Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Knox takes another step toward 2015 mayoral run

Tom Knox, who finished second to Michael Nutter in 2007, sets up a committee and says he's recruiting staff to run for mayor again in 2015.

Knox takes another step toward 2015 mayoral run


Tom Knox, the wealthy businessman who ran second to Michael Nutter in the 2007 mayoral primary, has registered a political committee, Knox for Mayor, to mount another mayoral campaign in 2015.

“I love this city and am deeply concerned about its condition,” Knox said Thursday in a press release announcing the committee’s registration. “Our economy is stagnant, the level of taxation is a barrier to business, our public education system is in shambles and the level of gun-related violence is unacceptable.”

Knox, 72, spent $10.5 million of his own money on his 2007 effort and was running atop the polls until the last weeks of the campaign. A costumed figure calling himself “Tommy the Loan Shark” began appearing at  Knox’s campaign events, raising questions about Knox’s business history, and his opponents targeted Knox’s 19-month experience in government, as a deputy mayor under Ed Rendell.

His release said Knox is now recruiting "seasoned campaign professionals" to join his team.

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