Abington’s Rebecca Rhynhart mayoral competition growing

Rebecca Rhynhart, a ’93 graduate of Abington High School, resigned from her post as City Controller to run for Philadelphia Mayor in October.

She has been joined by a number of candidates since her announcement, including grocer Jeff Brown, Judge James DeLeon, and former City Council members Allan Domb, Derek Green, Helen Gym, Maria Quiñones Sánchez, and Cherelle Parker.

State Rep. Amen Brown, a Democrat who represents parts of West Philadelphia and champions tough-on-crime policies, recently announced his run for Philadelphia mayor as well.

As Controller, Rhynhart said her role involved saving Phiadelphians money. She tried to do this by, among other ways, creating an up-to-date, interactive map of gun violence in Philly. Her office made headlines when it released a City Council-requested audit of the Philadelphia Police Department’s budget.

Rhynhart was the first woman to be elected as Philly’s City Controller in 2018. She successfully ran for reelection in 2021.

Whoever wins the Democratic nomination will be well-positioned to win in the general election, since Philadelphia’s electorate is heavily Democratic.

The 2023 Philadelphia mayoral election will consist of Democratic and Republican primaries on May 16, 2023. The general election will be held on November 7, 2023 to elect the mayor of Philadelphia.

Incumbent Democratic mayor Jim Kenney is term limited and cannot seek reelection to a third term.

For more on Rhynhart’s mayoral run, you can The Philadelphia Citizen’s article here. For updates on candidates, the latest news and more handy information, you can check out this article.

Photo credits: The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Philadelphia Citizen