Opinion

I’m Proud that My South Philly Neighborhood Voted for Beth Grossman

Last year, we came through for Donald Trump.

South Philadelphia ward leader Terry Dintino with former presidential candidate John Kasich at the Penrose Diner in 2016. (Photo via Philly GOP)

Yesterday, I couldn’t have been prouder when I read the Philly Mag article about the voters of the 26th ward in South Philadelphia, who chose Beth Grossman to be the next district attorney of Philadelphia.

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I am the Republican ward leader in the 26th, and I’m so proud of my conservative, blue-collar voters, who work hard to keep their families safe and their neighborhoods crime-free. That is not easy to do in this sanctuary city, where the crime rate is already out of hand.

We are a neighborhood of morals and values. We care for our neighbors. We help out anyone who needs it. We are proud of our heritages, no matter what they may be, and we celebrate our holidays with each other.

We share in each other’s successes. And we also share in each other’s grief, which makes us stronger.

We are proud to stand for the National Anthem. We come out strong in the elections. And we cheer for our real heroes.

In other words, we have each other’s backs. How many neighborhoods can say that these days?

The 26th ward voted for President Donald Trump one year ago this week. 4,575 residents of our ward voted in favor of him. 4,204 voted for Hillary Clinton.

And the 26th ward was also the only ward in the City of Philadelphia to win for our presidential candidate, John McCain, in 2008.

My committeepeople work extremely hard year round to be community leaders and block captains, keeping our streets clean and helping all of our neighbors with quality of life issues that affect us all. They work tirelessly on election day to help our neighbors get to the polls, where they can perform their civic duty.

And this election, we stood with our candidate, Beth Grossman, who has devoted her life for many years in the DA’s office, where she has committed herself to keeping our city safe.

We are proud of who we are and what we cherish in our lives, and we will continue to stand up for what we believe in. We will continue to fight the good fight.