Philadelphia's ward elections yield some, but not much, change

Three of the 69 ward leader seats went to newcomers, all in South Philadelphia.

Pat Loeb
June 08, 2018 - 9:00 pm

Tim Jimenez-KYW Newsradio


PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- Efforts to infuse new blood into Philadelphia's Democratic party got mixed results, this week, in elections for party ward leaders. There were some changes, but not at the level reformers had hoped.

Three of the 69 ward leader seats went to newcomers, all in South Philadelphia. 

The group "Reclaim Philly," fans of Bernie Sanders, helped turn over the first and second wards and anti-violence activist Anton Moore won the 48th. Beyond that, it was incumbents or party faithful replacing retiring ward leaders, even though the reform group Philadelphia 3-point-oh had mounted challenges in several wards. Still, 3-point-oh's Jon Geeting says he was encouraged by the number of people who became active and their success in getting leadership positions, such as ward secretary.

"The party understands changes are happening," Greeting said. "People would like them to become a more 21st century organization."

Party Chairman Bob Brady says he welcomes the new ward leaders and has already reached out to them.

"They already expressed they want to work together," Brady said, "and I naturally expressed I always want to work together with them, absolutely."