The latest candidate for an at-large City Council seat is a familiar name in South Philadelphia.
Realtor and civic activist Barbara Capozzi says she’s running to make sure South Philly has a voice to replace Jim Kenney, who left Council to run for mayor.
“Jim Kenney naturally creates a vacuum for South Philadelphia, councilman-at-large is for the whole city, of course, but the four incumbents are either Center City or immediately north of Market [Street],” she said.
Capozzi says finding the necessary thousand voters to sign her nominating petitions has been an experience.
“It’s an enormous effort, but I’ve actually enjoyed it because it’s brought me to different places,” she said. “I’m not so familiar with Bustleton Avenue; I was there the other night and it was fascinating to me.”
Capozzi, who challenged district Councilman Kenyatta Johnson four years ago and lost by a narrow margin, said she wouldn’t run against a party incumbent.
With Kenney’s departure, Philly will get at least one new at-large Council member.
And the Democratic primary field is getting crowded. In addition to the incumbents, Sherrie Cohen, Helen Gym, Paul Steinke, Isaiah Thomas and Tom Wyatt are running.