Philly Progressives Are Finally Targeting the Correct Power Levers

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The optimistic take about last Tuesday’s results is that I won, and lots of people like me won. Philly reform progressives are finally starting to elect like-minded people to the ward system, and you can expect more and more of this in future cycles:

Challengers allied with Ori Feibush in the 36th ward were significantly less successful, but the success rate is really beside the point. These types of ward challenges will only become more commonplace in future election cycles as Philadelphia’s population continues to grow, as newcomers continue to age and become more established, and the voters allied with the Brady-Dougherty machine shrink as a share of the population.

When I canvassed my neighborhood for my own (successful!) committeeperson challenge, barely any of the young parents and new homeowners in my division had any idea who Bob Brady or John Dougherty are, or what a ward leader does. The machine’s brand of politics, the things they stand for, have increasingly little purchase with New Philadelphians. And as the age window for political involvement continues to shift, the tiny power vacuum — now barely perceptible in Philadelphia politics — will continue to widen. One thing is for certain — we will look back on 2014 as the year when Millennials first stepped into the breach.

Read the whole thing at Philly Mag.

This entry was posted in Elections, Philadelphia 2015.

8 Responses to Philly Progressives Are Finally Targeting the Correct Power Levers

  1. Harlow Lee says:

    Targeting? Making Progress? Wow is this site ever gonna print the facts. THEY WERE BLOWN OUT!!! Brian Sims is a nobody spinning in circles; add Sanchez to that list also. Blog all you want that’s where we want you. On your computers spinning your wheels talking loud and wrong often. Meanwhile boots on the ground working polls and keeping carpet bagging liberal loons out of our neighborhoods.

  2. Jesse Bacon says:

    Jon, I think one area where progressives did NOT figure it out is in TJ’s running a slate that was 19 men and 3 women against candidates who were majority female. Beyond the ethics of such a skew, there is the widespread anecdotal tendency of people to vote for female names when they don’t recognize the candidates. Also, I ran the numbers and female candidates in this small sample got an average of 77 votes and male candidates 65. That spread could have made a difference in a lot of close races, including TJ’s who lost to a female opponent.

    • Jon Geeting says:

      It’s a good point. On a personal level, it’s often harder to get women to run than men. I’ve heard you have to ask women candidates three or four times, versus only once or twice for a man. It doesn’t excuse the gender imbalance, and you have a point that it pays off. I guess all I’m saying is that recruitment in general is hard, and it’s that much harder to persuade women to run.