Forget about a Sam Katz-Bill Green ticket for the Nov. 3 general election for City Council.
The two politicians said Wednesday night they have decided against registering their own political party to seek two of the seven City Council at-large seats set aside in the City Charter for a minority political party. Those seats, in a town controlled by Democrats, have been held for decades by Republicans.
Katz, who ran three times for mayor as a Republican, said he was "gratified that so many Philadelphians were so encouraging to me and that Bill Green, a dedicated and talented leader, wanted to team with me to create an independent party."
Green won an at-large Council seat as a Democrat in 2007 and was reelected in 2011 but then stepped down last year when then-Gov. Tom Corbett, a Republican, named him chairman of the School Reform Commission. Gov. Wolf, a Democrat, removed Green from the chairman's post this year but he remains as a SRC member.
Katz, who has forged a career as a documentary filmmaker, said he has other opportunities to pursue. Katz said he decided against a run because he "wasn't excited about being a City Councilperson."
Green said he decided his "highest and best use is on the SRC at this point."