The Philly lawmaker, who is quite popular among progressives, endorsed challengers Sherrie Cohen and Helen Gym today.
“Rep. Sims is a leader in the community and I am honored to receive his support today,” said
Cohen. “I look forward to doing the hard work to create a city that works for EVERYONE.”
Cohen is seeking to become the first openly LGBT person to be elected to the City Council. Sims was the first openly gay person elected to the Pennsylvania General Assembly.
“Sherrie has dedicated her life to being an advocate for those who have had no voice in
government, the law, or their community.” Sims stated. “As an attorney, she has fought toxic
polluters, tobacco companies, and those in City Hall who would have forever closed 11 wonderful neighborhood public libraries. Women make up just 29% of City Council. That needs to change. We’re making great strides in Philadelphia, but we know we are at our best when decisions are made by a diversity of voices. Let’s make sure all Philadelphians have a seat at the table.”
Sims is also backing Helen Gym, a former teacher and education advocate.
“I’m honored to have the endorsement of Rep. Brian Sims, someone who shares my priorities of fostering safe school climates for young people free from harassment and discrimination,” Gym said. “Rep. Sims has supported the work of immigrant youth to push back on intolerance and uplift diverse voices in a broader civil rights struggle.”
Earlier this month, Sims also announced his support for Paul Steinke.