Know the Candidates

 

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Election day is November 5th, but most of Philadelphia’s elections are decided during the primary, since Philadelphia is a one-party town. Therefore, the “real” election for most seats is on May 21st, the date of the primary. Voters must be registered by April 22nd to vote in the primary. Take a look at the Know Your Government (some parts under construction) page to learn more about elections and find more resources.

This year, voters will be selecting candidates for the following offices:

  • Mayor

  • City Commissioner

  • Register of Wills

  • Sheriff

  • City Council

  • Judges at multiple levels

Please note that judges are not listed here because they are too numerous. Another website dedicated just to information about Philadelphia judges has already tackled this issue. Information about candidates for judge positions can be found at phillyjudges.com.

This election, an unusual amount of citywide candidates are on the ballot. Only the city council district members are not citywide. You can find an interactive map of the districts below, in that section.

 

Mayor

The Mayor acts as the executive official of the city, coordinates all offices, acts as the representative of the city, and appoints several department heads. The Mayor also signs legislation into law, or can choose to veto the bill. A term is four years, with a limit of two consecutive terms. The mayor is directly elected by popular vote.

 

City Commissioners

The City Commissioners ensure compliance with local, state, and federal voting laws during Philadelphia elections, and they oversee all Philadelphia elections and voter registration. They are a three-member, bipartisan committee that requires having at least one minority party member. Voters can only vote for two candidates, and the three with the most votes win.

 

Register of Wills

The Register of Wills oversees wills, and determines what will happen when the recipient of a will is unclear or nonexistent. The office also investigates fraud claims and serves as an agent for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to file and pay inheritance taxes. A term is four years with no term limits. The Register of Wills is directly elected by popular vote.

 

Sheriff

The Sheriff's Office protects all who are involved in trials, as well as auctions off foreclosed properties. A term is four years with no term limits. The Sheriff is directly elected by popular vote.

 

City Council At-Large

The City Council creates and passes legislation. There are a total of 17 members, 10 of which are elected by district and seven are elected at-large. Each is elected for a four-year term, and there are no term limits. Voters can only choose five at-large candidates, and the seven with the most votes win. One party can only nominate up to five candidates, so historically there have been five Democrats and two Republicans.

 

City Council Districts

The City Council creates and passes legislation. There are a total of 17 members, 10 of which are elected by district and seven are elected at-large. Each is elected for a four-year term, and there are no term limits. District members are directly elected by popular vote.

City Council District 1

City Council District 2

City Council District 3

City Council District 4

City Council District 5

City Council District 6

City Council District 7

City Council District 8

City Council District 9

City Council District 10