Just another Wednesday in the Philadelphia mayoral race, as two Democratic candidates for the position to be vacated by Jim Kenney announced endorsements.
Helen Gym received the backing of Make the Road Action in Pennsylvania, the state’s largest Latino organizing group representing more than 10,000 members.
“I’m thrilled to have the support of Make The Road PA, a powerful force for immigrant justice in our city” tweeted Gym. “As Mayor, I’ll do everything in my power to make this a safe and thriving place for working families, young people, and immigrant communities to call home.”
The organization’s mission is “to build power for justice in Latinx and immigrant communities and working-class communities of color. Empower community members to be the principal agents and leaders in challenging and dismantling systemic oppression through community organizing, policy innovation, transformative education, and dismantling systemic oppression through civic engagement and advocacy.”
“Helen thinks big and organizes bigger,” said Maegan Llerena, state director. “As a parent, an organizer, and an elected official, she has worked alongside our members and other organizers to ensure the needs of immigrant, Black, and brown Philadelphians are met. Time and time again, she has won, whether that meant winning new protections against evictions, resources for bilingual school services, or legal support for immigrants. Our members are excited to talk to neighbors across the city to make her our next Mayor.”
Gym has also received endorsements from the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers, AFSCME District 47, Teamsters BMWED and the Asian Pacific Islander Political Alliance.
Former city Controller Rebecca Rhynhart earned the backing of former Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter on Wednesday.
“My journey as a public official started with Mayor Nutter,” said Rhynhart. “Now, I’m honored to have his endorsement. I’m the only candidate who has navigated and led in city government. I’ve had 1,000 city employees report up to me, as Controller I led an office with a mostly unionized workforce. I know the inner workings of our city and I know how to manage and lead. It’s time for real change – to make our city cleaner and safer, now. And I’m the only one ready on day one to do just that.”
Rhynhart had previously secured the endorsement of another former Philly Mayor – John Street.
“Rebecca Rhynhart is the most well-rounded, experienced, and qualified candidate to lead Philadelphia into a much brighter future,” said Nutter. “Philadelphia must be the city that works for everyone, not just the people who have connections. If you’re looking for someone who can take on the big challenges, make tough decisions and do the right thing every day, that person is Rebecca Rhynhart.
“There is only one candidate with executive government experience, running a department, an agency and the city controller’s office. I think executive experience matters. As mayor, I hired her once. As a citizen, I want to hire her again. To be the 100th mayor of the city of Philadelphia,” Nutter said.
The Philadelphia City Commissioners held their ballot position lottery today for the order the candidates will be listed on the ballot for the May 16 primary.
- John Wood
- Cherelle Parker
- James DeLeon
- Rebecca Rhynhart
- Delscia Gray
- Derek S. Green
- Amen Brown
- Jeff Brown
- Maria Quinones Sanchez
- Warren Bloom
- Allan Domb
- Helen Gym