As City Council adjourns for the summer, look for 2023’s mayoral race to heat up
Philadelphia City Council adjourned for the summer Thursday after approving a $5.8 billion 2022-23 budget. For several members, this may be their final acts as lawmakers before formally entering the 2023 mayoral race — although as WHYY explains, those planning to run have been signaling their priorities to voters. The Inquirer also reports that the budget’s cuts to wage and business taxes could indicate a shift in Philly politics back towards the center (like New York City saw with last year’s mayoral victory by Eric Adams). Our primary elections are still 10 months away, but turnover in Council could happen much sooner because of …
The City Charter’s resign-to-run rule: Since 1951, city officials and employees must step down from their posts to run for any elected office. That means Council members running for mayor will have to resign, as would Controller Rebecca Rhynhart. Billy Penn explains the reasons for and against resign-to-run, which Seventy has said should be eliminated.