Former City Councilwoman and state representative Cherelle Parker made history on Tuesday night, winning the Democratic nomination for Mayor of Philadelphia and positioning herself to become the city’s first female chief executive.
In a city where Democrats hold a 7:1 registration advantage, Parker will take on Republican David Oh in the November general election.
With 71 percent of precincts reporting, Parker had secured 32.86 percent of the 202,496 votes to forge a seemingly insurmountable lead over former city controller Rebecca Rhynhart, who amassed 22.55% of the vote.
Former Councilwoman Helen Gym is third at 21.19 percent, while “Condo King” Allan Domb and Safe Rite magnate Jeff Brown finished with 11.76% and 9.19%, respectively.
“I’m so incredibly honored to have earned the Democratic nomination tonight,” Parker said. “It’s been a long road, and to see the tireless work of my campaign team, supporters, and family pay off is humbling.”
Parker was the clear favorite of the city’s Democratic establishment, racking up endorsements from local elected officials and ward leaders while getting support from deep-pocketed unions in the building trades and service industry.
“This fight was never about one leader,” Gym said in a concession speech. “It was always about our values, our vision, and our belief in one another.”
Rhynhart, in her concession, said she was “really proud of the campaign and the way we all came together here to fight for a better Philadelphia.”
Domb offered his congratulations to Parker and said he “is excited to help elect Cherelle as Philadelphia’s 100th and first woman mayor.”