Philadelphia City Council has begun a new year with six new members.All 17 were sworn in at the Academy of Music and there’s an air of optimism that this year council can work in harmony with Mayor Michael Nutter as he begins his second term. Republican Councilman Dennis O’Brien says this is the right time for cooperation.
“I believe we’re all aware of the historical opportunity that we have with all the new members of council and the mayor looking to build a legacy,” said O’Brien.New Council President Darrell Clarke says the goal is unity between the mayor and council while facing another tough budget.”We’re going to move ahead and we’re going to work together and that’s the only way we can dig ourselves out from the significant hole,” said Clarke.But the specter of a mayor’s race four years from now is going to be significant. Former City Controller Jonathan Saidel attended the inauguration. He says candidates already are seeking support to be the next mayor of Philadelphia.”I would assume that you and I are the only person’s in the room who are not running for mayor at this time,” said Saidel.
Current city officeholders would have to resign once they officially announce their intentions to run for mayor.