Debate for city controller slated for Oct. 22

In oth­er polit­ic­al news: (From left to right) Cindy Bass, Blondell Reyn­olds Brown, Mar­jor­ie Mar­gol­ies, Maria Quinones Sanc­hez and Mari­an Tasco are pic­tured at a City Hall news con­fer­ence last week. All five fe­male mem­bers of City Coun­cil have en­dorsed Mar­gol­ies, who is seek­ing the Demo­crat­ic nom­in­a­tion in the 13th Con­gres­sion­al Dis­trict. Coun­cil­wo­man Jan­nie Black­well is not pic­tured.

The non­par­tis­an Com­mit­tee of Sev­enty, in part­ner­ship with the League of Wo­men Voters of Phil­adelphia, Young In­volved Phil­adelphia and WHYY, in­vite the pub­lic to at­tend an up­com­ing de­bate for city con­trol­ler.

The de­bate will fea­ture Demo­crat­ic in­cum­bent Alan Butkovitz and Re­pub­lic­an chal­lenger Terry Tracy, who are com­pet­ing in the Nov. 5 gen­er­al elec­tion. The de­bate is sched­uled for Tues­day, Oct. 22, from 7 to 8 p.m. at WHYY, at 150 N. 6th St.

Dave Dav­ies, seni­or re­port­er for WHYY, will be the mod­er­at­or.

The pub­lic will have an op­por­tun­ity to sub­mit ques­tions dur­ing the de­bate, but may also sub­mit them be­fore­hand by con­tact­ing Patrick Christ­mas at pchrist­mas@sev­ or by post­ing ques­tions on Twit­ter with the hasht­ag #ask70


Dis­trict At­tor­ney Seth Wil­li­ams and chal­lenger Danny Al­varez, who are squar­ing off in the Nov. 5 elec­tion, have agreed to a de­bate.

There was no form­al agree­ment. In­stead, Al­varez and Wil­li­ams saw each oth­er at Munch­ie’s, a diner at 6339 Rising Sun Ave. in Lawn­crest.

Wil­li­ams, a Demo­crat, was there on the morn­ing of Oct. 9, join­ing state Rep. Brendan Boyle in vis­its to busi­ness own­ers to dis­cuss crime con­cerns.

Al­varez, a Re­pub­lic­an, learned of the event and caught up with the en­tour­age at Munchies, where the two shook hands.

“Mr. Wil­li­ams, when are you go­ing to de­bate me?” asked Al­varez, a law­yer from Somer­ton.

“We will,” Wil­li­ams re­spon­ded.

The de­bate will take place Thursday night and be shown on Sunday at 9:30 p.m. on the Com­cast Net­work. Larry Kane will mod­er­ate.


The gen­er­al elec­tion bal­lot has been fi­nal­ized.

The bal­lot will be topped by the Pennsylvania Su­per­i­or Court race between Re­pub­lic­an Vic Sta­bile, a Cum­ber­land County law­yer, and Jack McVay, an Al­legheny County Com­mon Pleas Court judge.

City voters will elect sev­en people to the Court of Com­mon Pleas. The can­did­ates are Re­pub­lic­an Ken Pow­ell, Liber­tari­an Steph­en Miller, Demo­crats Timi­ka Lane, Joe Fernandes, Dan Mc­Caf­fery, Gio­vanni Camp­bell, Si­erra Thomas Street and Scott O’Keefe, and Anne Mar­ie Coyle, who will ap­pear on the Re­pub­lic­an and Demo­crat­ic tick­ets.

Voters will elect three in­di­vidu­als to Mu­ni­cip­al Court. The can­did­ates are Demo­crats Mar­tin Cole­man, Henry Le­wan­dowski and Fran Shields.

The races for dis­trict at­tor­ney and city con­trol­ler are near the bot­tom of the left column. Dis­trict At­tor­ney Seth Wil­li­ams is be­ing chal­lenged by Danny Al­varez. Con­trol­ler Alan Butkovitz faces Re­pub­lic­an Terry Tracy.

Ju­di­cial re­ten­tion races make up the right column.

Voters will choose yes or no on new 10-year terms for the fol­low­ing judges:

Su­preme Court: Max Baer and Ron­ald D. Castille. 

Su­per­i­or Court: Susan Peikes Gant­man and Jack Pan­ella.

Court of Com­mon Pleas: Jac­queline F. Al­len, Genece E. Brinkley, Ramy I. Djer­assi, Lori A. Du­mas, Holly J. Ford, Joel Steven John­son, Fre­der­ica A. Mas­siah Jack­son, Ray­ford A. Means, Jef­frey P. Mine­hart, Joseph D. O’Keefe, Paula A. Patrick, Dor­is A. Pech­kur­ow, Al­lan L. Tereshko and Nina Wright Pa­dilla.

Mu­ni­cip­al Court: Teresa Carr Deni, Jac­quelyn Fra­zi­er Lyde, Joseph J. O’Neill and Wendy L. Pew.

Voters will also de­cide on the fol­low­ing bond ques­tion: Should the City of Phil­adelphia bor­row ninety-four mil­lion sev­en hun­dred forty-five thou­sand dol­lars ($94,745,000.00) to be spent for and to­ward cap­it­al pur­poses as fol­lows: Trans­it; Streets and San­it­a­tion; Mu­ni­cip­al Build­ings; Parks, Re­cre­ation and Mu­seums; and Eco­nom­ic and Com­munity De­vel­op­ment?


Mar­jor­ie Mar­gol­ies, who is seek­ing the Demo­crat­ic nom­in­a­tion in the 13th Con­gres­sion­al Dis­trict, has been en­dorsed by all five fe­male mem­bers of City Coun­cil.

Coun­cil­wo­men Maria Quinones Sanc­hez, Jan­nie Black­well, Mari­an Tasco, Cindy Bass and Blondell Reyn­olds Brown ap­peared with Mar­gol­ies at a City Hall news con­fer­ence.

Mar­gol­ies served in Con­gress in 1993-94.

Black­well cited her past ef­forts to lower in­fant mor­tal­ity rates in Nor­ris­town and open a wo­men’s health clin­ic in Con­sho­hock­en.

Tasco be­lieves Mar­gol­ies will stand up to Tea Party Re­pub­lic­ans, cit­ing her past vote for Pres­id­ent Bill Clin­ton’s eco­nom­ic plan, a vote that led to her ouster in 1994.

Sanc­hez poin­ted to Mar­gol­ies’ work with Wo­men’s Cam­paign In­ter­na­tion­al, which em­powers wo­men around the world.

Brown thinks Mar­gol­ies will do a good job be­cause she already has re­la­tion­ships with House Minor­ity Whip Steny Hoy­er and Demo­crat­ic com­mit­tee chairs Henry Wax­man and Nita Lowey.

Bass, a former ad­viser to U.S. Rep. Chaka Fat­tah, said Mar­gol­ies’ vote for the Clin­ton plan as­sisted small busi­nesses.


In a speech be­fore the Pennsylvania Amer­ic­an Coun­cil of En­gin­eer­ing Com­pan­ies, Allyson Schwartz, a Demo­crat­ic can­did­ate for gov­ernor, an­nounced a plan to fin­ance trans­port­a­tion and state in­fra­struc­ture needs.

Schwartz said trans­port­a­tion is key for Pennsylvania’s man­u­fac­tur­ers, en­tre­pren­eurs, farm­ers and small busi­ness own­ers. To move people and products, she said, they rely on top-qual­ity high­ways, bridges, mass trans­it, ports and rail fa­cil­it­ies. 

To ad­dress Pennsylvania’s cur­rent and fu­ture in­fra­struc­ture needs, Schwartz will launch Build PA to gen­er­ate hun­dreds of mil­lions of dol­lars in nat­ur­al-gas tax profits. Build PA will lever­age fed­er­al, state, and private dol­lars to max­im­ize the im­pact.

This pool of funds will of­fer loans, loan guar­an­tees, grants and oth­er fin­an­cing to start, ac­cel­er­ate or ex­pand in­fra­struc­ture pro­jects that will mod­ern­ize the cur­rent in­fra­struc­ture.

“We can no longer ig­nore either Pennsylvania’s short-term trans­port­a­tion needs or the long-term in­fra­struc­ture vis­ion for our com­mon­wealth. We need bold, new ideas for in­vest­ing in in­fra­struc­ture and trans­port­a­tion pro­jects that will build eco­nom­ic suc­cess for dec­ades,” Schwartz said.

“As gov­ernor, I would launch ‘Build PA,’ a new statewide pub­lic-private in­fra­struc­ture bank to sup­port game-chan­ging in­fra­struc­ture that puts thou­sands of people to work and lays the ground­work for eco­nom­ic growth in dec­ades to come.”


Mean­while, Schwartz picked up the back­ing of the Pitt­s­burgh Fed­er­a­tion of Teach­ers, rep­res­ent­ing more than 3,000 teach­ers and edu­ca­tion­al sup­port staff

“Allyson Schwartz is far and away the best can­did­ate to take on Gov­ernor Corbett next fall,” said Nina Es­posito-Vis­git­is, pres­id­ent of PFT 400. “She has a de­tailed plan to re­verse the dam­age of Gov. Corbett’s cuts in her first term and make un­pre­ced­en­ted in­vest­ments in uni­ver­sal pre­kinder­garten for 4-year olds. She is ready to make pub­lic edu­ca­tion, our chil­dren and our teach­ers her top pri­or­ity in Har­ris­burg.”


Katie Mc­Ginty, an­oth­er Demo­crat­ic can­did­ate for gov­ernor, re­cently re­ceived two en­dorse­ments. Am­al­gam­ated Trans­it Uni­on Loc­al 85 is back­ing her.

“Katie is strongly com­mit­ted to mass trans­it. She knows mass trans­it is an eco­nom­ic life­line for hun­dreds of thou­sands of hard­work­ing Pennsylvani­ans and must be part of any trans­port­a­tion plan for the state,” said Sabatino DiNardo, Loc­al 85’s sec­ret­ary-treas­urer.

Mc­Ginty was also re­cently en­dorsed by Robert Ru­bin, who was sec­ret­ary of the De­part­ment of the Treas­ury in the Clin­ton ad­min­is­tra­tion.

“Katie Mc­Ginty is a proven prob­lem-solv­er who un­der­stands good en­vir­on­ment­al policy is good eco­nom­ic policy,” he said.


An­oth­er Demo­crat­ic can­did­ate for gov­ernor, Pennsylvania State Treas­urer Rob Mc­Cord, has the en­dorse­ment of the Pennsylvania State Cor­rec­tions Of­ficers As­so­ci­ation.

In an­noun­cing his uni­on’s en­dorse­ment for Mc­Cord, PS­COA pres­id­ent Roy Pinto said, “The life of a cor­rec­tions of­ficer is un­like that of any­one else. These of­ficers are un­der pres­sure and in danger from the mo­ment the iron gate slams be­hind them un­til that same gate opens to al­low them to re­turn to a nor­mal life. When we met with Rob Mc­Cord, we sensed that he un­der­stood the chal­lenges we face and that he was com­mit­ted to work­ing with us. We know Rob ap­pre­ci­ates the needs of work­ing fam­il­ies bet­ter than any oth­er can­did­ate, and we ap­pre­ci­ate the story and struggle of his fam­ily when he was a kid. We trust Rob to listen to work­ing people and to de­liv­er real res­ults. We know he will provide the kind of new, strong lead­er­ship Pennsylvania so badly needs.”

The Pennsylvania State Cor­rec­tions Of­ficers As­so­ci­ation has 6,000 work­ing men, wo­men and re­tir­ees in the state.


The Men’s Club of of the Con­greg­a­tions of Shaare Shamay­im is hold­ing a “Meet the Can­did­ates” brunch on Sunday, Oct. 27, from 9 a.m. to noon. The hosts are Ruth Hor­witz and former state Sen. Bob Rovn­er. Brunch is at 9, and can­did­ate talks be­gin at 10. The syn­agogue is loc­ated at 9768 Ver­ree Road in Bustleton. ••

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