Philadelphia Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown won't seek re-election

Pat Loeb
January 18, 2019 - 4:10 pm
Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- Philadelphia Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown announced Friday she will not run for re-election, creating a slot for one of the dozens of candidates running for an at-large seat on City Council. 

The councilwoman gathered family, friends and colleagues for what felt more like a celebration of her council tenure than a retirement announcement. She declined to take questions about what motivated her decision to end what will be 20 years in office, merely saying she was ready to do something different, though she has no immediate plans.

"There really is a new opportunity with my name on it, it's just that right now, I don't know what it is."

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Mayor Jim Kenney and fellow council members gave glowing reviews of her accomplishments, which include the Mayor's Commission for Women, the LGBTQ Commission, the Youth Commission for Young People, the Office of the Environment and Sustainability, and, as Maria Quinones Sanchez noted, the bill to put calorie counts and sodium content on chain food menus."

"She has forever changed our dining experience with her menu labeling," Sanchez said.

The at-large Democratic primary will be tight this year. Three incumbents are definitely running again; Allan Domb, Derek Green and Helen Gym. Bill Greenlee is undecided. But with dozens of candidates expected on the ballot, no one is a shoe-in for one of the five slots.