DROP flap prompts Phila. Councilman DiCicco to drop re-election bid

Another Philadelphia City Councilman in the controversial DROP retirement program has decided not to seek re-election. 

Councilman Frank DiCicco said he took a poll showing him with a majority of the votes, but still decided to drop out of the race because his run for reelection would be too difficult.

“I didn’t feel that it was in my best interest or in the interest of the people I represent to drag this thing out for another 10 weeks of what would be in my opinion probably would be one of the most negative campaigns not only that I would have to endure but the people of my district or the city of Philadelphia would have to endure,” said DiCicco.

DiCicco said he is backing Mark Squilla to replace him, saying that he has some good qualities.

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“He’s a class act, when people get to know him they will get to like him, when I look at Mark’s background I see myself,” said DiCicco.

Squilla has at least two opponents in the primary, Joe Grace and Vern Anastasio.

Tuesday is the deadline for candidates to submit their nominating petitions.

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