Philadelphia Mayoral Candidates Picked

By Arndt, Randy | Nation's Cities Weekly, May 24, 1999 | Go to article overview

Philadelphia Mayoral Candidates Picked


Arndt, Randy, Nation's Cities Weekly


Two well-known figures in Philadelphia political circles--a Democrat and Republican whose talents Mayor Ed Rendell drew upon during the past eight years--will face each other in November' when term limits end Rendell's tenure at city hall.

John F. Street, who served as president of the city council until stepping down to wage his mayoral campaign, won the Democratic nomination last week with just over 35 percent of the vote.

The Republican nomination went to Sam Katz, a financial consultant who ran against Rendell in 1991 and for governor of Pennsylvania in 1994.

While Katz was unopposed, Street had plenty of competition from Marty Weinberg, who was an aide to former Mayor Frank Rizzo, and John White, Jr., a former city housing director and head of the state welfare department.

Weinberg finished with 31 percent of the vote, and White got 22 percent. Another councilmember, Happy Fernandez, trailed with 6 percent, and Dwight Evans, a state legislator, received 4 percent.

In the city council contests, NLC Immediate Past President Brian O'Neill easily won renomination, as did Marian Tasco, a member of the NLC Advisory Council.

Street had developed a strong working relationship with Rendell and had the mayor's endorsement.

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