What to Know
- More than 30 Democrats are competing for the five at-large seats allotted to the city's majority party.
- Mayor Jim Kenney faces challenges from some well-known candidates, including a state senator he defeated in 2015.
- All 17 Council seats as well as mayor, sheriff, city commissioners and register of wills are up for election.
Nearly every incumbent in Philadelphia's elected public offices faces a challenge to his or her seat in the May 21 municipal primary elections, which includes one of the most crowded fields in memory for the seven at-large City Council seats.
All 17 Council seats -- 10 district seats and seven at-large -- as well as mayor, sheriff, city commissioners and register of wills are up for election.
The exception? Federally indicted incumbent Councilman Bob Henon. The two-term lawmaker is a defendant in the ongoing case against union leader John "Johnny Doc" Dougherty. Henon, who represents the sixth district, is accused of being a Council puppet for Dougherty.
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It's Official: Candidates for Mayor, Sheriff, City Council in Philadelphia
Incumbents in nearly every elected position in Philadelphia are facing competition in the upcoming May municipal elections. Notably, Mayor Kenney faces an old foe, and two women are trying to unseat the incumbent sheriff and become the first-ever female sheriff in the city.
Democrat names are in blue and Republicans in red.
Mayor Jim Kenney faces challenges from some well-known candidates, including former longtime City Controller Alan Butkovitz and Pennsylvania state Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams. Kenney defeated Williams four years ago in the Democratic primary.
The initial ballot is now set, not counting challenges to candidates' petitions, as of 5 p.m. Tuesday, which was the deadline for submitting the required signatures to become a candidate. But getting the required signatures -- 750 for Council district seats and 1,000 for citywide elected positions -- is just the first hurdle. Challenges to petitions could see some candidates booted in the next couple weeks. Some candidates also could simply drop out before the primary.
Embattled Sheriff Jewell Williams is seeking a third-term despite continuing to face heat for sexual harrassment lawsuits spanning his first eight years in office. Two women and a preacher are challenging him in the primary.
More than 30 Democrats are competing for the five at-large seats allotted to the city's majority party, with the large number of candidates due in part to the rare retirements of two incumbents: Blondell Reynolds-Brown and Bill Greenlee.
Here is a complete list of those candidates who filed for the seven Council at-large seats. Republican candidates are vying for the two seats allotted to the minority party.
Bill Heeney, Republican
Ethelind Baylor, Democrat
Beth Finn, Democrat
Justin DiBerardinis, Democrat
Allan Domb, Democrat (Incumbent)
Irina Goldstein, Republican
Billy Thompson, Democrat
Adrian Rivera Reyes, Democrat
Erika Almiron, Democrat
Latrice Bryant, Democrat
Bobbie Curry, Democrat
Vinny Black, Democrat
Helen Gym, Democrat (Incumbent)
Mike Stack, Democrat
Isaiah Thomas, Democrat
Edwin Santana, Democrat
Derek Green, Democrat (Incumbent)
Katherine Gilmore Richardson, Democrat
Eryn Santamoor, Democrat
Matt Wolfe, Republican
Sandra Dungee Glenn, Democrat
David Oh, Republican (Incumbent)
Al Taubenberger, Republican (Incumbent)
Fareed Abdullah, Democrat
Dan Tinney, Republican
Fernando Trevino, Democrat
Drew Murray, Republican
Deja Lynn Alvarez, Democrat
Janice Tangradi, Democrat
Wayne Edmund Dorsey, Democrat
Asa Khalif, Democrat
Joseph Diorio, Democrat
Sherrie Cohen, Democrat
Wayne Allen, Democrat
David H. Conroy, Democrat
Mark Ross, Democrat
Willie Floyd Singletary, Democrat
Ogbonna Paul Hagins, Democrat
Melissa Robbins, Democrat
Hena Veit, Democrat
Devon Cade, Democrat