Lazer rejoins City Hall team after failed congressional bid

Pat Loeb
May 24, 2018 - 6:54 pm
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Rich Lazer lost his bid to be the Democratic nominee for Congress from the Fifth District, but he found a soft landing, in a familiar spot. He got his old job back.

Mayor Jim Kenney asked Lazer to return to City Hall as his labor liaison. A spokesman says Lazer was instrumental in key labor settlements during his two years in the post.

He helped negotiations involving SEPTA, the school dsitrict and the city's blue-collar workers, adding that Lazer's been missed during the months he was away, running in a 10-way primary for what is mainly a Delaware County seat, but includes the portion of South Philadelphia where Lazer lives. 

Because of his labor endorsements, which normally bring strong organizational support, he was considered a strong contender. However, with only 15.1 percent of the vote Lazer would come in third behind winner Mary Gay Scanlon with 28.26 percent and Ashley Lunkenheimer with 15.29 percent.

Lazer was not available for comment but the administration says he'll hit the ground running when he returns on Tuesday, negotiating a contract with the city's white-collar union and overseeing the labor goals for the Rebuild of city facilities.