A Campaign of Coalitions


Philadelphia deserved a night like last night. We saw some serious victories for Philadelphia that we can all be proud of.

I can’t believe it’s only been 24 hours since the polls closed here in Philadelphia and Jim Kenney became the Democratic nominee for Mayor of Philadelphia.

Over the past several months I’ve told you about the campaign of coalitions that Jim built, uniting Philadelphia in an historic election. Jim truly empowered all Philadelphians and his victory last night is a testament to that fact. I can’t wait to work with him to improve our public schools, strengthen working families, and tackle the great challenges that lay ahead.

Jim’s wasn’t the only victory for Philadelphians last night. We had some major victories for the Pennsylvania Supreme Court and Philadelphia City Council too.

While I’m not the biggest fan of selecting our state’s judges through partisan elections, I was ecstatic to see my friend Judge Kevin Dougherty win the nomination for Supreme Court. Kevin is a good and decent public servant who will bring integrity, experience, and compassion to our Commonwealth’s highest court. We need to get to work to make sure he wins in November.

My good friends Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown and Helen Gym were both successful in their campaigns for City Council. Blondell has faithfully served Philadelphia since 1999 and her experience and leadership have been essential as one of the earliest supporters of LGBT civil rights in city government. Helen, a champion for public education, has fought for school and educational equality for years. There’s no one better equipped to tackle the problems facing our system of public education than Helen. She’ll be a terrific asset to Philadelphia.

Further, three of my endorsed candidates for Judge won their elections last night, including out candidates Abbe Fletman and Chris Mallios. Social justice warrior Rainy Papademetriou was also successful.

While we have much to celebrate, unfortunately we are not celebrating the election of Philadelphia’s first out member of City Council. Both Sherrie Cohen and Paul Steinke came up short in their campaigns. Sherrie and Paul ran courageous campaigns of substance and integrity of which I am incredibly proud. I know that they’ll continue their work to advocate for their communities and for all of Philadelphia. You certainly haven’t seen the last of them!

As Philadelphia enters even more onto the world stage with the first U.S. visit of Pope Francis later this year and as host of the Democratic National Convention in 2016, we’ll need leadership that is smart, determined, and energzied. I’m confident we got our leaders in our victories last night and I can’t wait to see what this city of coalitions can do.

Thank you for all of your support.


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INQUIRER – Kenney and assorted supporters take in victory

By Jeff Gammage

As the votes rolled in, the party rolled on – big, loud and growing, a celebratory scene where a son of South Philadelphia and the son of a firefighter became the presumptive next mayor of Philadelphia.

In a ballroom where supporters cheered, danced, and sang along to Bruce Springsteen and the Eagles stood the real-life evidence of the unlikely coalition that Democratic nominee James F. Kenney created – Irish Catholics, cops and firefighters, gays and lesbians, building trades unions, black politicians who crossed the color line for a white candidate.

There were men in formal gray suits, guys in T-shirts and shorts, and one young man in a shirt that simply read, ” ‘Merica.” All came out to celebrate and be part of the victory.

“It’s a great hodgepodge,” said State Rep. Brian Sims, the first openly gay elected legislator in Pennsylvania history and an early Kenney supporter. “We wanted somebody who knew all of us and had worked with all of us.”

To lead Philadelphia today requires the skill of coalition-building, he said, “and Jim did that right out of the gate.”

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For the #PHL2015 Primary Election, there’s a large list of great candidates from which to choose.

Here’s who I’ll be voting for:

MayorJim Kenney (68)


Jim Kenney

I’ve known Jim for years and he’s the right guy to lead Philadelphia forward. Jim has not only fought for LGBT civil rights over the course of his 23-year career on Philadelphia City Council, but is and has been an advocate for public education, responsible policing, and working families. I have faith that Jim will deftly balance the many competing interests and priorities the City of Philadelphia will face over the next four eight years. Jim is my choice to be the next Mayor of Philadelphia.

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City Council – Blondell Reynolds Brown* (90), Sherrie Cohen (93), Helen Gym (95), Ed Neilson* (96), Paul Steinke (91)

From top left - Gym, Steinke, Cohen, Brown, Neilson

Clockwise from top left – Gym, Steinke, Cohen, Neilson, Brown

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Pa. Supreme CourtKevin Dougherty (3)


Judge Kevin Dougherty

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Court of Common Pleas – Abbe Fletman* (23), Chris Mallios (46), Rainy Papademetriou (22), Stella Tsai (35)

Clockwise from top left - Fletman, Mallios, Papademetriou, Tsai

Clockwise from top left – Fletman, Mallios, Tsai, Papademetriou

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* – denotes incumbent
(xx) – ballot number

Click here to see Brian’s endorsements for candidates outside Philadelphia

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