Sunday, March 13, 2005

City Council: Who (young) is Running?

Well, now that Casey had officially declared and the race for U.S. Senate is heating up, it's time to talk about the thing that really matters: Philadelphia City Council. Sure, the Democratic Primary is still over two years away, but that doesn't mean people haven't started positioning themselves.

First, let's get the obvious out of the way. Andrew Hohns is rumored to be eyeing a run. Coming off two consecutive failures to unseat State Rep. Babette Josephs, Hohns is a proven fundraiser with an ability to organize volunteers. Frankly, City Council makes a lot more sense to me for Hohns. I've always had the impression he is more interested in local issues.

Another person I think might be considering a run is Sharif Street. Although he recently made headlines for lobbying City Council, it's well known he has political larger political aspirations. Like Hohns, he failed to unseat an long-time incumbent the last election cycle. Like Hohns, I think he has a better shot at winning a Council seat than beating a longtime elected official. Of course, Wilson Goode Jr. shows how a Mayor's son can get elected.

Anyone else? I'm all ears......


At 11:37 AM, Blogger DanielUA said...

What about Sean Agnew, of R5 Productions? I read somewhere, maybe the Citypaper, that Rendell asked him to run.

At 1:06 PM, Blogger Alex Urevick-Ackelsberg said...

We should start a draft Shawn campaign. He's the friggin man, and we would be blessed to have him represent us.

At 2:09 PM, Blogger DanielUA said...

Do you know him? If so, ask him whether he would ever consider it...

At 3:01 PM, Blogger Alex Urevick-Ackelsberg said...

I know him, through MfA, but not that well. I could try e-mailing him. The last time I saw him I gave him like 20 t-shirts so maybe he'll respond, but I really doubt it- he has got to be one of the city's busiest people.

I also doubt that he'd want to hand over the reins at R5 Productions, and the city needs a good idependent music scene...

At 5:04 PM, Blogger Friedman said...

My good friend from law school Robert S. Nix would be an excellent at-large candidate. Currently he's the chair of the Police Advisory Commission, is active in Republican politics citywide, and is engaged in community activism in his Fox Chase neighborhood.

At 4:14 PM, Anonymous said...

City Council 2007 (At-Large or District - Young Person - Real/Wish - List)

Mostly Dems but not all - in no specific order -- some more real than other -- all good candidates -- most could raise money, all have strong political/social networks and could mount serious challenger/open seat campaigns.

Jane Golden - Mural Arts

Andrew Hohns - Cohen Bros/YIP

Vern Anastasio - RDA/RTA

Brett Mandel - Philadelphia Forward

Fran Fattah - Schnader, Harrison, Segal & Lewis

Loree Jones - Managing Director's Office

Joe Grace - Mayor Street's Council Liaison

Sharif Street - Mayor's son

Michael Williams - MBEC

Jonathan Goldstein - Urban Tech. Group

Terry Gillen - Perennial candidate

Josh Seven - YIP/Tax Reform

Harry B. Cook - Philly1/Voterlink Data Systems

Jonathan H. Bari - The Constitutional Walking Tour of Philadelphia

Stacey L. Sobel - Executive Director of The Center for Lesbian and Gay Civil Rights

Nicole Galli - Pepper Hamilton

Shariff Ali - West Philly Real Estate Dev.

Avram Hornik - Restaurant and Hospitality Entrepreneur

Robert Henon - IBEW 98

Mark Zwick - Philly Trips/Real Estate

Chris Booth - Booth Tucker

Robert Nix - Police Advisory Commision

At 4:36 PM, Anonymous Terry Gillen said...

Hey - thanks for the mention! But right now, I have my hands full being a ward leader and head of a workforce development non-profit.


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