David Oh and newcomer Al Taubenberger are in the lead. Taubenberger is just ahead of incumbent Denny O’Brien.
Oh currently has 3.83%, or 34,195 votes, and Taubenberger is close behind at 3.81%, 34,047 votes. Councilman O’Brien lags just slightly behind at 3.76, with 33,601 votes.
Councilman Oh served as a Philadelphia Assistant District Attorney following his graduation from Rutgers University Law School. In 1988 he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served as a 2nd Lieutenant, C Company, 2nd Battalion, 20th Special Forces Group (Airborne), and Army National Guard from 1989 to 1992. He was released with honorable discharge in 1992. Following that, he reopened his solo law practice until 2008 when he merged with a larger firm. Oh was sworn into his first term in January 2012 and is the first Asian American to be elected to political office in Philadelphia.
Councilman O’Brien has also been on City Council since 2012 and is a lifelong Philadelphian. Prior to his term on Council, O’Brien was a Pennsylvania State Representative for 35 years and was Speaker of the House.
Taubenberger was raised and currently resides in Northeast Philadelphia, where he has served as the President of the Greater Northeast Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce since 1991. Prior to that, he was Councilman Jack Kelly’s chief-of-staff and administrator of the Philadelphia City Council Republican Caucus.
The minority race gained recent media attention as Independent Andrew Stober began to gain grounds and pose threat to the two traditionally Republican seats. Currently, Stober has only 1.79%, with only 15,972 votes. Additionally, Oh was criticized early in the fall for a discrepancy in his campaign funds and just this past week for having lost his law license.
Dave Davies of WHYY has reported that there are 2,000 absentee ballots to be counted. It is unclear when the final results will be released.