Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney has gone far beyond the speculation of a referendum on his administration, leaving behind any shadow of doubt as he defeated his Republican opponent, Billy Ciancagline, with a crushing victory.
The Democrat with a total of 213,390 votes, obtained 80%, which means support to his “soda tax,” support to Philadelphia remaining a “sanctuary city”, to migration and receptivity to the program of supervised injection sites to help alleviate the problem of opiate consumption.
Billy Ciancaglini, the Republican who did all he could on his Facebook account and did not have enough funds for a better campaign, was relegated to the backing of 20% of the electorate.
Philadelphia’s general election is a low-intensity party and it could be said that this kind of event follows the same pattern in various parts of the world, because despite the fact that they are the government closest level to the people, voters are always more interested in national contests.
Democrats did not give ground
Other winners are in various competitions. For the City Commissioner office there were three on the track. Progressive Lisa Deeley 202,036 votes, exactly 45% of the cake. His closest competitor was his colleague Omar Sabir, who stepped on his heels with 196,731 votes representing 43.81% of the votes. Republican Al Schmidt only reached 11.07%.
The position for Register of Wills, who ran alone in this proceeding, belongs to the progressive Tracey Gordon who was supported with 36,153 votes representing 99.87%.
Another position that was obtained in solitary was that of Sheriff, and in this case his high vote was no surprise. Rochelle Bilal (Democrat) achieved 213,098 votes, equivalent to 99.87%.
Tough fight for judicial offices
In a democratic struggle to become a Philadelphia Superior Court Judge, two Democrats and two Conservatives battled the position. Progressives fivefold the vote of their GOP opponents, but the winner was Judge Daniel D Mccaffery with 206,478 votes, representing 42.31%, followed by Amanda Green-Hawkins who captured the confidence of 198,799 voters representing 40.74%.
A real fight between Democrats broke out over the Philadelplhia Court of Common Pleas office where seven progressive candidates contended, but the first option was for Tiffany Palmer who with 205,607 votes representing 15.01% now is the new judge.
On his own, Municipal Court Judge David H Conroy (Democrat) obtained 210,745 votes to take office.
In the Court of Common Pleas all were ratified and the names of Patricia A Mccullough, Daniel Anders, Ida Chen, Robert P Coleman, Roxanne E Covington, Richard J Gordon, Glynnis D Hill, Karen Shreeves-Johns, Diane R Thompson, Donna M Woelpper, Sheila Woods-Skipper and Martin S Coleman will continue to deliver justice.
Translated by: José Espinoza