5th Square PAC endorses council slate, Kenney for mayor

 The 5th Square PAC introduces its slate of endorsed council candidates near what has become known as the 'City Hall Parking Lot' on Tuesday. (Brian Hickey/WHYY)

The 5th Square PAC introduces its slate of endorsed council candidates near what has become known as the 'City Hall Parking Lot' on Tuesday. (Brian Hickey/WHYY)

A political-action committee which advocates “for smart policy for transportation, public space, land use and better governance” endorsed a slate of City Council candidates (and a mayoral aspirant in absentia) during a Tuesday event outside City Hall.

The 5th Square PAC (intentionally) held its event on the side of City Hall most recently known for becoming a makeshift parking lot.

Introduced by PAC chair Geoff Kees Thompson at the afternoon endorsement gathering were incumbent (parking privileges-having) Councilwoman at-large Blondell Reynolds Brown as well as second district challenger Ori Feibush; Democratic at-large challengers Sherrie Cohen, Helen Gym, Paul Steinke and Tom Wyatt; and Republican at-large challengers Terry Tracy and Matt Wolfe.

Of Feibush getting the lone nod in district-council races, Thompson said the PAC felt he had a “better vision for the second district” than incumbent Kenyatta Johnson.

While Kenney was not on hand for the event, Thompson lauded him as a “stalwart ally in the effort to keep pedestrians safer” by, among other things, having “championed Vision Zero before Vision Zero had a name.”

“He also supports the removal of all cars in the place we are currently standing,” he said of City Hall’s northern edges. “This isn’t City Hall Parking Lot, and with Dilworth Park just steps away, it’s an embarrassment that our elected officials treat this just as that.”

 

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