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Who’s Running for Mayor of Philadelphia In 2023

The 2023 mayor's race has officially kicked off. Here's everything you need to know about who's running, who probably will run and who should throw their hat in the ring

Who’s Running for Mayor of Philadelphia In 2023

The 2023 mayor's race has officially kicked off. Here's everything you need to know about who's running, who probably will run and who should throw their hat in the ring

With the midterm elections behind us — take a deep breath, folks — Philadelphia is off and running with the most important election for our city’s future: The next mayor. Just after Labor Day, three City Councilmembers resigned to throw their hats in the ring: Maria Quiñones-Sánchez, Derek Green and Cherelle Parker. A few weeks later — just after releasing her scathing audit of the Philadelphia Police Department — now former City Controller Rebecca Rhynhart followed suit.

In the first week post-midterms, both former City Councilmember Allan Domb and grocery store owner Jeff Brown joined the fray. The most recent to resign from City Council to run: Helen Gym.

That’s six candidates so far — and there might be a couple more before the primary in May.

The good news: The 2023 lineup of mayoral candidates just might be one of Philly’s most talented, and not coincidentally diverse, slate in recent memory. The less good news: We have a lot of questions that need answering before the end.

What local leaders have what it takes to govern a city plagued with gun violence, debilitating poverty rates and trash piling up on our streets? Who can lead and govern? Who can turn politics into policy? Who can be the champion this city needs? Will we finally elect a woman, for the first time in our city’s history? Will we get another City Councilmember, as usual — or one of those outside the chamber?

We’ve been keeping track of all the most important news about the 2023 Philadelphia mayor’s race, from a good governance-focused, solutions-minded lens, to help you make the smartest, most informed vote. Keep tuned into this space for a tally of who’s exploring, who’s running, the latest news about the Philly mayor’s race and a wishlist of disruptors (see below) whose leadership, vision and managerial skills model what we need in our next chief executive.

Here’s What We Know About the Mayor’s Race in Philly

Who’s Running For Mayor of Philadelphia in 2023

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Philadelphia City Councilmember and potential mayoral candidate Derek Green
Derek Green, former At-Large City Councilmember
This photo of Cherelle Parker accompanies a guide to who's on Philadelphia City Council right now
Cherelle Parker, former City Councilmember, 9th District
This photo of Maria Quiñones-Sánchez Philadelphia City Council 6 accompanies a guide to who's on Philadelphia City Council right now
Maria Quiñones-Sánchez, former City Councilmember, 7th District
Philadelphia City Controller Rebecca Rhynhart
Rebecca Rhynhart, former City Controller
Allan Domb, former At-Large City Councilmember, real estate magnate
Philadelphia grocer, entrepreneur and potential mayoral candidate Jeff Brown
Jeff Brown, Grocery entrepreneur
This photo of Helen Gym accompanies a guide to who's on Philadelphia City Council right now
Helen Gym, former City Councilmember At-Large
James DeLeon, retired Municipal Court Judge

 

Who’s Probably Running For Mayor of Philadelphia in 2023

 

This photo of David Oh accompanies a guide to who's on Philadelphia City Council right now
David Oh, At-Large City Councilmember
Amen Brown, Pennsylvania State Rep, 190th District

Eight Local Leaders Who Could Make Great Philly Mayors (or at least have qualities we need)

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Ryan Boyer, Labor Leader
Ryan Boyer, Philadelphia labor leader
John Fry, Drexel University president
Jane Golden, Mural Arts Executive Director
Jane Golden, Mural Arts Philadelphia executive director
Rev. Bill Golderer, President and CEO of United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey
Bill Golderer, United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey president and CEO
Phoebe Haddon, Chair, Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia
Phoebe Haddon, Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia Chair
Sam Katz, businessperson and documentarian
Keith Leaphart, Physician, Philanthropist and Entrepreneur
Keith Leaphart, physician, philanthropist and entrepreneur
Alba Martinez, Private Sector Executive and Public Servant
Alba Martinez, Ppivate sector executive and public servant

 

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