With general election over, Philadelphia City Council turns to internal leadership elections

Pat Loeb
November 11, 2019 - 4:20 pm
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — With the general election out of the way, Philadelphia City Councilmembers are turning their attention to the next race — the one for council leadership positions.

Council President Darrell Clarke seems a lock to retain his title but there is competition for the second-highest position: majority leader. The current majority leader, Bobby Henon, is under indictment, with a trial scheduled next fall, and though only one councilmember has called for his resignation from Council, several privately say he should at least step down from leadership. 

Henon declined comment.

At least two candidates have emerged to take his place. One is Councilman Curtis Jones, who held the position and lost it four years ago to Henon.

"With the influx of new members and with some of the turnover we may see in the next few years, a steady hand — someone who has been there done that in leadership — is value added," Jones said.

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He has competition from Councilwoman Cherelle Parker, someone who is also mentioned as a potential mayoral candidate in four years. 

Parker declined comment. 

The title has been largely ceremonial but includes a small pay raise.

Councilmembers generally work things out behind the scenes well in advance of the new term.