How independents pulled off a historic upset in Philly

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Kendra Brooks (right), Working Families Party candidate for City Council, joins  members of 215  People's Alliance in calling for an end to the city's tax abatement program. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Kendra Brooks (right), Working Families Party candidate for City Council, joins members of 215 People's Alliance in calling for an end to the city's tax abatement program. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

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Philly’s no longer a two-party town. History was made Tuesday night when Working Families Party candidate Kendra Brooks won a seat on City Council. It’s the first time a council seat reserved for a minority party has gone to an independent, and the first time a third-party candidate won any elected office in the city since 1980. Max Marin with WHYY’s Billy Penn explains why she won and what it means for the future of Philly politics.

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