According to the Inquirer’s PhillyClout blog, Doug Oliver has informed Philadelphia Gas Works that he will be leaving at the end of January to begin his campaign for mayor.
Earlier in the day, other sources reported that Oliver would end his tenure with PGW and announce a campaign shortly after.
Because of the city charter’s “resign to run” provision, Oliver had to weigh the risks of giving up his stable city job at PGW for a shot at the mayor’s office.
After announcing last fall the he would explore the opportunity to run for mayor, Oliver gaged voter interest through social media. His Facebook and Twitter pages have garnered just over 1,000 followers each. This is to be noted as Oliver is pitching himself as the young, fresh candidate in a field of tired opponents.
Among the other candidates in the race are: State Senator Anthony Williams, former District Attorney Lynne Abraham, former City Solicitor Ken Trujillo and Judge Nelson Diaz. It is unclear whether City Council President Darrell Clarke will join the race.