Former Controller Alan Butkovitz announces bid for mayor of Philadelphia

Pat Loeb
November 15, 2018 - 4:58 pm
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney has his first primary opponent in his bid for re-election in 2019. It's former City Controller Alan Butkovitz.

Butkovitz has been signalling his interest in the mayor's race just about since he lost his bid for a third term as controller to political novice Rebecca Rhynhart. He says the mayor's race will be different from the off-year controller's race.

"Nobody votes in those elections," Butkovitz said. "Everybody in Philadelphia cares about the mayor's race."

Among the issues Butkovitz says he thinks he can campaign and fundraise on are the unexpected increases in real estate tax assessments.

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"Many people got tax bills this past year, increasing by 50 percent, by 70 percent, by 100 percent, by 300 percent," he said. Taxpayers really suffered sticker shock."

He says he also hopes to get PAC money from soda companies because he wants to repeal the beverage tax. Mayor Kenney seems unconcerned by the challenge.

"I have no comment about him and no reason to comment about him," the mayor said.
 
Other challengers are expected to emerge.