The Inquirer reports that City Controller Alan Butkovitz is making the kinds of moves you’d expect a mayoral candidate to make, only without quite saying yet that he’s a mayoral candidate. For example: he just hired a media strategist renowned for helping get Detroit’s mayor elected.
One surefire way to make Philly Mag’s list of the 75 most powerful people in the city? Be mayor. (Check out Philly Mag’s list on newsstands now: The mayor is on it.) As an alternative, you might try to be a frontrunner to be the next mayor. State Sen. Anthony Williams is in the latter category: He’s not formally announced his candidacy yet for the 2015 race, but the longtime politico has already lined up support and is seen as the man to beat.
“I want you to know that I’m a passionate Philadelphian, who loves the Flyers, the Eagles, the Sixers — all Philadelphia stuff I love,” he says.
Philly Mag spoke to Williams recently about power, popularity, and what losing the 2010 Democratic primary for governor taught him.
Former Republican mayoral candidate Sam Katz loves to tell the story about when a reporter asked him if the rumors are true that he still wants to be mayor. Katz’s response: “I’ve wanted to be mayor since I was a seven years old.”
Today’s announcement that Katz is resigning as chair of the Pennsylvania Intergovernmental Cooperation Board (PICA) is being read by some as the first sign that he may be considering another run in 2015.
Two weeks ago, the Daily News reported that the pastor of Bright Hope Baptist Church, Kevin Johnson, was exploring a mayoral run (i.e. running for mayor). Philly Mag then ran this interview with him, in which he sounded very much like a candidate. This morning he sent an email to supporters declaring he had changed his mind. Here it is.
For those of you who know Kimya and me, you know that our first priority is our family and the second is the congregation at Bright Hope Baptist Church. We take the responsibility of being parents very seriously, and their development is paramount for us.
Last night, I shared with my officers that I will not explore a run for Mayor of Philadelphia in 2015.
While I will continue to serve in various capacities in our great City, at this time, my responsibilities as a father and pastor will be my focus.
I pray God’s richest blessing upon you and your family.KRJ
The Daily News reports that likely mayoral candidate Kevin Johnson’s children attend West Philly’s prestigious Penn Alexander School. The problem? Classroom slots are supposed to be open only to residents of the school’s catchment area — and the Johnson family lives four miles from the nearest boundary from the school.
He’s an outsider, but not an unknown. On Sundays, Kevin Johnson stands in the pulpit of Bright Hope Baptist Church, preaching sermons to the same congregation once led by the late and much-loved U.S. Rep. Bill Gray III. Now Johnson is considering his own entry into politics, announcing this week that he is forming an exploratory committee to consider running for mayor to replace Michael Nutter. He talked to Philly Mag about the challenges facing the city, the relationships needed to bust through gridlock, and about sharing a famous name.
You’re forming an exploratory committee to run for mayor. Simple question: Why would you be a good mayor for Philadelphia?
I believe I would be a good mayor for Philadelphia. One [reason] is because I understand the pain and the challenges that are here in the city. Every day I see and talk to people here in Philadelphia who are hurting. I am passionate about people and fighting for them, particularly our children as it relates to public education, and I’ve decided to become more involved and begin to address some of these serious issues.
Kevin Johnson (not the ex-NBA player and mayor of Sacramento) is forming an exploratory committee to run for mayor. Johnson is the pastor at Bright Hope Baptist Church, near Temple, which has not only a large following but some political muscle behind it.
Come 2015, the answer to that question might determine whether or not Ed Rendell seeks a third term as mayor.
In recent days, Rendell has downplayed his interest in returning to City Hall. He did so again in a brief phone interview this morning, telling me: “It’s not something that anybody should be thinking about.”
But Rendell does seem to be giving the idea some real thought.
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