The Candidate Conversations Series: Meet Jim Kenney, the Mayoral Campaign’s Most Complex (and Compelling?) Figure

The former councilman blends old and new school politics and personality. Come see for yourself April 2.

Jim Kenney

Jim Kenney

Former City Councilman Jim Kenney is a complicated, fascinating figure who’s carved out an unlikely political sweet spot for himself in the nook between two very different bases: 1) progressive Philadelphians, many of them new to the city, and 2) old school rowhome voters and union members. It takes an unusual and appealing candidate to pull that trick off. Kenney checks both boxes, and that’s part of the reason he’s one of the candidates who has a very real chance of becoming the city’s next mayor.

Come meet Kenney and see what the buzz is about next Thursday, April 2, 6 p.m. — 7:30 p.m., at Pipeline Philly’s new co-working spaceREGISTER HERE NOW.

It’s the next event in Philadelphia magazine’s Candidate Conversations series. This series features in-depth, one-on-one interviews with the mayoral candidates. We really believe these conversations are your best chance to get a good sense of who the candidates are, what matters to them, and whether or not they have the stuff to lead Philadelphia. We think this is the best possible format to vet mayoral candidates. It’s a chance to get a real grip on what they can offer, in a setting that’s both more intimate and more intense than a standard mayoral forum, where the candidates are all competing for talk-time.

Kenney will sit for a 40-minute Q&A with Citified editor Patrick Kerkstra (that’s me). Audience members will get a chance to ask questions as well, and to corner Kenney before or after for some quick face-time.

We’ve already sat down with Doug Oliver and Nelson Diaz. Later in April we’ll be hosting conversations with Anthony Williams (April 15) and Lynne Abraham (April 27). If Milton Street survives his ballot challenge, we’ll look to set up a conversation with him as well.

All these events are free and open to the public. Register for our conversation with Kenney now!

The Details

  • When: Thursday, April 2. 6 p.m. — 7:30 p.m.
  • Where: The Graham Building, 30 S. 15th Street, with an amazing view of City Hall.
  • Register: HERE.