Democrat Cherelle Parker and Republican David Oh vie to become Philadelphia’s 100th mayor – Pennsylvania Capital-Star
Two former members of Philadelphia’s City Council will face off Tuesday in the race to become the city’s 100th mayor.
Democrat Cherelle Parker is heavily favored over Republican David Oh to replace term-limited Democratic Mayor Jim Kenney. Philadelphia has not had a Republican mayor since 1952, and registered Democrats outnumber Republicans 7-1.
The 100th mayor of Philadelphia will make history; Parker would be the city’s first woman mayor, but if Oh pulls off the upset, he would be Philadelphia’s first Asian-American mayor.
Parker won the Democratic Party nomination in May by earning 32% of the vote in the heavily contested nine-candidate race. Oh ran unopposed in the Republican primary.
Before serving on Philadelphia City Council, Parker represented the 200th District in the state House from 2005-2015, becoming the youngest African-American woman ever elected to Pennsylvania’s House.
Oh was first elected as an at-large member of the Philadelphia City Council in 2011 with the support of a diverse coalition, which he maintained for successful reelection campaigns in 2015 and 2019. Oh was a lawyer before he was elected to public office, and is an Army veteran.
Both candidates made public safety a focus of their campaigns.
Parker touted her Neighborhood Safety and Community Policing Plan, which she originally rolled out as a member of the City Council in March 2022. The plan includes hiring 300 additional foot and bike patrol officers to walk a beat, filing current vacancies within the police department, addressing quality-of-life issues, and investing more in community engagement.
Oh, who has called public safety and crime the number one issue facing the city, has pinned the blame for the city’s crime rate on Mayor Kenney and Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner. Oh maintains that the city has a “revolving door policy that releases repeat offenders back into our community.” He calls for fully staffing the police department, and making sure it is well-equipped with up-to-date technology, regular patrolling and a visible presence from officers.
Parker has enjoyed the support of a wide variety of building trade unions in Philadelphia and a significant number of Democratic officials. On Thursday, President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris formally endorsed Parker.
Oh has the support of former Gov. Tom Ridge, former state Supreme Court Justice Ron Castille, as well as Republicans such as state Rep. Martina White, among others.
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Originally published at www.penncapital-star.com,by John Cole