POLS ON THE STREET: Pa. Society Big Buck Raiser

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IMPACT Services Center broke ground on a new housing facility on Allegheny Avenue.   The property will have long-term rental units for veterans and their families, focusing on those who suffer from PTSD and substance abuse. Shovelers from left were left PHA chief Kelvin Jeremiah, Tracee Hunt, Jane Vincent, Congressman Chaka Fattah, John MacDonald, State Rep. John Taylor, Holly Glauser and Gen. Beck.

IMPACT Services Center broke ground on a new housing facility on Allegheny Avenue. The property will have long-term rental units for veterans and their families, focusing on those who suffer from PTSD and substance abuse. Shovelers from left were left PHA chief Kelvin Jeremiah, Tracee Hunt, Jane Vincent, Congressman Chaka Fattah, John MacDonald, State Rep. John Taylor, Holly Glauser and Gen. Beck.

BY JOE SHAHEELI/ State Treasurer Bob McCord won’t have open purse strings ready for him to dip into as when he ran for governor in the Democratic primary, which is why he has look over his shoulder almost daily at the fundraising ability of his announced challenger Joe Torsella, who made it known at the Pennsylvania Society Weekend in New York, he was receiving checks and pledges there of almost $950,000.

WELCOMING in holiday season on Girard Avenue was State Rep. Michelle Brownlee, who invited ward leaders, committee people and constituents to a jolly buffet in her district office.

WELCOMING in holiday season on Girard Avenue was State Rep. Michelle Brownlee, who invited ward leaders, committee people and constituents to a jolly buffet in her district office.

Almost every candidate for a major municipal election in the Commonwealth was either receiving or making financial overtures for the coming primary in Pennsylvania, notably those mentioned already announcing for this city’s mayoral primary.

With three State Supreme Court seats up for grabs, there is a possibility of a record number of entries in both the Democratic and Republican primaries. Over the Society weekend, State Sen. John Rafferty (R-Montgomery) indicates he could be among those in that primary, with all to gain and nothing to lose.

Also seeking a spot on the Supreme Court is Superior Court Judge Christine Donohue. She expects to announce early next month. Another is Montour Co. District Attorney Rebecca Warren.

STRONG labor support was evident for John DelRicci, 66B/34, who may seek 170th Legislative seat in special election this coming primary. Seat will be vacant when General Assembly convenes in January and State Rep. Brendan Boyle moves on to Congress. Seen here with DelRicci are Local 19 Business Mgr. of Sheet Metal Workers Gary Masino, Teamsters Local 830 President Daniel Grace and Bldg. & Construction Trades Council’s Bernard Gruggs, Sr.

STRONG labor support was evident for John DelRicci, 66B/34, who may seek 170th Legislative seat in special election this coming primary. Seat will be vacant when General Assembly convenes in January and State Rep. Brendan Boyle moves on to Congress. Seen here with DelRicci are Local 19 Business Mgr. of Sheet Metal Workers Gary Masino, Teamsters Local 830 President Daniel Grace and Bldg. & Construction Trades Council’s Bernard Gruggs, Sr.

If all stay in, including those we mentioned in this paper’s last issue, ballot position and a strong campaign chest will be key.

WOLF WAS MAN OF THE HOUR AT PA. SOCIETY

Gov.-Elect Tom Wolf and his Mrs. were the subject of adoration among Democrat movers and shakers, particularly those hosting receptions. Those Wolf attended won stars. It seems the Wolf family spread out, trying not to disappoint some of the sponsors.

He’s also spreading goodwill with his transition team. “It is important that I understand the issues and challenges my administration will face,” Wolf stated. Philadelphians named include Andy Toy, Rev. Dr. Damone Jones of Bible Way Baptist Church, Leslie Ann Miller, Esq., Margaret M. O’Sullivan and Michael Rashid.

HOST Stan Shapiro of Neighborhood Networks hosted fundraiser for Councilmanic hopeful Sherrie Cohen, at his Mt. Airy home. From left are Shapiro, Cohen, Margaret Lenzi and Marcy Boroff.

HOST Stan Shapiro of Neighborhood Networks hosted fundraiser for Councilmanic hopeful Sherrie Cohen, at his Mt. Airy home. From left are Shapiro, Cohen, Margaret Lenzi and Marcy Boroff.

RIZZO IN FOR COUNCIL, OUT FOR MAYOR

Former City Councilman Frank Rizzo, Jr. discussed with us why he wants to return to City Council as a Democrat. He had cleared it some time back with party Chairman Congressman Bob Brady, who bid him, “Welcome!”

2ND WARD Leader Ed Nesmith welcomes Elisa Elegy and 2nd Dist. Council challenger Ori Feibush to Yule Party at his business headquarters.

2ND WARD Leader Ed Nesmith welcomes Elisa Elegy and 2nd Dist. Council challenger Ori Feibush to Yule Party at his business headquarters.

We’re pleased Philadelphia’s Obra Kernodle, Jr., has been picked to serve on Wolf’s team. He will be Deputy Chief of Staff and also serve as director of the Office of Public Liaison.

He feels the Rizzo name, thanks to his dad, the late Mayor Frank Rizzo, his name rings a bell with many of the Democrats who switched their registration from Republican when he announced his run as a Democrat.

Franny’s decision has some at-large Democratic incumbents expressing concern. One has already gone on social media campaigning for funds. However, notes Rizzo, “People still call me for service.”

 

NELSON DIAZ IS IN FOR MAYOR’S RACE

Announcing for Mayor Jan. 15 will be Nelson Diaz. A former Judge of Court of Common Pleas, where he served for 12 years, then as a Counsel for President Bill Clinton’s HUD, and as City Solicitor under Mayor John Street, Diaz joins State Sen. Anthony Williams (D-W. Phila.), DA Lynne Abraham, former City Solicitor Ken Trujillo and former head of the Redevelopment Authority Terry Gillen.

The number of candidates is now five and might grow another entrant or two.

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One Response to POLS ON THE STREET: Pa. Society Big Buck Raiser

  1. Uh… McCord can’t run for a third term.

    Hugh Jwone
    December 18, 2014 at 4:34 pm

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