Reclaim Philadelphia and the Philadelphia branch of Democratic Socialists of America have endorsed Working Families Party candidates Nicolas O’Rourke and Kendra Brooks for City Council at large.
“As an organizer, I know just how hard these grassroots organizations work to identify and remedy the needs of the community,” O’Rourke said. “That is why I am grateful for these endorsements. I look forward to following their lead to help us end the over-policing of black and brown youth and passing a Green New Deal to protect our communities for generations to come.”
O’Rourke and Brooks last week were also endorsed by state Sen. Art Haywood and state Rep. Movita Johnson-Harrell.
The Working Families Party is seeking to end Republican control of two at-large council seats in the Nov. 5 General Election. There are 16 candidates going for seven seats. The five Democrats are shoo-ins because of their voter-registration advantage. Five Republicans and six independent and minor-party candidates are also on the ballot.
Since voters can choose just five at-large candidates, Haywood said he was also backing Democrats Derek Green, Isaiah Thomas and Helen Gym, meaning he is not supporting Allan Domb and Katherine Gilmore Richardson.
O’Rourke and Brooks have previously been endorsed by state Reps. Chris Rabb, Elizabeth Fiedler and Malcolm Kenyatta and various left-wing unions and organizations. ••