Jim Hasher, Republican candidate for City Council at large, last week hosted a fundraiser at his bar, Jimmy’s Timeout Sports Pub, 5001 Linden Ave.
The special guest was former U.S. Attorney Bill McSwain, who said Hasher is dedicated to the community and has a passion for public safety.
McSwain said Philadelphia can reduce its high violent crime rate.
“It’s going to start by electing Jim Hasher,” he said.
Hasher is married with five sons.
Matt Hasher described his dad as humble, a leader, a supporter of small business and a hard worker in his bar and real estate businesses. He also pointed to his longtime volunteer work with the Torresdale Boys Club.
Jim Hasher said Council could use someone with small business experience. He noted that 90 percent of U.S. companies employ 20 or fewer people.
Six Republicans are expected to seek five at-large nominations in the May 16 primary. In the general election, the five Democrats are near certain to win. The GOP nominees on the November ballot will square off with Working Families Party Councilwoman Kendra Brooks and running mate Nicolas O’Rourke. Jarrett Smith is the Working Families candidate for city elections commissioner. He’s trying to oust Republican Commissioner Seth Bluestein, who was at the Hasher fundraiser.
“We have to get both of these at-large seats and keep the commissioners seat,” Hasher said.
Hasher asked supporters to wear a campaign button, put a campaign magnet on their car and work at a polling place so when he’s at Jimmy’s on Election Day, Nov. 7, he can declare victory. ••