The Candidate Conversations Series: Meet Lynne Abraham, Philly’s Most Viable Female Mayoral Candidate Ever

Join us on April 27th. Free food, free drinks and an in-depth talk with one of the most consequential political figures in Philadelphia.

Today, at least 245 cities are led by female mayors. Philadelphia is not one of them. In fact, Philadelphia’s City Hall has never had a woman at the helm.

But that could soon change: Lynne Abraham, who served as the city’s district attorney for 19 years, is running for mayor. She is the most viable female mayoral candidate in Philly’s history, and has perhaps broken more barriers than any other woman politician in the city. She also started this race as the frontrunner. And yet, as progressive as all that sounds, she is also known for being a tough-on-crime drug warrior and for seeking the death penalty more than any other prosecutor in the country in the 1990s. This has led some people to ask: Is Abraham forward-thinking enough to lead a contemporary Philadelphia?

Come meet Abraham to find out if she has what it takes to be mayor of Philadelphia in 2016 next Monday, April 27th, 6 p.m. — 7:30 p.m., at Pipeline Philly’s new co-working spaceREGISTER HERE NOW.

This is the final event in Philadelphia magazine’s Candidate Conversations series, which gives voters an up-close look at the men and women who want to run this town. It both allows the candidates to talk for longer than one minute at a time (unlike at many mayoral forums), and allows us to ask them tough and probing follow-up questions.

Abraham will sit for a 40-minute Q&A with Citified reporter Holly Otterbein (a/k/a me). Audience members will have the opportunity to ask questions, too.

We’ve already interviewed Anthony Williams, Jim KenneyDoug Oliver and Nelson Diaz as part of our Candidate Conversations series. We’ve invited Milton Street, too, but he doesn’t seem interested.

All these events are free and open to the public. Courtesy of Pipeline, free food and drinks are also available. Register for our conversation with Abraham now!

  • When: Monday, April 27th. 6 p.m. — 7:30 p.m.
  • Where: The Graham Building, 30 S. 15th Street, with an amazing view of City Hall.
  • Register: HERE.