One candidate for Philadelphia City Council is determined to stay in the race of an at-large seat despite a funding disadvantage.
Even though he’s second from the bottom when it comes to financing his campaign, former Councilman Frank Rizzo Jr. said he is banking on something money can’t buy — name recognition.
“I’ve got a great reputation,” he said Wednesday. “As this campaign rolls out, the money that’s needed for all of the things in a campaign — mailing, robocalls and things like that will all fall into place.”
The resignation of Councilman Jim Kenney to run for mayor opens up a spot, Rizzo said.
“That will leave the ward leaders and committeemen with an opportunity to pick someone to be supportive of and get them elected,” he said.
The one-time Republican said he believes Democrats will elect him to office.
“Once people realize, and polls start to show, that Frank Rizzo is doing very very well in this campaign — and especially with the recent opening that Councilman Kenney has left — puts me into a very good position,” he said.
Rizzo has about $2,300 compared with rival Paul Steinke’s warchest of $91,000.
But the son of the legendary mayor said he’s staying in the race through the May primary.