Phila. councilman calling it quits to run for another office

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 Philadelphia City Councilman Ed Neilson is resigning to run for the 174th District seat in the Pennsylvania General Assembly. (Tom MacDonald/WHYY)

Philadelphia City Councilman Ed Neilson is resigning to run for the 174th District seat in the Pennsylvania General Assembly. (Tom MacDonald/WHYY)

A Philadelphia city councilman is resigning at the end of the day Friday to run for another job.

Councilman Ed Neilson says he’s ready to move on after losing in May’s Democratic primary. It’s expected he will announce a run for the state house, but he isn’t ready to say that yet.

“I will make if official over the weekend. Still have to get some things in order,” Neilson said. “Of course, once I make my announcement, I will have to resign. So I am tendering my resignation at five o’clock.”

Democratic ward leaders this week selected Neilson as the candidate for the vacant 174th District seat in a special election coming on Aug. 11. Neilson, a former state representative, says the commute to Harrisburg might be a longer distance but, because of traffic, will only add about 10 minutes to his daily drive — should he win the race.

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