Meet the lone candidate in Philly’s GOP mayoral primary

 Republican mayoral candidate Melissa Murray Bailey describes herself as between a millennial and Gen-X. (Bas Slabbers/for NewsWorks)

Republican mayoral candidate Melissa Murray Bailey describes herself as between a millennial and Gen-X. (Bas Slabbers/for NewsWorks)

NinetyNine first met Melissa Murray Bailey outside the county Board of Elections office in City Hall during Tuesday’s nomination petitions-filing deadline.

There, she explained why she was running for mayor as such: “I’m tired of the same old thing. I want families in Philadelphia to be able to raise their families, stay in the city, have a good-paying jobs and schools they can send their kids to.”

On Wednesday, WHYY’s Tom MacDonald caught up with the 36-year-old businessperson who has been a registered Republican for just six weeks to continue that talk.

Bailey told MacDonald that “I have to believe that people are open-minded enough to listen to what I have to say and when they hear what I have to say, I think they are going to hear that it represents the new Philadelphia and the opportunity that it represents for the city and for themselves.”

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