Mayor's race heats up as Anthony Williams receives high-profile endorsement

Pat Loeb
April 11, 2019 - 5:44 pm

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- The two men challenging incumbent Philadelphia mayor Jim Kenney turned up the heat, Thursday. State senator Anthony Williams picked up a major endorsement and former City Controller Alan Butkovitz criticized the mayor's record on diversity.

For the first time since he left office, former Philadelphia Mayor John Street has endorsed a candidate for his old job so it was significant that he gave Tony Williams the nod.

“Senator Williams will stand up where he needs to stand up, he won't be a tool for anybody, anywhere at any time,” Street said.

At the same time, Street says his support would not include help fundraising, where Williams has severely lagged the mayor.

Williams, though, says he's grateful for Street's help in honing his perspective.

“I am very proud that the issues of everyday potholes and dirty streets and poverty are part of the conversation that we are taking to every neighborhood,” he said. “That would not have happened if Mayor Street had not become a part of this team.

Meanwhile, Alan Butkovitz focused on Kenney's record on diversity, charging the administration is too white.

Kenney vehemently denied that, noting he's the first mayor to have a diversity officer to make sure jobs are awarded equitably.  He didn't seem too worried either by the Street endorsement or the Butkovitz attack.