Longtime City Councilman Jim Kenney cruised to victory in last night’s Democratic primary election for a mayoral nomination, grabbing 56 percent of votes cast in Philadelphia. The win likely secures him an easy victory in the November general election, in which no Republican has claimed victory since 1948.
In Chestnut Hill’s 9th ward, Kenney did even better. Turnout was low in the ward — 35 percent. But of that number, Kenney collected 2,894 votes of 4,182 votes cast — 70 percent. Kenney’s closest rivals in the ward were former Philadelphia Attorney General Lynne Abraham who collected 432 votes and State Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams who collected 414.
In council-at-large races in the ward, the neighborhood mostly voted with the rest of the city, with four of the five top vote-getters in the ward winning city wide. Helen Gym won big in the ward, with 2,522 votes. Following her were Derek Green (1,612), William Greenlee (1,581) and Blondell Reynolds Brown (1,574) who all won citywide nominations. Sherrie Cohen, who collected 1,845 votes in the 9th ward did not win one of the top five citywide slots to run in November. That fifth slot was secured by Alan Domb, who collected 1,047 votes in the ward.
In the Republican race for council-at-large, the 9th ward picked 4 of 5 citywide winners as well. David Oh led all ward vote getters with 162 votes. He was followed by Terry Tracy (134), Dennis O’Brien (112), Matt Wolfe (111) and Al Taubenberger (80). Wolfe did not win citywide. The man who did was Daniel Tinney, who collected 76 votes in the ward.