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Henon cruises to win in 6th Councilmanic District

6th Dis­trict Coun­cil­man­ic Can­did­ate Bobby Hen­on greets sup­port­ers at the May­fair Diner on elec­tion night, Tues­day, Novem­ber 8, 2011. Hen­on, who de­feated Sandra Stew­art, will re­place Joan Kra­jew­ski, who is re­tir­ing. Kev­in Cook / for the Times

Re­pub­lic­an Sandra Stew­art wasn’t sur­prised that Demo­crat Bobby Hen­on cruised to vic­tory last week in the 6th Coun­cil­man­ic Dis­trict race.

“I saw the writ­ing on the wall a while ago,” Stew­art said.

Stew­art, a neigh­bor­hood act­iv­ist from Ta­cony, was un­op­posed in the GOP primary. She was one of only two Re­pub­lic­ans seek­ing the nine Demo­crat-held dis­trict seats.

Mean­while, Hen­on, polit­ic­al dir­ect­or of the power­ful In­ter­na­tion­al Broth­er­hood of Elec­tric­al Work­ers Loc­al 98, raised a ton of money and se­cured the en­dorse­ments of a ma­jor­ity of ward lead­ers in hand­ily de­feat­ing banker and former School Re­form Com­mis­sion mem­ber Marty Bed­narek in the primary last May.

Stew­art was frus­trated that Demo­crat­ic elec­ted of­fi­cials would re­cog­nize Hen­on as the next coun­cil­man at sev­er­al non-polit­ic­al events.

A mar­ried moth­er of two young chil­dren, she works as an in­tern at an in­teri­or design firm.

Demo­crats hold a large voter-re­gis­tra­tion ad­vant­age in the dis­trict, and Stew­art ac­know­ledged that she had thought about drop­ping out of the race, but said she is no quit­ter.

“I wanted to win,” she said.

Still, she’s glad the race is over.

Stew­art spent most of elec­tion night at the United Re­pub­lic­an Club, though she did stop by the vic­tory party of City Com­mis­sion­er-elect Al Schmidt and at­ten­ded a re­cep­tion for Dav­id Oh, who edged Al Tauben­ber­ger for the fi­nal at-large Coun­cil seat.

Fi­nal un­of­fi­cial res­ults showed Hen­on cap­tur­ing 72 per­cent of the vote, eas­ily win­ning all nine wards. The dis­trict stretches from Port Rich­mond to Tor­res­dale and in­cludes por­tions of Ox­ford Circle, Castor Gar­dens and Bell’s Corner.

Dur­ing the day, Stew­art read a quote from Hen­on on philly.com that he would win with 80 per­cent of the vote.

“He barely beat me 70-30,” she said.

While Stew­art isn’t look­ing for­ward to an­oth­er run for of­fice, she would like to join Re­pub­lic­an ward lead­ers in go­ing door to door to re­gister new Re­pub­lic­an voters.

As for Hen­on, she hopes he opens his prom­ised dis­trict of­fice along the strug­gling Tor­res­dale Av­en­ue com­mer­cial cor­ridor.

Hen­on, who ren­ted the May­fair Diner for his cel­eb­ra­tion, would like to open an of­fice some­time around Jan. 2, when he’ll take the oath of of­fice.

“I’m go­ing to have one as quickly as I pos­sibly can,” he said.

Hen­on has already signed a pe­ti­tion in sup­port of Dar­rell Clarke as the next pres­id­ent of Coun­cil, re­pla­cing the re­tir­ing Anna Ver­na. Dur­ing the primary and gen­er­al elec­tions, Hen­on vowed not to sup­port Mari­an Tasco for the pres­id­ency be­cause she was seek­ing re-elec­tion des­pite be­ing en­rolled in the De­ferred Re­tire­ment Op­tion Plan.

Clarke, who has rep­res­en­ted the 5th dis­trict since 2000, re­portedly has com­mit­ments from at least nine mem­bers, enough to make him pres­id­ent when the new Coun­cil con­venes.

“I think Dar­rell’s fair,” Hen­on said. “He ob­vi­ously has the ex­per­i­ence.”

The out­go­ing 6th dis­trict coun­cil­wo­man, Joan Kra­jew­ski, ran again in 2007 des­pite be­ing en­rolled in DROP. Kra­jew­ski, first elec­ted in 1979, de­clined to seek a ninth four-year term. She ini­tially backed state Rep. Mike McGee­han as her suc­cessor, but he de­cided against run­ning. She backed Bed­narek in the primary.

Hen­on is look­ing for­ward to march­ing in Sunday’s May­fair-Holmes­burg Thanks­giv­ing Parade and hir­ing of­fice staff.

“I’m look­ing to as­semble my team,” he said.

The coun­cil­man-elect is not sure which com­mit­tee he’ll get to chair, but he wants to fo­cus on is­sues such as ab­sent­ee land­lords. He’ll also put to­geth­er a busi­ness ad­vis­ory com­mit­tee.

At the vic­tory party, Hen­on was glad to meet pass­ers-by who told him they want him to fight for the North­east. He plans to stay in con­tact with con­stitu­ents, per­haps by hold­ing “Break­fast with Bobby” gath­er­ings.

“I’m very ex­cited. I’m go­ing to be a full-time coun­cil­man,” he said. “The dis­trict will be well-rep­res­en­ted.” ••

Re­port­er Tom War­ing can be reached at 215-354-3034 or twar­ing@bsmphilly.com

You can reach at twaring@bsmphilly.com.

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