Ex-councilman Jim Kenney elected mayor in Philadelphia

Written by The Associated Press | Nov 4, 2015 2:05 AM

Philadelphia Democratic mayoral candidate Jim Kenney waves to supporters after speaking during an election night event at the National Museum of American Jewish History, Tuesday. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

(Philadelphia) -- A former city councilman who has promised to step up efforts to fight poverty has been elected mayor of Philadelphia. 

Democrat Jim Kenney overwhelmed business executive and Republican challenger Melissa Murray Bailey in Tuesday's vote.

The city hasn't had a Republican mayor since 1952. 

Kenney will take office in January. He's replacing Democrat Michael Nutter, who was limited to two four-year terms. 

He is pushing for universal prekindergarten education and also wants bail reform in the city, where thousands of people are in jail pending trial. 

The city of 1.5 million people has been on the upswing in recent years.

It just hosted Pope Francis and will welcome the Democratic National Convention in July. 

But the school system remains troubled, and more than a quarter of residents live in poverty. 

Yesterday's candidates included two independents and a socialist.  



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