Philly GOP candidate for mayor a rookie to politics and new to the party

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Mayoral candidate Melissa Bailey arrives  at City Hall. ( Bas Slabbers/for NewsWorks)

Mayoral candidate Melissa Bailey arrives at City Hall. ( Bas Slabbers/for NewsWorks)

The race for Philadelphia Mayor has a new face, and she’s the only Republican on the ballot.  

Melissa Murray Bailey describes herself as between a millennial and Gen-X and says she’s running for mayor to bring some fresh ideas into the campaign conversation.

“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,” she said.

Bailey says as a businessperson for a multi-national company she wants to bring a new attitude to government.

“The business world through the recession really had invent the way they were doing business to be more efficient more innovative but government, especially in Philadelphia, hasn’t gone through that transformation,” she said.

Bailey was a registered Democrat until a few weeks ago.

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