Working Families Party's Kendra Brooks wins a Philadelphia City Council seat

Justin Udo
November 06, 2019 - 12:21 am
Kendra Brooks at her election watch party.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Tuesday was a historic night in Philadelphia as a third-party candidate won a seat on Philadelphia City Council. 

Kendra Brooks, the at-large candidate from the Working Families Party, plans on hitting the ground running in her new position as City Councilmember.

"Over the next two months, I'll continue to work with our movement family to craft what our first 100 day agenda should be," she said. 

Throughout her race, Brooks received endorsements from quite a few Democratic politicians, like her now-colleague Helen Gym, who came out to Brooks' election watch party.

"I think now is the time we need your politics to be more bold and exciting than ever before," Gym said. 

Philadelphia District Attorney Democrat Larry Krasner also came out to cheer on Brooks.

Democratic endorsements of third-party candidates were frowned upon by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, but Krasner says they need to embrace progressives.

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"I mean this is something frankly, the Democratic Party should have supported a long time ago," Krasner said. 

And Brooks says her win Tuesday is just the start.

"Stay hungry, because the work ain't done," she said. 

The other minority guaranteed seat on City Council is retained by the incumbent Republican David Oh.