Philly’s Political Elders Lament the Lack of Millennials Running for Office

Photo by Bradley Maule

Photo by Bradley Maule

Mayor Michael Nutter is in that glorious final phase of his tenure where he’s calling things exactly as he sees them. With seven weeks left in office and very little to lose, he’s taking on everyone from mega-restaurateur Stephen Starr to elections chief Anthony Clark to the School Reform Commission.

One of his most intriguing targets has been millennials. Over the last few months, he’s been shouting from the rooftops that too few young people are running for elected office in Philadelphia. “Where are younger people?” he asked at Philly Mag’s ThinkFest last week. “Are they even thinking about running for office?”

He’s even gotten mean about it: “I’m increasingly concerned that many young people are just finding other avenues. And, you know, having 9 million followers on Twitter is not your level of political engagement.” Read more »

Who Could Fill Brian Sims’ Shoes as He Takes a Run at Chaka Fattah?

[Updated 10/7/15] Philadelphia state Rep. Brian Sims has finally made it official: He announced Tuesday morning he is campaigning for Congress against incumbent U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah in the 2016 primary election.

Already, some people are reportedly thinking about running for Sims’ seat in the state House, which is also up for grabs next year.

Rumored potential candidates for the 182nd legislative House district include attorney Adam Beck, journalist/civic activist Jon Geeting, former state Rep. Babette Josephs, real estate investment analyst Dan Kessler, small business owner Marisa Piccarreto and state senate staffer Ben Waxman. (After this article was published, Geeting said on Twitter that he has no plans to run.) Read more »

Brian Sims: “I’m Running For Congress!”

From Sims' Facebook page.

From Sims’ Facebook page.

Brian Sims put the speculation to rest this morning when he announced via Facebook that he is, indeed, running for Congress, challenging indicted incumbent Chaka Fattah for his seat in the 2nd Congressional District.

“I’m excited to announce it first right here on Facebook: I’m running for Congress! Will you add your name to join my grassroots team?” he posted to his official page. Read more »

Brian Sims Is Probably Running for Congress

State Rep. Brian Sims

State Rep. Brian Sims

Brian Sims, the 37-year-old Democratic state representative, won’t say whether he’s going to run for Congress. But we’re pretty sure he’s going to run for Congress.

Rumors have been swirling about it for months, Harrisburg insiders have told us he’s already confirmed his plans to run with some people, and Sims recently sent supporters an invitation for an October 6th fundraiser for the “Brian Sims for Congress Exploratory Committee.”

The invitation said attendees could join Sims for “a candid conversation about bringing ethical behavior back to Philadelphia-area politics.” Read more »

Happy Birthday, Brian Sims!

Brian Sims with his boyfriend, Brandon McMullin. Photo by Tara Beth Photography.

Brian Sims with his boyfriend, Brandon McMullin. Photo by Tara Beth Photography.

It is no surprise that we here at G Philly love Brian Sims, as does most of the internet. We’ve covered quite a bit about the openly-gay Pennsylvania State Representative through the years, and given that today is his birthday, we thought it would be swell to round up some of the best pieces we’ve written about Mr. Sims and his influence on Philadelphia and beyond.

Of course, we also wish Brian a very happy birthday! Thanks for all of your hard work for both the State and LGBT folks everywhere.

Jim Kenney, Brian Sims to Perform in Fringe Fest Zombie Play


Mayoral nominee Jim Kenney and State Representative Brian Sims will take a short break from politicking to venture into the world of acting next month when they make guest-star turns at the Philadelphia Fringe Festival.

The politicians have agreed to appear in Tribe of FoolsZombies … With Gunswhich writer and star Terry Brennan tells me offers a variety of takes on America’s gun culture. Here’s how TOF describes the show:

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State Lawmakers Reintroduce PA LGBT Nondiscrimination Bill

pa equality watch rainbow flag

Brian Sims and other key lawmakers in the State welcomed the reintroduction of bipartisan Pennsylvania LGBT non-discrimination bills in the state House of Representatives.

Sims, who is co-sponsoring the bills, stated, “While Pennsylvanians have enjoyed the right to marriage equality for over a year now, we are long past due for equality in our discrimination laws. This is no longer a progressive issue, but an issue of basic fairness. As we see in the bipartisan support for this bill, this is not a matter of left and right, but a matter of right and wrong.” Read more »

PHOTOS: Gayborhood Saxbys Coffee Opens With a Little Help From Brian Sims

The new Saxbys Coffee shop at 11th and Locust opened this morning, thanks to some help from not only State Rep. Brian Sims, but also the local neighborhood.

Saxbys Chief Executive Officer and Founder Nick Bayer was on hand to share that the coffee chain is all about community: As he addressed the large crowd that converged to celebrate the shop’s grand opening, he shared that Saxbys had been wanting to enter the Washington West/Gayborhood community for some time now, and that this new store was a perfect opportunity. Brian Sims joined the celebration by providing a few words and drinking some inaugural espresso shots.

The new store is pretty sweet: There’s a whole variety of speciality espresso drinks, a full breakfast and lunch menu, plus pastries, free wi-fi, and lots of spaces to get work done. My favorite element is a long white marble counter that runs along the windows, perfect for people watching. Take a look at some of our shots below, and make sure you stop by to grab a little refreshment.

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