Four years ago, Republican City Councilman Brian O’Neill faced a fairly stiff challenge from Democrat Sean McAleer, but the incumbent rolled to re-election with 58 percent of the vote despite Michael Nutter’s strength at the top of the ticket.
There will be at least six new members of City Council, and one of those newcomers will represent the 6th Councilmanic District beginning in January.
On Tuesday, 11 candidates will be vying for seven City Council at-large seats.
The three-member city elections commissioners’ panel will have at least one new face because nine-term incumbent Democratic chairwoman Marge Tartaglione was defeated in the primary.
Restitution shouldn’t let thieves off the hook
The Congregations of Shaare Shamayim men’s club held its annual “Meet the Candidates Brunch” on Sunday morning at the synagogue, 9768 Verree Road.
City Councilman Brian O’Neill has easily won re-election every four years since narrowly unseating Democrat Melvin Greenberg in 1979, but he faces an aggressive opponent in a district that is just one-third Republican.
Al Schmidt, a Republican candidate for city elections commissioner, has pledged to take a pay cut and refuse a taxpayer-funded vehicle and gasoline.
A mayoral town-hall meeting will take place at 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6, at Ironworkers Local 401’s Bridgemen’s Hall, 11600 Norcom Road.