Sure, the somewhat-monotonous nature of the Philadelphia mayoral campaign’s long list of forums, debates and neighborhood visits can cause the eyes of outside observers to glaze over.
But, if NinetyNine’s candidates’ photo-gallery series taught us anything, it’s that compelling images can emerge from repetition. (See: Doug Oliver riding SEPTA, day-after-fainting Lynne Abraham reassuring voters that she’s fine, Nelson Diaz sitting inside a colorful pizzeria and Tony Williams gladhanding outside the Reading Terminal Market.)
Photographer Tracie Van Auken recently caught up with candidate Jim Kenney for a two-day series of events including a technology forum at the Free Library, fundraiser at Yards Brewery and, among other stops, a meetup with SEIU Healthcare Pennsylvania members at their Race Street office.
Alas, a schedued visit to an East Falls bar for Quizzo night didn’t come together as originally scheduled, so the Kenney gallery captures the essence of the regular campaign march moreso than previous installments.
And if you’re keeping track at home, the lone gallery to come from the Democratic mayoral field is T. Milton Street Sr., which is currently being scheduled.