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An Annotated Guide to the May Primary Election Results

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Updated May 23

 

By Tom Ferrick Jr.

The mayor wins, but is embarrassed by the strong showing of Milton Street. Marge Tartaglione and Frank Rizzo lose. Turnout among Democrats was less than 150,000, which means that 4 out of 5 D's sat this one out.  Here is an annotated guide to results of Tuesday's primary, based on unofficial results, with about 60 divisions still to be counted. (Winners in Bold Face)

Signs of Weakness

MAYOR-DEM

100.00 % 1687/1687 Precincts Completed.

Candidate Name Party Votes % Of Total Votes
STREET, T MILTON DEMOCRATIC 35654 24.11 %
NUTTER, MICHAEL A DEMOCRATIC 112127 75.81 %
Write In, 119 0.08 %

 

The surprise isn't that Nutter won, but that Milton Street got 24 percent of the vote.

He got most of those votes among black voters. His percentage share averaged in the high 30's in West Philadelphia and in the 40's in North Philadelphia. 

In contrast, Street got in single digits in the liberal wards of Center City and environs and in the low teens in the Northeast.

What message does that send Nutter? It confirms what his own (and outside polls) have been telling him: black voters are pissed at the mayor.  Had a more credible black candidate (say, Anthony Hardy Williams) run against him, this could have been a close call for the mayor.

 

La Reine Est Morte

Do you need proof that DROP was a toxic issues for the incumbents who wanted to take their big lump-sum payments and then return to office?  Here it is:

Election Category: CITY COMMISSIONERS-DEM (2 Vacancies)

96.44 % 1627/1687 Precincts Completed.

Candidate Name

Party

Votes

% Of Total Votes

BLOOM, WARREN

DEMOCRATIC

19,609

10.39 %

BELL, MICHAEL EDWARD

DEMOCRATIC

25,615

13.57 %

STATEN, IVY

DEMOCRATIC

25,772

13.66 %

TALMADGE, BLAIR

DEMOCRATIC

18,851

9.99 %

SINGER, STEPHANIE

DEMOCRATIC

37,057

19.64 %

CLARK, ANTHONY

DEMOCRATIC

31,387

16.63 %

TARTAGLIONE, MARGARET M

DEMOCRATIC

30,407

16.11 %

 

 

 

 

 

 

Marge is ousted after 36 years as chair and it was DROP that did it.  She took her $195,000 payment in 2008 and retired, took a few days off, and returned to her old job. Not good. Stephanie Singer, a math professor who also is leader of Center City's 8th Ward, sent mailers to remind voters of Marge's perfidy.  It also helped that a number of ward leaders cut Marge, taking her off their sample ballots and backing Singer instead. 

 

 

The Last of the Rizzos

Council at Large - Republican (2 Vacancies)

96.44 % 1627/1687 Precincts Completed.

Candidate Name

Party

Votes

% Of Total Votes

UNTERMEYER, MICHAEL W

REPUBLICAN

6,996

11.99 %

LAZIN, MALCOLM L

REPUBLICAN

6,773

11.61 %

MCCOLGAN, JOSEPH M

REPUBLICAN

7,855

13.46 %

OH, DAVID H

REPUBLICAN

10,797

18.50 %

O BRIEN, DENNIS M

REPUBLICAN

10,106

17.32 %

TAUBENBERGER, AL

REPUBLICAN

7,211

12.36 %

RIZZO, FRANK

REPUBLICAN

4,962

8.50 %

MONEY, ELMER H

REPUBLICAN

1,382

2.37 %

ODABASHIAN, STEPHEN A

REPUBLICAN

2,243

3.84 %

 

 

 

 

This is a pathetic showing for an incumbent with a magic name. For most of the primary season, Rizzo had the look of a deer caught in the headlights. He was due to collect $194,517 from DROP in December, but he said he was looking for ways not to take the money. No need to worry now.  He ran seventh in a field of nine. The top five (in boldface) will advance to the November election.  The two with the highest vote in the fall will win Council's two minority seats.

 

 

Toxic Tasco

DISTRICT COUNCIL 9TH DIST-DEM

97.99 % 146/149 Precincts Completed.

Candidate Name

Party

Votes

% Of Total Votes

TASCO, MARIAN B

DEMOCRATIC

9,250

62.75 %

THOMAS, LAMONT W

DEMOCRATIC

4,320

29.30 %

CURRY, BOBBIE T

DEMOCRATIC

1,168

7.92 %

 

 

 

 

Marion Tasco wins, but two no-name, no-money opponents get 37 percent of the vote.

Not good for her ambitions to become the next Council President.  For her, the DROP issue will not go away. She will take her $478,057 DROP payout in December. And then she is going to run for Council President in January. Are her fellow members going to install the sole remaining survivor of the DROP fiasco as their leader -- after most of them campaigned vociferously against DROP?  I think not. I have to give Tasco credit, though. Her attitude towards DROP during the primary was to shrug and say, in effect: What's the big deal? She seemed oblivious to the political implications.  Now she may pay the price.

 

Pathetic, Just Pathetic

MAYOR-REP

100% 1687/1687 Precincts Completed.

Candidate Name

Party

Votes

% of Total Votes

FEATHERMAN, JOHN

REPUBLICAN

8,217

49.77 %

BROWN, KAREN

REPUBLICAN

8,274

50.12 %

Write In

 

19

0.12 %

Update: May 22.

It appears that Brown has won this race by a margin of 57 lousy votes, despite the fact she was the endorsed candidate of the Republican party organization in Philly. If you needed yet another sign of the miserable state of the Republican party in Philly this is it.  Fewer than 17,000 votes cast by Republicans for a candidate for mayor.  That's equal to a 13 percent turnout.  Pathetic. 

Brown was the endorsed candidate of the old Republicans, led by party boss Michael Meehan.  It used to be they couldn't get Republicans elected to office.  Now, they can't even win primaries.Featherman loses he wins because of his credible showing.  Even if Brown wins but she loses because she reveals herself as a weak candidate.

 

 

Incumbents Rule

COUNCIL AT LARGE-DEM (5 Vacancies)

96.44 % 1627/1687 Precincts Completed.

Candidate Name

Party

Votes

% of Total Votes

GREENLEE, WILLIAM K

DEMOCRATIC

54,181

11.59 %

THOMAS, ISAIAH

DEMOCRATIC

30,990

6.63 %

JONES, MICHAEL

DEMOCRATIC

22,825

4.88 %

REYNOLDS BROWN, BLONDELL

DEMOCRATIC

65,069

13.92 %

COHEN, SHERRIE

DEMOCRATIC

43,690

9.34 %

CLARK, LAWRENCE P

DEMOCRATIC

11,432

2.44 %

PEREZ, HUMBERTO

DEMOCRATIC

10,931

2.34 %

MANSON, JANIS E

DEMOCRATIC

7,893

1.69 %

GREEN, BILL

DEMOCRATIC

63,703

13.62 %

BLAKNEY, RALPH P

DEMOCRATIC

10,273

2.20 %

KENNEY, JAMES F

DEMOCRATIC

45,365

9.70 %

TOY, ANDREW

DEMOCRATIC

38,752

8.29 %

NESMITH, EDWARD J

DEMOCRATIC

16,313

3.49 %

GOODE JR, W WILSON

DEMOCRATIC

46,152

9.87 %

Write In

 

39

0.01 %

At the end of the day, the five incumbent At-Large Council members all won re-election, though Sherrie Cohen, daughter of the late Councilman David Cohen, did give Jim Kenney a scare.

 

District Council Races

1ST DIST-DEM

96.55 % 168/174 Precincts Completed.

ANASTASIO, VERN

DEMOCRATIC

2,761

16.01 %

GRACE, JOSEPH M

DEMOCRATIC

4,009

23.25 %

SQUILLA, MARK F

DEMOCRATIC

7,079

41.06 %

HORNSTEIN, JEFF

DEMOCRATIC

3,390

19.66 %

 

 

 

 

This is the seat now held by Frank DiCicco, who wisely retired after realizing how toxic the DROP issue was. Squilla won because he did exceptionally well in his base, the 39th Ward, where he got 76 percent of the vote.  Grace and Hornstein split the liberal vote. Anastasio turned out to be a non-factor.

 

2ND DIST-DEM

100.00 % 180/180 Precincts Completed.

Candidate Name Party Votes % Of Total Votes
GORDON, TRACEY DEMOCRATIC 1555 9.33 %
CAPOZZI, BARBARA A DEMOCRATIC 7363 44.16 %
ROBERTS, DAMON K DEMOCRATIC 319 1.91 %
JOHNSON, KENYATTA DEMOCRATIC 7435 44.59 %
Write In, 2 0.01 %

This is for the seat now held by Council President Anna Verna, another retiree. Kenyatta ended up winning it by 46 votes after absentee ballots were counter (The absentees are not reflected in this final machine tally).Capozzi, a South Philadelphia realtor and community activist, lost the most competitive race in the city. 

 

3RD DIST-DEM

89.14 % 156/175 Precincts Completed.

Candidate Name

Party

Votes

% of Total Votes

KING, TONY DPHAX

DEMOCRATIC

127

1.16 %

BLACKWELL, JANNIE L

DEMOCRATIC

10,769

98.43 %

Write In

 

45

0.41 %

Yawn.

 

4TH DIST-DEM

95.54 % 150/157 Precincts Completed.

Candidate Name

Party

Votes

% of Total Votes

JONES JR, CURTIS

DEMOCRATIC

13,557

99.91 %

Write In

 

12

0.09 %

Another incumbent, not even opposed.

 

5TH DIST-DEM

96.08 % 196/204 Precincts Completed.

Candidate Name

Party

Votes

% of Total Votes

CLARKE, DARRELL L

DEMOCRATIC

11,285

72.88 %

CARN, SUZANNE

DEMOCRATIC

4,192

27.07 %

Write In

 

7

0.05 %

Carn, the wife of former state rep. Andrew Carn, did surprisingly well -- probably because of those angry voters who went for Milton Street in this district, which is centered in North Philadelphia. Clark plans to run for Council President, much to the chagrin of Mayor Nutter, who prefers Tasco.

 

6TH DIST-DEM

99.38 % 159/160 Precincts Completed.

Candidate Name

Party

Votes

% of Total Votes

HENON, BOBBY

DEMOCRATIC

8,143

65.30 %

BEDNAREK, MARTIN G

DEMOCRATIC

4,325

34.68 %

 

 

 

 

An easy win for Henon, political director of IBEW Local 98, for the seat being vacated by Joan Krajewski.  People will take Henon's and Squilla's victories to craft stories about The Rise of Johnny Doc, who is president of IBEW. Don't believe it. Doc is a power because (a) his union spends $1.5 million a year from its PAC and (b) Vince Fumo, who was his long-time opponent, is in federal prison. 

 

7TH DIST-DEM

95.65 % 154/161 Precincts Completed.

Candidate Name

Party

Votes

% of Total Votes

SAVAGE, DANIEL J

DEMOCRATIC

4,592

39.56 %

SANCHEZ, MARIA QUINONES

DEMOCRATIC

7,015

60.43 %

Write In

 

2

0.02 %

Early in the night, I thought Sanchez, the incumbent, was toast -- due mostly to low turnout in this district's Latino wards. But it was not to be. Savage, by the way, was supported by Dougherty.

 

8TH DIST-DEM

97.69 % 169/173 Precincts Completed.

Candidate Name

Party

Votes

% of Total Votes

PAULMIER, GREG

DEMOCRATIC

4,718

21.30 %

BASS, CINDY M

DEMOCRATIC

8,729

39.40 %

LOFTON, ANDREW

DEMOCRATIC

629

2.84 %

TASCO, ROBIN M

DEMOCRATIC

711

3.21 %

TREATMAN, HOWARD

DEMOCRATIC

2,907

13.12 %

TYNER, VERNA

DEMOCRATIC

4104

18.52 %

DURHAM JR, WILLIAM A

DEMOCRATIC

356

1.61 %

 

 

 

 

This is for the Donna Reed Miller seat in Northwest Philadelphia.  Bass had all the party mahoffs on her side, plus experience as a legislative aide.  She will be an improvement over Miller, another DROP retiree, but then so would a block of wood.

 

10TH DIST-REP

99.35 % 153/154 Precincts Completed.

Candidate Name

Party

Votes

% of Total Votes

O NEILL, BRIAN J

REPUBLICAN

5,165

99.96 %

 

 

 

 

10TH DIST-DEM

99.35 % 153/154 Precincts Completed.

Candidate Name

Party

Votes

% of Total Votes

RUBIN, BILL

DEMOCRATIC

6,687

99.91 %

 

 

 

 

O'Neill is the incumbent.  Rubin will face him in the fall. 

 

 

Row Offices

SHERIFF-DEM

96.44 % 1627/1687 Precincts Completed.

andidate Name

Party

Votes

% of Total Votes

KROMER, JOHN

DEMOCRATIC

31168

26.65 %

WHAUMBUSH, JACQUE

DEMOCRATIC

13763

11.77 %

WILLIAMS, JEWELL

DEMOCRATIC

71999

61.56 %

Damn.  I was hoping Kromer would win because he ran on a promise that, if elected, he would abolish the Sheriff's office.  But, Williams is a state legislator who had party backing.  He said he plans to institute "necessary reforms" in what is probably the worst-run office in city government. 

 

REGISTER OF WILLS-DEM

96.44 % 1627/1687 Precincts Completed.

Candidate Name

Party

Votes

% of Total Votes

DONATUCCI, RONALD R

DEMOCRATIC

90,080

99.94 %

Write In

 

58

0.06 %

With the demise of Marge, Ron now becomes the senior elected city official.  He's been in this office since 1979.  He is also leader of South Philly's 26th Ward.

 



CITY COMMISSIONERS-REP

96.44 % 1627/1687 Precincts Completed.

Candidate Name

Party

Votes

% of Total Votes

DUDA, JOSEPH J

REPUBLICAN

9290

35.62 %

DELANY, MARIE

REPUBLICAN

7590

29.10 %

SCHMIDT, AL

REPUBLICAN

9186

35.22 %

Write In

 

13

0.05 %

Duda is the incumbent who holds the one minority seat on the board of city commissioners.  Schmidt is a leader of the anti-Meehan wing of the Republican party.  He trails Duda by 104 votes, with 50 divisions still to be counted, but since two Republicans will advance he also will appear on the ballot in November. If he gets more votes than Duda, Schmidt will get the minority seat. That would be another blow to the Meehan faction

 

THE JUDGES

COURT OF COMMON PLEAS-DEM (10 VACANCIES)

96.44 % 1627/1687 Precincts Completed.

Candidate Name

Party

Votes

% of Total Votes

KENNEDY, SEAN

DEMOCRATIC

57,728

7.52 %

ANHALT, DIANA

DEMOCRATIC

44,381

5.78 %

IRVINE, JONATHAN Q

DEMOCRATIC

40,383

5.26 %

JOHNSON, VINCENT L

DEMOCRATIC

33,896

4.42 %

FOGLIETTA, ANGELO J

DEMOCRATIC

48,166

6.28 %

KLINE, ROBERT M

DEMOCRATIC

24,891

3.24 %

GREY JR, DAINE

DEMOCRATIC

19,044

2.48 %

MALLIOS JR, CHRISTOPHER

DEMOCRATIC

22,584

2.94 %

MCDERMOTT, BARBARA A

DEMOCRATIC

35,649

4.64 %

LEVANT, HARRY J

DEMOCRATIC

17,016

2.22 %

COYLE, ANNE MARIE B

DEMOCRATIC

20,197

2.63 %

MCLAUGHLIN, MARIA

DEMOCRATIC

42,633

5.55 %

ONEILL, JOSEPH J

DEMOCRATIC

11,718

1.53 %

DIVERGILIS, JIM

DEMOCRATIC

7,597

0.99 %

SAWYER, STEPHANIE M

DEMOCRATIC

20,620

2.69 %

GIUSINI, VINCE

DEMOCRATIC

9,926

1.29 %

NICHOLS, CAROLYN H

DEMOCRATIC

27,665

3.60 %

FANNING, MICHAEL

DEMOCRATIC

21,879

2.85 %

OKEEFE, J SCOTT

DEMOCRATIC

20,182

2.63 %

ALDINGER, DREW

DEMOCRATIC

11,547

1.50 %

VIGILANTE, TED J

DEMOCRATIC

5,836

0.76 %

GORDON JR, ROGER F

DEMOCRATIC

23,402

3.05 %

CITRINO, KENNETH

DEMOCRATIC

5,454

0.71 %

WRIGHT, EDWARD C

DEMOCRATIC

28,979

3.78 %

EHRLICH, CHARLES

DEMOCRATIC

34,052

4.44 %

WATSON, NYCOLE

DEMOCRATIC

14,441

1.88 %

CAMPBELL, GIOVANNI O

DEMOCRATIC

12,777

1.66 %

KING II, LEON A

DEMOCRATIC

9,457

1.23 %

POWELL JR, KENNETH J

DEMOCRATIC

23,270

3.03 %

COLEMAN, MARTIN S

DEMOCRATIC

54

0.01 %

SEIGLE DICLAUDIO, MEREDITH

DEMOCRATIC

6,115

0.80 %

NEGRO, STEPHEN J

DEMOCRATIC

6,608

0.86 %

WATERS JR, JOSEPH C

DEMOCRATIC

6,310

0.82 %

MULDROW, BEVERLY

DEMOCRATIC

13,557

1.77 %

LADOV, SAYDE J

DEMOCRATIC

22,935

2.99 %

THOMPSON, LOPEZ T

DEMOCRATIC

5,102

0.66 %

SHIELDS, FRAN

DEMOCRATIC

26

0.00 %

FITZPATRICK, TOM

DEMOCRATIC

11,382

1.48 %

Every judicial election, the Democratic party organization endorses a slate of candidates and every time it does one or two of the anointed lose because non-endorsed candidates buy their way onto the ballots of ward leaders willing to cut the party endorsed candidates. This year, party chair bob Brady tried a different tack: There were 10 vacancies, but the party endorsed only 8.  That left all of the other candidates to jostle for the remaining  positions.  The winners: Vincent Johnson and Diana Anhalt, who were not party endorsed. In addition, Barbara McDermott -- also not endorsed -- won. One party endorsed candidate lost: J. Scott O'Keefe. 

 

 

MUNICIPAL COURT-DEM (1 Vacancy)

96.44 % 1627/1687 Precincts Completed.

Candidate Name

Party

Votes

% of Total Votes

WILLIAMS, MARVIN L

DEMOCRATIC

36,347

34.60 %

COKER, DERRICK W

DEMOCRATIC

9,937

9.46 %

COLEMAN, MARTIN S

DEMOCRATIC

26,351

25.08 %

SMITH, ANITA

DEMOCRATIC

10,213

9.72 %

POWELL JR, KENNETH J

DEMOCRATIC

53

0.05 %

JOHNSON, VINCENT L

DEMOCRATIC

7,920

7.54 %

WATSON, NYCOLE

DEMOCRATIC

6,267

5.97 %

SEIGLE DICLAUDIO, MEREDITH

DEMOCRATIC

3,538

3.37 %

CITRINO, KENNETH

DEMOCRATIC

4,406

4.19 %

Write In

 

24

0.02 %

Williams was the endorsed candidate.  Now that he will be a judge and make $160,000 a year maybe Williams will pay the $6,500 in back taxes he owes the city on his home in Germantown.  Just a suggestion.

 

TRAFFIC COURT-DEM (1 Vacancy)

96.44 % 1627/1687 Precincts Completed.

Candidate Name

Party

Votes

% of Total Votes

SOLOMON, CHRISTINE

DEMOCRATIC

37,960

34.88 %

CLARK, CARLENE S

DEMOCRATIC

16,577

15.23 %

LAWS, DONNA MARIE

DEMOCRATIC

10,359

9.52 %

TUERK, ROBERT

DEMOCRATIC

5,181

4.76 %

HOY, RICHARD W

DEMOCRATIC

4,936

4.53 %

MARI JR, FREDERICK C

DEMOCRATIC

4,820

4.43 %

AUMENT LOUGHREY, MARNIE

DEMOCRATIC

5,847

5.37 %

HORSEY, MICHAEL

DEMOCRATIC

5,365

4.93 %

SABIR, OMAR

DEMOCRATIC

8,994

8.26 %

HARRIS JR, LEWIS

DEMOCRATIC

1,651

1.52 %

ADAMS, JOHN

DEMOCRATIC

2,355

2.16 %

FIGUEROA, JOSE A

DEMOCRATIC

4,783

4.39 %

Write In

 

16

0.01 %

Solomon was endorsed by the party and had first ballot position.  End of story.

 

CHARTER CHANGE QUESTION

96.44 % 1627/1687 Precincts Completed.

Decision

Votes

% of Total Votes

YES

53,897

62.33 %

NO

32,571

37.67 %

This question calls for the creation of a 17-member commission to look into ways of creating more private sector jobs.  At least one public sector job will result from passage of this question. The commission plans to hire an executive director.

 

 

For the latest unofficial results, go to the Election Bureau's web site. 

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