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.”
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.