Monday night, seven Philadelphia City Council-at-large candidates met in a debate hosted by WHYY and Newsworks, the League of Women Voters of Philadelphia, the Committee of Seventy, Philadelphia Media Network, the Philadelphia Tribune, and Al Dia.Council-at-large candidates run citywide. Each party nominates five candidates, voters choose five, and the top seven vote-getters win seats, ensuring two minority representatives.
WHYY Senior Reporter Dave Davies moderated the debate. Seven candidates participated:
REPUBLICANSJoe McColgan, private banking & financial management from the NortheastDavid Oh, an attorney from Cobbs CreekDennis O’Brien, a state legislator from MillbrookAl Taubenberger, President of the Greater Northeast Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce from Fox ChaseMichael Untermeyer, an attorney & real estate developer from Old City DEMOCRATS Bill Green, a City Councilman, entrepreneur and attorney from Chestnut Hill.Blondell Reynolds Brown, a City Councilwoman, educator, community activist, and political leader from Wynnefield NOT ATTENDING:William Greenlee, a City Councilman from Fairmount.Wilson Goode Jr., a City Councilman and urban economic development professional from WynnefieldJames Kenney, a City Councilman from South Philadelphia