by Pete Mazzaccaro
Voters in Philadelphia’s 9th Ward, which covers all of Chestnut Hill and the northern edge of Mt. Airy, voted along trends that conformed to other voters across the city.
9th Ward voters favored the Democratic trio of Kevin Dougherty, Christine Donohue and David Wecht, who won Supreme Court seats, collecting 3,798, 3,944 and 3,871 votes, respectively. All three won city-wide with similar percentage margins of around 30.
Superior Court candidate Alice Beck Dubow was favored by 88.17 percent of 9th Ward voters (3,861 votes), just a few percentage points better than she fared over Republican challenger Emil Giordano city-wide.
Of local note, Hill resident Kenneth Powell was reelected to the Court of Common Pleas, with the most votes of all 14 candidates both citywide and in the 9th Ward. Powell was appointed to the court by former Governor Tom Corbett in 2014.
Mayor-elect James Kenny won 85 percent of the city-wide vote. In Chestnut Hill he did nearly as well, netting 82.25 percent of the votes, leading Republican challenger Melissa Murray Bailey by 68 points.
In the city council at large race, there were no real surprises. Hillers followed city trends here, too, with a majority of votes going to Democrats Derek Green, Helen Gym, William Greenlee, Blondell Reynolds Brown and Allan Domb. Top Republican vote-getter David Oh topped 9th Ward voting with almost the exact same percentage of votes – 3.82 percent citywide to 3.87 percent in the ward. 2nd place Republican Al Taubenberger was third place in the ward, coming just behind Terry Tracy, who was 5th among GOP candidates citywide.
8th District councilwoman Cindy Bass won 93.09 percent of the 9th Ward vote. Her opponent for the seat was Free Dominion Party candidate Michael Galganski, who managed to collect 6.86 percent of votes cast.
Finally, when it came to the ballot questions, the 9th Ward voted affirmatively with more conviction than the city. On the issue of appointing a department of LGBT affairs, 9th Ward voters favored the measure by 66.64 percent to the city’s 57.7 percent support. The ward favored forming an independent planning by 75.9 percent to the city’s 68.05.