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Backed by retiring Tasco for City Council seat, state lawmaker hesitates

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The woman endorsed by a retiring Philadelphia councilwoman to be her successor isn’t even in the race yet. 

Councilwoman Marian Tasco said Tuesday she is supporting state Rep. Cherelle Parker as a candidate for her Council seat representing the 9th District. But Parker said she isn’t quite ready to commit to entering the race.

“Marian Tasco is a tough act to follow, we’re talking about someone who has served in City Council since 1987,” Parker said.

Parker said she will make a decision quickly.

“The time to circulate petitions, I believe, is the second week in February,” she said. “As I continue to talk to family,  friends and supporters, we will have that deadline in mind.”

Parker has City Hall experience, working for Tasco as an intern and then for Tasco as a staffer before running for the Pennsylvania House.

Tasco announced Tuesday that, after seven terms in office, she will not seek re-election.

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