PHL-15: Shapiro Endorses Kenney for Mayor

ShapiroJosh Shapiro, the Chairman of the Montgomery County Board of Commissioners is the latest Philadelphia-area politician to throw his support behind mayoral favorite Jim Kenney.

Shapiro announced his endorsement of Kenney on Monday, citing Kenney’s commitment to zero-based budgeting, regional cooperation, and ethical governance.

“As a councilman and a candidate, Jim Kenney has maintained a strong commitment to ethical and fiscal stewardship,” said Shapiro. “His plan to institute zero-based budgeting will benefit the people of Philadelphia and our entire region by making city government more effective and focusing on the investments that make a difference in people’s lives. I give him my full support, and I look forward to collaborating with him on our shared priorities in Southeastern Pennsylvania to reduce social disparities, grow our whole economy, and increase the accessibility and transparency of Philadelphia’s government.”

The Montco Commissioner is considered a rising star in the Democratic Party. National leaders wanted him to run for Senate and it’s possible he could try a campaign for Attorney General.

Shapiro joins the ranks of state Rep. Dwight Evans and the Philadelphia Daily News, who endorsed Kenney earlier this spring. Since winning the democratic primary in May with 56% percent of the vote, Kenney has also earned the endorsement of his primary opponents.

In a statement on Monday, Kenney expressed gratitude for Shapiro’s support.

“I appreciate the County Commissioner’s endorsement,” said Kenney. “We both understand the importance of an ethical government, and we are both committed to expanding transparency and efficiency. The success of the city and our suburban counties are intertwined, and I look forward to working with Josh to strengthen our economy and fight for greater equality across the region.”

A former City Councilman, Kenney is the favorite to become the 99th mayor of Philadelphia in this year’s election. He will face Republican nominee Melissa Murray Bailey in the polls on Nov. 3.

July 27th, 2015 | Posted in Front Page Stories, Local races, Top Stories | 9 Comments

9 thoughts on “PHL-15: Shapiro Endorses Kenney for Mayor”

  1. Anne says:

    Well, I’m shocked that Josh has gone out a limb and endorsed the Democratic candidate long after the primary was decided. A real profile in courage there.

  2. Montco Voter says:

    I feel like the only people who actually care about this story is the person who wrote it AND Josh Shapiro. Does anyone really know Josh outside of Montco? I feel like we’re giving his name ID and impact across the region a bit too much credit.

  3. Whistleblower says:

    That’s what you get with Montco Dems! Duh! Endorse and support after its a done deal. Vote for Marcel you’ll get this same kind of “leadership”!! Total f joke

  4. Jon says:

    ……cool.

  5. Bill says:

    You seriously gave this any coverage??? It’s not even news…and it’s incredibly late news at best. If anything, it make Josh look ridiculous!

  6. 13thDistrictDemocrat says:

    I think Josh Shapiro has run out the clock on being a ‘rising star’ in Democratic politics. I think he’ll be an exciting candidate for Attorney General, but come on. This is ridiculous.

  7. David Diano says:

    Gee, this is a really exciting story, an endorsement 2 months after the primary, with Philly Dems enjoying a 6-1 voter registration advantage, and certain victory.

    Why is this a news story? Didn’t every other Dem within 20 miles of the City endorse Kenney for the general election the night of the primary?

    I don’t believe Josh had to think about this for two months, and that his response would have been any different had someone asked him two months ago.

    This must be a really slow news day.

  8. watcher says:

    Profiles in Courage.

    LOL

  9. Who Gives says:

    Must be a tremendously slow news day. I’m sure Kenney is relieved that Shapiro, whoever the hell that is, endorsed him over….over…..yea, what drivel.
    Rising star? In his own mind. He’s probably the only schmuck that could lose to Kandy Kane.

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