FOP backs Tinney in Republican Council primary

Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 5 endorsed Dan Tinney in the Republican primary for City Council at large.

“We are very proud to endorse Dan Tinney for City Council at large in the primary election. Tinney is a neighborhood guy with strong ties to our members in the community. We believe he will always support our brothers and sisters in blue in City Hall. Our members need allies in City Hall now more than ever,” said FOP President John McNesby.

Tinney, GOP leader of the 66th Ward, is one of seven Republicans seeking five nominations in the May 21 primary.

“I am very humbled and honored to receive the endorsement of the FOP. Their support means so much to me because they represent so many of my family, friends and neighbors in Northeast Philadelphia. They sacrifice so much at such great personal expense. I will be a strong voice for the police community in City Hall,” Tinney said.

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As a recent guest panelist on the Dean Malik Show (WWDB 860 AM), 6th Councilmanic District Republican candidate Pete Smith criticized the Kenney administration on its handling of the opioid crisis.

Smith, who is challenging Democratic Councilman Bobby Henon, wants opioid users to have more of an opportunity to go through a detox program. He said that, once the user is clean from detox, they can be given mental health evaluations, assessments to determine treatment, counseling and support.

The candidate noted that more than 1,000 Philadelphians a year die from opioid overdoses. He favors harsher penalties on dealers, including homicide charges if linked to an overdose death.

Pete Smith

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Grey Lodge Pub, 6235 Frankford Ave., will continue its candidate meet and greets on Friday, May 10, at 6 p.m. with Katherine Gibson Richardson, a Democrat running for City Council at large.

Richardson is former chief of staff for Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown, who is not seeking re-election. She has the endorsement of the Democratic City Committee.

Drew Murray, a Republican at-large candidate, appeared last Friday at the Grey Lodge.

Candidates interested in coming before the May 21 primary can email Bea Weber at bea@greylodge.com.

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Democratic City Council at-large candidate Eryn Santamoor has been endorsed by former congresswoman Allyson Schwartz, the state chapter of the National Organization for Women and United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1776.

Said Schwartz: “Supporting exceptional women leaders has been central to my life’s work. That’s why I’m proud to endorse Eryn Santamoor for Philadelphia City Council at large. Eryn’s proven her ability to fundamentally change how Philadelphia functions for the better – and I know she will bring that same know-how, approach to service and energy to City Council.”

“UFCW Local 1776 Keystone State is proud to endorse Eryn Santamoor’s candidacy for City Council at large,” said President Wendell Young IV. “Philadelphia deserves her level of preparedness for the job and her understanding of the issues our communities face. UFCW is confident in Eryn Santamoor’s ability to protect workers’ rights, help our members provide access to quality food choices in our communities, and promote responsible job growth for all of our working families.” ••