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April 9, 2015 | By Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia "condo king" Allan Domb, a candidate in the crowded City Council at-large race, aired a TV ad Tuesday pledging to forgo a salary if elected. Domb is the first - and could be the only - candidate in a Council race to go on TV. He wouldn't say what the ad buy cost but said 150 to 200 commercials would air each week leading up to the May 19 Democratic primary. The first aired Tuesday on Fox29. Federal Communication Commission reports show Domb's campaign is spending $312,325 for the 30-second spots on PHL17, 6ABC, and Fox29 through May 15. In the ad, Domb pledges to donate his $127,000 Council salary to Philadelphia's cash-strapped schools if elected.
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April 8, 2015 | Chris Hepp, Inquirer Staff Writer
State Rep. Dwight Evans stood before a roomful of Democratic committee people Monday and reminded the party workers of the last time he brought an unexpected candidate around with his endorsement. "Nobody knew who Tom Wolf was in January 2014," Evans told the crowd at Relish Restaurant in West Oak Lane. "Nobody had a clue. " The reference to the current governor was a not-so-subtle nod to Evans' political savvy and a fitting prelude to what came next, when Evans and a quartet of other prominent African American elected officials from the city's Northwest endorsed James F. Kenney for the Democratic nomination for mayor.
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March 20, 2015 | Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writer
As their names were called, the candidates approached the lectern, reached into an old coffee can, and pulled out a bingo ball with a number on it. In the crowded City Hall courtroom, rival candidates and campaign managers watched eagerly, some marking down the results of a different kind of March Madness. In Philadelphia, regardless of how many signatures candidates get or what their qualifications may be, the bingo balls in the Horn & Hardart coffee tin dictate where their names appear on election day. It can be a boost or a blow.
NEWS
March 12, 2015 | Chris Brennan and Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writers
Six Democrats seeking to be Philadelphia's next mayor each filed well over the required 1,000 signatures on nominating petitions by Tuesday's deadline. State Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams led the pack, announcing that his staff and volunteers had gathered signatures from 15,269 registered Democratic voters. Former City Councilman James F. Kenney was not far behind, with 12,167 signatures. Former Common Pleas Court Judge Nelson A. Diaz's campaign said he had 4,939 signatures.
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February 9, 2015 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-854-4172
THE RACE to succeed retiring longtime City Councilwoman Marian Tasco is officially under way with the candidacy of S. Archye Leacock. The Democratic committeeman and founder of the Institute for the Development of African American Youth made his announcement yesterday during an afternoon news conference at the York House apartment building on Old York Road near Somerville Avenue. If elected to represent the 9th District in Northwest Philly, Leacock said he would focus on improving schools, the local economy and investing in the community by advocating for more funding to support rec centers, parks and public spaces.
NEWS
January 29, 2015
ISSUE | LENDING Legacy disappointed some city borrowers In 2001, as a manager at a mortgage company that made home improvement loans in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, I was affected by Philadelphia's new predatory-lending law, which retiring City Councilwoman Marian B. Tasco considers part of her legacy ("Tasco looks back on a long Council career," Jan. 19). Because this law required that low rates be charged to all borrowers regardless of credit qualifications, many less-qualified borrowers in the city no longer qualified for the loans that they needed to fix leaking roofs or broken heaters.
NEWS
January 20, 2015 | By Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writer
Marian B. Tasco started working as a Philadelphia Police Department clerk in 1959, cross-checking pawnshop inventory with records of stolen goods. As the new kid on the block, the 22-year-old single mother from North Carolina got stuck with the harder-to-identify merchandise. "People were stealing a lot of suits back then, men's suits," she said, laughing at the recollection. "Let me tell you, it's hard to identify a stolen suit, but I caught some. " At the time, Tasco never imagined she would go on to work in City Hall for more than 30 years, save a controversial one-day retirement.
NEWS
January 15, 2015 | BY CHRIS BRENNAN & MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writers brennac@phillynews.com, 215-854-5973
THE MAY 19 DEMOCRATIC primary election is shaping up with some new faces expected on the ballot and one veteran city politician wrapping up her tenure. City Councilwoman Marian Tasco, leader of the 50th Ward, told her committee people Monday night that she will not run for an eighth term in the 9th District. Tasco yesterday said she hopes state Rep. Cherelle Parker takes her place on Council. Parker, who started her career as a high-school intern in Tasco's City Hall office, said she has been in "nonstop" conversations since Monday's announcement.
NEWS
January 15, 2015 | By Claudia Vargas, Inquirer Staff Writer
After 27 years on Philadelphia City Council, Marian B. Tasco is calling it quits. The veteran politician will not seek reelection to her Ninth District seat, and instead said she would endorse a former aide, State Rep. Cherelle L. Parker (D., Phila.), to succeed her. Tasco, 77, said Tuesday that she had been thinking about retirement for a while, given her age and recent health issues. She said she was ready to take some time off and help a new generation of city leaders. "I've been working since I was 12 years old," she said.
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