In just under three months, voters in Philadelphia will get to choose from what is shaping up to be a humongous slate of candidates for City Council, as well as those vying for mayor, city commissioner, sheriff, and judge. In a city where registered Democrats outnumber Republicans 7-1, the May 21 primary will likely decide many of the races.
Eight of the incumbent district Council members have at least one challenger and more than 30 people have signaled they’ll run for Council at-large.
This is a list of candidates who have announced they are running and/or registered a fund-raising committee with the city’s Board of Ethics. The list is by no means exhaustive (not everyone registers a PAC) or finalized (more will jump in and out of the race). We’ll update it as they do, but here’s what the field looks like right now. Candidates in italics did not file the required signatures to appear on the ballot.
Includes parts of South Philadelphia, Center City, Chinatown, Northern Liberties, Fishtown, Kensington and Port Richmond.
Includes parts of Center City, Southwest, the stadiums, Philadelphia International Airport, Navy Yard, Eastwick, Grays Ferry, Hawthorne and Point Breeze.
Includes much of Southwest and West Philadelphia, including University City, Mantua and Cobbs Creek.
Includes Allegheny West, Belmont Village, East Falls, Manayunk, Overbrook, Overbrook Park, Roxborough, Wynnefield and sections of West Philadelphia.
Includes North Central Philadelphia, Strawberry Mansion, Lower Hunting Park, Ludlow, Yorktown, West Poplar, Fairhill, Brewerytown, Francisville, Spring Garden, Fairmount, Logan Square, and parts of Northwood, Fishtown, Northern Liberties, and Center City.
Includes Tacony, Mayfair, Holmesburg, Lexington Park, Holme Circle, Ashton, Bridesburg, Wissinoming, Port Richmond, East Torresdale, Castor Gardens, Oxford Circle, Rhawnhurst, Bells Corner, Winchester Park, Academy Gardens, Pennypack and Frankford
Includes North Philadelphia and parts of Fairhill, Kensington, Hunting Park, Feltonville, Frankford, and Juniata Park.
Northwest Philadelphia, which includes Chestnut Hill, Mount Airy, Germantown, Nicetown, Tioga, Logan, and parts of North Philadelphia
Northwest and Northeast, including East Mount Airy, West Oak Lane, East Oak Lane, Olney, Lawncrest, Lawndale, Burholme and Oxford Circle.
Northeast Philadelphia, including Bustleton, Somerton, Pennypack and Parkwood.
Philadelphia has seven at-large representatives. Five candidates from each party can win the primary. In the general election, two of the seven elected must be from a minority party.
Philadelphia elects three city commissioners, including at least one from the minority party
Philadelphia’s sheriff is elected to a four-year term with no limit on the amount of time he or she can serve.