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Gillen Drops Out of Philly Mayoral Race

terry-gillenThe first one in was the first one out.

As reported by Claudia Vargas of the Philadelphia Inquirer’s “Heard in the Hall”, Terry Gillen is ending her mayoral campaign.

The former head of the Redevelopment Agency, who was a key aide for Mayors Nutter and Rendell, first jumped in last September. It was the fundraising pace that got to her.

“The money was a big factor,” Gillen told Vargas. “It was a question of whether we would have the money to run the kind of campaign we wanted to run. It’s a tough fundraising environment. Money is on the sidelines… people are waiting for field to be settled.”

“It was a tough decision but it was the right decision,” Gillen concluded.

Among the candidates still 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.

2 Responses

  1. The Mayors race will come down to a couple of “Ifs”

    If Darrell Clarke gets in
    If Nelson Diaz gets in and is effective.

    If neither of those “Ifs” materializes, then its between
    Anthony Williams and Ken Trujillo. And that will be quite a race to watch.

    No way to determine who wins, but I bet if insiders were forced to decide between the two and were the only ones who voted, they would lean Trujillo.

    Williams has a street operation and debating ability and potential access to money Trujillo wishes he had, and Trujillo has the City Resume, national connections and business savvy Williams wish he had.

    That’s the race in my opinion.

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