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Butkovitz soars to re-election victory

Sweet suc­cess: City Con­trol­ler Alan Butkovitz at­ten­ded a vic­tory cel­eb­ra­tion at Tav­ern on Broad in Cen­ter City after be­ing re-elec­ted on Nov. 5. MARIA POUCH­NIKOVA / TIMES PHOTO

City Con­trol­ler Alan Butkovitz, fresh off a re­sound­ing re-elec­tion win, now has about a year to pon­der a big ques­tion.

Should he enter the 2015 Demo­crat­ic primary for may­or?

Butkovitz, who won 82 per­cent of the vote against Re­pub­lic­an Terry Tracy in the Nov. 5 elec­tion, said a suc­cess­ful can­did­ate will need to raise a lot of money and have a strong cam­paign or­gan­iz­a­tion.

Oth­er likely can­did­ates for may­or in­clude state Sen. An­thony Wil­li­ams and busi­ness­man Tom Knox. City Coun­cil Pres­id­ent Dar­rell Clarke is con­sidered an un­likely can­did­ate. May­or Mi­chael Nut­ter is pro­hib­ited by the Home Rule Charter from seek­ing a third term.

Clarke joined Butkovitz at his vic­tory cel­eb­ra­tion at Tav­ern on Broad in Cen­ter City. The Coun­cil pres­id­ent cred­its the con­trol­ler with be­ing smart and act­ing without re­gard to what is pop­u­lar or polit­ic­ally ad­vant­age­ous.

“Alan will say what’s on his mind,” he said. “Alan is a guy that knows the is­sues.”

City Coun­cil­wo­man Blondell Reyn­olds Brown and former state Rep. Tony Payton also joined the cel­eb­ra­tion.

Butkovitz, a Castor Gar­dens res­id­ent, won every ward in the city ex­cept the 45th and 64th. He called it “ex­traordin­ary” that he won the primary by 30 per­cent­age points and the gen­er­al elec­tion by more than 60 per­cent.

“This is really a thrill­ing vic­tory,” he said. Look­ing ahead, Butkovitz ex­pects to con­tin­ue pro­du­cing per­form­ance audits and fo­cus on is­sues like the city’s fin­ances, school dis­trict and charter school fund­ing and safety meas­ures with­in the De­part­ment of Li­censes and In­spec­tions. He plans to work with loc­al uni­versit­ies and hos­pit­als to help them pur­chase more man­u­fac­tured goods from city com­pan­ies.

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Dis­trict At­tor­ney Seth Wil­li­ams, a Demo­crat, was re-elec­ted with 81 per­cent of the vote over Danny Al­varez, a law­yer from Somer­ton.

Al­varez did very well in some wards in the North­east and River Wards, beat­ing Wil­li­ams in the 25th, 45th, 55th, 58th, 63rd, 64th and 66th wards.

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Nine can­did­ates were in con­ten­tion for sev­en seats on Com­mon Pleas Court. The win­ners, in or­der of fin­ish, were Anne Mar­ie Coyle, Dan Mc­Caf­fery, Gio­vanni Camp­bell, Timi­ka Lane, Scott O’Keefe, Joe Fernandes and Si­erra Thomas Street.

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Phil­adelphia voters ap­proved, 64 per­cent to 36 per­cent, a bond ques­tion al­low­ing the city to bor­row more than $94 mil­lion for vari­ous ex­pendit­ures.

The ques­tion was voted down in the 25th, 45th, 55th, 56th, 57th, 58th, 63rd, 64th, 65th and 66th wards.

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Statewide, voters elec­ted Re­pub­lic­an Vic Sta­bile to Pennsylvania Su­per­i­or Court. He de­feated Demo­crat Jack McVay, 52 per­cent to 48 per­cent.

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On Nov. 7, Iron­work­ers Loc­al 405 en­dorsed state Sen. Daylin Leach in the Demo­crat­ic primary in the 13th Con­gres­sion­al Dis­trict. In a press re­lease, busi­ness man­ager Sam Malone said, “It is with great pride that the Iron­work­ers Loc­al 405 en­dorses Daylin Leach for Con­gress. We have worked closely with Daylin for more than a dec­ade in the Pennsylvania le­gis­lature and know that he un­der­stands the needs of work­ing fam­il­ies in North­east Phil­adelphia and Mont­gomery County. Daylin has demon­strated that he will al­ways fight to grow the middle class and that’s ex­actly what we need in Con­gress.”

On Nov. 8, Loc­al 405 en­dorsed state Rep. Brendan Boyle for the same seat. Malone said, “Brendan is the clear choice for us. His pas­sion for fight­ing for work­ing fam­il­ies in this troub­ling eco­nom­ic time makes him the best can­did­ate. We put our full sup­port and back­ing be­hind Brendan.”

Malone also faxed a let­ter to the Boyle cam­paign stat­ing, “Just to clear up any con­fu­sion that may ex­ist, the Iron­work­ers Loc­al Uni­on #405 proudly en­dorses only one can­did­ate for Con­gress in the 13th Dis­trict, and that can­did­ate is Brendan Boyle.”

What gives? Malone told Polit­ic­sPA.com that he mis­takenly au­thor­ized the press re­lease giv­ing the nod to Leach.

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The na­tion­al and Pennsylvania chapters of the Util­ity Work­ers Uni­on of Amer­ica have en­dorsed Demo­crat Rob Mc­Cord, the state treas­urer, for gov­ernor.

Robert T. Whalen, pres­id­ent of Sys­tem Loc­al 102 of the UWUA, said, “Util­ity work­ers in Pennsylvania have nev­er faced a more chal­len­ging time. Along with work­ing men and wo­men all over our state, we are strug­gling with a gov­ernor who doesn’t seem to have any idea how to get our eco­nomy back on track. We be­lieve that Rob Mc­Cord is the man to turn things around for work­ing fam­il­ies in Pennsylvania.”

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The Re­pub­lic­an City Com­mit­tee will pay trib­ute to Pres­id­ent John F. Kennedy on Fri­day, Nov. 22, the 50th an­niversary of his as­sas­sin­a­tion. The com­mit­tee will re­cite Kennedy’s in­aug­ur­al ad­dress at 5 p.m. at RCC headquar­ters, loc­ated at 3525-27 Cottman Ave. in May­fair.

Com­munity act­iv­ist John T. Fritz will de­liv­er a talk. There is no cost for the event. Dona­tions will be ac­cep­ted for Pre­vent Child Ab­use PA. Dr. Maria Mc­Col­gan, a board mem­ber of the or­gan­iz­a­tion, will talk about the child ab­use or­gan­iz­a­tion. ••

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