Darrell Clarke Sets May 20th Special Election For Open Philadelphia Council Seat; Ed Neilson Early Frontrunner

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In time to make it an interesting race, Council President Darrell Clarke has issued a writ of election to fill the seat vacated by Councilman at Large Bill Green whose appointment by Gov. Tom Corbett to head the School Reform Commission has been confirmed by the Senate. The contested seat will appear on the primary ballot.

President Clarke will issue the writ of election on Monday, Mar. 24. He said, “This will give the County Board of Elections time to prepare the voting machines and for other steps required by the Election Code.”

STATE REP. Ed Neilson is an early frontrunner to fill vacant at-large council seat. File Photo /Rory McGlasson

STATE REP. Ed Neilson is an early frontrunner to fill vacant at-large council seat. File Photo /Rory McGlasson

Clarke noted, “The special election will be a one-step election, with the winner serving the balance of the term to which Councilman Green was elected until Jan. 4, 2016. The deadline for each party to file its nomination certificate designating its candidate is Apr. 8.”

Unlike the independents running, the two major-party candidates will only need a nominating certificate forwarded to the Registration Commission from their respective party leadership which attests to their endorsements.

Frontrunners for the endorsement by the city’s two major parties are Democratic State Rep. Ed Neilson (D-Northeast) and Republican Ward Leader Matt Wolfe. There may be others running, but they’ve got to come up with a minimum of 1,785 signatures on their nomination petitions, which no doubt will be challenged by both major parties. Their petitions need to be filed by Apr. 8 as well.

If you need more information, we suggest you contact (215) 686-3469 or PHLCouncil.com.

CITY COUNCIL President Darrell Clarke gives thumbs up to special election on May 20 to fill seat left vacant by Bill Green. It will be held on the same day as the primary election - but will be open to members of all parties and to independent voters as well.

CITY COUNCIL President Darrell Clarke gives thumbs up to special election on May 20 to fill seat left vacant by Bill Green. It will be held on the same day as the primary election – but will be open to members of all parties and to independent voters as well. File Photo/Rory McGlasson

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One Response to Darrell Clarke Sets May 20th Special Election For Open Philadelphia Council Seat; Ed Neilson Early Frontrunner

  1. Why would Ed Neilson want to give up his seat for an 18-month term?

    Michael E. Bell
    March 7, 2014 at 8:00 am

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