POLS ON THE STREET: Republican Martina White Is Victor In 170th District

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MAYORAL candidate Nelson Díaz dances salsa with his wife Sarah Manzano-Díaz at fundraiser at Tierra Colombiana.

MAYORAL candidate Nelson Díaz dances salsa with his wife Sarah Manzano-Díaz at fundraiser at Tierra Colombiana.

by Joe Shaheeli

In the campaign fiercely waged by both Democrat Sarah Del Ricci and Republican Martina White to take possession of the 170th General Assembly seat and fill the unexpired term of former State Representative Brendon Boyle, veteran political activist attorney Harold Rosenthal, a voter in the district, likened it to a political blitzkrieg.  Among our reporters covering election night, he said “Each side mailed seven oversized, professionally designed pasteboards to every District voter. Robo calls flooded the voters from District Councilman Brian O’Neill, Gov. Ed Rendell, Lt. Gov. Mike Stack, as well as three separate calls from the Governor.”
In his division, he added, “A rally was held for Sarah DelRicci complete with music, sound, flatbed truck, Ed Rendell and Jonathan Saidel. The quality of their speeches could help to elect a President. Other speakers were union leaders. My wife Sue and I felt so darned important..”

Despite answering doors to find the candidates, volunteers, and election workers, especially over the weekend, the remarkable fact is turnout was low.

Martina White, though handicapped by a Democratic held a 2.1 to 1 registration over Republicans, registered a decisive win over Sarah DelRicci, 3536 to2802.  Over 36,000 were eligible to vote.

The City’s Republican Party needed this victory to give it the legitimacy it sought in the eyes of Rob Gleason and the GOP state leadership which had financially sustained the two year effort by the city GOP to reorganize itself into a more combative political force.  Gleason said “Congratulations to Martina White on becoming the first newly elected Republican to represent a Philadelphia-based State House District in twenty-five year. Her strong work ethic and background in finance helped Martina to earn the support of the voters the 170th State House District”.

COUNCILMAN AT LARGE Ed Neilson is seeking his first full term with aid of friends such as, from left, Lisa Deeley, Council President Darrell Clarke, his brother Todd Neilson and Ward Leader Pat Parkinson.

COUNCILMAN AT LARGE Ed Neilson is seeking his first full term with aid of friends such as, from left, Lisa Deeley, Council President Darrell Clarke, his brother Todd Neilson and Ward Leader Pat Parkinson.

Labor played a major role. In the words of DC 21 leader Joseph Ashdale, “Labor now has another friendly voice in the Republican dominated House of Representatives.”

Normally united in supporting Democrats running for General Assembly seats, this time a strong segment moved their forces behind Martina White. These included IUPAT DC 21, AFSCME District Council 47, Philadelphia FOP, Philadelphia Fire Fighters, the Fraternal Order of Police State Lodge, Transit Workers Union Local 234 and at least ten other locals as well as PEG-PAC and the Pennsylvania Business Council. Local Republican leaders such as City GOP chairman State Rep. John Taylor, Council Members Denny O’Brien and Brian O’Neill, former Supreme Court Justice Ron Castille, and Sam Katz helped beat the drums of war.

GOP  City Committee  Executive Director Joe DeFelice said he was “impressed at the support given Martina White by many ward leaders from outside the district who turned up to help bring out voters identified as Republican or Republican leaning”.

Reports circulated dissatisfaction among Democrats in the 58th and 66th Wards within the 170th attributed to an in house controversy over DelRicci’s selection, may have slowed down their efforts election day.

Martina White is expected to be sworn in immediately to serve out the remaining term. Whether or not DelRicci will be her challenger in the next general election for the 170th is not a given at this time.

“I will remain focused on what’s important to the Northeast’s working families and seniors: good jobs and safe neighborhoods.  To receive the endorsement of even more organizations dedicated to these same goals speaks loudly to voters that I’ll do what I’ve promised,” White said.

Endorsed Or Not? Non-Factor In 7th

CANDIDATES love babies! This baby loves Jim Kenney for Mayor as seen by his billboard shirt! Little Jackson James Fischer and his mom Rose Gallo, huge fans of Kenney, joined crowd hosted by Lew Galdo at his catering hall. Photo by Maria Merlino

CANDIDATES love babies! This baby loves Jim Kenney for Mayor as seen by his billboard shirt! Little Jackson James Fischer and his mom Rose Gallo, huge fans of Kenney, joined crowd hosted by Lew Galdo at his catering hall. Photo by Maria Merlino

Councilwoman Maria Quiñones Sánchez drew first blood in her efforts to stave off a serious challenge from Manny Morales in the Democratic primary for the 7th Dist.

She urged Democratic City Committee’s 7th Dist. ward leaders to withdraw their endorsement of Morale following Facebook comments allegedly attributed to him, which were derogatory to various groups. Chairman Congressman Bob Brady and the ward leaders honored her request.

She also has withstood a challenge to her nominating petition signatures.

Now neither the ward leaders nor neither the Democratic voters are committed to an endorsed candidate. It’s a free for all, but the majority of ward leaders in the caucus have indicated they will continue to support Morales.

 

FOP, Networks  Endorse Jim Kenney

 FOP Lodge 5 has voted to endorse former Democratic City Councilman at Large Jim Kenney for Mayor.

FOP President John McNesby said, “Jim Kenney has fought time and again to provide Philadelphia police officers with the resources they need not only to keep our city safe, but also to create real community policing programs. From securing updated equipment to supporting focused deterrence, Jim has proved he understands the social and physical challenges of urban policing. We look forward to working with him to continue reforming programs that in the past have created a divide between police and the neighborhoods they serve.”

Kenney added, “As the son of a firefighter, I have a special appreciation for the sacrifices these men and women make by putting their lives on the line every day to protect our city. As Mayor, I will work with police leadership and the rank and file to end practices like stop-and-frisk that drive a wedge between citizens and police. We must create a culture where Philadelphians respect their officers and feel that every officer also respect their rights.”

He also received an endorsement from Neighborhood Networks, a citywide organization that helps to elect progressive candidates and enact progressive policies announced their endorsement of Jim Kenney for Mayor.

Networks Chair Gloria Gilman said, “As a City Council Member, he championed ethics and campaign finance reform, an end to the school-to-prison pipeline, as well as an increase in the minimum wage. Neighborhood Networks looks forward to working with him as Mayor to ensure all of Philadelphia’s neighborhoods are included in our City’s progress.”

Kenney put his best foot forward this week with the release of his Good Government Paper, hoping his program earns him voter support.

Williams Pushes Obama Police Recommendations

 

MAYORAL candidate Lynne Abraham helps City Year, Americorps community service nonprofit, mark another anniversary. Sharing photo are Larry Pitt and Phyllis Meloff, who hosted raised funds for Lynn at their Center City home last night.

MAYORAL candidate Lynne Abraham helps City Year, Americorps community service nonprofit, mark another anniversary. Sharing photo are Larry Pitt and Phyllis Meloff, who hosted raised funds for Lynn at their Center City home last night.

Anthony Hardy Williams is calling for the complete implementation of the Obama police task force recommendations. The task force was co-chaired by Philadelphia’s own Police Commissioner, Charles Ramsey.

He said, “I read the article ‘Raucous Crowd’ about the recent protest regarding the death of Brandon Tate-Brown. All I see is pain. Pain and frustration – of a family and an entire community. My community. I share that pain and frustration. Just last week, I witnessed a family display their self-contained pain with dignity as they buried one of my neighborhood’s own: Officer Robert Wilson III.

“That’s why I am in full support of President Obama’s commission on policing, co-chaired by our very own Police Commissioner Ramsey. The Philadelphia Police Dept. should fully implement its recommendations, and as Mayor, it will be a top priority. In particular, strengthening our civilian-oversight body, the Police Advisory Commission, and diversifying our police force are essential for transparency and reestablishing community trust and partnership.

“I call on all candidates for Mayor to publicly support all of the commission’s recommendations, and commit to its full implementation.”

Williams is the second to go on television with a campaign, but is the first to finance his own commercials.  Challenger Jim Kenney’s candidacy was promoted last week with a PAC sponsored video ad.

Williams broke the spell Jim Kenney had a long on the LGBT vote. Longtime LGBT leaders, activists and community advocates gathered at William Way, 131`5 Spruce St., yesterday morning to announce their  support for mayoral candidate Anthony Hardy Williams. In the group were
Anthony H. Williams, Wade Albert, Kevin Burns, Antonio Boone, Terell Green, Ennes and Jim Littrell and additional LGBT supporters
Oliver Pushes Technology Plan 

Mayoral candidate Dough Oliver released his first policy paper yesterday, looking to help entrepreneurs and small businesses driving the local economy. He did so at Turnkey Startup Space in Brewerytown.

He cited Turnkey as a way to go, providing an opportunity for many to now expand their businesses or get a helping hand as start ups.

OperationTurnkey Startup Space is a new co-working space providing shared office space and business services to entrepreneurs, freelancers, non-profit organizations and other professionals. Turnkey provides access to space rentals, conference rooms and business support services. It allows entrepreneurs and small companies to create a big business image on a small business budget.

 

TWU Local 234 Backs Dennis Lee Commissioner

MARTINA WHITE was congratulated by Republican City Committee’s Exec. Dir. Joe DeFelice and Chairman State Rep. John Taylor

MARTINA WHITE was congratulated by Republican City Committee’s Exec. Dir. Joe DeFelice and Chairman State Rep. John Taylor

Dennis Lee, Democratic candidate for Philadelphia City Commissioner, has received the endorsement of Local 234 of the Transportation Workers Union, which represents more than 5,000 employees at the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority. Lee filed over 4,000 signatures before the Mar. 10, 2015 deadline. According to Dennis, “When people turn out to vote it often proves to be the turning point in the course of our city. I am proposing that May 19, 2015 be another turning point in the City of Philadelphia.”

Díaz Has School Funding Plan

Judge Nelson Díaz has presented a 10-page school-funding plan to create a total of $315 million a year in new recurring revenue right away and $640-700 million a year in new long-term recurring revenue. The plan includes eight major new funding sources, and two-thirds of the expected revenue and seven of the eight sources of revenue are generated locally.

“None of these ideas is earth-shattering, and many of them have been discussed for decades,” said Judge Díaz. “This is a realistic look at what it will take to turn our schools around and build a world-class education system. With this plan, we’ll have the resources we need to reverse the decline in our schools since the state takeover and lay the foundation for our future as a city.”

Judge Nelson Diaz was endorsed this week by the Latino Victory Fund, a national non-partisan organization dedicated to electing progressive Latino candidates. The LVF is run by Henry Munoz III, National Finance Committee Chair for the Democratic National Committee, and actress Eva Longoria.

“We are proud to endorse Nelson Diaz for Mayor of Philadelphia,” said Cristobal Alex, President of the Latino Victory Fund. “Nelson’s record as a civil rights activist and a dutiful public servant with over four decades of experience speaks to his character and level of commitment to lifting all Philadelphians up. Nelson became the first Puerto Rican to be accepted to the Pennsylvania bar in 1973 – and has broken barriers ever since.  We look forward to supporting his bid to become the first Latino mayor of the City of Brotherly Love. “Diaz also released a web video, called “City of Opportunity,” highlighting his career as a civil rights activist and his plan to start building a better Philadelphia.

Derek Green Receives  Major Endorsements

INTENSE concentration on candidate data marked two meetings of Democratic Policy Committee at 2nd & Spring Garden Streets HQ, meeting all candidates who sought endorsement. Policy Committee meets this Saturday to make reco­m­mendations to City Committee’s ward leaders for their endorsement for mayoral, citywide offices and judicial candidates. Above, Party Chairman Congressman Bob Brady, center, chairs committee. Photo by Joe Stivala

INTENSE concentration on candidate data marked two meetings of Democratic Policy Committee at 2nd & Spring Garden Streets HQ, meeting all candidates who sought endorsement. Policy Committee meets this Saturday to make reco­m­mendations to City Committee’s ward leaders for their endorsement for mayoral, citywide offices and judicial candidates. Above, Party Chairman Congressman Bob Brady, center, chairs committee. Photo by Joe Stivala

City Council At-Large Candidate, Derek Green, Esquire, receives three major endorsements from Gas Workers Local 686, Transport Workers Union Local 234 and the Philadelphia Fire Fighters’ Union Local 22.

As the former Special Counsel to Councilwoman Marian B. Tasco, Deputy City Solicitor, and Assistant District Attorney, Green has worked throughout Philadelphia to address the issues confronting the City.

Mike McDonough, VP of Gas Workers Local 686, stated, “Derek Green’s vigorous work, attention to detail and straightforward manner with people, makes him an excellent choice for representing Philadelphians in City Council.”

According to President Willie Brown of the TWU Local 234, “Derek Green represents a cross-section of what’s good about Philadelphia’s history and what’s even greater about our future. His years of public service are only surpassed by his intricate knowledge of public policy and affinity for good government. His unwavering support of the working-class men and women of organized labor unions throughout the region is the ultimate reason why TWU Local 234’s leaders expeditiously endorsed Derek’s candidacy.”

Council President Seeks Church Demolition Halt

City Council President Darrell Clark has asked the Catholic Archdiocese to halt the impending demolition of the 133-year-old St. Laurentius Church in Fishtown. He stated “as long as the public is in no immediate danger from falling debris, St. Laurentius community should be given time to seek the finances and assistance required to save this historic church.”

THESE LADIES made Derek Green, candidate for City Council at Large, center of attraction at reception in Germantown. They include Lyris Younge, Common Pleas candidate; Carmen Hughes, wife of 17th Ward Leader; Sharon Vaughn, Council Chief of Staff, Mrs. Derek Green and judge Stephanie Sawyer. Photo by Joe Stivala

THESE LADIES made Derek Green, candidate for City Council at Large, center of attraction at reception in Germantown. They include Lyris Younge, Common Pleas candidate; Carmen Hughes, wife of 17th Ward Leader; Sharon Vaughn, Council Chief of Staff, Mrs. Derek Green and judge Stephanie Sawyer. Photo by Joe Stivala

DEMOCRATIC US senatorial candidate Joe Sestak’s walking tour across Penna. found him doing well and walking well in Lancaster, where he was photographed with supporters in front of Martin Luther King ES.

DEMOCRATIC US senatorial candidate Joe Sestak’s walking tour across Penna. found him doing well and walking well in Lancaster, where he was photographed with supporters in front of Martin Luther King ES.

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