and I’m proud to have their endorsement.” Boyle added, “Both of my parents have been hardworking union members for decades. So I’m proud to fight for workers like them.” Boyle’s father Frank works for SEPTA and is a member of the Transport Workers Union Local 234. Boyle’s mother Eileen is a crossing guard and has been a member of AFSCME District Council 33 for the last 25 years.

Boyle is currently running for reelection in the 170th House Dist. In 2008, he was elected with 59.2% of the vote, becoming the first Democrat ever to represent the District.

SUPPORTERS BUY BILLBOARDS FOR N.W. GREEN CANDIDATE

Publicist Carol McLean reports Hugh Giordano, Green Party candidate in the 194th Dist. for the State House of Representatives, has received enough donations to purchase billboard space at three locations in the District.

Giordano is hosting a spaghetti dinner Sunday, Sep. 19 at the Hattal-Taylor VFW Post, 376 Lyceum Avenue (at Pechin Street) in Roxborough. Cost is only $10 per person (kids eat free). Beer and wine cost a little extra. There will be a live DJ and door prizes as well. Tickets via PayPal at www.hughgiordano.com. For more information, please call (215) 243-7103 or email friendsofhugh@gmail.com.

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