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This story originally appeared on Billy Penn.
Being leader of a major U.S. city is anything but easy. Difficult as it may be, Philadelphia’s top job is in high demand.
The race to succeed term-limited Jim Kenney and become Philly’s 100th mayor is crowded. The field is full of candidates with solid experience, varied backgrounds, and a diverse array of ideas for the city’s future.
With Philly’s 7-to-1 voter registration imbalance between the two major parties, the winner of the May Democratic primary is highly likely to win in the general election this fall. Given past turnout numbers for an odd-year primary, a lead of 10,000 to 15,000 votes could boost someone to a de facto overall victory.
Who are the contenders, and what should you know about them? Consider this page your cheat sheet.
Candidates are listed in the order you’ll see them on the ballot. Tap a name to learn more about each contender.
People who dropped out
- Ballot position No. 1 was drawn by John Wood, a retired police lieutenant who entered later than most others and dropped out of the race on March 22.
- Ballot position No. 6 was held by former Councilmember Derek Green, who dropped out of the race on April 13.
- Ballot position No. 9 was held by former Councilmember Maria Quiñones Sánchez, who dropped out of the race on April 9.
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