Nelson Diaz Exploring Run for Mayor

For a while, it seemed like no one would make a run for mayor of Philadelphia. Suddenly, everybody wants to be mayor! Nelson Diaz has made an ad as part of his exploration for a possible run for mayor of Philadelphia. We learn that he was raised in a rat-infested tenement in Harlem, and eventually moved to Philadelphia to attend school at Temple.

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Lynne Abraham to Run for Mayor

Former Philadelphia District Attorney Lynne Abraham is going to run for mayor of Philadelphia, a source told the Inquirer. Abraham was the city’s district attorney from 1991 to 2010. Before that, she held a variety of jobs in Philadelphia government, including head of the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority under Mayor Frank Rizzo.

Eleanor Dezzi, an advisor to Abraham, told the paper Abraham would likely make a formal announcement in November.

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Philadelphia Election 2015: Who Wants to Be Mayor?

Illustration by James Boyle

Illustration by James Boyle

Used to be that the mayoralty of Philadelphia was a job worth taking a risk for, a gig deserving of a little personal sacrifice. Frank Rizzo wanted a third term so badly that it just might have killed him. John Street, probably the most powerful Council president in the city’s modern history, surrendered that clout to run for mayor. And Michael Nutter was the longest of long shots when he gave up a steady paycheck and his Council seat in July 2006, nearly a year before the primary.

Now, though, what you mostly hear from the field of potential 2015 candidates — a shifting array of names including city controller Alan Butkovitz, City Councilman Jim Kenney, city managing director Rich Negrin, State Senator Anthony Williams, former D.A. Lynne Abraham, attorney Kenneth Trujillo, former Nutter press secretary Doug Oliver, Frank Rizzo Jr. and three-time mayoral candidate Sam Katz — are all the reasons not to run, at least not yet. Some are waiting for Council president Darrell Clarke to decide if he’s in or out. Half the city’s political class is convinced Clarke is the best man for the job right now. Clarke himself seems considerably less certain.
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Is Michael Nutter Too Honest?

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Over at Politico as part of the magazine’s “What Works” series on innovative ideas and urban reinvention, WHYY’s Holly Otterbein takes a look back at the Michael Nutter-mania that swept Philadelphia back in 2007 and wonders, as we prepare to select our next mayor, if it’s possible for a Philadelphia government to be “honest and effective”:
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Terry Gillen for Mayor: “I Want to Make Philadelphia a City of Opportunity for Everybody”

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Terry Gillen

Terry Gillen has spent much of her adult life in public service to the city of Philadelphia — serving Mayors Rendell and Nutter in positions (including as director of the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority) meant to help rebuild the city from its early 1990s bottoming-out. A chief highlight during that time: Serving on the team that revived the Navy Yard as a center of private enterprise after it was closed as a military base during Rendell’s administration.

Now she’s running for mayor, and holding a June 30th fund-raiser to collect cash for the effort.

“I think there’s a lot of opportunity for this to be a fabulous wonderful city and that’s what I want to help turn into reality,” Gillen said this week.

She talked to Philly Mag about the issues facing Philadelphia, whether her status as the only female candidate matters, and the lessons she’s learned from working for two Philly mayors. Read more »

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