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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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.