While you were gone: A West Oak Lane forum and mayoral campaign-weekend recap

 Mayoral candidates Lynne Abraham, Nelson Diaz, Doug Oliver, Jim Kenney and Anthony Williams fielded questions from a Northwest Philadelphia crowd in the cafeteria of the West Oak Lane Charter School on Saturday. (Bas Slabbers/for NewsWorks)

Mayoral candidates Lynne Abraham, Nelson Diaz, Doug Oliver, Jim Kenney and Anthony Williams fielded questions from a Northwest Philadelphia crowd in the cafeteria of the West Oak Lane Charter School on Saturday. (Bas Slabbers/for NewsWorks)

Five of Philadelphia’s six (seven, eight or nine) Democratic candidates for mayor were on hand to talk about education (and more) during a Saturday afternoon forum at West Oak Lane Charter School.

NewsWorks’ Northwest Philadelphia team covered the event which featured nuggets like:

Lynne Abraham [noted] that the candidates are “strikingly similar,” observing that this year’s cohort of Democrats are in fact all friends with each other, perhaps a “Philadelphia first.”

We will assuredly keep those groundbreaking friendships in mind when the race enters “polling-results-prompt-TV-ad-strategy” season.

You can read the full story via this link.

Other campaign happenings/coverage from the past several days include …

— As noted in last week’s “Chamber of Commerce seeks job-growth plans from Philly’s mayoral candidates” NinetyNine post, the Chamber of Commerce is seeking job-growth plans from Philly’s mayoral candidates. Rob Wonderling, president and CEO of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, expanded on those questions with an Inquirer essay.

— Millennials, millennials, everywhere, but how to get their Primary Day support? Per the Inky, “The candidates for mayor know that and are trying to solve a political puzzle vexing campaigns across the country: How to get millennial voters, who previously have shown up in force only for historic events such as President Obama’s 2008 election, to pay attention to local campaigns?”

— Looking forward, there will be v. much discussion this week about Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget address and Bill Green’s ouster as School Reform Commisson chair. NinetyNine will most assuredly keep you apprised of mayoral-candidate reactions to both stories.

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