Three new, two old for City Council
Political newcomers have taken three of the five seats for Democratic City Council Members At-Large.
Incumbent Bill Greenlee and Blondell Reynolds Brown have secured their reappearance on the November ballot. Meanwhile, incumbent Councilmen Ed Neilson and Wilson Goode Jr. trail thousands of votes behind school reform advocate Helen Gym and real estate developer Allan Domb.
With 98 percent of the vote tallied, lawyer Derek Green takes the furthest lead of the newcomers, with over 67,000 votes. Green drew much support from longstanding Philly politicians throughout his campaign, and was also blessed with the first placement in a crowded City Council race.
A three-to-two outcome favoring challengers was an unforeseen outcome for City Council.
The ultra-wealthy Domb spent over a million dollars on his own campaign, and Helen Gym grew a support coalition unprecedentedly large for a council challenger. Much-touted challengers Sherrie Cohen and Paul Steinke were a few thousand votes shy of nomination.
The five nominated candidates will face five Republican challengers in the November general election: incumbent Councilman David Oh and Dennis O’Brien, in addition to the newly anointed Daniel Tinney, Terry Tracy, and Al Taubenberger.