What would YOU ask Philadelphia’s mayoral candidates?

 Do you have any questions you'd like to ask the candidates who want to take over Mayor Nutter's second-floor office in this building? (Nathaniel Hamilton/for NewsWorks)

Do you have any questions you'd like to ask the candidates who want to take over Mayor Nutter's second-floor office in this building? (Nathaniel Hamilton/for NewsWorks)

ICYMI on the page or in your ear, WHYY’s news veep Chris Satullo asked everybody a question this morning: “How would you grill the applicants for the job of Philly mayor?” The reason for the question at this juncture of the horse race?

 [U]ntil the field settles, maybe we should spend less time speculating on who will run, and more time on crafting the job interview that will help voters decide who should win. 

And what would he ask? Well, one two-parter of his six-question offering is this:

Do you think a mayor has to simultaneously worry about the needs of people who have no choice to live in Philadelphia and the desires of people who can leave whenever they want? How would you strike that balance?

These are good questions and perhaps the field will answer them in short order.

But this shift toward a substantive Q&A dynamic reminds me of something we’ll be doing here at NinetyNine over the next few months.

As part of a regular series leading up to Philadelphia’s May 19 mayoral primaries, we want to pose questions of the declared candidates on your behalf.

So, don’t just leave a comment or Tweet about something we should’ve asked. Say it to our inbox or Twitter jawn and we will see that it finds its mark (within reason, it should go without saying)!

Much obliged, potential voters.

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