Seven of City Council's 17 members, along with District Attorney Seth Williams, gathered outside City Hall this morning to endorse state Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams in the May 18 Democratic primary election for governor. They all had nice things to say about Williams and his policies on education reform, economic development and illegal gun control. But the real message was this: Philadelphia loses if its residents don't turn out to vote in two weeks.
"I recognize that too many Philadelphians don't even know we have an election on May 18," said Seth Williams, who called the senator a friend and mentor. "So I'm urging all of you who can hear my voice to do all you can to make sure Philadelphians ... vote on May 18 so that their voices are heard and they elect the person who will best serve the city of Philadelphia and the needs of the rest of the state of Pennsylvania."
City Council President Anna Verna -- along with colleagues Darrell Clarke, Bill Greenlee, Marian Tasco, Maria Quinones Sanchez, W. Wilson Goode Jr. and Donna Reed Miller -- echoed that message. "I know people are saying: Oh, what's the difference?" Verna said. "You're fooling yourself. Don't delude yourself that your vote is not important."
Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato, the front-runner in the Democratic primary based on poll results and campaign fundraising, received the endorsement of City Councilman Curtis Jones Jr. on Monday and City Councilman Bill Green today.