While the debate continues on whether to abolish the Philadelphia row office that oversees city elections, voters can do the next best thing in the May 17 primary:
First, refuse to support the three incumbents currently running the problem-plagued City Commissioners' Office: Democrats Marge Tartaglione and Anthony Clark, and Republican Joseph J. Duda.
Second, avoid candidates with the endorsement of local party bosses. As elected officials, it's difficult for commissioners to be completely independent of the local parties, but the more distance the better. The party-endorsed candidates are the incumbents and Republican Marie Delany.
Third, think reform and vote for Democrats STEPHANIE SINGER and BERNARD BLAIR TALMADGE, and the GOP's AL SCHMIDT. All have solid credentials and recognize the desperate need for change.