Philly Mayor Jim Kenney easily fends off 2 challengers in Democratic primary
Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney arrives for a news conference at City Hall in Philadelphia, Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
(Philadelphia) — Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney is poised to keep his job after fending off two challengers in the city’s Democratic primary.
Tuesday night’s victory all but assures Kenney will stay on as Philadelphia’s mayor.
The primary serves as the de facto mayoral election in a city where no Republican has been elected to the office since 1948.
Two longtime city political figures took Kenney on, attacking him over his signature achievement: a soda tax helping to provide free preschool classes.
Former city Controller Alan Butkovitz and state Sen. Anthony Williams were both banking on voter discontent with the soda tax. They also argued Kenney hadn’t done enough to combat crime.
Voters didn’t share the outrage.
Kenney will face Billy Ciancaglini, who ran unopposed in the Republican primary, in November.