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Former Mayor Street: "This Is Only The Beginning."

Mayor Nutter won his primary election last night with 76 percent of the vote, the race between two relative unknowns in the Republican primary is too close to call and now here (maybe) comes former Mayor John Street charging into the field.

Former Mayor Street: "This Is Only The Beginning."

Will former Mayor Street [left] challenge Mayor Nutter in the Nov. 8 general election?
Will former Mayor Street [left] challenge Mayor Nutter in the Nov. 8 general election?

Mayor Nutter won his primary election last night with 76 percent of the vote, the race between two relative unknowns in the Republican primary is too close to call and now here (maybe) comes former Mayor John Street charging into the field.

Street this morning said he will "seriously consider" a run as an independent in the Nov. 8 general election.  He later added that this "options review" will look at runs for mayor and City Council at-large.  His comments, via email, are very focused on Nutter and the 24 percent of the Democratic vote that his older brother, former state legislator T. Milton Street Sr., collected yesterday.

"I am encouraged that 1of 4 voters in a Democratic primary decided to vote for Senator Street or against the Mayor," Street wrote. "That may be a distinction without much difference but it does provide a healthy base upon which to build a campaign. Mayor Nutter has not yet created a vision for the city nor has he even come close to announcing a plan to get there.

Street criticized Nutter for his economic development and job creation efforts and especially his approach to the budget deficit at the Philadelphia School District, which is dealing with cut-backs in the state budget.

"He inappropriately lays too much blame at the door step of the Governor while he accepts little responsibility for his own failures," Street said. "I will pay close attention to the Mayor in the next 2 weeks to see if he articulates and implements a plan for our public schools."

Street, who said he will hold a news conference sometime this week, ended his email with the phrase: "This is only the beginning."

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Chris Brennan, a native Philadelphian and graduate of Temple University, joined the Daily News in 1999. He has written about SEPTA, the Philadelphia School District, the legalization of casino gambling, state government, the mayor, the governor, City Council and political campaigns. E-mail tips to brennac@phillynews.com
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Jenny DeHuff is a 2005 graduate of the University of Rhode Island, where she cut her teeth in journalism. A South Philly transplant from New England, she joined the Daily News City Hall Bureau in 2013. For the past several years, she has worked as an investigative reporter exposing corruption in suburban politics, covering sometimes ghastly criminal court cases and following the people’s money and how its spent. In addition to being a dogged news hound, she enjoys reading and writing about travel, animals, Irish whiskey and aviation. E-mail tips to dehuffj@phillynews.com
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Sean Collins Walsh is from Bucks County and went to Northwestern University. He joined the Daily News copy desk in 2012 and now covers the Nutter administration. Before that, he interned at papers including The New York Times, The Dallas Morning News and The Seattle Times. E-mail tips to walshSE@phillynews.com
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