Incumbent Greenlee decides not to run for Philadelphia City Council

Pat Loeb
February 11, 2019 - 1:47 pm
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Another Philadelphia City Council incumbent has decided not to run for re-election.

Bill Greenlee has announced that he will leave Council at the end of this term.

Greenlee has been a councilman since 2006 but has worked for City Council since 1980, so he says it was a difficult decision, but as he faced the prospect of another campaign, he knew it was time.

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"You have to be all in," he said. "You have to be willing to stay on the phone raising money, going to three, four stops a night. And I feel I've done some productive things in here. And it was great working with everybody and serving people, but all things in their time."

Greenlee has been a reliable progressive voice in Council. He shepherded paid sick leave through a gauntlet of opposition, sponsored anti-wage theft legislation, and supported the soda tax. But running at large, incumbency is less of an advantage, especially this year, when the democratic primary ballot is expected to be crowded.

"People want to get involved, and that's a good thing. But it does make other challenges, too, because unfortunately where you finish on the ballot is a significant factor."

Greenlee said he has no immediate plans after his term is up, except to work hard at retirement.