A MESSAGE FROM YOUR DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEEMAN 8TH WARD, 22ND DIVISION
A MESSAGE FROM YOUR DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEEMAN
8TH WARD, 22ND DIVISION
Primary Election Day is Tuesday, May 17, 2011. Our polling place will again be in the great room of the South
Building; you may vote between 7:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. In this election, we will be choosing candidates for
mayor, city council, row offices, and the courts. Please consider the following candidates:
JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT (vote for one)
Running unopposed in this primary, Judge David N. Wecht (#101) is a Yale-educated lawyer who has served on the
Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas since 2003. He is highly recommended by the Pennsylvania Bar Association.
JUDGE OF THE COMMONWEALTH COURT (vote for one)
The candidate with the right mix of skills and experience is Barbara Behrend Ernsberger (#103). She has practiced law
for 34 years dealing with workers’ compensation, unemployment, and consumer protection, and serves as a Democratic
committeewoman in Allegheny County. Two years ago, Ms. Ernsberger ran for commonwealth court, winning a six-way
primary against better known party-endorsed candidates. This year, the party candidate, Kathryn Boockvar has a similar
resume, but almost no name recognition.
JUDGE OF THE COURT OF COMMON PLEAS (vote for not more than ten)
There are 38 candidates running for 10 slots. Since there is not enough space here to write about every one of them,
I recommend the following: Sean Kennedy (#104), Angelo Foglietta (#108), Maria McLaughlin (#115), Carolyn
Nichols (#120), Michael Fanning (#121), Scott O’Keefe (#122), Roger F. Gordon (#125), Edward Wright (#127),
Charles Ehrlich (#128), and Joseph Waters (#136). The first nine are endorsed by the Democratic City Committee and
Judge Waters currently serves on the Municipal Court. All are recommended by the Philadelphia Bar Association.
JUDGE OF THE MUNICIPAL COURT (vote for one)
A sitting Municipal Court judge, Kenneth Powell (#146) stands out in an otherwise weak field.
JUDGE OF THE TRAFFIC COURT (vote for one)
The Bar Association does not make recommendations for this office. Christine Solomon (#151) is the party-endorsed
candidate and is the Democratic leader of the 53rd ward.
MAYOR (vote for one)
Mayor Michael A. Nutter (#164) has steered the city through difficult times while maintaining services with only
minimum cuts and deserves another term. He is opposed by former state senator Milton Street.
CITY COMMISSIONER (vote for not more than two)
Our commissioners Anthony Clark (#170) and Margaret M. Tartaglione (#171) ensure that we have fair and efficient
elections. In 2002, when Park Towne management tried to remove our polling place and have us vote elsewhere, I
enlisted the help of Ms. Tartaglione to put a stop to it. She came through for us, and deserves our support.
SHERIFF (vote for one)
When the 23-year tenure of sheriff John Green came to an embarrassing end in January, it was clear that this office was in
need of new leadership. A Philadelphia police academy graduate, Jewell Williams (#175) served as a Temple University
police officer and the chief of criminal operations in the sheriff’s office before being elected state representative in the
197th district. Mr. Williams is well prepared for the job and is worthy of our vote.
CITY COUNCIL AT-LARGE (vote for not more than five)
There are fourteen candidates running for five slots making this the most competitive city-wide race. All five incumbents
are running for reelection and are endorsed by the city committee. They are William K. Greenlee (#176), a longtime
champion of progressive issues, Blondell Reynolds-Brown (#179), an advocate for the arts and children, Bill Green
(#184) who has focused on economic revitalization and lower taxes, James F. Kenney (#186), a tireless worker who
emphasizes quality of life issues, and W. Wilson Goode, Jr. (#189), chair of council’s commerce committee, working for
community reinvestment by luring private capital from local banks.
DISTRICT COUNCIL MEMBER (District 5–vote for one)
A rising leader in city council and current majority whip, Darrell L. Clarke (#190) has made economic development a
priority during his three terms on council with emphasis on replacing blighted areas with new construction.
Ballot Question: to amend the city charter to create a jobs commission. Vote NO. It is unnecessary.
Todd R. Grundy
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