President Barack Obama released a statement of support for the Democratic nominee today.
“I am proud to endorse Jim Kenney in his mayoral election bid,” the President said. “The dedication and commitment that Jim has shown to the people of Philadelphia is outstanding, as he continues to be a champion for the working and middle class families that make up the backbone of our nation.”
“As we continue our efforts to keep our country’s economy moving forward, fight for fair wages, and pass common sense education reform, we’ll need to be able to count on Jim Kenney,” Pres. Obama concluded. “That’s why I’m asking you to vote for him in the general election this Tuesday.”
“The President’s historic efforts on prison reform, immigration, and policing have made life better for all our working families. His endorsement is beyond humbling,” Kenney responded. “Philadelphia has made great strides in the last eight years, and, in July, we’ll have the great honor of hosting the DNC. As mayor, my goal will be to ensure that every neighborhood is included in that progress. I know that with help from our partners in Washington and Harrisburg, Philadelphia can become a city where every family has the chance to succeed.”
The Kenney campaign is likely hoping that the President’s involvement will help turn out black voters in the city.
Kenney is running against Republican nominee Melissa Murray Bailey.