The campaign for the second district City Council seat, currently occupied by Council President Anna C. Verna, is now down to four with the withdrawal Wednesday of South Philly lawyer Vincent DeFino.
The district that covers South Philly, mosly west of Broad, up into parts of Center City and out over Southwest and the airport, has some interesting racial and political demographics. In a district that is majority black, all the ward leaders are white.
And now Barbara Capozzi, an attorney and real estate agent from Packer Park, is the lone white candidate against three African-Americans: attorney Damon K. Roberts, who lost to Verna in 2007; state Rep. Kenyatta Johnson; and Southwest neighborhood activist Tracey Gordon.
DeFino's campaign manager, Gregg Kravitz, said DeFino could not win with Capozzi still in.
"It became clear that if Barbara is staying in the race, considering how many supporters they had in common, she certainly would have blocked his path to victory," Kravitz said Tuesday night.
Verna is retiring at the end of the year as a participant in the city's DROP program. She has represented the district since 1975, when she won election to succeed her father, who died in office.Verna has not yet endorsed a successor.
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