Welcome to the 9th Councilmanic District.   I’ll have to put the map up since a lot of you will have no idea where it is:
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This is the only Council district that’s seeing an actual contest.  On one side you have State Representative Charelle Parker, a protégé of Councilwoman Tasco–who is vacating the seat.  In 2011 Tasco retired for one day and took her DROP payment.

Parker was made leader of the Philadelphia Delegation—the Democratic state legislators who represent Philly in Harrisburg.   Which these days is a fairly nothing-of-a-job since Philadelphia has been completely outmoded in Harrisburg, especially in the House.

Parker’s own public resume lists the majority of her employment since the 1990s has been in Tasco’s office.

So Charelle Parker has worked, or not worked, for years on problems such as the Logan Triangle–which from space looks like a significantly-sized meteorite struck the city and wiped out a dozen blocks.

Oh, and there’s that drunk-driving thing.

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Meanwhile there is Kevin Strickland.   Kevin works for an EMT company and is fed up with the slow decline that has been going on in some of the southern and eastern areas of the 9th District which covers East Oak Lane and especially the dreaded Logan Triangle.

Kevin is also interested in creating stricter anti-nepotism rules in City hiring to mimic the practice found in most major companies.

He’s an outsider candidate and wasn’t pampered in the City Hall regime like Parker was.

This is extremely important because East Oak Lane residents that I have talked to are deathly afraid that their neighborhood and blocks will face decline.  East Oak Lane resembles Mayfair—same exact style of housing, same incomes, same concerns.  The only thing that’s different between the two are demographics.   The spread of blightlords and absentee-owned properties is on the minds of these residents and in Logan the exasperation is that nothing will ever get done to address the blight caused by the demolition of the Logan Triangle, which happened all the way back in 1984.

I am never going to endorse a candidate that turns a deaf ear or does nothing about blight.  Kevin Strickland is going to attack it.  With Parker you’ll get someone who acts like they care and then radio silence after that.

So for that reason, to all my readers on the Cheltenham border in Logan and East Oak Lane, I ask you to vote for Kevin on Tuesday.  This area of Philadelphia needs a fighter who will use the District Council spot to protect his district from further decline.

Looks like Council President Darrell Clarke is in a giving mood again.  At the last minute he just gave Republican Councilman-At-Large David Oh and Republican Councilman-At-Large Denny O’Brien $5,000.  Each.

Clarke has already donated to both Republicans earlier this year.

Why would a Democrat endorse these two candidates with so much money?

Go with what you know.   Both Oh and O’Brien side with Clarke nearly 100% of the time.   For instance when mayor Michael Nutter was exploring the possible sale of the Philadelphia Gas Works, David Oh quickly took the side of Clarke who scoffed at the very idea of holding public meetings to explore the details of divesting the City out of the gas delivery business.

These last-minute checks Clarke is sending to the incumbent Republicans is communicating one thing very clearly:  Clarke is afraid you will vote for a different Republican or God-forbid, one of the independents vying for the minority At-Large council seats.

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This abortion of an article was posted this morning by the Inquirer Editorial Board basically telling voters: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

During the entirety of this election season this year the Inquirer elected to run only two stories about the Sheriff’s Office election.  Instead of giving voters an actual guide to the candidates, much less hint a selection so far, the Inquirer decided to call for row-office elimination.

While I definitively believe that elimination of the remaining row offices is a noble goal, it is not politically feasible, especially for the Sheriff’s Office.   The procedure to remove the Sheriff’s Office involves more than adjusting the city’s Home Rule Charter and presenting it to voters.    Dozens of Pennsylvania laws have to be amended, some to adjust the language of duties and responsibilities where a county sheriff is mentioned, and in other places such as the Pennsylvania tax code where a sheriff–and only the sheriff–carries those duties out, the language has to be deeply altered.   Political concerns will arise from that and the PAGOP certainly will want to have a say in the language outside of the suggestions from lobbyists for City Council.

Once eliminating the Sheriff’s Office wins political support, then City Council, the Mayor, a voter referendum to change the Home Rule Charter and then full agreement by both the House and Senate in the General Assembly must be had by all.   In order words: a process that will take eons to accomplish.   The Inquirer suddenly discovered this cause before a Friday print deadline rather than advocate it for the last four years.

My friends, the Inquirer didn’t suddenly discover libertarianism by calling for the elimination of the agency.    John Kromer tried this, as a Democrat.  It went nowhere.

In order for elimination of this office to happen the public has to want it.  There is no public clamor for it.  I calculated that when I decided to run for Sheriff.

I also ran for Sheriff as a Republican so that the current occupant of the office, Jewell Williams, would be facing opposition all year and not just a few short weeks in an abbreviated primary.

Many voters and a lot of pundits do not understand where the Sheriff’s Office intersects in your lives.   This is the last agency you deal with before you lose the keys to your home.  Many people who come into the Office are on the way from leaving the middle class and are joining the ranks of the poor.  Isn’t this something that Democrats who are worried about income inequality should be caring about deeply?

I have a progressive platform for reforming the office so that it can return more money to the School District at a faster pace and directly educate homeowners who have fallen into the front door of the Sheriff’s Sale process to learn the entire universe of possibilities for ending a sale so they have a chance at staving off what they would have otherwise thought would be the inevitable.

I am also the second openly-gay candidate put forward by the Philadelphia Republican City Committee.  Much ink was spilled this spring over the possible nomination of two openly gay candidates to City Council–but as of now there has been no LGBT person ever to make it to a November general election for a City Hall office under the Democratic banner.   I am the second man to hold this distinction on a November election–the first was Malcolm Lazin who was director of the Equality Forum, both universally endorsed by a supermajority of Republican Ward Leaders in Philadelphia and endorsed by the Republican City Committee.

When people listened to my message this year they understood that I am the most progressive and better option than the current occupant and that I will do a much better job handling the trauma of foreclosure cases that enter the office each week.   A few Democratic pundits however cannot bring themselves to acknowledge that this year it is a Republican that is the way forward for the Sheriff’s Office, so now they now call for the office’s elimination, which I assure you will not be happening anytime in the near future.

You are not going to be given an option on the voting machine on Tuesday to eliminate the Sheriff.  You have to make a choice.

Christopher Sawyer is owner of Philadelinquency and is running for Sheriff of Philadelphia.  He will be Button #225 on the November 3 election ballot.

It appears a new Facebook group has popped up in the last couple of days with a goal of kicking Common Pleas Judge Idee Fox off the bench.

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The effort to unseat Judge Fox has mainly to do with her hearing the case of the unpopular Healing Way methadone clinic siting in Holmesburg.  Since her decision the 6th Councilmanic District which covers Mayfair and Holmesburg has since banned all new by-right medical uses in its district.   This was after claims of discrimination by counsel representing the clinic providers and in Pennsylvania case law.  By enacting the draconian overlay, all storefront medical practices are now subject to the scrutiny of the zoning appeals process, in hopes that those providers seek other districts in the city which do not have the overlay.

The judicial retention questions you will see on Tuesday’s ballot are stuffed away on the far lower right of the machine in an area which many Philadelphia voters will likely ignore.

Theoretically, if enough voters skip this section of the ballot, it might be possible to unseat a judge.  A reader has found one instance of a judge in Philadelphia getting the boot.  Incumbent judges are less secure in every other Pennsylvania county except Philadelphia as voters who do visit this section of the ballot invariably always vote YES to retain judges.

One other judge who probably should get the boot and who is up for retention this year is Dawn Segal, who has been suspended since she was named by state authorities in a consideration scheme and lowered the gun charges of a defendant in her care from a felony to a misdemeanor.