Neilson nominated for City Council

Mem­bers of the Phil­adelphia Demo­crat­ic City Com­mit­tee on Tues­day nom­in­ated state Rep. Ed Neilson to run for the at-large City Coun­cil seat that Bill Green re­cently left to head up the School Re­form Com­mis­sion. It was un­an­im­ous, said U.S. Rep. Bob Brady, city Demo­crat­ic Party chair­man.

Neilson rep­res­ents the 169th Le­gis­lat­ive Dis­trict in the Far North­east and is com­plet­ing his first full term. The dis­trict, however, has been moved to York County, which means Neilson now lives in the 174th dis­trict and would have had to run against in­cum­bent Demo­crat John Sabat­ina Jr. if he hoped to stay in Har­ris­burg. Re­pub­lic­ans will pick their can­did­ate for the May 20 spe­cial City Coun­cil elec­tion next week. So far, Matt Wolfe, a West Philly ward lead­er, has an­nounced he’s in­ter­ested in the GOP nom­in­a­tion.

If Neilson wins, he will be the second 169th alum on City Coun­cil. Coun­cil­man at-large Denny O’Bri­en long held the le­gis­lat­ive seat be­fore run­ning for coun­cil in 2011. ••

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