Monday, February 8, 2016

Olympian Carl Lewis Back in the Race

Carl Lewis is running again

Olympian Carl Lewis Back in the Race


Olympic gold medalist Carl Lewis is sporting sneakers during a press conference the morning after a federal appeals panel in Philadelphia overturned lower court rulings and allowed the New Jersey Democrat to be placed on the ballot for the state Senate.

The Republican Secretary of State  and the Burlington County GOP have contended for months that the local track legend did not meet the state constitution's four-year residency requirement to run.

So, 56 days before the election and two days before the deadline to print ballots, he's back in the race.

The press conference (outside a sports bar) amounted to the kickoff of his campaign. He even held a baby.

We don't have any other really big elections around here, so this will certainly liven things up in October.

There was even a crew from a Chinese television network. The correspondent and cameraman both posed for a souvenir snapshot with the candidate after they did their interview.

(stay tuned, Republicans have petitioned the court for a new hearing)

Inquirer Staff Photographer
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Tom Gralish is a general assignment photographer at The Inquirer, concentrating on local news and self-generated feature photos.

He has been at the paper since 1983, photographing everything from revolution in the Philippines to George W. Bush’s road to the White House to homeless people living on the street right outside his newspaper's front door. For his photo essay on Philadelphia’s homeless, he was awarded both the Pulitzer Prize and the Robert F. Kennedy Award.

His weekly newspaper column, "Scene Through the Lens," takes a look at Philadelphia's urban landscape.

Gralish, along with Inquirer colleague and Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Michael Vitez, spent a year visiting the Philadelphia Museum of Art to capture the stories and photos of "Rocky runners" who come from all over the world to climb the steps - just as Sylvester Stallone did in the Academy Award winning film, Rocky. Their book, Rocky Stories: Tales of Love, Hope and Happiness at America’s Most Famous Steps, was published in November 2006.

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