Welfare advocate says she’ll run for Sheriff to end evictions

    Cheri Honkala is making some bold statements. Honkala is running for the Philadelphia Sheriff position on an interesting platform: No evictions. None.

    Honkala will announce her candidacy Thursday, with several union presidents and evicted Philadelphians backing her. The founder of the Kensington Welfare Rights Union is blaming the current Sheriff’s office for the lack of accountability that’s forcing people out of their homes.

    Calling evictions a “plague,” Honkala said her decision to run came after the failed loan restructures that were meant to save foreclosed upon homes.

    WHYY’s Dave Davies has been covering the race for Sheriff closely. Some candidates want to eliminate the office; some say things will be swell if they city just backs off.

    Honkala is putting a message out to every Philadelphian facing eviction: she won’t take your home. Think she can follow through?

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