The front-runner is the first on the air.
State Senator and Philadelphia mayoral candidate Anthony Williams launched his first TV ad today.
A biographical spot, the video connects Williams to his father, the first serious black candidate to run for Mayor of Philly in 1971.
“Maybe it comes from his grandfather, one of the first black mailmen on the main line,” the commercial begins. “Or his dad Hardy, who was told an African-American couldn’t run for Mayor and said ‘Why not’?”
The familial connection is so strong that the ad refers to him as “Anthony Hardy Williams” prominently displaying the middle name he received from his trailblazing father.
The thirty second spot, titled (appropriately enough) “Family”, goes on to describe the State Senator’s work to bring money to the city’s schools and get guns off the city’s streets.
“They’re are over one million people in Philadelphia, but he’s running to be Mayor of one city,” the narrator concludes.
According to Patrick Kerkstra of Citified, the only record of the ad buy is a $21,611 check the campaign wrote to 6abc.
Jim Kenney was the first candidate to get on the airwaves, but his commercial was financed by an outside group.