Endorsements for May 19, 2015 Primary Election

ADA believes that it is critical to elect the most qualified judges and has only considered candidates found “recommended” or “highly recommended” by the Pennsylvania and Philadelphia Bar Associations. We want to make sure that those we endorse possess the integrity, knowledge, experience and temperament for serving as judges. We especially want to have the most qualified candidates face off next fall for the three Supreme Court vacancies given that electing Democrats to the court will be vital to future legislative redistricting.

In Philadelphia, we have endorsed Jim Kenney for Mayor. He has demonstrated his commitment on a wide range of concerns that ADA supports from welcoming immigrants, supporting universal pre-k, opposing school vouchers, decriminalizing marijuana, to approving gay marriage, and raising the minimum wage. These positions reflect a strong track record in making Philadelphia a city that works for all its citizens, especially those historically disadvantaged who rely on public officials and public policy to level the playing field.

Although we found there were an unusual group of worthy candidates for city council at large, we have only endorsed four. We also recommend voting only for Carol Jenkins for City Commissioner.

We urge you to vote and please remind your friends and colleagues to do so as well.

Pennsylvania Supreme Court (vote 3)

#1 David Wecht
#3 Kevin Dougherty
#5 Anne Lazarus, and

Pennsylvania Superior Court (vote 1)

#7 Judge Alice Dubow

Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court (vote 1)

#9 Judge Todd Eagen

Philadelphia Common Pleas Court (vote 12)

#12 Kenneth Powell
#18 Brian Ortelere
#21 Jennifer Schultz
#22 Rainy Papademetriou
#23 Abbe F. Fletman
#28 Leon King
#30 Anthony Kyriakakis
#35 Stella Ming Tsai
#36 Kai N. Scott
#42 Jodi Lobel
#44 Betsy Jo Wahl
#46 Chris Mallios
#51 Chris McCabe

Philadelphia Municipal Court (vote 3)

#56 Joffie Pittman
#57 Matthew Perks
#63 Daniel Sulman

Philadelphia Mayor

#68 Jim Kenney

Philadelphia City Commissioner (vote 2)

# 76 Carol Jenkins

Philadelphia City Council-at-Large (vote 5)

#93 Sherrie Cohen
#94 William Greenlee
#95 Helen Gym
#99 W.Wilson Goode, Jr.

Philadelphia City Council District 7

#101 Maria Quinones Sanchez

Philadelphia Ballot Questions

ADA makes no recommendation on these ballot questions because we believe that such legislative/administrative matters do not belong in the City Charter.

Question #1: "Shall The Philadelphia Home Rule Charter be amended to call upon the Pennsylvania General Assembly and the Governor to abolish the School Reform Commission and return local control of Philadelphia’s schools?"

Question #2: "Shall The Philadelphia Home Rule Charter be amended to provide for the creation of a Commission for Women to be charged with promoting civic, educational and economic policies for women and providing advice and recommendations to the Mayor and City Council on policies and programs that advance equal rights and opportunities for women in the City?"

Question #3: "Shall The Philadelphia Home Rule Charter be amended to require all City agencies to prepare, and comply with, plans to promote access to City services, compliance with City law and ease of contact with, and participation within, City government for people with limited English proficiency?"

Question #4: "Shall the Philadelphia Home Rule Charter be amended to provide for the creation, appointment, powers and duties of an independent Commission on Universal Pre-Kindergarten which would recommend an implementation and funding plan for achieving universal high quality pre-kindergarten for three- and four-year-olds in Philadelphia without taking away funds used for existing education?"