A former Philadelphia City official and progressive activist is mulling a second run at a statewide office. This time, she’s “gearing up” for Auditor General.
Nina Ahmad, former Deputy Mayor of Philadelphia and one time Democratic candidate for Lt. Governor, is considering a run for Auditor General, according to a spokesperson.
“It’s safe to characterize that she’s gearing up for a run,” said Ken Snyder, a spokesperson for Ahmad, who worked on her 2018 bid for Lt. Gov. “It’s sort of a natural position for her because it’s an advocacy role. It’s standing up for taxpayers and conducting studies and audits and investigations into how that money is being spent.”
Ahmad finished second in the five candidate Democratic primary for Lt. Gov, behind Braddock Mayor and eventual winner John Fetterman. Ahmad captured 23% of the statewide vote, while finishing second in Philadelphia behind incumbent Lt. Gov. Mike Stack. She won the Philadelphia and Harrisburg media markets and finished second in a number of other regions in the state.
Her second place finish in the statewide race makes her a “proven vote getter” according to Snyder.
Prior to her run for Lt. Gov., she announced a bid against longtime Rep. and Chairman of the Philadelphia Democratic Party Bob Brady, but switched races after the redrawing of the state’s Congressional maps and deciding to wanting to take on the “male dominated culture” of Harrisburg.
Snyder said Ahmad is passionate towards holding drug companies accountable, citing her PhD in Chemistry and years in medical research, combating gun violence and holding the NRA accountable, while pointing to her growing up in a civil war in South Asia, and as a women’s rights advocate who called on embattled officials state Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery) and Philadelphia Sheriff Jewell Williams to resign amid sexual harassment claims. He also added her commitment to strong public schools in the state.
Ahmad has aligned herself with the progressive wing of the Democratic Party and Snyder believes this is an advantage leading into what may be a crowded race to replace outgoing Democratic AG Eugene DePasquale.
“It’s sort of a perfect job for an advocate,” Snyder said. “The position has never really been occupied by a true progressive voice.”
DePasquale secured two terms as AG, while facing very little pushback from the state GOP in both runs, until recently being viewed as a potential candidate for Congress.
Ahmad has yet to officially announce a bid for the position, but Snyder said she’s within weeks of making a decision.