Special election in May to fill Bill Green’s old Philly City Council seat

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There will be a special city council election in May in Philadelphia to fill Bill Green’s now vacant seat.

Council President Darrell Clarke says the special election will be held on May 20th, the same day people pick party candidates in the primary. It will fill the two year unexpired term of Bill Green, who left to run the school reform commission.

“This is a one-step election, it’s not a primary election,” Clarke said. “Whoever wins on that particular day will be the councilperson upon certification of the election results.”

Because Democrats outnumber Republicans so dramatically in Philadelphia, the winner will probably be the person selected by Democratic city ward leaders. Clarke says ward leaders need to make their pick by April 8th.

Independents can run in the race but must gather close to 2,000 signatures from registered voters to have their names placed on the ballot.

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