2023 Political Endorsements

The PHILADELPHIA Primary voting day is

Tuesday, May 16th, 2023 

AFT2026 Representative Council has voted to endorse the following Democratic candidates in this Primary election

for Mayor of Philadelphia

"As Mayor, I will be a loud and proud champion of The Community College of Philadelphia and support the essential role it plays in bringing quality higher education and job training to Philadelphia residents"

-- Helen Gym, when asked by our Union how CCP fits into her Mayoral vision


A civil rights attorney with Community Legal Services for over a decade; A housing rights organizer who served as director of both the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations and the Fair Housing Commission;  A proud member of the LGBTQ+ Community, and a public school parent. 

A Community Organizer and Leader for over 20 years advocating for students as Executive Director of the Philadelphia Student Union, for immigrants as the Executive Director of Juntos, and for workers and imprisoned populations through her current campaign work. 

Incumbent Councilmember Thomas serves as Chair of the Streets Committee and Vice Chair of the Children and Youth Committee. In his freshman term he has driven policy to expand ballot access and workers' rights, and programs expanding arts and culture and beautification efforts in Philadelphia communities. 

Incumbent Councilperson Gilmore Richardson is a lifelong Philadelphian focused on Education, Job Creation, and Public Safety. She has passed legislation in her first term bolstering transparency and accountability in city government, and she serves as Vice-Chair of the EPA Loval Government Environmental Justice Working Group.

A Community Organizer and Lifelong Philadelphian. Mcillmurray is a co-founder of Reclaim Philadelphia and has been integral to the election of several progressive Philadelphia leaders. She is a long-time Union supporter and advocate, and fights against Philadelphia school privatization. 

City Council District Candidate Endorsements

Jamie Gauthier

3rd District 

Curtis Jones, Jr.

4th District

Andrés Celin 

7th District

Anthony Phillips

9th District

endorsements for OTHER CITY OFFICEs


Christy Brady

Ballot questions and Judges

We highly recommend this voting guide for the Philadelphia Ballot Questions and the Pennsylvania Row Offices (Judges) provided by Reclaim Philadelphia

General ElEction Endorsements: Working Families Party

The following candidates are members of the Working Families Party and will not appear on the Democratic slate in the May 16th Primary,  We endorse these candidates for the November 2023 general election. 

City Council At-Large

Working Families Party

Incumbent Councilperson Brooks (the first elected official from Working Families Party), a lifelong Philadelphian, has spent her first term in Council passing landmark housing legislation that reduced evictions in the city by 75%, and joining forces with union members to win guaranteed, emergency paid sick leave for all frontline workers 

City Council At-Large

Working Families Party

A longtime community leader, O'Rourke has been very active in school reform. He led the Our City Our Schools Coalition to abolish the undemocratic School Reform Commission and return the School Board to local control. He also serves on the Steering Committee of the 215 People’s Alliance to help power citywide for the people of Philadelphia in their communities and at the polls. 


Jarrett Smith

Working Families Party 

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