City Controller Alan Butkovitz flexed his political muscle as he officially kicked off his reelection campaign on Monday.
The two-term controller kicked off his campaign Monday morning, ending the day with a lavish fundraiser hosted by the IBEW Local 98 union leader John Dougherty at the Union’s headquarters.
Flanked by some of the city’s most influential public officials, ward leaders and labor leaders, Butkovitz announced his run for a third term as Controller at the Sheraton Hotel in Center City. He received a host of endorsements from various members of City Council including Council President Darrell Clarke, labor leaders John Dougherty, Pat Gillespie and Henry Nicholas, as well as Sheriff Jewell Williams, among many others.
At the fund raiser, Butkovitz was endorsed by Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz, Congressman Bob Brady and labor leaders Pat Eiding and Pete Matthews.
Butkovitz is likely to have three opponents in the May 28 Democratic primary, one of whom is Brett Mandel, who lost to Butkovitz in 2009.
Butkovitz called attention to his office’s investigation in 18 charter schools, a thorough audit of the Philadelphia Sheriff’s Office and an examination of attempts to circumvent the city’s minority-contracting legislation as reasons he should be reelected.
Pat Gillespie, business manager for the Philadelphia Building Trades, served as master of ceremonies for the event and denounced “a number of charlatans” who he said were funding Butkovitz’s opponents. Gillespie assured Butkovitz he will have the bulk of this city’s labor support.