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School funding is top priority for city controller candidate

Terry Tracy, the Re­pub­lic­an can­did­ate for city con­trol­ler, wants to be held ac­count­able for the state of the School Dis­trict of Phil­adelphia if he is elec­ted on Nov. 5.

“As school aud­it­or, my top pri­or­ity will be to en­sure every penny pos­sible is ded­ic­ated to the classroom,” he said. “Par­ents de­serve to have spe­cif­ic vis­ib­il­ity to how our bil­lions are spent in this time of fisc­al dis­tress. As I have spoken with par­ents across the city, there is one com­mon theme: they don’t feel their kids are al­ways the pri­or­ity.”

Tracy, who is chal­len­ging in­cum­bent Demo­crat­ic con­trol­ler Alan Butkovitz, plans a com­pre­hens­ive, in­de­pend­ent re­view of the school dis­trict’s fin­ances and a mass-pub­lished, ac­cess­ible budget to the pub­lic, as the Home Rule Charter re­quires. He also wants to break the cycle of what he calls “knee-jerk” tax in­creases.

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The United Mine Work­ers of Amer­ica has en­dorsed U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz in next year’s Demo­crat­ic primary for gov­ernor.

Schwartz has sup­por­ted the uni­on’s ef­forts to im­prove safety stand­ards and health be­ne­fits.

“We have worked with Allyson for years, and she has al­ways stood up for work­ing men and wo­men. That’s why we en­thu­si­ast­ic­ally sup­port her for gov­ernor of Pennsylvania. Of all the can­did­ates run­ning, she stands out,” said Ed Yankovich, vice pres­id­ent of UM­WA In­ter­na­tion­al Dis­trict 2.

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The voter re­gis­tra­tion dead­line is Monday, Oct. 7, for the Novem­ber gen­er­al elec­tion.

Re­gis­tra­tion forms are avail­able at PennDOT driver’s li­cense cen­ters, armed forces re­cruit­ment cen­ters and the Phil­adelphia County Board of Elec­tions of­fice at 520 N. Delaware Ave., fifth floor.

Or, forms can be down­loaded at the Com­mit­tee of Sev­enty’s web­site, www.sev­enty.org

Photo iden­ti­fic­a­tion is needed only for first-time voters and those vot­ing in a new di­vi­sion.

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Tom Knox, a po­ten­tial 2015 may­or­al can­did­ate, has hired the firm of Brabend­er Cox to provide stra­tegic cam­paign com­mu­nic­a­tions ser­vices.

Man­aging part­ner and chief cre­at­ive of­ficer John Brabend­er has handled cam­paigns for pres­id­ent, gov­ernor, U.S. Sen­ate, U.S. House and state at­tor­ney gen­er­al. Knox is the former deputy may­or for man­age­ment and pro­ductiv­ity un­der then-Phil­adelphia May­or Ed Rendell. He fin­ished second to Mi­chael Nut­ter in the hotly con­tested 2007 Demo­crat­ic may­or­al primary.

Brabend­er Cox is most closely as­so­ci­ated with Re­pub­lic­an can­did­ates for polit­ic­al of­fice.

“My own polit­ic­al lean­ings are mod­er­ate,” Brabend­er said. “What at­trac­ted our firm to Tom Knox’s can­did­acy was his some­what rare com­bin­a­tion of be­ing so­cially lib­er­al, yet fisc­ally re­spons­ible. Those are the char­ac­ter­ist­ics that Phil­adelphia needs in its next lead­er. As a product of the city’s hous­ing pro­jects, Tom has great em­pathy for the city’s poor and un­der­priv­ileged. As an ac­com­plished busi­ness­man, Tom un­der­stands the im­port­ance of man­aging a budget and re­du­cing waste and over­head.” ••

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