Philadelphia mayoral election, 2015


Michael Nutter
Democratic

Elected Mayor

Jim Kenney
Democratic

Elections in Pennsylvania

The 2015 Philadelphia mayoral election was held on November 3, 2015, to elect the Mayor of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, concurrently with various other state and local elections Heavily favored Democratic party candidate Jim Kenney won1

Incumbent Democratic party Mayor Michael Nutter could not run for re-election to a third consecutive term due to term limits in the city's home rule charter2 Registered Democrats hold a formidable 7-to-1 ratio over registered Republicans in Philadelphia, giving Democratic candidates a distinct advantage in citywide elections3

The mayoral primary elections were held on May 19, 2015 Democrats nominated Jim Kenney, a member of the Philadelphia City Council, as their party's nominee Kenney won the primary in a landslide with 5583% of the vote, defeating a crowded field of five other Democratic candidates, including Anthony H Williams and former District Attorney Lynn Abraham4 Republican Melissa Murray Bailey, a business executive, ran unopposed for the Republican nomination4 Had she been elected, Bailey would have become Philadelphia's first female mayor, as well as the city's first Republican mayor in more than 60 years3

Contents

  • 1 November 3 General election
    • 11 Candidates
  • 2 Democratic primary
    • 21 Candidates
      • 211 Declared
      • 212 Withdrew
      • 213 Declined
    • 22 Polling
    • 23 Results
  • 3 Republican primary
    • 31 Candidates
      • 311 Declared
      • 312 Declined
    • 32 Results
  • 4 Independent
    • 41 Candidates
      • 411 Declared
      • 412 Potential
      • 413 Declined
  • 5 References

November 3 General electionedit

Candidatesedit

  • Melissa Murray Bailey – Republican Party
  • James Foster – Independent
  • Osborne Hart – Socialist Workers Party
  • Jim Kenney – Democratic Party
  • Boris Kindij – Independent

Democratic primaryedit

Candidatesedit

Declarededit

  • Lynne Abraham, former District Attorney of Philadelphia5
  • Nelson Diaz, former City Solicitor and former Common Pleas judge67
  • James F Kenney, former Philadelphia City Councilman891011
  • Doug Oliver, Vice President of Marketing and Corporate Communications at Philadelphia Gas Works and former press secretary for Mayor Nutter12
  • Milton Street, former State Senator and candidate for Mayor in 20111314
  • Anthony H Williams, Minority Whip of the Pennsylvania State Senate and candidate for Governor in 201081516

Withdrewedit

  • Jon Bell17
  • Terry Gillen, former Philadelphia Director of Federal Affairs and former Executive Director of the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority181920
  • Keith Goodman, pastor and candidate for Chester City Council in 20052122
  • Ken Trujillo, former City Solicitor232425

Declinededit

  • Alan Butkovitz, Philadelphia City Controller826
  • Darrell L Clarke, Philadelphia City Council President27
  • Dwight E Evans, State Representative, candidate for Lieutenant Governor in 1986, candidate for Governor in 1994 and candidate for Mayor in 1999 and 200728
  • Bill Green, former Philadelphia City Councilman and chair of the Philadelphia School Reform Commission829
  • Renée Cardwell Hughes, Chief Executive Officer of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Red Cross and former Common Pleas judge30
  • Kevin R Johnson, Philadelphia clergyman and pastor of Bright Hope Baptist Church31
  • Sam Katz, businessman, public finance executive and Republican nominee for Mayor in 1999 and 20033233
  • Tom Knox, businessman, candidate for Mayor in 2007 and candidate for Governor in 201034
  • Alba Martinez, former city Human Services Commissioner and former CEO of the United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania35
  • Richard Negrin, Philadelphia Managing Director36
  • Frank L Rizzo, Jr, former Republican Philadelphia City Councilman running for the City Council37
  • Jonathan Saidel, former Philadelphia City Controller383940
  • R Seth Williams, District Attorney of Philadelphia841

Pollingedit

Poll source Dates
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Alan
Butkovitz
Darrell
Clarke
James
Kenney
Frank
Rizzo
Milton
Street
Ken
Trujillo
Anthony
Williams
Refused
Public Policy Polling May 27–28, 2014 916 ± 32% 12% 14% 7% 10% 4% 1% 2% 41%
22% 11% 67%
  • Internal poll for the Alan Butkovitz campaign
Poll source Dates
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
James
Kenney
Anthony
Williams
Lynne
Abraham
Undecided Other
GBA Strategies April 9–15, 2015 587 ± 41% 26% 25% 22% 18% 9%
  • AFSCME poll for the James Kenney campaign
Poll source Dates
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
James
Kenney
Anthony
Williams
Lynne
Abraham
Milton
Street
Nelson
Diaz
Doug
Oliver
Undecided Other
Public Policy Polling released April 6, 2015 644 ± 37% 26% 25% 20% 4% 3% 3% 19%
  • Public Policy Polling poll for the James Kenney campaign

Resultsedit

Democratic James F Kenney 129,093 5583
Democratic Anthony H Williams 60,463 2613
Democratic Lynne Abraham 19,430 840
Democratic Doug Oliver 9,823 424
Democratic Nelson Diaz 8,588 371
Democratic Milton Street 3,899 168
Democratic Write-ins 22 001
Total votes 231,418 100

Republican primaryedit

Candidatesedit

Declarededit

  • Melissa Murray Bailey, businesswoman43444546

Declinededit

  • Ronald D Castille, former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, former District Attorney of Philadelphia and candidate for Mayor in 199147
  • Sean Clark, nonprofit executive4445
  • Allan Domb, real estate developer and President of the Greater Philadelphia Association of Realtors4846
  • Rhashea Harmon, attorney and nominee for the State Senate in 2010 running as an Independent4546
  • Kelvin Jeremiah, President & CEO of the Philadelphia Housing Authority4946
  • Sam Katz, businessman, public finance executive and Republican nominee for Mayor in 1999 and 200332
  • Elmer Money, candidate for City Council in 201138444546
  • Doug Oliver, Vice President of Marketing and Corporate Communications at Philadelphia Gas Works and former press secretary for Mayor Nutter running as a Democrat50
  • Dana Spain, businesswoman and philanthropist515243

Resultsedit

Republican Melissa Murray Bailey 12,486 9969
Republican Write-ins 39 031
Total votes 12,525 100

Independentedit

Candidatesedit

Declarededit

  • Rhashea Harmon, attorney and Republican nominee for the State Senate in 20104546

Potentialedit

  • Bill Green, former Philadelphia City Councilman and former chair of the Philadelphia School Reform Commission5354

Declinededit

  • Sam Katz, businessman, public finance executive and Republican nominee for Mayor in 1999 and 20035532335354
  • Dana Spain, businesswoman and philanthropist5243

Referencesedit

  1. ^ "Jim Kenney elected mayor of Philadelphia" 6abccom 2015-11-04 Retrieved 2016-01-05 
  2. ^ "Committee of Seventy – November 3, 2015 General Election" Seventyorg 2015-11-03 Retrieved 2016-01-05 
  3. ^ a b Rudeman, Wendy 2015-03-30 "The Interview: Melissa Murray Bailey, Philly's only Republican mayoral candidate" Philadelphia Daily News Retrieved 2015-11-02 
  4. ^ a b Hepp, Chris 2015-05-20 "Landslide: Kenney romps in Philly mayor's race" Philadelphia Inquirer Retrieved 2015-11-02 
  5. ^ Vargas, Claudia September 17, 2014 "Abraham to run for Mayor" The Philadelphia Inquirer Retrieved September 17, 2014 
  6. ^ "Clout: Putting a Latin spin on '15 mayoral race", Phillycom Retrieved March 8, 2014
  7. ^ Nick Field December 15, 2014 "Nelson Diaz to Run for Mayor of Philadelphia" PoliticsPA Retrieved December 17, 2014 
  8. ^ a b c d e "Does Bill Green Want to Skip the Mayor’s Race and Run for Congress", Phillymagcom Retrieved May 16, 2013
  9. ^ Chris Brennan January 22, 2015 "Plot thickens as field thins: Kenney to join Philly mayor's race" phillycom Retrieved January 26, 2015 
  10. ^ Chris Brennan; Chris Hepp January 23, 2015 "Kenney decides to run for mayor" phillycom Retrieved January 26, 2015 
  11. ^ Matt Cassidy February 5, 2015 "PHL-15: Kenney Officially Joins Phila Mayoral Race" PoliticsPA Retrieved February 7, 2015 
  12. ^ Jenny DeHuff January 5, 2015 "Doug Oliver announces he's running for mayor" Phillycom Retrieved January 5, 2015 
  13. ^ McQuade, Dan November 5, 2014 "Milton Street to Run for Mayor Unless He Dies On 100-Mile Bike Ride" Philadelphia Magazine Retrieved November 18, 2014 
  14. ^ Chris Hepp January 7, 2015 "He's back: Milton Street again running for Phila mayor" Phillycom Retrieved January 8, 2015 
  15. ^ "Anthony Williams Potentially Gearing up for Philly Mayoral Run", PoliticsPA Retrieved June 3, 2014
  16. ^ Williams, Damon C November 18, 2014 "State Sen Williams announces mayoral candidacy" Philadelphia Tribune Retrieved November 18, 2014 
  17. ^ Shaheeli, Joe January 8, 2015 "POLS ON THE STREET: Special Election Seen For 170th District" The Public Record Retrieved February 9, 2015 
  18. ^ "Terry Gillen leaving administration", Phillycom Retrieved June 4, 2014
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  20. ^ Claudia Vargas January 2, 2015 "Terry Gillen drops out of mayor's race" phillycom Retrieved January 2, 2015 
  21. ^ Mondics, Chris February 15, 2015 "Goodman officially enters Phila mayoral race" The Philadelphia Inquirer Retrieved March 11, 2015 
  22. ^ Brennan, Chris March 10, 2015 "Pastor Keith Goodman drops out of the mayor's race" The Philadelphia Inquirer Retrieved March 11, 2015 
  23. ^ "Former City Solicitor eyes 2015 bid for mayor", Phillycom Retrieved August 9, 2013
  24. ^ "Another candidate jumping into the mayor's race", Bizjournalscom Retrieved September 16, 2014
  25. ^ Kerkstra, Patrick January 21, 2015 "Ken Trujillo Is Out of the Mayor's Race" Philadelphia Magazine Retrieved January 21, 2015 
  26. ^ Brennan, Chris November 18, 2014 "Butkovitz drops plans to run for mayor; Clarke is undecided" Philadelphia Daily News Retrieved November 18, 2014 
  27. ^ Hepp, Chris January 12, 2015 "Darrell L Clarke says he won't run for Phila mayor" The Philadelphia Inquirer Retrieved January 12, 2015 
  28. ^ Hepp, Chris December 9, 2014 "Evans bows out of Phila mayor's race before he gets in" The Philadelphia Inquirer Retrieved December 10, 2014 
  29. ^ "Green shelves mayoral ambitions for SRC job", Phillycom Retrieved March 7, 2014
  30. ^ "From disasters to City Hall", Phillycom Retrieved September 14, 2013
  31. ^ "Pastor Kevin Johnson Decides Not to Run for Mayor", Phillymagcom Retrieved April 16, 2014
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  33. ^ a b Davies, Dave February 12, 2015 "Katz for mayor – again" NewsWorks Retrieved March 11, 2015 
  34. ^ "Tom Knox ends campaign for mayor before it starts", Phillycom Retrieved March 7, 2014
  35. ^ Bender, William January 22, 2015 "Trujillo throws support to Alba Martinez, she declines" Philadelphia Daily News Retrieved February 9, 2015 
  36. ^ "Is the city's managing director looking at the top job", Phillycom Retrieved May 17, 2013
  37. ^ Brennan, Chris December 11, 2014 "Rizzo drops mayoral plans for comeback bid on Council" The Philadelphia Inquirer Retrieved December 11, 2014 
  38. ^ a b Brennan, Chris November 5, 2014 "Philadelphia's race for mayor begins today" Philadelphia Daily News Retrieved November 18, 2014 
  39. ^ Otterbein, Holly January 14, 2015 "Jonathan Saidel Is Thinking About Running for Mayor" Philadelphia Magazine Retrieved March 11, 2015 
  40. ^ Dunn, Mike January 26, 2015 "Jonathan Saidel Decides Against 2015 Run for Philadelphia Mayor" KYW-TV Retrieved March 11, 2015 
  41. ^ Wigglesworth, Alex November 5, 2013 "DA Seth Williams: I'm not running for mayor in 2015" phillycom Retrieved February 9, 2015 
  42. ^ a b "City Wide Election Results" Philadelphia City Commissioners Office Retrieved June 5, 2015 
  43. ^ a b c Featherman, John December 11, 2014 "Business exec eyes Phila mayoral run as Republican" phillycom Retrieved February 9, 2015 
  44. ^ a b c Featherman, John February 6, 2015 "Featherman: Freezing now, but mayor's race heating up" phillycom Retrieved February 9, 2015 
  45. ^ a b c d e Brennan, Chris February 19, 2015 "GOP's mayoral candidate will likely be little-known" The Philadelphia Inquirer Retrieved March 11, 2015 
  46. ^ a b c d e f Brennan, Chris March 10, 2015 "GOP mayoral candidate six weeks ago was a Democrat" The Philadelphia Inquirer Retrieved March 11, 2015 
  47. ^ Brennan, Chris February 5, 2015 "GOP reaches out to Castille to run for mayor; he declines" The Philadelphia Inquirer Retrieved February 9, 2015 
  48. ^ Featherman, John January 8, 2015 "Featherman: Is 'Mayor Domb' in Philly's future" phillycom Retrieved March 11, 2015 
  49. ^ Brennan, Chris February 12, 2015 "Phila Republicans tried to draft PHA chief Kelvin Jeremiah to run for mayor" The Philadelphia Inquirer Retrieved March 11, 2015 
  50. ^ Mike Dunn November 18, 2014 "Doug Oliver Says If He Runs For Phila Mayor, It'll Be as a Democrat" CBS Philadelphia Retrieved January 5, 2015 
  51. ^ Featherman, John April 29, 2013 "A dark horse emerges as a potential GOP mayoral candidate" phillycom Retrieved February 9, 2015 
  52. ^ a b "Dana Spain Would Run for Philadelphia Mayor as Independent", Phillymagcom Retrieved May 31, 2013
  53. ^ a b Brennan, Chris March 11, 2015 "A run for mayor for Bill Green" The Philadelphia Inquirer Retrieved March 11, 2015 
  54. ^ a b Terruso, Julia; Brennan, Chris May 12, 2015 "Sam Katz says he won't run for mayor" The Philadelphia Inquirer Retrieved May 13, 2015 
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