After earning the backing of numerous leaders in the Philadelphia LGBT community and the AFL-CIO, Philadelphia Mayoral candidate Jim Kenney has another impressive endorsement under his belt. Kenney has been endorsed by the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers.
The union’s president, Jerry Jordan, did not play a role in the endorsement. Rather, it was the union’s 12,000 members who decided who would get the nod.
However, Jordan did say the following: “We need a mayor who will not only fight for better schools, but safer neighborhoods and better job opportunities for all Philadelphia citizens…We believe that Jim Kenney has the right combination of energy, passion and experience to help our city realize its full potential.”
Kenney, who said he was “humbled” by the endorsement, said that the “city’s educators are on the front lines every day, working tirelessly to ensure our children are getting the education they need despite continuing cuts…As mayor, I will fight to get teachers the funding they need and the respect they deserve. We must empower our teachers to be pillars of their community if we want to create a city where every child and every neighborhood has a shot at success.”
Education is the top issue on Philadelphians’ minds so it will be interesting to see what effect this support will have on Kenney’s campaign.