POLS ON THE STREET: 192nd Is Hotter Of Two March Special Elections In Philly

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by Joe Shaheeli

LEADERSHIP requires money – and Congressman Bob Brady’s supporters helped him raise it at Prime Rib in Rittenhouse Square Tuesday night. Among those joining Brady for event were Carpenters’ Dan Christy and Sheet Metal Workers President/Business Mgr. Gary Masino.

LEADERSHIP requires money – and Congressman Bob Brady’s supporters helped him raise it at Prime Rib in Rittenhouse Square Tuesday night. Among those joining Brady for event were Carpenters’ Dan Christy and Sheet Metal Workers President/Business Mgr. Gary Masino.

Two special elections will take place to fill legislative vacancies in Philadelphia this coming Tuesday, Mar. 15. One is the 192nd in the Overbrook and Wynnefield sections of West Philly and the 200th in the Chestnut Hill and Oak Lane sections of Northwest Philly.

Three wards contribute to the 192nd: the 4th, 34th and 562nd, with only the entire 34th in the district. The 200th has three wards: the, 9th, 22nd and 50th, each entirely in the district.

The 192nd pits Republican Robert Bedford, Jr., a University of the Sciences grad; 38-year Democratic Committeeman Lynwood Savage, and Leon’s Education Party candidate Leon Williams, an attorney, against 34th Ward Democratic Committeeman Lynwood Savage.

Tonyelle Cook-Artis is the Democratic candidate in the 200th District. She sports a master’s degree in political management and was State Rep. Cherelle Parker’s chief of staff for 10 years until her boss moved on to City Council and left this legislative seat vacant.

The Republican candidate is Latryse Y. McDowell, 50th Ward GOP committeewoman and a long-time resident of Mt. Airy.

There will be 70 polling places open in the 192nd Dist. and 74 in the 200th Dist. and they can be found elsewhere in this issue.

With three dueling for the one vacancy, and all three known in that district, the 192nd promises to be the race with the larger voter turnout.

McGinty Gets Solid Boost From Council

Despite what her opponents are saying, Katie McGinty knows she’s got a lot of friends in Philadelphia, especially on City Council. Hosting her this evening at a fundraiser at the 1925 Lounge, 111 S. 17th Street from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., are Council President Darrell Clarke and fellow Council Members Derek Green, Kenyatta Johnson, Cindy Bass, Marian Tasco, and Cherelle Parker.

SHOOTING for Democratic nomination for 192nd Legislative Dist. Seat in April primary is 562nd Ward Leader Steven Jones. He was joined at campaign kickoff by friends including, from left, City Controller Alan Butkovitz, Jones, wife Michaela and State Rep. Vanessa Lowery Brown. Photo by Wendell Douglas

SHOOTING for Democratic nomination for 192nd Legislative Dist. Seat in April primary is 562nd Ward Leader Steven Jones. He was joined at campaign kickoff by friends including, from left, City Controller Alan Butkovitz, Jones, wife Michaela and State Rep. Vanessa Lowery Brown. Photo by Wendell Douglas

Democratic State Committee has declared the race for the Democratic nomination for US Senate seat to be an open primary, giving McGinty, Joe Sestak, Joseph Vodvarka and John Fetterman the opportunity to whip up some enthusiasm among Democratic voters.

In the meantime, incumbent US Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) has received the unanimous support of the Philadelphia Fire Fighters’ & Paramedics Union Local 22 for his reelection effort.

“I am honored and grateful to have the support of the hardworking men and women of the Fire Fighters’ & Paramedics Union Local 22 in Philadelphia,” said the Senator. “These courageous emergency responders put their lives on the line every day to ensure the safety of the people of Philadelphia. I am proud to be their voice in Washington.”
Local 22 represents more than 4,500 current and retired firefighters, paramedics and officers of the Philadelphia Fire Dept.

“The members of Local 22 proudly endorse Sen. Pat Toomey for reelection to the US Senate,” said Local 22 President Andy Thomas. “Pat is a common-sense, bipartisan leader who knows and respects the sacrifice that our members make every day to protect those who live and work in Philadelphia. We know Pat has our back in Washington.”

City Leaning Toward Zappala In Dem Primary

Two first-responder labor-union locals have announced their support for Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala in the race for Attorney General. They are International Association of Firefighters Local 22 in Philadelphia and the IAFF Local 1 in Pittsburgh, the two largest professional firefighter-union locals in Pennsylvania.

Andrew Thomas, president of IAFF Local 22 in Philadelphia, and Ralph Sicuro, president of IAFF Local 1 in Pittsburgh, represent more than 6,000 active and retired firefighters combined.

Joe Peters and John Rafferty are making a GOP primary fight for the same position.

These endorsements follow those Zappala received from the Philadelphia United Ward Leaders of Color, a prominent group of African American and Latino Philadelphia ward leaders, top Democratic Party leaders and elected officials who represent Philadelphia in the State Senate, State House of Representatives and in City government.

CELEBRATING Rep. Jim Roebuck’s birthday fundraiser at Warmdaddy’s was 2nd Congressional Dist. challenger State Rep. Dwight Evans.

CELEBRATING Rep. Jim Roebuck’s birthday fundraiser at Warmdaddy’s was 2nd Congressional Dist. challenger State Rep. Dwight Evans.

State Sen. Anthony H. Williams (D-W. Phila.); Philadelphia City Council Members Jannie Blackwell, Bobby Henon, Curtis J. Jones, Jr. and Mark Squilla; Philadelphia City Controller Alan Butkowitz; State Reps. Jason Dawkins, Rosita Youngblood, Angel Cruz, Ed Neilson and Mike Driscoll have all formally announced their support for Zappala.

The Philadelphia United Ward Leaders of Color is led by Edgar “Sonny” Campbell, and includes elected leaders from 20 wards throughout Philadelphia.

“Steve has a long record of protecting kids, improving communities and reforming our justice system,” said Williams. “For 18 years he’s been taking illegal guns and drugs off the streets, improving communities by prosecuting absentee landlords that permit hazardous housing conditions and using the latest forensic science to ensure police get arrests right the first time.”
Zappala has been Allegheny County District Attorney since 1998, one of the biggest and busiest prosecutor’s offices in the United States.

In the primary are Joshua Shapiro and John Morganelli, who welcomed the decision to leave this race open.

Poll Shows Evans Ahead Of Fattah

Pollster Global Strategy Group’s latest poll indicates State Rep. Dwight Evans (D-N. Phila.) is leading Congressman Chaka Fattah (D-Phila.) in the Democratic Race for the 2nd Congressional Dist. among likely voters. It also shows Evans with leads over Dan Muroff and Brian Gordon.

That news should increase the turnout for a fundraiser being held for Evans at McCormick & Schmick’s Mar. 16 from 6 to 8 p.m. Hosts for that event include Michael Coates, Esq., Herb Long, Luis Torrado and Tommie St. Hill along with co-hosts Council Members Cherelle Parker and Derek Green, Hon. Marian Tasco and Hon. Frank Oliver.

James Jones, the unopposed Republican candidate, attended his first political and public engagement at the African American Museum Black Voters Matter 2nd Congressional Candidates Forum.

“While I believe that Black voters matter, I also believe Black voter frustration has spilled into their considerations of a Republican candidate in a predominately Democrat district. Attendees thanked me for being among the candidates to consider as their next Congressman, and they encouraged me to keep up the good work,” said Jones.

DeFelice Sees Trump Boosting Registrations

Republican City Committee Chairman Joseph DeFelice is viewing Trump’s efforts to win the Republican nomination for President as a win-win situation. “We see people registering Republican so they can vote for or against him. It’s a win-win situation for us in any event. Either way, to vote for or against him, they need to be registered Republican.”

DEMOCRATIC 3rd Dist. senatorial candidate Sharif Street, center, finds himself in lucky position between Local 332 Business Mgr./Co-Chairman Samuel Staten, Jr., and Laborers District Council Business Mgr. Ryan N. Boyer, who raised funds for Street’s campaign this week.

DEMOCRATIC 3rd Dist. senatorial candidate Sharif Street, center, finds himself in lucky position between Local 332 Business Mgr./Co-Chairman Samuel Staten, Jr., and Laborers District Council Business Mgr. Ryan N. Boyer, who raised funds for Street’s campaign this week.

Long-time Republican Ward Leader Bill Pettigrew, reported DeFelice, has resigned as leader of Wards 32 and 54. He has taken on a new role for the Republican Party of Philadelphia and is now Chairman of Fundraising.

“I am resigning as Ward Leader of Wards 23 & 54, to concentrate on this endeavor which will include raising money as well as bringing new people into the party.

“I am very excited, and, yet saddened, as I end my tenure as ward leader!” he said.

DeFelice said Fran Woodruff will head the 54th. Chris Nawdynski will replace him in the 23rd.

Pettigrew’s first fundraising effort will be Apr. 23 at the United Republican Club, with money raised going to fund election-day operations in 23rd, 54th and 62nd Wards. Next will be the very-successful Republican City Committee Cigar night on Tuesday, May 24, 6:30-8:00, $95, also at the United Republican Club.

“Thanks to Bill for his efforts for the Party through the years and we are looking forward to working with him in his new role. Also if you would like to get on the Fundraising Committee or congratulate Bill on his new role, contact him,” said DeFelice.

Why Reed Opted Out of 190th

Michael Reed has decided not to challenge State Rep. Vanessa Lowery Brown (D-W. Phila.) in the 190th primary. He said, “First of all I think Rep. Brown deserves her day in
Court. I still believe one is innocent until proven guilty.”

The Representative will appear on Mar. 28 in Dauphin County Court.

Ross Feinberg Battling Kenney’s Soda Tax

5th Senatorial Dist. Republican candidate Ross Feinberg said, “Our own Pepsi Bottling Group on Roosevelt Boulevard employs our neighbors and our family members. The Democrats claim they want attract businesses into our communities yet they want to make it impossible to do business here.

“We can’t even pass a fiscally responsible budget in Harrisburg. The City of Philadelphia, being the poorest big city in American, has become oppressive with taxes. This Soda Tax is the last straw for me and it should be for everyone.”

Green Party Elects Tyler As Chair

The new Chair of the Philadelphia Greens will be Galen Jah Tyler, who was a Member at Large of the City Committee for the last two years.

Tyler said, “I plan to kick off introductory meetings for registered Greens. These monthly social events will help unite our members and educate them about the role of the Green Party as the main opposition to the two corporate parties.”

Tyler, who lives in Torresdale (65th Ward), is director of the Kensington Welfare Rights Union and a founding member of the Poor Peoples Economic Human Rights Campaign.

HONORED with “Adhnann na Saoirse agus Cothroime” (Flame of Freedom & Justice”) Award was Lt. Gov. Mike Stack by Brehon Law Society at its St. Patrick’s Day affair in Public Ledger Building. From left are Stack, President Judge Charles Cunningham, Judge Jimmy Lynn and VP Jim Quinlan.

HONORED with “Adhnann na Saoirse agus Cothroime” (Flame of Freedom & Justice”) Award was Lt. Gov. Mike Stack by Brehon Law Society at its St. Patrick’s Day affair in Public Ledger Building. From left are Stack, President Judge Charles Cunningham, Judge Jimmy Lynn and VP Jim Quinlan.

Charles Sherrouse was elected as a new City Committee Member at Large. He said, “My priority will be getting Greens involved with ballot access petitioning across the city, and extending our campaign outreach to campuses. The Green Party’s performance in the 2015 City Council race has earned us State recognition as a political party in Philadelphia, which can help boost our membership.”

Sherrouse lives in Oxford Circle (54th Ward) and was a founding member of GPOP, having served on the City Committee more than a decade ago. Green Party members are prepared for Sherrouse’s initiative.

The Green Party members also elected Belinda Davis as GPOP Recording Secretary. Davis said, “I will focus not only on electoral politics, but also on bringing people together in political action that champions social justice, ecology, grassroots democracy, and nonviolence.” Davis first became active with GPOP in 2004, working on a campaign for Philadelphia City Council. She lives in Chestnut Hill (9th Ward) and had been treasurer of GPOP during 2011 and 2012.

The other four members of the Green’s leadership were reelected, some to new offices. Hillary Kane retained her seat as Treasurer and Julian Robinson was reelected as Member at Large. Kane and Julian Robinson both live in Cedar Park (46th Ward). Eric Hamell was reelected to the GPOP City Committee, this time as Member at Large, while Chris Robinson was returned in a different capacity as Membership Secretary. Both Hamell and Chris Robinson live in Germantown (59th Ward).

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