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ANDREW STOBER ANNOUNCES AS INDEPENDENT CANDIDATE FOR CITY COUNCIL AT-LARGE

Join Andrew Stober (bio) as he formally announces his independent candidacy for a Philadelphia City Council At-Large seat. Stober, who as chief of staff in the Mayor’s Office of Transportation and Utilities helped launch the Indego bike-share program, says he hopes not to just win but also to “change the dynamics of City Council at-large elections in Philadelphia and bring new people into the process who haven’t been engaged before.”


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June 10, 2015 at 12pm – 12:30pm

Municipal Services Building
1401 JFK Bvld
Adajcent to the Indego bike share station
Philadelphia, PA 19102
United States
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The Philadelphia City Charter allows the majority party (Democrats) to hold only five of the seven At-Large Council seats. Via Philly.com (story): Two seats are reserved for non-majority candidates. Those seats have been held for decades by Republicans but in 2015 Independent candidates also are sizing up two of five City Council at-large seats that are set aside in city charter for the “minority” political party.

There are now 987,690 registered voters in Philadelphia – 79 percent are Democrats, 11 percent are Republicans, and 10 percent are independents or belong to smaller political parties. So there are nearly as many independent voters in the city as there are registered Republicans.

The question remains: Will independent voters band together to support an Independent candidate, such as Stober come November? History shows many independent voters don’t necessarily vote Independent — they sway between Republican and Democrat — but Stober hopes this will change in 2015.

This post cites content from Philly.com story.

Wall Ball-in’ Out!

Photos by Kim-Thao Nguyen

Last Thursday, some of Philadelphia’s finest creators, movers and shakers congregated at the Vie on North Broad Street for one of the city’s most highly anticipated events: WALL BALL.

In its 9th year, The Mural Arts Program strived to bring an array of entertainment and excitement to its biggest annual fundraising affair. Not to be outdone by last year’s star-studded event honoring State Senator Vincent Hughes and his wife, actress Sheryl Lee Ralph as well as The Legendary Roots Crew, whose mural on South Street will be formally unveiled this upcoming Friday, this year’s swanky soiree put the spotlight on City Council President, Darrell L. Clarke and Philadelphia’s favorite big baller, former 76er, Julius “Dr. J” Erving, whose iconic mural on Ridge Avenue is a favorite in this acclaimed “City of Murals”.

This year, it was obvious that The Mural Arts Programs wanted to wow guests and contributors with fun and fantasy:  from fancy face-painting to scatting stilt-walkers to the elaborate array of light bites, Wall Ball 2013 left little to be desired from its content attendees. Mike Jerrick of FOX 29 News was the evening’s emcee and opened the floor for the live auction by dancing to Wild Cherry’s “Play That Funky Music” followed by some impressive sales in the name of charity.

After the last bid and before handing out awards, Mural Arts Program founder, Jane Golden, shared a story about a young Michael Whittington from the organization’s Restorative Justice Program before introducing him to speak briefly on behalf of its participants. With a testimony and an expression of gratitude extended to the guests, Whittington reminded everybody what doing this work is all about.  Jane Golden and the Mural Arts Program also posthumously honored the late local real estate developer, Tony Goldman.

In an effort to engage younger patrons of Mural Arts, the organization also incorporated an Off-The-Wall Ball at the neighboring Alla Spina Restaurant. This abbreviated party was an amazing amalgamation of muralists, artists, and mural-lovers having fun and making a contribution to art and its restorative power.

The City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program is the nation’s largest mural project and provides programming for over 100 communities, including at-risk teens and adult offenders. For more information about the Mural Arts Program, visit www.muralarts.org or follow on Twitter @MuralArts.