Saturday, March 24, 2018
James Kenney

Age: 57

Previous Position:

City Councilman

So far in the race:

Kenney garnered many of the all-important union endorsements in March and received TV advertising support from PACs run by labor leader John Dougherty.

Bragging rights:

His suprisingly dominant showing (57 percent of the vote) in the Democratic primary election in May may have helped prevent other well-known political leaders from challenging him as independent candidates in the Nov. 3 general election.


His connections to entrenched establishment politicos like Dougherty and Vincent Fumo — both currently and long ago, respectively — hurt his progressive cred, but he remains on track to be the 99th mayor.


Jim Kenney has been a lifelong South Philadelphia resident. He is also a graduate of local schools, having attended Saint Joseph's Prep and LaSalle University.


He was elected six times as a Democrat to an at-large seat on City Council. He first took office in 1992 and has since been an advocate for the environment, equality, and workers' rights. He also helped create Philadelphia's 311 system.


Kenney recently helped put an end to indefinite detainment of illegal immigrants and has been the most outspoken critic of arrest and detainment for marijuana possession in Philadelphia, which devolved into a testy back-and-forth last year with the Nutter administration over its resistance to legislation decriminalizing possession of small amounts of pot.

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