Chris Brennan writes about people, power and politics. He was previously the political editor for the Daily News. Since 1999, Brennan has covered elections for president, the U.S. Senate and House, governor of Pennsylvania, mayor of Philadelphia and other public offices.

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From church pews to diner booths, Philly candidates reach out ahead of Tuesday’s primary

If you sat in a church pew or diner booth Sunday in Philadelphia, chances are a politician was there too, hoping for your vote.

Mayor Jim Kenney ‘sleepwalking to a win,’ hot Council races in Tuesday primary election

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney, after intentionally running a low-key campaign for a second term, is suddenly making plenty of official appearances. His Democratic primary challengers accuse him of abusing the power of incumbency. Kenney says his day job just keeps him busy.

Milton Street is running for mayor. Again. Cue the coffin and the gospel hymns. | Clout

What? You thought Philadelphia would go through an entire election cycle without an appearance from T. Milton Street Sr.?

Kenney defends his record on soda tax, crime, and injection sites while opponents take aim in mayoral debate

Kenney faced State Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams and former City Controller Alan Butkovitz, who derided the mayor’s record in office.

Mike Bloomberg spends $1 million to help Mayor Jim Kenney win a second term

Former New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg, a fan of Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney's sweetened beverage tax, pumped $1 million into a political action committee airing television commercials in support of Kenney's bid for a second term.

‘Legal vagaries and bad habits’: Philly’s political players pen letters to support Ken Smukler in court | Clout

Most of the people who wrote to a federal judge in support of Smukler noted his lifelong friendships and devotion as a dad. But one writer cited Philly's history of political corruption in asking the judge to go easy on Smukler.

Philly’s Black Clergy back State Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams, citing disappointment in Mayor Kenney

The Black Clergy of Philadelphia and Vicinity endorsed State Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams for mayor Tuesday, citing unhappiness with Mayor Jim Kenney’s progress on city issues like poverty, economic development, and the city’s homicide rate.

Philly Mayor Jim Kenney shrugs toward primary, with history on his side

Kenney knows Philadelphians think he looks miserable most of the time, despite the very good odds of him winning a second term this year.

Former Philadelphia City Controller Alan Butkovitz seeks return to public office in challenge to Mayor Jim Kenney

Butkovitz is running an uphill challenge to Kenney's bid for a second term. He has criticized Kenney’s performance on crime, economic opportunity, and taxation.

Mayor Jim Kenney missing from joint events with rivals as primary approaches

Philadelphia has seen a primary election season of mayor-free mayoral forums, with the incumbent skipping most functions, leaving his Democratic challengers to debate an empty chair.