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Schmidt: If elected commissioner, I’ll take a pay cut

Al Schmidt, a Re­pub­lic­an can­did­ate for city elec­tions com­mis­sion­er, has pledged to take a pay cut and re­fuse a tax­pay­er-fun­ded vehicle and gas­ol­ine.

Schmidt is in a four-way race for three seats. Demo­crats Stephanie Sing­er and An­thony Clark, an in­cum­bent, are favored to win be­cause of their party-re­gis­tra­tion ad­vant­age.

That leaves a battle for the fi­nal seat between Schmidt and fel­low Re­pub­lic­an Joe Duda, an in­cum­bent.

If elec­ted, Schmidt would take a 10-per­cent pay cut for the first three years and a 25-per­cent cut in the fourth year, as the law pro­hib­its com­mis­sion­ers from per­form­ing all of their du­ties as they seek re-elec­tion.

“Tax­pay­ers across Phil­adelphia are hurt­ing, and our lead­ers should set an ex­ample,” Schmidt said. “I am happy to join those in city gov­ern­ment who have re­duced their salar­ies and to do my part to help our great city.”

Many oth­er elec­ted of­fi­cials and highly paid city of­fi­cials, but not the com­mis­sion­ers, have taken vol­un­tary pay cuts to ease the city’s fisc­al woes.

“If you don’t do a full day’s work, you shouldn’t get a full day’s pay,” Schmidt said. “The fact that our cur­rent com­mis­sion­ers are pro­hib­ited from per­form­ing one hun­dred per­cent of their du­ties but still take one hun­dred per­cent of their salary is wrong. I won’t do that.”

The job of a com­mis­sion­er does not re­quire travel, and Schmidt won’t take a city-owned vehicle.

“The city com­mis­sion­ers work in of­fices and, just like every oth­er work­ing per­son in Phil­adelphia, they shouldn’t be giv­en a car and gas simply to get to work,” he said. “I won’t take this out­rageous perk that tax­pay­ers shouldn’t be pay­ing for.”

Mean­while, In­ter­na­tion­al As­so­ci­ation of Fire Fight­ers Loc­al 22 has en­dorsed Schmidt.

“Al is hon­est, trust­worthy and will work hard to en­sure busi­ness is con­duc­ted with the city’s best in­terests in mind,” said Bill Gault, pres­id­ent of Loc­al 22.

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Mi­chael Un­ter­mey­er, a Re­pub­lic­an can­did­ate for an at-large City Coun­cil seat, wants to broad­cast his You Tube com­mer­cial on tele­vi­sion.

The com­mer­cial is titled Sleep­ing City Coun­cil and shows act­ors por­tray­ing Coun­cil mem­bers sleep­ing as text on the screen cri­ti­cizes them for in­ac­tion on the high city wage tax, pub­lic school vi­ol­ence and un­reg­u­lated lob­by­ists.

To pay for a tele­vi­sion broad­cast of the com­mer­cial, Un­ter­mey­er will hold a fund-raiser next Tues­day at the So­ci­ety Hill home of Mike Cibik, the Re­pub­lic­an lead­er of the 5th Ward.

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The men’s club of the Con­greg­a­tions of Shaare Shamay­im will hold a can­did­ates for­um on Sunday at 9 a.m. at the syn­agogue, at 9768 Ver­ree Road in Bustleton. The pub­lic is in­vited. Ad­mis­sion is free. Re­fresh­ments will be served. For more in­form­a­tion, call Har­ris Popo­low at 215-676-7486.

Mean­while, the Phil­adelphia Fed­er­a­tion of Young Re­pub­lic­ans and the GOP lead­ers of the 2nd, 5th, 8th, 14th, 27th and 30th wards will spon­sor a can­did­ates for­um on Sat­urday, Oct. 29. from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.. at St. Mi­chael Rus­si­an Or­tho­dox Church, at 335 Fair­mount Ave.

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The Pennsylvania Bar As­so­ci­ation Ju­di­cial Eval­u­ation Com­mis­sion has is­sued rat­ings and de­script­ive para­graphs for all statewide judges ap­pear­ing on the Nov. 8 bal­lot.

The com­mis­sion is re­com­mend­ing the re­ten­tion of the fol­low­ing judges: J. Mi­chael Eakin (Su­preme Court); John T. Bend­er and Mary Jane Bowes (Su­per­i­or Court); and Ren­ee Cohn Ju­be­lirer, Mary Han­nah Leav­itt and Robert E. Simpson Jr. (Com­mon­wealth Court).

In the race for an open seat on Su­per­i­or Court, the com­mis­sion rated Re­pub­lic­an Vic­tor P. Sta­bile “re­com­men­ded” and Demo­crat Dav­id N. Wecht “highly re­com­men­ded.”

In the cam­paign for a Com­mon­wealth Court seat, Demo­crat Kath­ryn Boock­var and Re­pub­lic­an Anne E. Covey were each rated “re­com­men­ded.”

In­form­a­tion on the can­did­ates is avail­able at ht­tp://www.pa­votes­mart.com

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In news about the 2012 cam­paign, Patrick Murphy an­nounced that he has raised $1 mil­lion from more than 1,200 sup­port­ers in his cam­paign for the Demo­crat­ic nom­in­a­tion for state at­tor­ney gen­er­al.

Murphy, a former two-term con­gress­man, will face former as­sist­ant dis­trict at­tor­neys Dan Mc­Caf­fery of Phil­adelphia and Kath­leen Kane of Lack­awanna County in the April 24 primary. The lead­ing Re­pub­lic­an con­tenders are state Sen. John Raf­ferty of Mont­gomery County and Cum­ber­land County Dis­trict At­tor­ney Dav­id Freed.

Among those back­ing Murphy are former Gov. Ed Rendell; U.S. Rep. Chaka Fat­tah; Dis­trict At­tor­ney Seth Wil­li­ams; state Reps. Dwight Evans, Larry Curry and Tony Payton; City Coun­cil­wo­man Maria Quinones Sanc­hez; and Coun­cil­man Bill Green­lee.

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Three more can­did­ates last week entered the crowded race for U.S. Sen­ate.

Bri­an Kelly, of Wilkes-Barre, will chal­lenge Sen. Bob Ca­sey in the Demo­crat­ic primary. Kelly faults Ca­sey as a “polit­ic­al clone of Barack Obama.”

“Most Pennsylvani­ans do not know the real Bob Ca­sey. He ran like a con­ser­vat­ive in 2006 — but voted like a tax-and-spend lib­er­al for the next five years,” he said.

On the Re­pub­lic­an side, Wash­ing­ton County busi­ness­man Tim Burns and Chester County en­tre­pren­eur Steve Welch entered the race. Both are ex­pec­ted to con­trib­ute much of their own money to the con­test.

Oth­ers run­ning are Dav­id Chris­ti­an, a former con­gres­sion­al can­did­ate, dec­or­ated Vi­et­nam War vet­er­an and pres­id­ent of a Holmes­burg-based de­fense man­u­fac­tur­ing com­pany that builds ground sup­port equip­ment for U.S. Navy air­craft car­ri­ers; Perry County at­tor­ney Marc Scaringi, a former aide to U.S. Sen. Rick San­tor­um; re­tired U.S. Army Col. John Ver­non, of Tioga County; Tom Smith, a former coal com­pany own­er and Tea Party lead­er from Arm­strong County; Bed­ford County phar­macist John Ken­sing­er; and Lack­awanna County Tea Party lead­er Laur­een Cum­mings. ••

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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