Election field set for party primaries


Two Republicans have joined the race for mayor of Philadelphia in addition to three Democrats who had already qualified.

Robin Allen, Sr., and Leo Renaldo announced their candidacies last week as Republicans. They will meet in a primary election April 6 with the winner advancing to the June 8 General Election.

Three Democrats are in the running for mayor of Philadelphia. Incumbent Mayor James A. Young is being challenged by Ward 4 Alderman Cassie Henson Hickman and businessman James Gill.

The winner must have a majority of the votes. Runoffs, if needed, will be held two weeks after an election.

The deadline to file was last Friday.       

Republican Justin Lewis Clearman is the lone candidate for the Ward 1 alderman. He will fill the seat held by retiring alderman Joe Tullos.

Meanwhile, Democrat Mangold Washington III will challenge incumbent Republican Jim Fulton in Ward 2.

In Ward 3, Democrats James Tatum and Darryl M. Young will face off in the primary election. The winner will face Republican Wright Griffis in the General Election.

In Ward 4, four Democrats Ruthie Nash, Ajatha Nichols, Rudolph Tatum and Shanayah Carter, will face off in the primary. The winner will advance to the General Election against independent candidate Shaun Seales.

Alderman-at-Large Leroy Clemons, a Democrat, faces the challenge of Republican James Carson Waltman in the General Election.

Election commissioners were decided in last Tuesday’s board of alderman meeting. Harold Richardson, Eva Tisdale and Janice Payne, who served in the 2017 election, were approved to serve again.

Four of the five polling places have been decided: Ward 1 Senior Citizens Building; Ward 2 not decided; Ward 3: The Depot; and, Ward 4 Westside.

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