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August 15, 2014 | BY REGINA MEDINA, Daily News Staff Writer medinar@phillynews.com, 215-854-5985
THE SCHOOL DISTRICT has hired Thomas J. Knox Jr., the son of former mayoral and gubernatorial candidate Tom Knox, to head its Auditing Services division, the Daily News confirmed yesterday. Knox Jr., who will move back to Philadelphia from Delray Beach, Fla., fills the position 13 months after it was vacated. He is expected to start Monday and will earn $82,500 annually, the minimum salary for the position, School Reform Commission chairman Bill Green told the People Paper. Green, as it happens, is close with the elder Knox and said he has known Knox's son, who goes by "T.J.," for years.
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April 26, 2013 | By Chris Brennan
TOM KNOX , the successful Philadelphia businessman who finished second in the 2007 Democratic primary election for mayor, made it official yesterday: He's running again in 2015. That raises an interesting question: What happens between Knox and his friend, City Councilman Bill Green , long rumored as a 2015 candidate for mayor? The two have supported one another in campaigns before. Knox held a fundraiser for Green earlier this year. Both say it would be a waste for both to run for mayor.
NEWS
November 17, 2013 | BY CHRIS BRENNAN, Daily News Staff Writer brennac@phillynews.com, 215-854-5973
PHILADELPHIA gained a potential candidate for mayor in 2015 yesterday afternoon while another candidate bowed out of the Democratic primary election, 18 months before it happens. Former City Councilman Frank Rizzo, who served as a Republican but changed to independent after losing the 2011 primary for re-election, will become a Democrat on Monday in anticipation of running for mayor in 2015. Another candidate, Center City millionaire Tom Knox, announced yesterday that he is dropping out of the race.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 9, 2012 | By Dan Gross
BUSINESSMAN Tom Knox , who placed second in the 2007 mayoral race, has been telling friends he intends to run for governor in 2014. On Friday night, Knox was spotted dining with Mayor Nutter and Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey at the Union League. We asked Knox about the nature of their conversation. "When running for political office, it's always good to build constituencies," he wrote by email. OK, so does that mean you're running for governor, we asked. "It is currently my intention to run, but I am not announcing at this time," Knox said.
NEWS
April 10, 2013 | By Thomas Fitzgerald, Inquirer Politics Writer
Tom Knox is bored. How else to explain the millionaire businessman's statement last week that he would not run for governor in 2014 after all and was aiming instead to inject himself into the 2015 race for mayor of Philadelphia? Back in 2007, Knox gained some credibility the way a tornado does - with brute power. He spent nearly $11 million of his own money to build an instant media brand and finish second in the five-candidate Democratic primary for mayor. The neophyte pol was leading in the polls until his opponents ganged up on him to suggest his lack of governing experience was a liability instead of an asset, and to attack some of his past business practices, notably offering high-interest payday loans when he owned a bank.
NEWS
April 9, 2007 | By Thomas Fitzgerald INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A tall man with makeup on his face picked his way across the shop floor at the American Cable Co., stopping to shake hands, asking the assembly workers what they were doing with lengths of copper wire and plastic casings colored red, yellow and green. Behind him trailed a makeup artist with potions and a box of Kleenex; three aides; a producer; a direct-mail consultant; a pair of still photographers - and Glen Pearcy with a video camera. One of the retinue said something, and Democratic mayoral candidate Tom Knox shed his jacket and rolled up his sleeves.
NEWS
April 18, 2007 | By Thomas Fitzgerald, Andrew Maykuth, Marcia Gelbart and Craig R. McCoy INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
In his barrage of TV ads, Tom Knox is the rebel, the outsider promising to upend City Hall's cozy world of no-bid contracts and favors for political friends. "Instead of hiring cronies, I'll hire more cops," Knox says in one commercial. "Instead of no-bid contracts, I'll put the money into making our schools safer. " That barrage is a central reason that polls indicate Knox is leading the May 15 Democratic primary race for mayor of Philadelphia. To an extent, Knox is indeed the outsider in the five-way race, a businessman pitted against four Democrats with decades of tilling in the party's vineyards and a combined 74 years in public office.
NEWS
May 16, 2007 | By Joseph A. Gambardello INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The two men who showed up at the Tom Knox campaign office in the Northeast yesterday didn't seem out of place, what with their "Tom Knox for Philadelphia" T-shirts and all. But it was larceny, not elections, that they had on their minds. The pair followed a campaign worker carrying a cash bag to a back room at the office on Frankford Avenue near Cottman Avenue and stole the bag at gunpoint before running off, police said. The bag contained $350, said Josh Morrow, Knox's campaign manager.
NEWS
July 21, 2011
Tom Knox, the millionaire businessman who finished second to Michael Nutter in the Democratic mayoral primary in 2007, will chair a task force to look at current and alternative uses for about 2,000 city-owned buildings. Nutter signed an executive order Wednesday creating the panel. Its 13 members will be appointed by the mayor, with members to be drawn from universities, the Bar Association, the Building Owners and Managers Association, the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, City Council, and commercial real estate brokers.
NEWS
April 26, 2007 | By Thomas Fitzgerald INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A "527" committee has surfaced in the Philadelphia mayor's race, and its goal is to torpedo front-runner Tom Knox. A former city commissioner, Democrat Alex Z. Talmadge Jr., is the public face of a stealth political committee called Economic Justice Coalition for Truth. Talmadge, who ran for district attorney in 2001, is listed as the so-called 527 committee's executive director in papers filed April 4 with the IRS. The documents say the group's purpose is "exploring the issues of economic justice as they relate to the business practices of Tom Knox, a man who now seeks the office of mayor.
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August 15, 2014 | BY REGINA MEDINA, Daily News Staff Writer medinar@phillynews.com, 215-854-5985
THE SCHOOL DISTRICT has hired Thomas J. Knox Jr., the son of former mayoral and gubernatorial candidate Tom Knox, to head its Auditing Services division, the Daily News confirmed yesterday. Knox Jr., who will move back to Philadelphia from Delray Beach, Fla., fills the position 13 months after it was vacated. He is expected to start Monday and will earn $82,500 annually, the minimum salary for the position, School Reform Commission chairman Bill Green told the People Paper. Green, as it happens, is close with the elder Knox and said he has known Knox's son, who goes by "T.J.," for years.
NEWS
June 1, 2014 | By Claudia Vargas, Inquirer Staff Writer
State Sen. Anthony H. Williams isn't quite running for mayor of Philadelphia yet. But he held a meeting Friday afternoon with various city, labor, and business leaders to sell them on the idea that he ought to. As though to underline the point, the West Philadelphia Democrat showcased his campaign advisers: 270 Strategies, based in Washington, widely credited with masterminding the grassroots efforts that were part of President Obama's campaigns....
NEWS
December 8, 2013 | BY JENNY DeHUFF, Daily News Staff Writer dehuffj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5218
ONE OF THE city's savviest money men says the city could save millions by trimming the fat from the more than 10 million square feet of office space the city owns and leases. Tom Knox, chairman of the Mayor's Task Force on City-owned Facilities, and Mayor Nutter yesterday presented the task force's report finding the city could save as much as $121 million over five years by better managing its unused office space. "This is real, serious money," Nutter said. "This report joins a growing body of work . . . that urges the city to become more data-driven and begin tracking all the costs of maintenance and operations facilities, citywide.
NEWS
December 8, 2013 | By Claudia Vargas, Inquirer Staff Writer
PHILADELPHIA Philadelphia could save millions of dollars if it had a better management system for its real estate and utility bills, the Mayor's Task Force on Facilities said Friday, citing a nearly two-year study. The task forced issued a report that makes recommendations for shrinking the city's real estate footprint and improving energy efficiency. The report also calls for another study. The city owns more than 9 million square feet of space and leases 1.3 million square feet from the private sector.
NEWS
November 17, 2013 | BY CHRIS BRENNAN, Daily News Staff Writer brennac@phillynews.com, 215-854-5973
PHILADELPHIA gained a potential candidate for mayor in 2015 yesterday afternoon while another candidate bowed out of the Democratic primary election, 18 months before it happens. Former City Councilman Frank Rizzo, who served as a Republican but changed to independent after losing the 2011 primary for re-election, will become a Democrat on Monday in anticipation of running for mayor in 2015. Another candidate, Center City millionaire Tom Knox, announced yesterday that he is dropping out of the race.
NEWS
November 17, 2013 | By Bob Warner and Claudia Vargas, Inquirer Staff Writers
Ten days after inviting supporters to the start of his 2015 Philadelphia mayoral race, Tom Knox announced Friday that he had decided not to run after all. "Leading this great city as mayor has been a lifelong ambition, but it's simply not to be," he said in a statement distributed to reporters. "I put my family through one arduous mayoral campaign. I can't put them through another. " He said he decided after "much soul-searching and many difficult conversations with my wife, children and trusted advisers.
NEWS
November 8, 2013 | By Chris Brennan
A CONGA LINE clearly would have been a better exit strategy. Gov. Corbett 's "Promises Kept Re-Election Tour" came to Northeast Philly on Thursday, where about 200 supporters packed into an American Legion Post in Fox Chase could easily hear about 100 protesters rhythmically chanting outside. The governor's wife, Susan Corbett , made the best of it while introducing him to the crowd. "There's a party going on outside and they've worked up a really nice beat to what they're saying so I vote for you all to join me in a conga line when we leave," she told the laughing crowd.
NEWS
July 26, 2013 | By Tom Avril, Inquirer Staff Writer
City schools have not replaced more than 100 school nurses who retired or were laid off in recent years, and the district's financial state remains perilous. Politician and insurance-industry veteran Tom Knox has a proposal to address both problems: Have the school system get into the health-care business. Knox envisions that each of the more than 290 district and charter schools would house a walk-in clinic staffed by a nurse-practitioner or physician assistant, who would bill the child's insurance provider $60 per visit.
NEWS
May 3, 2013 | BY JAN RANSOM, Daily News Staff Writer ransomj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5218
WITH NEARLY a year and a half under his belt as City Council president, Darrell Clarke is being talked-up among politicos and City Hall insiders as someone who should consider a run for mayor in 2015. And sources say he's not ruling it out. "Council President Clarke is asserting his position as one of the city's top leaders," said Councilman Wilson Goode Jr., who noted that Clarke, 60, has watched government in action for decades, starting first as an aide to John Street - former Council president and mayor - before becoming a councilman in 1999.
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