Philadelphia deserved a night like last night. We saw some serious victories for Philadelphia that we can all be proud of.
I can’t believe it’s only been 24 hours since the polls closed here in Philadelphia and Jim Kenney became the Democratic nominee for Mayor of Philadelphia.
Over the past several months I’ve told you about the campaign of coalitions that Jim built, uniting Philadelphia in an historic election. Jim truly empowered all Philadelphians and his victory last night is a testament to that fact. I can’t wait to work with him to improve our public schools, strengthen working families, and tackle the great challenges that lay ahead.
Jim’s wasn’t the only victory for Philadelphians last night. We had some major victories for the Pennsylvania Supreme Court and Philadelphia City Council too.
While I’m not the biggest fan of selecting our state’s judges through partisan elections, I was ecstatic to see my friend Judge Kevin Dougherty win the nomination for Supreme Court. Kevin is a good and decent public servant who will bring integrity, experience, and compassion to our Commonwealth’s highest court. We need to get to work to make sure he wins in November.
My good friends Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown and Helen Gym were both successful in their campaigns for City Council. Blondell has faithfully served Philadelphia since 1999 and her experience and leadership have been essential as one of the earliest supporters of LGBT civil rights in city government. Helen, a champion for public education, has fought for school and educational equality for years. There’s no one better equipped to tackle the problems facing our system of public education than Helen. She’ll be a terrific asset to Philadelphia.
Further, three of my endorsed candidates for Judge won their elections last night, including out candidates Abbe Fletman and Chris Mallios. Social justice warrior Rainy Papademetriou was also successful.
While we have much to celebrate, unfortunately we are not celebrating the election of Philadelphia’s first out member of City Council. Both Sherrie Cohen and Paul Steinke came up short in their campaigns. Sherrie and Paul ran courageous campaigns of substance and integrity of which I am incredibly proud. I know that they’ll continue their work to advocate for their communities and for all of Philadelphia. You certainly haven’t seen the last of them!
As Philadelphia enters even more onto the world stage with the first U.S. visit of Pope Francis later this year and as host of the Democratic National Convention in 2016, we’ll need leadership that is smart, determined, and energzied. I’m confident we got our leaders in our victories last night and I can’t wait to see what this city of coalitions can do.
Thank you for all of your support.