Former Lt. Governor Mike Stack (D-Philadelphia) ended his campaign for Philadelphia City Council at-large yesterday.
He pointed to receiving a poor ballot position as a reason for stepping away, while criticizing the process of selecting candidate positions ballot number from an old Horn & Hardart coffee can.
“The most disappointing aspect of this effort is that the fate of my candidacy was largely at the mercy of a coffee can, an archaic and dysfunctional system for determining ballot position that is not fair to anyone and needs to be reformed,” Stack said in a statement.
Stack pulled the 16th position on the ballot out of 30 plus Democrats seeking the five at-large seats.
This decision to withdraw his bid for City Council came on the same day he successfully defended a challenge to his nomination petitions.
Despite removing his name for the race, Stack thanked everyone who encouraged him to run and described it as a “heartening experience” to see people back his vision for Philadelphia and “enjoys widespread support from the leaders of the Philadelphia Democratic City Committee.”
Although he will not be on the ballot in May, he says he will serve the party by being a unifying force to bring people together and will work with Philly Democratic Party Chairman Bob Brady to help elect endorsed candidates. Stack also referred to defeating Trump and winning majorities in the U.S. Senate and winning both houses of the Pennsylvania legislature in 2020 as a goal to work on as well in a statement.
Stack has not closed the door on running for elected office in the future still, according to spokesman Marty Marks.
“The LG had no specific plans to run for any office but looks forward to considering opportunities to continue his public service,” Marks said in a statement.