Municipal elections in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (2017)
May 9, 2017
The race to replace District Attorney Seth Williams (D) following his indictment on federal charges headlines Philadelphia’s municipal elections on November 7, 2017. Williams did not file for re-election and was indicted in March 2017 on 23 federal bribery and fraud charges.
Seven Democratic candidates are competing for their party’s nomination in the primary on May 16, 2017. The Democratic race has drawn attention from national figures including a PAC funded by $1,450,000 million from George Soros. Soros’ PAC contributions from March 28, 2017, to May 1, 2017, exceeded the $1,288,287 spent by all candidates in the race over the same period. The winner of the Democratic primary faces Republican candidate Beth Grossman.
The Democratic Party candidates are Rich Negrin, Joe Khan, Teresa Carr Deni, Michael Untermeyer, Lawrence Krasner, Tariq El-Shabazz, and John O’Neill. Republican candidate is Beth Grossman.
The Philadelphia Justice & Public Safety PAC scheduled $280,000 in television ads supporting Krasner’s candidacy through May 2, 2017. The PAC have the same treasurer as other PACs funded by Soros. Soros contributed $1,450,000 to the PAC through May 1, 2017, and the PAC spent $497,456.04 on ads and other expenses to express support for Krasner’s campaign.
The Build a Better PA PAC scheduled $123,000 in ads to support O’Neill’s candidacy prior to the primary. This PAC also ran ads in 2015 supporting Mayor Jim Kenney’s (D) campaign. Build a Better PA PAC spent $255,724.53 on ads and other expenses to express support for O’Neill’s campaign through May 1, 2017
The District Attorney Race
The eight-candidate field for district attorney is the largest field in the past four races for the office. The 2009 election, the last time the office was open, featured six Democratic candidates including Williams. The 2005 and 2013 elections featured three candidates and two candidates, respectively, with incumbents running for re-election.
Of the eight candidates seeking the office in 2017, only Lawrence Krasner and Teresa Carr Deni have not worked in the district attorney’s office in the past. Former assistant district attorneys won every election for the office between 1985 and 2013.
Democrat Party Hitting Grassroots Elections Hard
The Democratic primary has drawn attention from local and national groups. National progressive groups Democracy for America and Our Revolution issued endorsements for Krasner on April 21.
Krasner is not the only candidate to receive boosts prior to the primary. Joe Khan received an endorsement from former Gov. Ed. Rendell (D) in April 2017, Rich Negrin was endorsed by the Fraternal Order of Police in March 2017, and John O’Neill received support from eight building trade unions.
Philadelphia voters will also find races for city controller, municipal court, and two ballot measures on their primary ballots. City controller Alan Butkovitz faces a Democratic primary challenge from Rebecca Rhynhart. The winner of the controller primary faces Republican candidate Michael Tomlinson.
The winners of the Democratic primary for municipal court face no opposition in the general election. All offices will appear on the general election ballot even if there is no opposition to filed candidates. The filing deadline for the partisan primary election was March 7, 2017, while the general election filing deadline for nonpartisan candidates is August 1, 2017.
Source (all emphasis mine)
March 23, 2015 MSNBC: “DOJ report reveals problem-plagued Philadelphia police department”
Feb. 26, 2016 Billy Penn: “Black Lives Matter and recruiting problems in the Philadelphia Police Department-Why is it so hard to find new cops?”
2013 DoJ Report George Fachner and Steven Carter: “COLLABORATIVE REFORM INITIATIVE-Deadly Force”
March 28, 2017 Philly Magazine: “Philly to Remain “Sanctuary City” Despite Threats From Sessions”
Feb 9, 2017 CBS Philly: “Mayor Kenney Fighting For Sanctuary City Status”
Jan 31, 2017 PolitiFact PA: “Is Philly’s sanctuary city status putting residents in danger?”
Feb 10, 2017 Newsweek: “Philly Cops Win War Against DA Who Wouldn’t Prosecute Suspects”
March 15, 2017 Philadelphia Voice: “Philadelphia defends sanctuary city policy amid 248 ICE arrests across region”
May 7, 2017 Homicide Crime Rate in Philadelphia: 1/1/2017 thru 5/7/20017…106 (UP); YTD 2016…278; 2015…280; 2014…248; 2013…246; 2012…331…
Let the articles speak for themselves.
Soros has zero business interfering in ANY election in the United States. Russia has nothing on this man in the department of manipulating countries and elections. He is shameless in supporting specific candidates and agendas that help his goals to destroy the US and other countries. Any politician receiving funds that can be traced back to him should be immediately suspect.
This is a clear warning to all patriots that our job is NOT done. We must protect from the local to the federal level. Letting anyone, political party, or PAC interfere with the people who live in a region or locale is also providing a foothold in the most basic level for insurgents to take over, control, then ruin our country. Those people who do interfere financially are not doing so for the good of the location but for some goal far beyond any concern for local citizens.
Localities and citizens GUARD your rights and freedom to vote! Ban PACS and political party financial backing. It is the only way to assure that your own community is represented by your own choices. Elections have consequences but who benefits if the citizens living there are overridden by big money from some outside contributors based on Their Plans not what is best for the community?
When will citizens put their foot down and demand local races ONLY be funded by local businesses and groups who share a real and abiding interest in the community?