The polls in Philadelphia opened at 7:00 this morning for the city’s big race. There will be a lot of changes, particularly in the city council, with much younger council members coming in.
Hank is on the scene to discuss the major questions that will be debated. The biggest question right now is who will be the next mayor, as the polls open at 7 o’clock. Jim Kenny, who has served as mayor for eight years, cannot run again. There are two highly qualified candidates vying for the position: Charelle Parker, the Democratic nominee and former city council member, and David O, the Republican candidate.
We hope to speak with David O later today when he votes at Long Stret School in Southwest Philly. We also plan to talk to Councilwoman Parker an hour later.
Both candidates are promising a safer and less violent Philadelphia. However, there are concerns about the city’s police force, as many officers are leaving due to feeling unsafe and unsupported.
Both candidates have different policies and promises regarding public safety. It will be up to the voters to decide which candidate they trust to address this issue.
Both candidates have deep roots in Philadelphia and have been involved in local politics for a long time. It should be an interesting contest.
While there are no early polling results available, it is important to note that Democrat registered voters outnumber Republicans by a large margin in the city. The polls are open until 8:00 tonight, so there are no excuses for not voting.
Every vote counts in our democracy, and it is a privilege that should not be taken for granted. Don’t hesitate to call 911 or the national election protection hotline if you experience any threats or violence at a polling place. The Philadelphia District Attorney’s office has activated their election task force to investigate any complaints related to the election process.
The number for the hotline is 215-686-9641. Remember, the right to vote and the integrity of our election system are fundamental to democracy and will be protected..