It’s happening. Developer Ori Feibush, owner of OCF Realty, is starting his funding campaign for the 2nd District primary in 2015. Philly mag’s Simon Van Zuylen-Wood, who first predicted this in June, writes:
The announcement was short of specifics but an obvious theme emerged: His antipathy towards incumbent Councilman Kenyatta Johnson, whom he’s never been shy about criticizing.
Indeed, Feibush writes, “Can you imagine the good that could come to our communities if their Councilman was truly a willing and active partner?” Zing.
In his announcement, Feibush notes particular credentials:
Between OCF Realty, our three coffee shops, and our partners and investors, we have made a conscious effort over the years to improve the communities we all live and work in. We’ve helped breath new life into the South Street West and Point Breeze Avenue commercial corridors by leasing space to new businesses, opening businesses ourselves, and helping existing businesses in various capacities. We’ve installed dozens of security cameras and cleaned up many vacant lots. We have contributed to local schools and charities, and recently formed a not-for profit to help neighbors and businesses. We’ve done all of this through challenging economic and political times here in Philadelphia.
For the full text of the announcement, go here.
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