Philly Mayoral Candidates Agree to Debate Date

Cherelle Parker, David Oh

Democrat Cherelle Parker has agreed to debate Republican David Oh next month during the final days of the Philadelphia mayoral campaign.

The debate is slated for Thursday, October 26, at 8 a.m. during drive-time on KYW Newsradio. It is presently the only debate scheduled between the candidates.

Parker prevailed over a crowded field to earn the Democratic nomination in May which typically determines the next occupant, given the city’s 7-to-1 registration advantage for Democrats.

Oh, who is a former City Council member like Parker, ran unopposed in the primary.

The Republican, needing an opportunity to break through in the race, has been pressing for a series of debates, while Parker has been noncommittal up to this point.

Parker spokesperson John Dolan indicated the KYW debate will not be the only time the candidates meet up.

“We’re in touch with other organizations working out the scheduling and logistics for several public events that’ll feature both Mr. Oh and Cherelle,” Dolan said Tuesday.

The winner of the election will replace outgoing Mayor Jim Kenney in January.

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