Second Candidate to Join Philly Mayor’s Race
Ken Trujillo, a Philadelphia lawyer who served as city solicitor under Mayor John Street, will run for mayor.
Trujillo, who headed the city law department under Mayor John Street, has served on the state Gaming Control Board and PICA, the state board overseeing Philadelphia’s finances. He’s been an entrepreneur, owning restaurants and a radio station, and has raised money for several political campaigns, including President Obama’s.
While he’s known to insiders, Trujillo will begin the race with name recognition pretty close to zero. He hopes to get voters’ attention with a compelling personal story — he rose from poverty in New Mexico to become a successful lawyer, prosecutor, small-business owner and community activist — and with his ideas.
Trujillo will formally announce on Wednesday. He joins Terry Gillen, a former aide to Mayors Nutter and Rendell, as the only declared candidates in the race.